03 Feb 2020
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Employee Spotlight – Peter Jellie

This month we turn the spotlight to Peter Jellie, who has been with MOUNTAIN for 12 years! Pete is one of those co-workers who will jump in on any request that is asked of him, no matter what (even if it goes outside of his typical job duties). He’s also someone who we think goes a little under the radar when it comes to the spotlight, so we wanted to share some of Pete’s experiences as a MOUNTAINeer.

How long have you been working at MOUNTAIN, LTD. ?

– 12 years.

What position/s do/have you had at MOUNTAIN?

–  As with many tenured ‘MOUNTAINeers’, I have been given the opportunity to wear many hats.  My career started in 2008 on the recruiting team, which lead to some training & management roles within the group.  In 2016, I began to take on a more client-centric role, currently as a Regional Market Manager.

What is your favorite thing about working for MOUNTAIN?

– It’s easy to sit here and rattle off many favorite things, but to best sum it up in one word it would be the culture.  Wait, was that two words?  The culture at MOUNTAIN fits me well, from the competitiveness and “work hard, play hard” mentality, to the goofiness and sense of family that comes along with.  I’ve heard some even go as far as saying “it’s a way of life”.

What is one of your greatest professional highlights?

– What I’m most proud of is being with one company my entire professional career.

What are some opportunities that have come your way as a result of working at MOUNTAIN?

– MOUNTAIN has given me the opportunity to grow, both as a professional and a person.  Almost the entire management team started in a different role, and followed the MOUNTAIN trail to where they are today.  It’s a great feeling knowing that employees are looked at first, as you never know what growth opportunity is right around the corner. 

Professional growth aside, I’ve met some really great friends and traveled to some pretty cool places.  In the past few years alone I’ve had the opportunity to attend sporting events, zip-line high above the Vegas lights, see a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and even tour the Ohio State Reformatory (now museum) where my favorite movie was filmed!

What does a typical day look like for you?

– Contrary to what my children think, I do not play computer games and talk with friends on the phone all day.  As an operations liaison to many groups across multiple time zones, each day brings unique challenges.  My role requires constant communication with clients and MOUNTAIN’s remote offices to assess needs and ultimately implement solutions.  Collaboration with Engineering/Project Management, Finance, Sales, Recruiting, and other teams is often critical to ensure operations run smoothly.

Peter Jellie at his desk in Maine

What is something you’ve learned at MOUNTAIN that you never thought you would?

– With no prior exposure in the complex world of telecommunications, there have been many eye-opening and embarrassing discoveries.  What simply amazes me each and every day though, are the sheer amount of steps and ‘touches’ required to safely bring service from point A to B. 

I also learned that any unique two, three, or four-letter combination yields a 99.4% chance of being an acronym in our industry.

Tell us a story about a MOUNTAIN experience.

– How about my very first MOUNTAIN experience.  I was invited to attend a job fair at the HQ in New Gloucester, ME in December of 2007.  I was nervous, but I had my brand new suit neatly pressed and ready to impress.  And then the blizzard came.  I have lived in NH/ME my entire life….the snow was coming down!  I had a choice to make, so I looked in the mirror and said “You got this, Pete.  You got this.”  I strapped on those L.L. Bean boots, scraped the windshield of my 2001 Chevy Impala with all of its 1/32” remaining tread, and I headed down the windy roads toward Pineland Campus.  Alright, maybe I’m being a tad bit dramatic, and I think you know the rest.  I showed up, one thing led to another, and before you know it I was wearing a MTN uniform just a few weeks later.     

What do you like doing outside of work?

– Other than Sundays during the NFL season, I love to get outside with my wife and kids.  We’ve started to do a little skiing, hiking, and camping as a family which has been a ton of fun.  I will say that sometimes I like nothing more than simply running around the backyard with the kids, cranking some tunes, starting a bonfire, and throwing some meat on the grill.

What are you passionate about?

– Family.  We are fortunate enough to be very close with our immediate and extended families.

What is your favorite movie?

– Shawshank Redemption

Thank you, Pete, for all that you do!