Jimmy Getting Ready to Walk

Jimmy Getting Ready to Walk
Jimmy Wayne on January 1, 2010 at Monroe Harding at the launch of MMH.

Jimmy Wayne Meet Me Halfway: a Journey to Raise Awareness

On January 1, 2010, Jimmy Wayne launched his Meet Me Halfway campaign when he began his solo walk halfway across America in Nashville, TN. He plans to walk to Phoenix, AZ. Jimmy’s intention is not only to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless, especially at risk children, teens and young adults, but also raise funds for organizations that benefit homeless youth.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hiscall, Inc. -- A Business Modeling Christian Commitment to Community

When I think about the corporate world, I often think of corporate greed, bailouts and businesses driven purely by profit. It is refreshing when businesses support the work of non-profits and the work of individuals who are fighting for the voiceless members of the community. Hiscall, Inc. and Marmot are sponsors of Project Meet Me Halfway and a vital part of the project.

Today, I want to share what I have learned about Hiscall, Inc. Later on, I’ll do the same for Marmot. (Much of the information on Hiscall, Inc. comes from Fast response key to success an excellent article by Jenny Burns as printed in the Nashville Business Journal - March, 2009, and a Who's Who article in Nashville/Williamson County Spring/Summer 2009.

Hiscall, Inc. is a telecommunications business out of Dickson, Tennessee, that sells, installs and maintains telephone and data networking systems, cabling and parts. They sell to other businesses, business partners and directly to customers and strive to provide the highest quality service. Serving customers nationwide, Hiscall, Inc. believes in treating all people and customers with dignity and honesty.

Hiscall, Inc. was founded in 1995 and named with God’s guidance. Gary Luffman, the founder, President and CEO, wanted his Christian faith and principles to be mirrored in his business, so he named the company Hiscall and added the cross in the logo. The name was born from one of the late nights Gary was working on the business with his wife and business partner, Sarah, a nurse practitioner. She said, “It’s going to be His call if we make it.” The name stuck.

Even in today’s economy, Hiscall has continued to grow and develop because their commitment is first to God and then to their employees and customers. “Our long-range goals are to remain in submission to God, provide a quality work environment, be a world class service company and lead by example in all we do,” Gary maintains. “While we aren’t necessarily trying to be the largest, we’re absolutely striving to be the very best at what we do.”

The Hiscall, Inc. business philosophy is based on the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luffman says, “Internally and externally, we respect one another and strive to simply treat others as we want to be treated.” Hiscall takes pride in the efforts for employee satisfaction and retention. The company celebrates birthdays, anniversaries, births, and other life changing events, and also gives support when an employee has a loss in their life. Hiscall has also installed a recognition program where employees are encouraged to find “the good” in fellow employees, let management know about it, and then that particular employee will be recognized.

Treating people as Jesus would treat them is extremely important to Gary and Sarah. Their mission statement is the acronym “C.L.A.S.S.,” standing for Christian Ethics, Leadership, Appreciation, Service and Stewardship. “We value people of integrity who lead by example and appreciate each other, the opportunity to work together, excellent customer service and all that God has entrusted to us,” assert both Gary and Sarah.

After reading about the founding principles and the mission of Hiscall, Inc., it is clear to me now why Gary, Sara and Hiscall Inc. support Jimmy Wayne and Project Meet Me Halfway. With their strong sense of Christian commitment, Hiscall, Inc. will certainly continue to succeed and will continue to serve as a model for how businesses can serve their community. All of us should hold all businesses up to the high standards exemplified by Hiscall, Inc.

Of course, I have to end with pictures.  Jimmy's tweets and ustreams continually stress his appreciation of Hiscall, Inc's support and I thought I'd pass along a couple of the pictures he tweeted with his messages.
Jimmy's Message:  
Here's my office; & of course it's carrying my guitar. Thanks to Hiscall.com who donated this 2 show support
Gary Luffman, Hiscall Inc. came out and showed his support for Jimmy @ Snappy's in McEwen, TN


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