CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I moved to Hermiston in October of 2009 to work for Eastern Oregon Telecom as their General Manager.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Delish Bistro

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time? What’s that?

What surprises you about Hermiston?

As the son of an Air Force officer, and then as a former Army officer myself, I have lived in and traveled to a lot of places. So, I have a lot to compare Hermiston to. The people of Hermiston are by far the friendliest and most generous I have encountered anywhere.

What was the last book you read?

“The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam,” by Max Boot.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

LinkedIn

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Back to Ireland, but with my wife this time.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Years ago, I traveled to Chicago as part of a team to meet with the executives of another company who turned out to all be Italian and looked like they were connected to the mob. When I presented my card to the man in charge, he misread my last name. Instead of Franell, he saw Franeli. He responded by stepping forward, grabbing my by both shoulders, and exclaiming in a thick Italian accent, “Franeli! Ah, you FAMALEE!” After which he promptly kissed me on both cheeks. So, for just a few hours, I was Italian and a member of the family. By the way, the meeting went very well.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

Much like we just did in Weston, Athena, and Adams, my team hopes to build fiber to the home internet and telephone networks in six to eight more communities in rural Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Without question, my proudest accomplishment is having been and continuing to be a good husband and father.

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