About Val

Val the Phone Gal**Meet Val the Phone Gal**

Cabling Maui phones and computers since 1995.

I am often asked how I got into this business, so here’s the story:

My little sister, Melanie, had gone to a tel-com school in Montana to learn the trade and she thought it might be something I would enjoy doing and might be good at.  She was right.  At the time, it was one of the only tel-com training schools available, if you were not associated with  “the phone company”.  They taught the basics of everything from climbing poles to central office wiring.  It was a great course and after that I picked up some formal training on different jobs, and the rest I have learned by being “thrown to the wolves”.  I also acquired some good experience working on a few good-sized jobs such as: wiring a hospital, doing the service and repair for Continental Airlines at Stapleton Airport in Denver for years, working on the crews that installed 12,000 new phone jacks at Colorado University, and I worked in the Tel-com Division at the gas & electric company in Colorado, to name a few.  I also oversaw the tele-metering project with that same utility company while Denver International Airport was under construction, before moving to Maui.  Then I started up here as Val the Phone Gal.  It has been very different here, no skyscrapers to wire, much smaller businesses, and lots of jungle jobs.  It’s a great job, so interesting and something different every day.  It’s a never-ending learning process that I really enjoy.  My Dad and brother are both Machine Maintenance guys so I must have inherited that troubleshooting and repair gene.

I love working for all my small business clients.  So many great, hard working people out there.  I have worked for them when they were starting out in home offices and then when they grew to larger office spaces and added more employees.  I have helped many to downsize to smaller offices in this economic downturn and hope to be able to see them grow again in the near future.  Unfortunately, I have lost many great clients in the downturn and hope to see them return to their businesses soon.  I also work for many non-profit agencies, doctors, lawyers, limo companies, and just about any kine business you can think of.  The residential jobs are great because I get to see so many beautiful neighborhoods all over Maui and meet such nice people while doing it.  I enjoy trying to save my customers money and finding the right solutions for their individual situations.

My favorite part about working around this beautiful island everyday?  There are no freeways!

And…..NO SNAKES!!