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Mountain West Technologies wins Casper Area Chamber of Commerce ‘Member of the Year’ award

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Recently it was announced that Mountain West Technologies had won the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce “Member of the Year” award.

This announcement was made at the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet, which acknowledges many of the individuals and businesses that continue to positively impact Casper and surrounding areas throughout the year.

Mountain West Technologies is a local internet service provider that also offers phone and TV streaming options. It was founded in 2004 and, in the almost 20 years of its existence, has provided internet accessibility to numerous service areas throughout Central Wyoming, including Casper, Cheyenne, Wheatland, Chugwater, Saratoga and more.

Most importantly, Mountain West Technologies is a Wyoming-based internet provider.

“We’re headquartered out of Casper,” said Lesha Thorvaldson, the Director of Business Development for Mountain West Technologies. “We’re a 307-first company, which means that we work hard to do right by the state of Wyoming and its consumers.”

As a 307 First company, Mountain West Technologies chooses to do everything “in-house,” meaning that the construction crew, the installation crew, the customer support specialists, the sales people and more are all hired locally.

Mountain West Technologies understands the importance of “local,” and its biggest goal is to provide excellent customer service, “the way the West was won.”

“We don’t outsource our labor or support staff,” Thorvaldson stated. “It’s all under our roof, across the state. Mountain West operates by its value system, which is doing right by our customers and doing what’s right for our customers. We’re your neighbors. We live and work next door to you and we want to make sure that we’re taking care of people, and treating people the way we would want to be treated.”

There’s power in the Golden Rule, and there’s also power in local.

The Casper Area Chamber of Commerce knows this as well and applies it to the criteria needed for a company to actually win the “Member of the Year” award.

Those criteria are as follows:

  • Make a positive impact on the Casper with their specialized services 
  • Positively build Casper 
  • Achieve successful business practices, e.g. marketing, promotional activities, strong ethics
  • Promote employee self-growth and development 
  • Make business contributions to the industry and/or involves business in research and development 
  • Demonstrate a high level of customer satisfaction, confidence and services

Mountain West Technologies does all of the above, and then some.

“The criteria of the award — it’s just who we are,” Thorvaldson said matter-of-factly. “It’s all in our value systems. The positive impact on Casper, the successful business practices that promote employee self growth and development, all of it. And because that criteria is so specific to what our own goals are, and our own company values, it really is meaningful to know that we’re being recognized for doing what we set out to do. It’s nice to know we’re achieving that.”

Even more than being recognized for adhering to the aforementioned criteria, the most important aspect of this award to the men and women of Mountain West Technologies is that it was the community who voted for them.

“We recognize the very high class of businesses that were in our category, and we look up to a lot of those businesses,” Thorvaldson said. “We work with some of those businesses, so it’s a real honor to have been selected. And it was an even bigger honor that it was voted on by the people in our community. That’s pretty meaningful.”

The Casper Area Chamber of Commerce, per its website, exists to “actively create business opportunities by connecting, informing, leveraging, and collaborating with [its] members.” Its goal is to shine a light on businesses that, quite simply, make the community better. Mountain West Technologies does that. It does that with what it provides but, even more importantly, it does that with how it provides. From the top down, Mountain West Technologies is committed to providing the best possible customer service for its internet, phone and television streaming plans.

It’s ironic, then, that the purpose of Mountain West Technologies is to connect people, because connection is the most important part of the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce as well. And this award proves that that Mountain West Technologies is a valued, integral, connection-seeking business in Casper and beyond.

“We at Mountain West Technologies are thrilled to have won the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce 2022–2023 Member of the Year award,” said Kyle Ridgeway, the President of Mountain West Technologies. “It is a stunning achievement for everyone at the company. We cannot thank our customers and the Chamber enough for supporting our commitment to local business and local entrepreneurship, and our focus on high standards for customer satisfaction and community benefit. It says a lot about everyone at the company that we are being recognized for these efforts. But we couldn’t do it without our customers and other local businesses that support our efforts to keep our technology solutions local, and to continue to work to diversify our local economy. We all at Mountain West are committed to continue to improve every day, and to continue to bring the best internet, phones, and technology solutions to all of us in Central and Southeastern Wyoming — all brought by people who live and work right here!”

For more information, or to sign up for services with Mountain West Technologies, visit its website.

For more information on the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce, visit its website or Facebook page.

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