Company Member Interview

Get to Know Your Fellow TTA Company Member

You see or hear their names and may know them through work but here are some insights into their personalities and more. Perhaps you’ll even find a connection you didn’t know you shared.


Allen Hyer, General Manager
XIT Rural Telephone

TTA Involvement

PAC Board, Regulatory Committee

What’s your best habit and one you wish you could change?

Hyer: One good habit is researching the solution to problems. I wish I was more of a morning person.

What helps you get creatively “unstuck”?

Hyer: Music.

Who do you admire and why?

Hyer: My mom. She raised me, survived it, and still speaks to me.

What buzzword could you live without?

Hyer: Quantitative Easing.

How do you like to relax?

Hyer: Playing the guitar, video games, and watching sports.

Is there a favorite book you’d recommend?

Hyer: Atlas Shrugged. The Bourne Identity: A Novel (very different from the movie).

What advice are you glad you ignored?

Hyer: Don’t do it like that, we have always done it like this.

How did you choose your career?

Hyer: I was interested in technology and computers from a young age. Growing up in a small town, the telephone company was the closest thing to a “tech company” I could find.

What’s you WFH uniform?

Hyer: Jeans and a polo shirt, no shoes.

Any favorite object in your office?

Hyer: Computer.

Do you have quote or saying you try to live by?

Hyer: Never ask someone to do something that you are not willing to do yourself.

Favorite social media accounts or websites?

Hyer: Sweetwater.com

What personally has gotten you through the COVID-19 pandemic so far?

Hyer: Prayer and being married to my best friend.

Top 3 activities that bring you joy.

Hyer: Playing the guitar and listening to music, writing code, and travel.

Which would you rather do?

  • Cook or exercise? Cook.
  • Read or listen to an audiobook? Read.
  • Swim or hike? Swim.
  • Present to a group or take an online course? Take an online course.

What are you looking forward to doing in 2021?

Hyer: I am hoping we find some bit of normalcy this year.