Company Member Interview

Company Member Interview, Eastex

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.


Eastex Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Dee Dee Longenecker, Director of Business Development

TTA Involvement:
Interim Chair of the TTA Marketing Committee, member of the Regulatory Committee, and general cheerleader.

What’s your best habit and one you wish you could change?
Longenecker: My best habit is probably good hygiene – I’m a wicked teeth brusher! I wish I could stop biting my nails – it’s been a lifelong struggle!

What helps you get creatively unstuck?
Longenecker: Spending time in nature.

Who do you admire and why?
Longenecker: I greatly admire Ruth Bader Ginsberg for her wisdom, work ethic, and accomplishments for equal rights.

What buzzword could you live without?
Longenecker: Wheelhouse. Does anyone even know what a wheelhouse is? Why do they have so many wheels that they need a house for them?

How do you like to relax?
Longenecker: On the beach with a frosty margarita in my hand.

Is there a favorite book you’d recommend?
Longenecker: There are so many, but one that I recommend fervently is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank.

What advice are you glad you ignored?
Longenecker: Oooh, that’s tough. It’s either “You should buy bitcoin,” or “You should wear makeup every day.”

How did you choose your career?
Longenecker: I think this career chose me – LOL!

What’s you WFH (work-from-home) uniform?
Longenecker: My very best blue jeans, my softest T-shirts, and slippers or bare feet.

Any favorite object in your office?
Longenecker: Since I began WFH, I’d have to say my dogs.

Do you have a quote or saying you try to live by?
Longenecker: I have a few. The shortest and most constant one is simply “LOVE MORE.” But lately I’ve been trying to live by “Progress, not perfection, brings peace.” Finally, I often tell my daughter, “If everyone were as cool as us, we wouldn’t shine like we do!”

Favorite social media accounts or websites?
Longenecker: My Modern Met, Bored Panda, Facebook.com/RickyGervais, and Facebook.com/Eastex, of course!

What personally has gotten you through the COVID-19 pandemic?
Longenecker: My husband, Will, and my daughter, Phoebe – their love and humor.

Top 3 activities that bring you joy.
Longenecker: Snuggling with my family, creating art, and going to the movies (back when that was a thing).

Which would you rather do?
Cook or exercise? Cook!
Read or listen to an audiobook? Read, unless I’m on a road trip, then listen to an audiobook.
Swim or hike? Swim.
Present to a group or take an online course? Depends on the topic!

What are you looking forward to doing in 2021?
Longenecker: GETTING OUT OF QUARANTINE! HUGGING! SEEING MY EXTENDED FAMILY! TRAVELING!