We owe it to the local communities where our customers live,
so everybody reaps the benefits of their choice.
-John Ward III
When John Ward first started working at AT&T more than a decade ago, the cellphone was a far simpler device than it is today, and primarily used to make phone calls. Oh, how things have changed! John has been at the heart of the cellphone explosion working as an instructor at a call center with 600 customer service agents. He has also been a dedicated volunteer.
“The reason AT&T has thrived is because of the people who choose AT&T,” said John. “We owe it to the local communities where our customers live, to give back - so that everybody reaps the benefits of their choice.”
Working with his employer, John became an AT&T Pioneer, part of a vast network of volunteers (AT&T employees and retirees) who effect immediate and tangible change in local communities. AT&T Pioneers plan events and organize fundraisers to support the communities where they live and work. John was first recruited for a juvenile diabetes fundraiser. Having diabetes himself, John was immediately drawn to the cause.
In the years since his first event, John has become the president of his Pioneer chapter in North Carolina. They have raised funds each year, started a juvenile diabetes run, work with the Salvation Army, and collect winter coats for kids in need.
John is a big sports fan, but also has a soft spot for procedural dramas on television. His best friend, Joseph Berry, will join him on the cruise.