Tulsa, Oklahoma (PRWEB) December 05, 2015
Blue Jay Wireless Regional Manager Thomas Carter has been named Workforce Tulsa's Business Leader of the Year, thanks to his efforts to provide jobs and to support programs that assist unemployed workers in the area.
Dallas-based Blue Jay Wireless provides cell phone service through the Lifeline program, a federal initiative that offers discounted phone service to low-income individuals, helping to ensure that all Americans have access to basic cell service so they can find employment and stay in touch with doctors, schools and family members.
Blue Jay began operating in the Tulsa area about six months ago, led by Carter. The company has hired more than 40 local sales representatives, thanks to its partnership with Workforce Tulsa, said Shelley Cadamy, Workforce Tulsa’s executive director.
Cadamy said Carter was chosen as Business Leader of the Year because his efforts exemplify the way that businesses can partner with Workforce Tulsa to benefit the whole community.
"(Carter) very quickly understood the value of working with us, which doesn't always happen," Cadamy said. "He jumped right in."
Workforce Tulsa helps businesses connect with people looking for work and it offers free office resources to the unemployed. Among those resources is a vanpool program that helps people without independent transportation get to their jobs, and Carter helped to get that program running by encouraging his own employees to use it, Cadamy said.
Carter became a believer in Workforce Tulsa's mission even before he was in a position to hire anyone because the organization helped him to find his own job.
"They give people opportunities without charging a fee," Carter said, "and that's a big help. With our partnership, we can do great things together. It's a win-win for everyone."
More than 80 percent of the jobs Blue Jay has brought to the Tulsa area have been filled through Workforce Tulsa, Carter said, and that resource has been instrumental in helping Blue Jay to maintain its robust growth in the region.
Blue Jay Wireless, LLC, is an eligible telecommunications carrier providing service through the Lifeline program, a government assistance program. Eligible consumers may enroll in the program. Blue Jay Wireless is driven by its mission to connect disadvantaged citizens with employers, family and friends so no one is left behind.
For information: http://www.bluejaywireless.com or