Serving New Mexico For More Than 100 Years

At PVT we are steadily striving to be the area’s best telecommunications provider, equaling or surpassing those seen in large metropolitan areas. We hire locally and currently have more than 100 employees in SE New Mexico. As a company and as part of your communities we focus on you. PVT employees volunteer in their communities, we partner with business in the area, and we sponsor local events. Reinvesting in the communities we serve is our highest priority.

Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative is very proud to have been serving in this area for more than 100 years.  The telecommunications industry has changed dramatically from the time we began until now.  Through strategic planning and a committed Board of Directors, PVT has positioned itself to respond to an increasing demand for voice, video and data related communications solutions.

In order to protect your interests, PVT continues to be very active in the regulatory arena.  This is of ever increasing importance.  We realize that technological capabilities are not enough.  Our employees continually train to develop and maintain the skills needed.  It is the skills, abilities and commitment of our employees that differentiates us from our competitors.

Today, PVT strives to provide our members with the same quality and selection of telecommunications services available anywhere in the world.  It is important to us to provide superior, personalized service and to actively support the communities we serve.  We donate to and sponsor activities in the various schools in our serving area, FFA/4H, Grammy’s House, United Way, county fairs, the Artesia General Hospital Fund, and many more. We have awarded 105 scholarships since the inception of our Education Foundation.

When it comes to technology, PVT leads the way; and when it comes to local commitment, no one can match our home-grown dedication.

We seek to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. PVT and its subsidiaries are committed to providing high-quality telecommunications, products and services to our customers with:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Sound financial stewardship
  • Responsive and caring customer service
  • Skilled, committed, and empowered employees
  • Commitment to the communities we serve

Provide progressive high-quality communication services and valuable career opportunities

Professionalism – We approach all aspects of our business with honesty, integrity, accountability, dedication, and pride.

People First – We are selfless advocates of the company by representing the communities we serve to develop customer loyalty with the best customer experience through high-quality products and timely service and regularly welcoming feedback for continuous improvement.

Optimism – We positively view business challenges by proactively and respectfully working together to explore possibilities with a “can do” attitude and a sense of humor.

Innovation – We challenge the status quo by courageously evolving through experimentation, resilience, agility, and ongoing learning and remain the industry leader in our community.

Collaboration – We work together to attract and retain top talent and promote employee engagement through empowerment, teamwork, developmental opportunities, celebrating successes, and ongoing recognition.


Jim Meyers is known as a customer-focused professional and visionary leader who is committed to the success of the community and employees he serves. Leveraging his 30+ years of business and telecom achievements as a proud USAF veteran, he thrives in navigating complex challenges to ensure the best possible service. During his career, he has helped build many first-class communications networks along with the finely tuned and highly skilled teams that run them. Along with his many years of leadership experience, Jim has a business degree and MBA from Boise State University.

Jim’s accomplishments come from more than just business savvy: using his excellent communications skills, he teaches and inspires staff with lessons gained across his comprehensive career, resulting in a reputation as a patient, empathetic, and caring guide for diverse teams. Through PVT, Jim continues to advance his personal goals of supporting communities and maintaining satisfied customers. He is regularly recognized as a thought leader, providing crucial guidance to multiple industry boards and through State and Federal advocation. By balancing state-of-the-art technology and strategic alignment with a deeply engaged and collaborative workforce, he enables PVT to remain the area’s best telecommunications provider.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, outdoor recreation, reading, and trying to satisfy his insatiable curiosity. Jim has an affinity for pets and aspires to be as good a person as his dog thinks he is.

Jim Meyers
Jim MeyersCEO
RAE AARONVP Data and Network Security
CHESTON E. KISERVP of Operations
EUGENE McCORDVP of Sales and Marketing
MITCH HIBBARDVP of Community Affairs and Economic Development


Back row, from left: Jeremiah Johnson, Ronald Houghtaling, Marc Kincaid, Stetson Elkins,  Mike Casabonne
Front row, from left: Dwight Menefee, Roxann Sallee, Carol Gutierrez, Frank Sisneros


In 1905, A.W. Board started the Hope telephone system to serve the rural residents of Hope, New Mexico. This was the start of what would become the Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative.

The dream: the vision of a group of 75 people in Hope, New Mexico, became a great functioning reality.

In the early years of Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc., the switchboard was in the living room of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Altman, in Hope. “Central” was the resource center, especially after school each afternoon. “Central” helped answer many questions and kept Hope, New Mexico in contact with the rest of the world. The “Central” office was also the main meeting place of the town council during the 1950’s “Petticoat Rule.” This female council was feature in the April 17, 1950 Life Magazine, including a picture of the council ladies in “Central” with the switchboard in the background.

Since 1953, when Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PVT), purchased Altmans’ telephone company, PVT has made great strides in building a dynamic telecommunications system.

The post-World War II era brought an emphasis on rural expansion. No longer was it necessary to depend on privately owned home-based switchboards for telephone service. PVT focused on reducing or eliminating multiple party lines, upgrading equipment and features, as well as expanding the number of exchanges. During the years 1950 through 1953, the exchanges expanded to include Cottonwood, Loco Hills, Mayhill, Hondo and Lakewood, thus giving PVT the responsibility of providing quality telecommunications services to six exchanges, including the original Hope exchange.

As PVT expanded service to these rural areas, one customer boasted, “We have all the conveniences of town and I love the ranch t0o much to wish to live anywhere else.” This sentiment is still shared by many subscribers today.

Technology accelerated over the next three decades. In the 1960s Direct Distance Dialing (DDD) became available in all six exchanges. Extended Area Service (EAS) electronic switching equipment, computerized dialing and custom calling features further revolutionized the telephone service for PVT customers in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Today PVT has 88 employees serving customers over a 4,929 square mile area. This is a far cry from the original telephone wires strung from the ranchers’ fence posts.

Thanks to computerization, many day-to-day service requests no longer require a visit to the customer’s site. The requests can be fulfilled almost instantly, speeding from one computer system to the next. State-of-the-art facilities like computerized digital switches, hair-thin fiber-optic cable networks that carry thousands of voice and data signals simultaneously, and fascinating digital wireless technology open new communication doors every day.

Despite the company’s frequent advances in technology and rapidly expanding lines of products and services, PVT employees have remained flexible, dedicated and ahead of the learning curve to meet customers’ expectations.

The dream; the vision of those 75 people in 1949 has proven what a working community can accomplish together, not only for their generation, but also for generations to come. That dream; that vision is carried on through Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Each person, each employee, that has contributed in any measure to the building of this Cooperative, has made a positive mark in history.

What a foundation PVT has to build upon! What progress has been made over the past 50 years! What new realms and boundaries are before this Cooperative through telecommunications and cyberspace in the 21st century! Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc., still acts upon the dream; the vision shown in 1949.

If you are interested in joining the PVT team, please visit our careers page.

Five Convenient Office Locations

4011 W. Main St.; Artesia, NM 88210

2682 US Highway 82; Mayhill, NM 88339

134 N Canyon St, Carlsbad, NM 88220

3117 N. Main St; Roswell, NM 88201

1051 N Solano, Las Cruces, NM 88001