|The New York & New England Exchanges was one of the regional telephone companies back when AT&T had been broken up. They did not have the best reputation for quality and service and when the phone companies all got back together again, nobody really mourned the loss of NYNEX.
"Winning Ways" actually has a history, as reported in a book. An employee motivation seminar around 1995 that nobody at NYNEX really liked. Perhaps the chips were handed out as proof of the mandatory attendance at the training, or for a free cup of coffee!