Employee of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted


AKRON, Ohio— July 2, 2013— The elements most often missing from an employer’s compensation package are recognition and appreciation. Goodwill Industries is offering employers in Summit, Medina, Portage, Ashland and Richland Counties an opportunity to give their stellar employees the recognition and appreciation deserved through the Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon hosted by Goodwill Industries. Employers can nominate – AT NO COST – the employees they would like to publicly recognize.  The deadline to nominate employees is July 31, 2013.  Every honoree is acknowledged at the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the five 2013 Employees of Distinction Awards. All honorees will also receive two free tickets to a performance at Akron’s historic Civic Theater.  This year’s keynote speaker is Hideo “Hank” Hara, chief technology officer, Bridgestone Americas in Akron, Ohio.

A panel of independent judges will select the top five employees. The winners will be announced at the event and will be given a special gift from Shulan’s Fairlawn Jewelers.  Submit a nomination by July 15, and receive a FREE business card size ad in the commemorative program (limit one ad per company) and be entered into a drawing to win a membership to the Greater Akron Chamber (current members are not eligible).

“We don’t say thank you enough to our employees,” according to event chairman Randy Katz of City Scrap

& Salvage and co-chair Mary Ann Roach of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, both in Akron.  “This luncheon gives us a terrific opportunity to show appreciation publicly and share in the enthusiasm with other area employers.  The energy at this event is astounding!”

Last year, 38 individuals were recognized throughout Summit, Portage and Medina Counties. Employers can nominate as many employees as they wish, and there is no fee for nominations. However, each ticket at the event, including honorees, is $30. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities that deliver high-impact exposure in a cost-effective way are also available for the event.

“Goodwill is a leader in workforce development and it’s a privilege to host an event that recognizes superior employees,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, President and CEO. “Most people place a high value on having their efforts publicly recognized. This event provides employers a cost-effective way to praise and inspire outstanding employees.”

Employers can download the Nomination Form, make reservations for the luncheon, and learn about sponsorship and advertising for the event online at www.goodwillakron.org. Questions about the Employee of Distinction Luncheon can be directed to Tracy Keenan at 330-786-2573 or tkeenan@goodwillakron.org.

Event Details

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, $30, RSVP at www.goodwillakron.org.

About Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Akron is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find, and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, and Richland, the Akron-based agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International, and a United Way agency in Summit and Medina Counties. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and contract services division. For more information about Goodwill, visit www.goodwillakron.org or call 800-989-8428.      ###

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Phone: (330) 724-699
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