Lansing, Michigan – October 20, 2015 – Commitment to teamwork, leadership, outstanding customer service and excellence are just a few characteristics describing the winners of the 2015 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) annual employee awards. Winners are both nominated and selected by their fellow MDARD colleagues.
“MDARD employees are constantly looking for ways to grow and expand Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses while providing the best possible customer service,” said Clover Adams. “These awards offer an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to staff for their innovation, dedication, and excellence.”
The 2015 award winners are:
Leadership Award: Rich Harlow of Lansing
The “Leadership Award” is designed to provide recognition to those staff who are seen as exceptional leaders by their peers, supervisors, or customers. The award recognizes an MDARD employee that rises to a challenge to lead, inspires others to follow and to act, and seeks opportunities to innovate and improve areas within the department.
Everyday Hero Award: Amanda Cooley of Dundee The “Everyday Hero Award” affirms the value MDARD has in employees who may not be in the spotlight, yet steadily and faithfully get things done every day. It is given to an employee who consistently demonstrates dependability, diligence, initiative, and teamwork.
Front Line Ambassador Award: Tim Lyons of Jackson
The “Front Line Ambassador Award” is given to an employee who is regularly put in precarious and difficult situations, all the while demonstrating a positive attitude, identifying creative options for resolution, and following through with the constituent. The award is not given for a singular achievement or activity, but rather reflects a continuing commitment to the mission and values of MDARD
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