Park District names employee, team of the year

The 2014 Rockford Park District Team of the Year.
The 2014 Rockford Park District Team of the Year.

Online Staff Report

Rockford Park District named its Employee of the Year and Team of the Year for 2014 at a special employee excellence recognition ceremony Jan. 27.

2014 Park District Employee of the Year Mark Smith.
2014 Park District Employee of the Year Mark Smith.

Project Manager Mark Smith was selected as the Rockford Park District 2014 Employee of the Year. According to a press release from the Park District: “The Rockford Park District places a high emphasis on sustainability efforts, and Project Manager Mark Smith wanted to do his part to help, so he located and contacted the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance to perform energy audits on several of facilities. This coalition of governments, utilities, energy providers, and research institutes performs free energy audits for local government units. Following the audits, Rockford Park District was awarded more than $31,000 in energy saving devices to be used at various facilities to further reduce energy consumption. Mark is constantly looking for sustainability improvements, and in this case has hit a home run in energy savings.”

2014 Team of the Year included Jordan Acosta, Shane Bays, Gerald Bell, Glenn Bereiter, Jamie Blau, Martin Bloom, Tom Brown, Robbie Brown, Mark Burkhardt, Russ Caveny, Jeffery Charrier, Rafael Class, Shannon Crain, Dee Dee Cancelose, Matt Dutkiewicz, Fred Ekberg, Jason Ergle, Ken Giesler, Rich Hardman, Kathy Hauser, Steve Hakes, Taylor Hennelly, Tom Hill, Nathan Hill, Tom Hughes, Curtis Jefferson, Lamont Johnson, Pat Kruger, Kelly Kuchelmeister, Brandon Larson, Lance Layne, Neil Lind, Ray Mason, Gene Miller, Al Miller, Pete Montana, Mark Packard, Chet Parker, Mike Parlapiano, Jim Peterson, John A. Peterson, Shawn Rice, Shawn Robinson, Kyle Rogers, Mark Rohrer, Kyle Rohrer, Robert Sargent, Bob Sears, Glenn Smith, David Spencer, Chris Taylor, Mike Zavadil and Kyle Zimmerman.

From the Park District press release: “This team spent the majority of the 2013-2014 winter season outside, and it just happened to be the fourth-coldest and the ninth snowiest in our region’s history. The team worked tirelessly to keep up with the removal of snow and ice at all Rockford Park District facilities and venues to ensure safe passage for vehicles and visitors. Over the course of the winter, this team put in hundreds of man-hours plowing and clearing walkways, and even more hours salting walkways and roads. The Rockford Park District staff thanks this team for working efficiently and diligently to keep everyone safe over one of the worst winters.”

The employee and team of the year were selected by all Rockford Park District team members.

Throughout the year, 23 employees and 14 teams were nominated by team members, and selected by a staff recognition committee as Employee of the Quarter and Team of the Quarter, making them eligible to be selected as Employee of the Year and Team of the Year.

The nominations for each quarter included recognition for Outstanding Performance, Creative Contributions/Fun Factor, Notable Service to Community/Citizens, Notable Service to Staff, Dollars for Ideas, and Safety First.

Factors used to determine quarterly award recipients included special contributions to the Park District as a whole, successful completion of special projects, ideas for improved work methods, outstanding dedication to the Park District, ideas that generated revenue or saved money for the district, attention to safety details, and/or outstanding customer service.

Posted Jan. 28, 2015

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