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Goodwill Honors Associates at Annual Awards Ceremony

Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia CEO Charles Layman offered congratulations to nominees and recipients during the organization’s annual awards ceremony on April 19.

Goodwill held the ceremony at its three Support Centers and used video conference to include associates from its Richmond, Hampton and Virginia Beach sites. The awards ceremony is part of Goodwill’s rewards and recognition initiative called the S.T.A.R.R. program, which gives managers and peers the opportunity to honor one another with distinct awards.

The Business Impact to Goodwill Award (B.I.G.) recognizes actions that align with the organization’s strategic plan, impact business results and exceed job expectations. Nominees included Michele Danner (Human Resources), Amy Parker (Learning & Organizational Development) and Mark Sacra (Risk Management). This year’s winner is Mark Sacra.

Mark Sacra (left)

“Mark represented our organization for two potential risk situations with the utmost of integrity and commitment. He worked across departmental lines to collect information and determine a timeline of accurate events. In both cases, Mark used the experience to build and provide detailed learning to help the organization avoid future risks in these areas,” said Layman.

The Pinnacle Award recognizes the associate who represents the best business initiative. The Goodwill Executive Team reviews B.I.G. awards granted for the prior year and selects one recipient whose efforts resulted in significant business impact. This year’s winner is Michele Danner.

Michelle Danner (right)

“Michele helped develop a business plan to completely overhaul the Goodwill benefits programs, which are estimated to save the organization up to $400,000. Under her leadership, we worked with our benefit partners to completely redesign our benefit structure. Her work ensured a smoother open enrollment experience and an improved understanding of Goodwill’s benefits program among associates,” said Layman.

The Kathy Ivins Spirit of Our Mission Award (KISOM) recognizes one associate for significant impact on mission delivery, above and beyond normal job expectations. Nominees included Bob Allen (Government Contracts), Jorge Balcaceres (Assets Protection), Irvin Ingram (E-Recycle) and Mark Sacra (Risk Management). This year’s winner is Bob Allen.

Bob Allen (right)

“Bob displayed an unparalleled level of commitment to Goodwill’s mission by working in conjunction with the SPAWAR program manager, supervisors, contracting office, and contracting officer representatives to renew both the Charleston and Tidewater contracts,” said Layman. “Through innovation and his program management experience, Bob worked diligently to ensure all that aspects of the agreement including staffing, pay, and vacation could be met. Through Bob’s continuous actions, both contracts are flourishing and making positive contributions towards Goodwill’s mission in 2017 while employing 77 associates,” added Layman.

Allen’s name will be added as the eighth recipient of the mission impact award to the KISOM plaques displayed in the lobbies of Goodwill’s Richmond and Hampton Support Centers.

Congratulations to the nominees and winners, and many thanks to colleagues and supervisors who endeavored to recognize these contributions.