MERRIAM, KS—September 15, 2013—IBT Industrial Solutions announced that Adam Massie is the 107th winner of the Charlie Howard Spirit Award. He was recognized at the quarterly luncheon held at company’s corporate headquarters in Merriam, Kansas. Massie was chosen for demonstrating the qualities embodied by longtime IBT employee Charlie Howard—including dedication, loyalty, and a positive attitude.
The company gives the award every quarter—since 1987. Originally called “Employee of the Quarter,” it was renamed the “Charlie Howard Spirit Award” in 1996 when Howard passed away after 30 years of service at IBT.
Stephen Cloud, the Chairman of the Board at IBT, said that Howard was an extraordinary employee.
“The thing that Charlie did that was so unique was—he took young, new employees under his wing and personally mentored them,” Cloud said. “Nobody asked him to do that, he was just a great employee. Always there to help people, always positive.”
In addition to the quarterly award, IBT has established a park in Howard’s memory. Located in the southeast corner of the parking lot at corporate headquarters, the shady benches are a perfect lunch spot for employees.
“Charlie was the thread through the lives of many of our employees,” Cloud said. “I can’t tell you how many careers he salvaged here at IBT.”
The final award decision for the Charlie Howard Spirit Award is made by a selection committee, headed by Gary Hense, Director of Training/Marketing Services at IBT. Hense said that every manager and employee at corporate headquarters has the opportunity to nominate an employee.
“We try to pick someone who really goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Hense said. “Charlie was an outstanding employee. We look for someone who emulates his work ethic in their daily job.”
About IBT Industrial Solutions IBT Industrial Solutions is a leading, full-service industrial supplier. Since 1949, IBT has been helping customers maintain efficient, productive, and safe workplace facilities through quality industrial MRO supplies, products, and services. Top-notch industrial expertise and superior customer service set IBT apart. IBT has nearly 40 stocking locations throughout the United States, and is headquartered in the Kansas City suburb of Merriam, Kansas.
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