Awards and Recognition
AmeriPride continues to be recognized as a leading service provider across North America. The core values our company has lived by since 1889 are more important than ever and our customers agree. With the support of our committed employees and faithful customers, we've proudly received outside recognition for accomplishments in customer service, longevity and individual achievement. Take a look at some of the awards and recognition we've received as an organization.
Minnesota PRSA Classic Award for Ben Saukko
Ben Saukko, AmeriPride Director of Communications, was recently honored with a Minnesota PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) "Classics Award" for his Crisis Communications work for AmeriPride/Canadian Linen. Since 1978, the Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards have recognized organizations for excellence in public relations, with PR practitioners being judged by their peers and elected for the honor of recognition.
Due to the nature of our business, AmeriPride is particularly at risk for crisis events that could impact our employees and customers.Over the past year, Ben has been working on a comprehensive crisis program for the branches that includes traditional communications best practices, as well as creating a mobile device app that will allow crisis situation management from virtually any location.
We're proud to congratulate Ben on this achievement, which, in the words of the program, is recognition of "exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness"
Top Women in Finance
Kathy Jennings, Operations Controller for AmeriPride, was named to the Finance & Commerce ‘Top Women in Finance’ List in 2012! The award recognizes outstanding efforts of women who are making notable contributions to their professions, their communities and society at large. The women were honored at a special reception and dinner with other recipients of the award. Kathy was joined on the list by other female leaders from companies such as Wells Fargo, US Bank, Medica, Weber Shandwick, Merrill Lynch, General Mills, Salo and Crave Restaurant Holdings.
At AmeriPride, Kathy’s responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, general accounting and payroll. Dan Lagermeier, CFO for AmeriPride reports, “she has been a key contributor to the centralization of our processes and the establishment of the National AR Centers in the U.S. and Canada. Her efforts to standardize and streamline will lead to efficiencies and support our future growth”.
We congratulate Kathy on her recent award and her many accomplishments in propelling AmeriPride forward through our accounting operations.
2011 Minnesota Family Business Award
AmeriPride is a recipient of the Twin Cities Business 2011 Minnesota Family Business Award. This honor is awarded to five outstanding family-owned Minnesota businesses each year that epitomize the highest standards of success, family involvement, community service and family business structure. The 2011 committee chose AmeriPride Services as the top company representing the award's values within the 'Legacy' category. Bruce Steiner, former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of Directors, accepted the award on the company's behalf.
The Steiner family pioneered the industry and their core family values have sustained the company for more than 120 years. In addition, our commitment to the customer, personalized service, innovation and automation have helped the company to thrive for many generations.
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TRSA Operator Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year, the Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) honors a select group of individuals for their involvement within the industry. Lawrence "Larry" Steiner, a member of the founding family and the current AmeriPride Board of Directors, was recently recognized for his many achievements at AmeriPride Services and his lifetime commitment to the industry. We thank him for his ongoing dedication and congratulate him for this most recent honor.
The TRSA Operator Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor that can be attained by a professional in our industry. The award recognizes exceptional personal service to both the textile services industry and TRSA. Candidates are nominated by their operator peers and are ultimately selected by the TRSA Executive Committee.
Congratulations to Larry Steiner for receiving this award, honoring his highly successful career at AmeriPride. We are privileged to have a person such as Larry serve our company during his lengthy career. He has played an integral role in the ongoing success of AmeriPride Services!
TRSA represents the $16-billion textile services industry that employs nearly 200,000 people at more than 2,000 facilities nationwide. These companies provide laundered textiles and other products and services that help businesses project a clean and attractive public image. The industry reaches every major business and industrial region, Congressional district and city in the country. Most Americans benefit at least once a week from the cleanliness and safety provided by the industry-through its laundering and delivery of reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products for the healthcare, hospitality and industrial/manufacturing sectors. TRSA member companies' services minimize environmental impacts on air, water and solid waste disposal while reducing costs for millions of customers. Member facilities use high-capacity, high-speed laundry equipment to achieve tremendous efficiencies in the use of utilities and chemistry. TRSA guides members in continuous improvement in this respect, sparking new environmentally friendly business practices.
CIO of the Year
In its inaugural year of awards recognition, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has announced the honorees for the CIO of the Year Award. Joe Jansen, Director of Information Systems at AmeriPride, is among the 2011 recipients. Honorees include CIOs and CTOs at firms ranking from small companies to global corporations. Judges from the Twin Cities tech community selected the 2011 honorees.
"Joe has been with AmeriPride since November 2005 and manages information services for the entire company, including service desk support and branch technology solutions", said Bill Evans, CEO at AmeriPride. "Under his leadership, the department has recently completed the upgrade and overhaul of the Corporate Data Center and many other system upgrades. Joe plays an important role in making sure our company stays competitive through innovation and automation in each of our production facilities and service centers.”
Joe joins a select group of honorees from smaller companies to global corporations like Medtronic and Alliant Techsystems that were chosen by a panel of judges from the Twin Cities tech community.
Congratulations to Joe Jansen for his recognition as a leading CIO within enterprise/global businesses. His significant efforts have helped lead AmeriPride into the technological forefront within our industry.