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MDARD Honors Its Outstanding Employees For 2012
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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today honored several department employees for their outstanding commitment to teamwork, leadership, and excellence during its annual employee awards ceremony.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Jennifer Holton at 517-241-2485 or holtonj@michigan.gov

MI Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development Honors Its Outstanding Employees For 2012


Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today honored several department employees for their outstanding commitment to teamwork, leadership, and excellence during its annual employee awards ceremony. Winners were both nominated and selected by their fellow MDARD colleagues.

“MDARD employees step up every day to be problem-solvers for our food and agriculture businesses to foster expansion. I am so proud of our employees and their dedication to the state of Michigan,” said Clover Adams. “It is both an honor and a priviledge to work with to count this high caliber group of state employees among my colleagues.”

The 2012 award winners are:

Team Excellence Award: Continental Dairy Team

MDARD’s Continental Dairy Team spent significant time and energy assisting this large dairy plant with meeting all legal requirements in order to start processing milk at their facility approximately three months ahead of schedule. The Continental Dairy plant in Coopersville is one of Michigan’s largest dairy processing plants constructed in the last 20 years, which meant hundreds of staff hours were spent reviewing equipment diagrams, conducting initial inspections, ensuring producer security requirements were met as well as the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, conducting training with plant staff to ensure the safety of the product, and addressing waste management issues. Congratulations to Brandon Verhougstraete, Amy Brown, Shari Blonde, Paula Dankert, Beth Swank, Dennis Hunt, Karen McNamara, and Michelle Crook.

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: Cathy Lenda of Millington

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: Carrie Andrich of Bad Axe

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.

For more information, please visit the MDARD website at www.michigan.gov/mdard.