Envision’s 2016 Employees of the Year honored by NIB

Angela Cato - Oct 27, 2016

Tags: Employment    Industries   
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Those words could just have easily come from Francisco “Paco” Padilla and Regina Henderson, Envision’s National Industries for the Blind (NIB) 2016 Employee of the Year nominees.
 
Paco and Regina share a passion for their jobs that is evident to everyone around them. They expect the best from themselves and motivate others to do the same. Envision is honored to have had Paco and Regina represent our organization at the 2016 NIB/NAEPB (National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind) National Conference and Expo in Arlington, Virginia in September. During the conference, they were recognized with fellow NIB nominees from around the country and presented their awards by Kevin Lynch, NIB president and CEO.
 
Paco received the direct labor 2016 Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year Award.
 
Hired as a bag folder/picker at Envision Industries, Paco was promoted to machine operator within a year. Just recently, he was promoted once again to production lead. Paco’s skills, work ethic, positive attitude, knowledge and initiative are just a few of the traits that make him an outstanding employee. He not only knows how to operate the machinery in his department, he often recognizes maintenance issues and alerts technicians so problems can be remedied before equipment is damaged or needs to be taken offline.
 
Paco is patient when training new employees and respects cultural diversity. He is passionate about giving back by providing counseling at his church to young couples experiencing marital difficulties and giving free white canes away when he travels home to Mexico. You’ll learn more about his cane project in a future blog post.
 
Regina received the indirect labor 2016 Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award.
 
After serving 15 years in Envision’s print operations, in roles from production/account specialist to print store manager, Regina was ready for a new career challenge. She applied to become a purchasing agent for the agency’s Envision Xpress Base Supply Centers and was soon recognized as an asset to the team. She quickly learned the purchasing and research methods needed to perform duties such as updating pricing in the point-of-sale system and eliminating inventory duplicates with very little supervision.
 
Thanks to her great customer skills, Regina has built relationships with peers and customers, allowing her to add 25 AbilityOne items to her store inventories. Regina is also an evening DJ for the Envision radio station, Q92 The Beat (92.3 FM), and an accomplished singer.
 
By exemplifying the mission of Envision and sharing their positive attitudes with others, they are putting our entire organization on the path to success.