Employees of the Year have reason to be proud

Angela Cato - Oct 25, 2017

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Jerry Woodrome and Andy Hoffman are enjoying every moment of being Envision’s National Industries for the Blind 2017 Employee of the Year nominees. Andy, especially, finds a way to mention it in most every conversation, and that’s a good thing.
They have reason to beam with pride. They are now part of an elite group of employees at NIB-associated agencies across the country whose personal success represents everything NIB and the AbilityOne program are about.

Jerry is this year’s Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year Award winner. The award was established in 1968 to honor the late Dr. Salmon, one of the nation’s outstanding advocates for people who are blind. He was instrumental in the passage of the Wagner-O’Day Act in 1938 and the formation of NIB, serving on the NIB board of directors in its early years.
A full-time employee in Envision’s manufacturing department, Jerry’s supervisor describes him as “an ordinary man, doing extraordinary work.”
In 21 years with Envision, Jerry has never failed to provide excellent support for his co-workers and supervisors as well as serving as a mentor to his peers. These attributes, and Jerry’s ability to remain calm and focused under pressure, raise the bar for other employees and foster a positive work culture.
Although not a member of any formal committees at Envision, Jerry continually seeks areas for improvement, particularly in terms of safety and accessibility for his co-workers who are blind.
Andy was selected to receive the indirect labor Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award. Established in 1966, this award is presented annually to an employee who demonstrates career advancement at an NIB-associated agency or in the community. 
A customer service representative at Envision for the past five years, Andy is passionate about solutions and resources for employees who are blind or visually impaired. Andy is an advocate for other employees as well as himself and is not shy about suggesting ways to improve processes and the work environment.
Andy lives the Envision mission to improve the quality of life of people who are blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. Andy is a great ambassador for Envision who shares his time and talents by volunteering at Heather’s Camp, Envision Kid’s Club and Envision’s high school and middle school assistive technology camps in the summer.
Just as Jerry and Andy are honored to be the 2017 Employees of the Year, Envision is equally proud of their ongoing efforts to promote excellence within the Envision family.