This edition of our Employee Spotlight features Molly Rowe, site manager at VVS’ cafeteria at Tyson in Perry, Iowa. Molly has been in the foodservice industry for 17 years, having managed limited service hotels and owning her own catering company before joining VVS. She enjoys creating new and different food dishes for her family (husband, Brent, and 3 children), as well as taking long-distance bicycle rides. She and her husband even rode in the annual bike ride across Iowa, called Ragbrai. Molly told VVS, “One of my proudest accomplishments was catering for a wedding; the bride was Nigerian and she wanted some traditional Nigerian dishes offered. She came into my kitchen and taught me how to create these meals for the reception.” Welcome to the VVS team, Molly!
VVS Canteen District Manager Michael O’Leary’s daughter, Breanna O’Leary, continues to work harder than the rest to become part of a Professional Nascar Pit Crew. In a male dominated sport, she continues to prove that effort always overcomes adversity! Check out ESPN’s article detailing her hard work! http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/18894083/nascar-drive-diversity-women-pit-crew-trainees-go-wall-hopes-going-it
This month’s Employee Spotlight features Kay Kolbo, Administrative Assistant-Payroll Deduct Systems in Cozad. Kay joined VVS in September 2014, after working as a transportation dispatcher and in manufacturing. She enjoys spending time with her family (husband Dirk and daughter Tess), reading, hunting and target shooting. “I will be graduating from Chadron State College in May 2017 with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Accounting,” Kay told us. She is also expecting a new addition to her family in July! Thank you for all you do for VVS, Kay, and congratulations on the new addition to your family!
This edition of VVS’ Employee Spotlight features Lindsey Comings, Accounts Receivable Clerk at VVS Corporate Offices. Lindsey joined VVS four years ago, while working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, which she completed with honors. Outside of work, Lindsey enjoys outdoor hobbies including ice fishing and kayaking with her fiancé, Clark. They have two dogs and are currently planning a wedding. “I am excited to become Mrs. Johanson in April!”, Lindsey told us. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and thank you for all of your hard work.
Nancy Munoz is celebrating 15 years with VVS! When she started with VVS at the cafeteria in Tyson, Amarillo, Nancy was the international/ethnic cook; she was later promoted to head cashier. She enjoys providing good customer service and interacting with the customers, as well as planning and organizing fun activities at party functions. Nancy said that she “enjoys spending time with her daughter and granddaughters”, and she loves to shop and travel. Thank you for your years of service, Nancy!
This edition of VVS’ Employee Spotlight features Jane Naslund, Payroll Deduct Administrator, in our Cozad office. Jane has been with VVS a little over three years, after working as a loan officer in Holdrege, Nebraska. She enjoys fishing with her husband, Kelly, planting and caring for her flowers, spending time with her twin daughters, and baking. One of Jane’s proudest accomplishments was helping her husband build their home a few years ago. She is also excited about her “first grandchild to be born in July.” Congratulations, Jane, and thank you for all you do for VVS!
Scott Trumbley, VVS’ District Manager for Vending, Micro Markets, & Office Coffee Service (East Region), recently attended the North American Merchandisers Association (NAMA) training in Houston, Texas. Held on the campus of the University of Houston, the training was for leadership and management. Scott told us: “There were several tools taught on how to deal with employees and customers in a way that will allow your business to grow, prosper and become stronger.” Congratulations, Scott, on completing this training!
Amarillo Faith City Mission had a record-breaking year when they fed nearly 500 homeless in December, and VVS staff was there to help. Latoya Williams (District Manager, Texas), Carol Mungia (Site Manager, Cargill Friona), and Tammy Benton (Site Manager, Tyson Amarillo) volunteered their time to help serve ham, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and pecan pie. They plan to volunteer again in 2017 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. A huge “Thank You” to these ladies for helping those in need during the holiday season!
VVS welcomes Matt Smith as a new District Manager, overseeing accounts in Kansas and Nebraska. He brings 35 years of experience in the foodservice industry, with 34 of those years working for Grandmother’s Restaurants in Lincoln, Nebraska. “My proudest professional experience was being part of a team that created the Lincoln Grandmother’s experience,” said Matt.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys home improvement projects, playing golf, biking, church, and spending time with family and friends. He also has a 23-year old son who is finishing up college at UNL. Welcome to the VVS team, Matt!
Carol Palacio, VVS Site Manager at JBS in Ottumwa, recently celebrated 14 years of service with VVS. Carol has worked in the foodservice industry for 26 years, and has been recognized for her strong work ethic. She grew up working in her mother’s restaurant washing dishes, and helped to keep everything clean so that customers would have a great experience. “I am very pleased to be a part of VVS,” said Carol.
When not working, Carol and her family (husband, Frank, and three grown sons) enjoy finding historic places to visit. Carol told VVS, “My proudest moments are always when all employees work together and the food that they display ‘makes one hurry up to eat’.”