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Pat Kress Honored with Clete Smith Employee-Owner of the Year Award

November 1, 2016 | News | Company

Congratulations to Pat Kress located in our Waterloo branch on being selected as the recipient of Van Meter's 2016 Clete Smith Employee-Owner of the Year Award! You are a shining example of an employee-owner and are respected by many. You value relationships and serve your family, community and company in countless, selfless ways.

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In February, 2008, Van Meter lost a very special friend and fellow employee-owner, Clete Smith. Since Clete’s passing, each year we have awarded one Van Meter employee-owner with the Clete Smith Award. Clete Smith embodied what it means to be an employee-owner at Van Meter. His presence was a reminder of what we value most in our employee ownership culture; selflessness, humility, a strong work ethic, and compassion.

In the spirit of employee ownership and in honor of Clete’s memory, Pat Kress, account manager in Waterloo, was honored with this year’s Clete Smith Award. Pat was nominated by Heather Fleming and Todd Ettleman for this award. Below are excerpts from the nominations demonstrating how Pat embodies the spirit of this award and what it means to be an Employee-Owner at Van Meter.

“Pat is engaged and “All In” as an employee owner. He works hard to build trust and maintain strong relationships with his fellow employee owners. Pat also demonstrates an unwavering commitment to his customers. He ensures that he understands his customers wants, anticipates their needs and works tirelessly to ensure they have everything they need to succeed”.
“Not only are the communities in which we work and live better places because of Pat, he has touched many lives across the world through his volunteerism and mission work.”
“Pat is smart, kind, compassionate and employee owner minded.”
“Pat is passionate about our Company, fellow owners and also our customers. He is always willing to help whenever or wherever needed. He leads by example with integrity and humility as his guide. I think the title that his customers, our vendors, community members and co-workers would overwhelming give him is FRIEND.”

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