Unicarriers names employees of the year

by MM&D Online Staff
Front row (L-R): Marsha Lee, Victor Diaz, Brandon Codina, Kimberly Gray. Back row (L-R): Joe Engelhardt, Roger Odom, Bryan Svercauski
Front row (L-R): Marsha Lee, Victor Diaz, Brandon Codina, Kimberly Gray. Back row (L-R): Joe Engelhardt, Roger Odom, Bryan Svercauski

MARENGO, Illinois—UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) named the 2015  Employees of the Year and its STAR Award winner.

UCA’s STAR Award is given to an employee who promotes change and is responsible for the most significant cost savings over the fiscal year. This year’s STAR Award winner was welder Joe Engelhardt. Engelhardt was selected because he identified product and process improvements that resulted in significant cost savings. By making a change in the wiring choice for an instrument panel robot, Engelhardt saved the company $1,500 without sacrificing weld integrity.

This year, UCA received more nominations for Employee of the Year than any previous year, and the high volume of qualified nominees led to a record six winners of the Employee of the Year honour. These winners embody the fundamentals of UCA culture, which include maintaining a solution orientation, proactively taking responsibility, gaining truth and practicing empathy, following up promptly and regularly and going out of their way to create remarkable customer experiences.

“We are proud to recognize these reliable and outstanding employees who best represent UniCarriers Americas,” said Anthony Salgado, president of UCA. “They exemplify who we want to be as an organization, and I am pleased to honour so many outstanding candidates who embrace and embody the UCA culture.”

UCA’s Employees of the Year are:

Brandon Codina, Technical Support Specialist—Codina regularly displays technical expertise and builds talent on the technical support team. Codina also assures that all customer issues are resolved, and his efforts significantly elevate UCA’s customer service levels.

Victor Diaz, Engineer—Diaz plays an instrumental role in UCA’s analytic department. His skills and knowledge of engineering principles and calculations lead to quick resolutions and a greater understanding of product development project dynamics.

Kimberly Gray, National Account Fleet Specialist—Gray is responsible for UCA’s RFPs and maintenance proposals. She developed a custom billing process that efficiently handled parts orders of more than $600,000 over the past year.

Marsha Lee, Associate Buyer Planner—Lee was specifically selected to process double the volume of dealer returns in 2014 and achieved the company’s goal within the target time. She solves customer issues and leads change by converting processes to align with UCA’s state-of-the-art ERP system.

Roger Odom, Material Coordinator—Odom displays UCA’s core competencies daily and always follows processes in a well-organized manner. He is a proud member of the safety committee, and he had perfect attendance in 2014.

Bryan Svercauski, Senior Manufacturing Engineering- Svercauski plays a key role in developing the skills of other employees and uses feedback constructively to fuel his own professional growth.