Thursday, April 27, 2023

Six employees recognized with Founders’ Award

Photographed at this year's senior leadership meeting are
Dimitrios Smyrnios, left, Ron Kath, Jerry Pauley,
John Anderson, Shelly Heid, Amy Clarke and Julie Francis. Ron,
Jerry, John, Shelly, Amy and Hong Joung (not pictured) received
the Founders' Award. 
April 27, 2023 — This month in a highly emotional ceremony, six people were recognized with our company’s most prestigious honor — the Founders’ Award.

CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios and respective executive leaders made the announcements during a presentation ceremony at the company’s senior leadership meeting.

“The Founders’ Award is given to those who have exemplified our values and who represent our culture in a way that has made a positive impact on our business,” Dimitrios said. “All of our recipients were very deserving. They are leaders who’ve had an impact on our people and our company for years and decades. Their stories should serve as an inspiration to all of us.”

Recipients of this year’s award include:

  • John Anderson, a Food Service regional sales manager who has been with the company for 33 years. He retired earlier this year.
  • Jerry Pauley a principal project engineer who has been with the company for more than 46 years. He retired earlier this year.
  • Amy Clarke, a human resources director for Consumer Brands who has served the company for 27 years.
  • Ron Kath, a director of sales operations who has been with the company for 37 years.
  • Shelly Heid, a senior director of product development who has been with the company for 32 years.
  • Hong Joung, a vice president of engineering who has been with CJ CheilJedang's family of businesses (including Schwan's) for 35 years.

The Founders’ Award recognizes employees who demonstrate our company's principles of “Integrity, Passion, Creativity and Respect,” and whose actions help the company achieve our core value of OnlyOne (to be first, best or different in the marketplace).

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