Associate Success Stories
 
2014

Milton J. Samuelson Award Nominee
Photo of Upcoming Associate of the Year Keith Tyson - Andrews BSC
BISM is pleased to nominate Andrews BSC associate Keith Tyson for the 2014 Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award. Keith has been a dedicated associate for over 12 years at the JBAB and Andrews AbilityOne Base Supply Centers. Not only has Keith been a positive and effective associate, he also has been involved with developing assistive technology tools that have helped many blind workers throughout the BSC system.

Peter J. Salmon Award Nominee
Photo of Upcoming Associate of the Year Angela Meredith – Baltimore
BISM is proud to nominate Baltimore fabric cutting associate Angela Meredith for the 2014 National Industries for the Blind’s (NIB) Peter J. Salmon Direct Labor Employee of the Year Award. Angela has been employed at BISM since 2006 and has an excellent rapport with her fabric cutting team along with a positive attitude.



2013

Associate of the Year
Photo of Upcoming Associate of the Year Rebecca Sexauer -  Salisbury
Rebecca has worked at BISM’s Salisbury Northwood location for about 15 years and currently handles Associate Relations, Payroll, and Administrative duties. She is extremely dedicated to BISM associates and takes on more and more responsibilities at the Northwood location.

Milton J. Samuelson Award Nominee
Picture of Brian Porter Brian Porter - Baltimore
Brian began working for BISM’s Rehabilitation Department in January 2012 as the Woodshop Instructor for the CORE adult residential training program. Brian’s presence was immediately felt as he went through orientation in the Rehabilitation Program and other BISM divisions.  In July 2012, BISM’s Woodshop was officially reopened with Brian Porter managing the operation after it had been closed for several years. Brian helps to teach cane travel classes as well.  Brian discovered that he really enjoyed teaching travel class and was accepted into an Orientation and Mobility Training program.  Once completing the certification program, he will have the ability to train other people to teach travel.

Peter J. Salmon Award Nominee
Picture of Stan Wafford Stan Wafford - Ft. Knox
Stan began working in July 2009 with BISM’s AbilityOne Base Supply Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  He has been essential to the success of the Fort Knox Base Supply Center.  Stan always is the first to greet customers and takes the primary role of facility maintenance.  He volunteered to take charge in many areas of facility maintenance such as cleaning, outside maintenance and floor care where we have realized a savings of $8,400 per year.  He provides great customer service and has developed many professional and personal relationships with our customers.  Stan was instrumental in the Fort Knox BSC achieving their best year-end inventory of 99.99%.  He makes sure all of the marketing materials for the Credit Card classes are organized and prepared before each class.  Stan also assists in the warehouse receiving during our busy season to ensure that the customers have all the products available to them.


2012

Associate of the Year
Photo of Francis Black Francis Black - Baltimore
Congratulations to Baltimore Cutting Associate Frances Black for winning the prestigious 2012 Associate of the Year award! Frances, who celebrated her 30th year at BISM in 2012, is an outstanding associate and a very kind, caring person. Currently, Frances is the Fabric Spreading Inspector and Operator of the Gerber computerized cutting machine.

Milton J. Samuelson Award Nominee
Picture of Ruth Sagar Ruth Sagar - Baltimore
Congratulations to Ruth Sager for being nominated for the Milton J. Samuelsson Career Achievement Award Ruth has been employed by BISM for over 16 years and is currently Coordinator of Senior Services in Baltimore.

Peter J. Salmon Award Nominee
Picture of Davene Spence Devene Spence - Salisbury
Congratulations to Devene Spence for being nominated for the Peter J. Salmon Direct Labor Employee of the Year Award. Devene has been a versatile BISM associate for over 27 years at the Salisbury plant.

2011

Associate of the Year
Photo of E. Lee Nicol E. Lee Nicol - Baltimore