Recently, all of C&A’s employees gathered at the Embassy Suites LaVista for our annual Awards Celebration, titled “Start Strong. Finish Stronger.”
There were hundreds of employees there, dressed to the “T” and excited to celebrate the 2010 business year.
The event opened with a short presentation by UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts. The ex-Husker All-American and NFL player spoke about his career and what’s happening in the athletic programs at UNO. Most importantly, he talked about his ingredients for success, a valuable take away for our employees.
Trev is a passionate and driven leader and it was apparent that UNO athletics is in good hands. If you haven’t been to a UNO hockey game, it’s a must see. They’re #4 in the nation in Division I hockey and deserve the support of the Omaha sports community.
The second portion of the event was the awards presentation. It was neat to see those who had accomplished the most be recognized in front of the entire organization.
My department is responsible for hiring staff across all C&A divisions. It’s very rewarding to see someone you’ve brought into the company really enjoy what they’re doing and be recognized on the biggest, brightest stage of the year. You can’t help but feel, in a small way, that you’ve directly impacted not only that person’s life but the success of the company.
Each recipient received an elegant award and some also were given a voucher for a vacation to a destination of their choice. I was fortunate to win one of those trips several years ago. It was a first-class experience and something my wife and I will always remember.
We also had special visitors during the awards ceremony. C&A’s very own “Hans and Franz” (remember them from Saturday Night Live fame?) stopped by a few times to share some humor and draw names for random prizes like HD TV’s, laptops, and other very nice items. They were actually two employees from our Aureus Nursing division and were hilarious. If Lorne Michaels (SNL Producer) needs a new generation Hans and Franz, these guys are it!
The last segment of the program was a two-hour social mixer. The room was full of color and took on a nightclub feel, including multiple food and beverage stations. You name it, it was there and tasted fantastic. My personal favorite was the shrimp. Very tasty!
I mingled around the room and had the opportunity to talk and catch up with a lot of people I don’t normally see in my everyday work routine.
As I was standing there, I looked around and was reminded about how many great people work for C&A, what’s been accomplished at C&A during the nine years I’ve been with the company, and how much potential we have for the future.
On the drive home, I felt great about the event and was anxious to get back to work on Monday to start the next chapter of the C&A story.
If you’d like to learn more about careers at C&A, go to www.ca-industries and click on the “Careers” link or call us at (402) 938-2030.
About Bret Williams, HR Director, C&A Industries, Inc.
Bret began his career at C&A in 2002 as a recruiting manager. He was awarded C&A’s highest honor of Employee of the Year in 2005 and has continued to grow with the company as it has expanded, now serving as the Director of HR, a position he’s held since 2006. Bret has a bachelor’s degree in HR management is an active member of both The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the local Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM) organizations. Away from work, family, church, and basketball consume most of Bret’s spare time. He serves as an Elder in his church and volunteers for many of its activities and committees. Bret also coaches girl’s basketball and is currently in his third season as head coach for one of Millard West girl’s feeder teams. When he’s not spending cherished time with his wife and two kids, Bret jumps on his Harley Softtail and goes for a ride or grabs a fishing pole and heads for the lake.