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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Honey Farms Inc., operator of 35 stores in Central Massachusetts, kicked off its 40th year "in the neighborhood" celebration with its first annual golf tournament.
The tournament, at Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough, Mass., brought together Honey Farm's vendors and business partners, who helped celebrate the chain's achievements.
Following the golf event, Honey Farms held its 11th annual service awards banquet to recognize employment service spanning three to 30 years. After a cocktail reception, Executive Vice President David Murdock formally recognized attendees, saying, "You are the people who have made this company strong, and you are the people who will continue to make it strong into the future."
Murdock presented Founder, President and CEO Wilfred Iandoli with a portrait, which will hang in the corporate office next to portraits of his parents, and joked he is "the longest[-serving] employee in the company."
"The portrait reflected the respect and appreciation that our employees have for him and all he has done over the years," noted Eugenie Smith, director of finance.
Vice president of operations, Vern Johnson, presented awards to Anna Priestley, a part-time sales associate celebrating 30 years of service and Marsha Gordon, accounting assistant in the corporate office, celebrating 20 years of service. Gordon recalled one of her first tasks: counting lottery tickets one game at a time and hand delivering them to the stores.
Diane Cormier celebrated 15 years of service. Cormier began her Honey Farms career as a part-time sales associate and now serves as a full-time shift manager at the West Boylston Street location here.
Seven employees were recognized for 10 years of service, six employees were recognized for five years and 21 employees celebrated three years of service.
During the ceremony, Chris Slater of Webster, Mass., was named Foodservice Manager of the Year and Paul Rivard, manager of the Pleasant Street location in Worcester, Mass., was named Honey Farms Store Manager of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Karen Campbell, director of marketing, took time during the festivities to thank the chain's participating vendor partners. "One thing in my opinion that makes Honey Farms different and stand out is our dedication and service to our customers," Campbell said, adding the chain's business relationships help make this level of service possible.
Northeast Regional Report