AMVC recognizes seven employees with prestigious awards

2021 AMVC award winners with their awards

posted on Monday, October 25, 2021 in Central Region News

AMVC Management Services, the ninth largest pork producer in the United States, recently recognized employees and farms and celebrated the company’s people, passion and purpose during the third annual AMVC Awards Celebration held in Des Moines, Iowa. AMVC managers and employees attended the dinner and evening celebration.

The night’s program began with a reception for guests to enjoy hors oeuvres and social hour followed by dinner. Dr. Jason Hocker, managing partner of strategic accounts, gave opening remarks. He praised the group in attendance, saying the success can be attributed to the company’s talented employees.

The night was dedicated to recognizing individuals who have had an impact on AMVC. During the AMVC 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony seven different awards were presented. The awards presented included: Rookie of the Year, Swine Specialist of the Year, Rising Star, Manager of the Year, Legacy Award, Impact Award and Golden Pig Award.

Employees nominated fellow AMVC employees by answering questions on a nomination form. Third party judges from the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council reviewed and scored the nomination forms with scoring rubrics.

Rookie of the Year: For a person who has been with the company for 6 months to 1 year and has had a positive impact on their farm. Winner: Kallie Sheda, Hawkeye Six, Laurens, IA

Outstanding Swine Specialist of the Year: This individual has been employed with AMVC for over one year and is a swine specialist. This person has mastered the daily tasks, taken on additional responsibilities and mentors new employees. Winner: Jennifer Lozano, Taurus Sow, Lenox, IA

AMVC Rising Star: This award is for an individual who is an assistant manager or department lead who has embodied and demonstrated AMVC’s core values. This person leads by example and is a valuable team member who works well with everyone. Winner: Melvin Colon, Taurus Sow, Lenox, IA

Manager of the Year: This award will be given to a manager who has demonstrated excellence in sow production and has shown their passion to continuously strive to be better. This person is a great on-farm leader who motivates their crew and runs a successful farm. This is not a legacy award. It is based on the past year’s performance. Winner: Dakota Christensen, Green Flash II/Bear Grove, Hamlin, IA

Legacy Award: This person has dedicated at least 10 years to the organization. This individual has adapted to change, embraced innovation, makes the community a better place, shows outstanding leadership, is an ambassador for AMVC and has played a vital role throughout their AMVC career. Winner: Amanda Winslow, Taurus Sow/Aries Sow, Lenox, IA

Impact Award: This person is an internal AMVC employee (Management, Vet Services, Warehouse, Nutrition, Maintenance etc.) and was nominated by a fellow internal employee. This award recognizes an individual who has a positive attitude, makes life easier for their co-workers, produces quality work, and is willing to help where needed. This person is an ambassador for AMVC, active in their community, and committed to doing the right thing every day. Winner: Amy Denny, Accounting, AMVC Management Services

Golden Pig: This person is an AMVC internal employee (Management, Vet Services, Warehouse, Nutrition, Maintenance etc.) and is nominated by farm employees only. This individual provides outstanding service to the farm, coaches farm employees/teams through problems, helps find solutions, and always goes the extra mile for the farm. Winner: Dan Weber, Production Manager, AMVC Management Services.

“When employees nominate fellow employees, it is neat to witness. We’re proud to recognize employees for doing the right thing every day and excelling in their profession. We congratulate Kallie, Jennifer, Melvin, Amanda, Amy and Dan for their hard work and commitment,” commented Alicia Humphrey, AMVC public relations director.

Each award winner received a jacket, engraved plaque and cash award.

AMVC Management Services, a diversified swine management company, is the ninth largest pork producer in the United States and is based in Audubon, Iowa. AMVC manages 150,500 sows across ten states and employs over 600 people.


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