Tenco Celebrates At Annual Awards Banquet

By Kyle Smith, April 19, 2019

Tenco honored employees and people in the community served by the company at their annual awards banquet on April 12th.

Around 300 people attended the Annual Tenco Awards Banquet on Friday, April 12th at the Bridge View Center. Those in attendance were entertained by juggler Scott Bard and singer Dianna Hill.  The food was prepared by chef Bob Newell and Bridge View Staff, with volunteers from Ottumwa Job Corps serving the attendees. Tenco’s Chief Financial Officer Marc Roe served as Master of Ceremonies.  The event was sponsored by Principal Financial Group, who had gifted $10,000 to Tenco. $5,000 of that gift covered most of the costs of the event.

Several staff members were honored for their many years of service.  Those recognized for 5 years of dedication were: Betty Benge, Jessica Bennett, Deanna Carter, Carrie Chase, Kandi Harvey, Bob Morrissey, and Marc Roe.  The Top Effort award was presented to Laura Nichols of Fairfield, Connor Helm of Ottumwa, and Kara Knisely of Centerville. The Achievement Award was given to Adam Gevock of Knoxville, Jim Lynch of Ottumwa, and Jim Howe of Ottumwa.

The Employer of the Year award was presented to the Fairfield Hy-Vee.  Business Partner of the Year was awarded to Kness Manufacturing of Albia and Friday’s Fresh Market of Davenport.  The First Lutheran Church of Ottumwa received the award for Community Service.  Bridge View Center (VenuWorks) received the Exceptional Service Award.

Tenco’s most prestigious award, the Tom Johnson Visionary award, was presented to Will and Karen Reece of Ottumwa.  The award had been renamed last year in honor of Tenco’s first executive director, Tom Johnson, who recently passed away.

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