WIKA USA is committed to recognizing employees who exemplify one of the company’s seven core values. The peer-nominated award is presented to employees who go above and beyond in their roles, all while upholding WIKA’s commitment to integrity, customer satisfaction, partnership, safety, continuous improvement, social responsibility, and excellence.
Established when WIKA was founded in 1946, core values are the standards by which WIKA measures itself and its employees. Thanks to employees’ commitment to these corporate values, WIKA has become a worldwide leader in industrial measurement technology. The company would not be where it is today without this dedication from within.
Employees who do more than expected are vital to WIKA’s overall mission of helping customers succeed through superior instrumentation solutions. This is why WIKA USA began the Core Value Award program two decades ago – to acknowledge employees for their hard work and dedication.
Corporate Core Values are Keys to Company Success
A peer-nominated program, Core Value Awards give employees a special way to thank their colleagues for doing extraordinary work. Recipients are recognized for making a positive impact on WIKA’s continued success. Each nominee is chosen for exemplifying one of seven core values:
- Integrity: Promoting ethical business practices
- Customer Satisfaction: Creating positive customer experiences
- Partnership: Encouraging collaboration in the workplace
- Safety: Maintaining a safe work environment
- Continuous Improvement: Improving WIKA policies and processes
- Social Responsibility: Improving the community and the world at large
- Excellence: Exceeding expectations in work that directly impacts company success
A committee composed of senior managers chooses the winners, who receive a plaque, monetary award, and a designated parking spot at the main WIKA USA campus in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Corporate Core Values Award Winners: April through August 2020
During this time of COVID-19, the value of Safety is top of mind. All our locations follow the latest CDC guidelines for businesses and workplaces, including increasing sanitation, social distancing, checking temperatures, and wearing masks when not at workstations. WIKA USA employees, whether they’re in the office or working from home, continue to demonstrate the company’s core values. Here are the recent winners:
Photo above: Cassie McCorvey and coworkers
Evan Jones, Sales Excellence, Pressure Gauge Division | Recognized for Customer Satisfaction
Rick Moses writes, “For the last six months, Evan has worked nonstop to train our representatives and salespeople how to use the demo configurator. He also interfaced with WIKA Germany and Canada to ensure everything was progressing as it should. Today, our reps are using this platform with great excitement and skill, which has lessened the Inside Sales Team’s workload. Everyone I’ve spoken with has praised Evan’s abilities and vast knowledge base, and his outstanding efforts deserve to be recognized.”
Jessica Woodside, Marketing | Recognized for Customer Satisfaction
Ravi Jethra credits Jessica’s exceptional marketing efforts for helping a water-treatment company see how additional WIKA products could be the solutions they were looking for. “They noticed load cells on a recent newsletter Jessica sent out,” Ravi writes. “This sparked an internal discussion, and they’re now looking at sending us an initial RFQ (request for quote) for a few pieces with an overall potential of up to 50 pieces per year. The company currently buys Pressure and Temperature products, and Force would be another technology addition. Thanks to Jessica for using her creative energies to promote WIKA’s entire portfolio!”
Update: Ravi reports that the continued back-and-forth also opened the client’s eyes to WIKA’s Level offerings, and since then they’ve ordered six products with a commitment to purchase about 25 more per year.
Rhonda Mitchell, Planning, Pressure Gauge Division |
Recognized for Partnership
Tyler DeRock praises Rhonda’s spirit of teamwork and collegiality. “Rhonda always has a professional attitude when assisting me or working on different tasks. When she has a question about open production orders or an issue with a bill of material or routing, she is invariably pleasant and willing to assist. She also adjusts her tasks when an urgent situation comes up and needs immediate attention, and she is not afraid to step in. Thank you, Rhonda, for making it so easy to handle whatever arises.”
Christopher Moore, Shipping, Pressure Gauge Division |
Recognized for Customer Satisfaction
Anthony Corrao appreciates all of Christopher’s efforts to fulfill an urgent order. “He helped me rush out 3,500 pieces for one of our biggest customers, all at the 11th hour: Friday at 4:30pm! This included getting around some issues that caused the order to get stuck. With his help, we got the order out the door.”
Jim Ledford, Customer Care, Pressure Gauge Division |
Recognized for Partnership
Tyler DeRock writes, “During the difficult time of the pandemic, Jim has gone above and beyond by being available on multiple occasions to help out both external and internal customers. He has been in the factory getting customer orders to flow through the system, and assisted colleagues in situations where they may not be physically present to provide answers to inquiries. Even though Jim is responsible for multiple products, he has been able to turn around responses in an efficient manner. I wan to thank Jim for all of his help during this difficult time.”
Bratislav (“Bato”) Abramovic, Maintenance, Pressure Gauge Division | Recognized for Excellence
Bobby Herring appreciates all of Bratislav’s efforts during a fire late one night in a manufacturing room. “This incident caused the sprinkler system to release an enormous amount of water. I called Bato at about 2am, and he was onsite by 2:30am to assist in getting the water off the floor. This water was mixing with oils and chemicals around some of the manufacturing equipment. Bato quickly got a drum and vacuumed up the contaminated water in those areas.” A big thanks to Bato as well as all the others who helped with this cleanup and recovery effort!
Cassie McCorvey, Accounting | Recognized for Excellence
Leah Duff acknowledges all of Cassie’s excellent work ethic since the pandemic began. “Cassie has always gone above and beyond to help solve problems. Even if the issue is not part of her normal job description, she will do everything in her power to make sure the matter is resolved promptly and efficiently. During this unique work situation, she has stepped up and filled in to maintain a consistent flow in her department, and this has definitely helped WIKA and our customers. Excellence is the best way to describe Cassie’s work ethic. Keep being AWESOME, Cassie!” (photo at top of the article)
Genia Davis, Customer Care, Pressure Gauge Division | Recognized for Partnership
Ashley Ansley writes, “We are currently working on a huge project to change the way we do business with a company, which includes onboarding 40+ of their distributors to begin ordering directly from us. Last week, we onboarded our first large group of distributors to order direct. I reached out to Genia to help with a couple of accounts, and she immediately stepped in and even asked what else she could do! That company’s team has been very pleased and appreciative of all of WIKA’s efforts during this transition. We would not have been able to meet these deadlines without Genia’s help.”
Karen Moscrip, Customer Care, Pressure Gauge Division | Recognized for Partnership
Ashley also thanks Karen for her efforts with the same company. “Karen always has so much going on, yet she is always completely open to helping others in any way she can. Recently, we onboarded just under 20 distributors in about a week, and she spent so much of her time helping them get ready for their go-live date. That company was very appreciative of all the efforts WIKA is making for their distributors. There is no way we would have been able to get these accounts set up so smoothly and in such a timely manner without Karen’s support.”
Karina Lara, Planning, ETL-DS Division | Recognized for Excellence
Nicole Pena applauds Karina’s approach to customer service. She writes, “Karina continues to exhibit great teamwork and excellence! She is always going above and beyond to ensure the customer is taken care of. Working in sales, my colleagues and I get to hear the customers’ needs and are able to act accordingly. Karina, who is in our planning group, does not get to speak to our customers, but performs as if she herself were in direct contact with them. This is a great work ethic and an attitude that should be shared throughout the company.”