At its first quarterly employee gathering of the year on January 15, the Board of Pensions announced that it has established a special employee recognition award for Hospitality through Service honoring the work of the Reverend Ernesto Badillo Jr.
According to President Frank Spencer, the Ernesto Badillo Award for Hospitality through Service was created to continue Rev. Badillo’s legacy in caring for members, employers, and churches and in particular in recognition of “his passion for supporting our constituents in Cuba and Puerto Rico in a devotedly loving and caring fashion.”
Before his passing Rev. Badillo served the Synods of the Trinity, the Covenant, and Boriquen. During his career with the Board, he also served as a Regional Representative for presbyteries in Puerto Rico, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. During his 23 years at the Board, he dedicated service to the Board’s Spanish-speaking membership and the pensioners, dependents, and survivors residing in Cuba.
For 2015, this award was presented to Maria Perry, Service Specialist in the Board’s Plan Operations team, for her exemplary efforts in serving Spanish-speaking members, churches, and employers. Maria has served for more than 21 years at the Board and in August of last year assumed an expanded role providing dedicated, customized service and support to the Synod of Boriquen and Spanish-speaking members and constituents. Throughout her work she clearly demonstrates the essence of hospitality and service embodied by Rev. Badillo.
The Ernesto Badillo Award for Hospitality through Service represents one of six categories of Celebrating Excellence employee recognition awards designed to pay tribute to significant, exceptional achievements of Board employees in service to members and churches and in support of the Board’s annual goals and initiatives. The award categories are Strategic Contribution, Hospitality through Service, Extraordinary Leadership, Innovative Improvement, Creative Resolution, and Recognition and Accomplishment.
Speaking at the recognition luncheon, Susan Reimann, Vice President, Strategic Operations and Initiatives, emphasized the importance of employee recognition, noting “As Board employees, we are inspired every day by being able to impact the lives of those who serve the Church. The Celebrating Excellence program allows us to lift up and acknowledge each others’ contributions to the work of the Board.”