Rev. Ernesto Badillo award goes to Clark Simmons as Board celebrates employees

January 23, 2019

​Clark Simmons, a Church Consultant, received the Ernesto Badillo Award for Hospitality through Service, the Board's highest employee honor.

Clark Simmons receives award

​Clark Simmons, left, receives the Ernesto Badillo Award for Hospitality through Service from Board President Frank C. Spencer.

​There are a lot of folks working at the Board of Pensions who are unknown to those they serve. Clark Simmons is not one of them.

For two decades, Clark has been the face of the Board throughout much of the South. He arrived at the Board in 1998 to serve as one of the agency’s Regional Representatives, now known as Church Consultants. They are geographically assigned so they can personally assist churches and mid councils with the Benefits Plan, Assistance Program, and other Board programs.

Clark knows his people — their ministries and their challenges. He has been both counselor and adviser on benefits and church vocation matters. And on January 11, 2019, he became the recipient of the Board’s Ernesto Badillo Award for Hospitality through Service. Presented each year at the Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon, it is the Board’s highest employee honor.

Clark’s colleagues filled the room with applause, cheering his selection for the award that memorializes the Reverend Ernesto Badillo Jr., a beloved Regional Representative. “Clark’s care for those who serve the Church makes him the personification of the Board’s commitment to serving church workers so they can devote their best gifts to ministry,” Board President Frank C. Spencer said.

Seventy-six of the Board’s approximately 190 employees were also honored at the event, with Celebrating Excellence awards. The awards, based on co-worker nominations, recognize significant, exceptional, and inspirational accomplishments for the year just ended.

Most of the honorees are not known to members, congregations, or employers. But in 2018, they fueled the Board’s pursuit of continuous improvement, especially in the areas of information technology and product and process design. They ensured that the Board delivered a high level of service and maintained the security of the personal information it holds.

“Many Board employees work out of view of the people we serve,” said Susan Reimann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “But what they do makes it possible for us to support the Church. Our employees are at the very heart of our service. So, when their contributions rise above even our highest expectations, it’s important to publicly acknowledge that.”

View our Facebook album for more photos from this year's Employee Recognition Luncheon.