Last Friday (November 30th), friendly chatter mixed with the smell of dinner as Gold Dust and Walker Brothers’ top hands and their spouses mingled in Roosters’ bar in downtown Klamath Falls. What would bring together our employees on a Friday night? Our first annual Leadership Dinner.
If you read our blog, then you know there are a lot of great people who work at Gold Dust and Walker Brothers. From the fields to the packing shed floor to the offices, our teams have helped our businesses grow during some of our most challenging times. So, in recognition of the folks who have gone above and beyond in their dedication, Bill, John, Tricia and Weston wanted to have a night where they could thank these outstanding leaders and show appreciation for what they do for us and “keeping all of our wine jugs full.”
After everyone was seated and started on salads and soup, Weston shared plans for the upcoming year. Afterwards, Tricia and Lexi asked the audience for their thoughts on what Walker Brothers and Gold Dust could do to not only make it a better place to work, but to also continue the success we have all enjoyed. After everyone shared their thoughts, the partners addressed each of the employees present to thank them for what they do and to share with everybody how that person has made a difference.
While everyone’s contributions were recognized, three employees received special awards for the roles they’ve played in our businesses. Necia Phillips, our human resources manager, was praised for implementing a program that saved the companies an incredibly significant amount of money in insurance. Adrian Mendez was recognized for becoming a utility man around the packing shed with the ability to be plugged in to any position, from shed mechanic to managing the loads being shipped.
Last, but certainly not least to be thanked for his service, was Salvador Vera. Salvador, sometimes called Uncle Salvador by Tricia and Weston, has worked for Walkers for 20 years. In that time he has been integral in growing our farm into an international purveyor of high quality chipping potatoes. From the fields to the sheds, Salvador has logged an uncountable amount of hours. All three received monogrammed jackets, but Salvador was given a special treat for him and his family – an all expenses paid trip for him and his family to Disneyland.
Many times that night it was said that Gold Dust and Walker Brothers have an elite crew, and the folks at the dinner that night represented the elite of the elite. When you consider how many potatoes are shipped from our Malin packing shed, how many people are employed throughout the year and how many acres the farm has grown by, it’s easy to see why the partners don’t hesitate to say we had the best of the best at dinner.
The Walker family would like to thank everyone who attended for their tireless dedication and hope all had a good time. Thank you again for what you do for everyone at Gold Dust and Walker Brothers and for making this the best farm in the Klamath Basin. Your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated and you can never be thanked enough.
And, lastly, thank you to Lexi and Necia for putting the dinner together. Ladies, you did a fantastic job!