Three Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative employees received special awards named in memory and in honor of former employees, and several employees were recognized for service anniversaries.

SOUTHPORT – Three Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative employees received special awards named in memory and in honor of former employees, and several employees were recognized for service anniversaries.

Secretary Betty Horne was presented with the Alfredia Owens Member Service Award. Qualities management looked for included providing a high quality of service to members; getting along well with fellow employees; demonstrating empathy and compassion to members; demonstrating integrity and honesty; keeping members, the general public and employees safe; and serving as a role model to others through positive interactions.

Vice President of Operations Francis Hinson was presented with the Tomica Lowery Memorial Award. Qualities management looked for included appreciation for fundamental human needs of fellow employees; clear communication with coworkers; and increasing organizational commitment (employee satisfaction, enjoyment at work, lowering negative efforts leading to lower absenteeism and stress).

Line Technician Brennis Smith was the recipient of the Tony “T-Bone” Turner Hustle Award. Qualities management looked included a sustained work and productivity record; exceptional efficiency; superior performance and dedication; keeping members, the general public and employees safe; and serving as a role model to others through positive interactions.

Service pins were awarded to Gary Whitfield, 15 years; Pam Burns, Shannon Hill and Lorie Jackson, 10 years; Bob Logan, Lindsay Peak, Josh Pitts and Jim Vickers, 5 years; and Hassan Abdelhalim, Jason Curry, T.J. Davis, Matthew Fleming, Issac Madrid, Jacob O’Bryan, Jay Shiver and Steven Ward, 1 year.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy® national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. Approximately 75 employees serve more than 20,000 meters and 2,600 miles of line in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, Lynn Haven, White City, Fountain and Southport.