Price Electric’s Annual Party was Friday, March 24th, 2017 which was held at the Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. Many awards were given out at this event including the 2016 Kelly Huffracker Employee of the Year Award. Adam Ruff, 2015 Employee of the Year, began the presentation by explaining the background of the award. Adam stated, “I was one of the people here at Price Electric that had the privilege to know and work with Kelly. Kelly is one of the greatest people I have ever worked alongside. He made me want to be a better person. His legacy is still alive in this company.”
Kelly was dedicated to the success of Price Electric, his coworkers and his family. He would work whatever hours were needed and traveled where ever needed while keeping a smile on his face. He worked for Price Electric from 1998 to 2009. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and continued to work as much as he could. Kelly passed away in 2009 at the young age of 49. He will always be remembered as a great person and was a huge influence on those that got the pleasure to be his friend. That is why our annual employee of the year award is dedicated to him.
The 2016 nominees were Brian Wenger, Kurt Kramer and Dan Johnson. These men all embody the values of Kelly. Hard working, dedicated, loyal, volunteerism, mentor, leader, committed, fair, fun, teamwork and family. They were nominated by their peers. Once the final nominees were chosen they went through an interview process with a group from within the company.
When it came time to announce of winner Adam Ruff said, “This year’s Employee of the Year is hardworking, competitive, stubborn, loyal, a leader, a teacher, passionate, reliable, family man, and a friend. He is dedicated to being a great father, husband and to having a successful career. Failure is not an option for him.” During his interview our 2016 Employee of the Year said, “I have given all I can to this company.” Adam said, “that comment gave me goosebumps. It was very moving to all in the room.”
Meet our 2016 Employee of the Year….KURT KRAMER! Congratulations Kurt and THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication to Price Electric.
Kurt is the newest employee of the year, joining Adam Ruff (2015), Brad Dutton (2014) and JJ DeMoss (2013).
(L to R: JJ DeMoss, Adam Ruff and Brad Dutton)