Oct. 5, 2007
By Eva Simeone | Photo by Rick Fatica
It was with smiles and many "thank you's" that Innovation Center receptionist Josh Boyer accepted a Trailblazer Award Thursday evening at PersonnelPlus' annual awards ceremony.
An affiliate of Atco Inc., PersonnelPlus trains and places people with disabilities in employment situations. It currently has some 70 employees working in more than 50 businesses in the Athens community. In addition to Boyer, Thursday's ceremony recognized seven other individuals or businesses for their support or participation.
Boyer, 24, was singled out for his dedication to his Innovation Center role and for his involvement in the community. Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Innovation Center Director Linda Clark, Boyer's supervisor, presented the award in front of an impressed crowd in the courtyard of PersonnelPlus' new location at 20 Kern St.
"Josh Boyer is indeed a success story," McDavis said. "While Josh uses forearm crutches to assist him with mobility, they in no way slow him down as he answers phones and does other clerical assignments."
Clark said she noticed Josh's commitment on day one.
"He's always eager to come to work and takes his job very seriously," Clark said. "I can count on him to be here every morning. He is always looking for new responsibilities, and he has truly become an integral part of our team."
Boyer expressed gratitude to Clark and the Innovation Center staff for their support. "I'm proud of the work I do here," he said, "and I think they're proud of me."
PersonnelPlus staff nominated Boyer for the award, and the agency's Business Advisory Council selected him.
"Josh started out with normal responsibilities on his job, but as he became comfortable with everyone around him, he learned to grow and take on more work," PersonnelPlus Director Doug Mitchell said.