MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food industry redistributor, announced today that Driver Recruiter David Ferrill from Mt. Sterling, Illinois, was selected as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. This marks the first time Dot's Illinois Teaming with Local Charities group (TLC) has awarded the honor.
"We have an incredible group of more than 300 TLC volunteers at our Mt. Sterling headquarters," said TLC Director Elly Passmore. "We wanted to do something different this year to recognize their efforts to make our community a better place, so we developed the Volunteer of the Year award. "
Friday's award announcement served as the culmination of the TLC's National Volunteer Week activities. Each day the group offered different volunteer opportunities to Dot employees: reading to children at local elementary schools; working at area food pantries; and lending a hand at the YMCA, to name a few. The TLC works with 40 groups 11 West Central Illinois counties.
In addition to this week's major push of volunteerism, TLC leaders also wanted to recognize the employees who generously give of their time. Every TLC member received a balloon, a note or cookies as a token of thanks. The 10 members who accrued the highest number of volunteer hours in 2014 were named the Volunteer of the Year finalists. A panel interviewed each finalist to learn more about their motivation to volunteer, level of involvement at the charitable groups they work with and dedication to inspiring others to give back.
"We are so thrilled that Dave Ferrill is our first ever Volunteer of the Year recipient," Passmore said. "He embodies everything this award was meant to represent. If you've crossed paths with Dave in his work on the Brown County Board, with the Brown County Schools or in the local Catholic community, you know what an asset he is to any organization."
Ferrill is a longtime member of the Brown County Board and is the chairman of the West Central Mass Transit District. He is also deeply involved with his church as a member of the choir, a Eucharistic minister and a member of various committees. He leads mission trips, organizes the Cursillo weekend retreat, is the co-chair of the Brown County Deer Classic which supports St. Mary's School, teaches hunting safety and has even been known to play the role of Santa Claus for the Lions Club.
Ferrill will mark 32 years with Dot Foods this May. He started his career in the Mt. Sterling warehouse, and eventually transitioned to the transportation side of the business. In his current role as a driver recruiter, he is responsible for industry benchmarking and building relationships with local driver training schools. He also serves on the advisory board for the driver program at John Wood Community College. In 2014, Ferrill reported 173.5 hours of volunteer time. But his colleagues believe that number may actually be even higher.
"Wherever there is a need, Dave is the first person to step up to the plate," said Ferrill's manager, Corporate Recruiter Dana Chapman. "And often he's taking care of the things most people don't even think about. I can't think of anyone more giving and more deserving of this recognition."
Chapman describes Ferrill as a man of great faith and a walking encyclopedia of Brown County history and trivia.
"We're lucky to have a lot of people at Dot who do a lot in the community," Chapman said, "But Dave's interest and engagement in this region go above and beyond. He is a person who really lives his beliefs."
As the Volunteer of the Year, Ferrill will continue giving back. His prize is a $1000 donation to the charity of his choice, and he selected St. Mary's School as the recipient. Dot presented the remaining finalists each with a $250 donation for their chosen charitable groups.
The eight other 2014 Volunteer of the Year finalists were:
Ann Mitchell, Office Support Services Manager, from Quincy, Illinois
Paula Biddle, Customer Service Representative from Pittsfield , Illinois
LeighAnn Buss, Hagel 1891 Manager, from Mt. Sterling, Illinois
Barbara Welty Pricing Specialist, from Mt. Sterling, Illinois
Tana Parsano, Non-Foods Inside Sales Representative, from Golden, Illinois
Joyce Emerick, Dispatch Clerk from Golden, Illinois
Leslie Easley, Garage Technician, from Timewell, Illinois
Andrew Peters,Warehouse Order Selector, from Quincy, Illinois
(The ninth finalist no longer works for Dot)
About Dot Foods
Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Dot Foods operates nine distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Dyersburg, Tennessee. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all locations nationwide. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers.