Kudos! – October 19, 2012

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southern Colorado a company ‘Top Gun’

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southern Colorado was the recipient of three annual awards given by Mr. Rooter Corporation during its 2012 international convention held in Texas in September.

Owner Charlie Hall brought home the Excellence in Mentoring and Top Gun awards, the latter representing the top 10 percent of Mr. Rooter Plumbing owners across North America. The mentoring award is given to a franchisee who proactively seeks ways to mentor and assist other franchisees in the development of their business and expertise.

Operations manager Troy Bunn received the Service Leader of the Year designation, which goes to the associate who best sets an example for other team members, provides outstanding customer relations and demonstrates a high level of work performance. Bunn was selected out of 1,500 managers throughout North America.

“Troy is a remarkable person in many ways,” said Hall, owner of Mr. Rooter of Southern Colorado, who nominated him for the award. “He has an upbeat attitude and always has a smile on his face. I look forward to working with him every day.”

City department wins two state awards

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department brought home two awards from the annual Colorado Parks and Recreation Association conference this month: the Park and Recreation Community Champion Award and the Columbine Award for Innovation.

Jono Schwan, 15, was recognized for his efforts associated with the Memorial Park Skate Park. He received the “Park and Recreation Community Champion Award” for his effort to influence and improve the quality of his community through parks, recreation and community services. Schwan commits to the sport on every level, professionally as a pro X Games participant and philanthropically as founder of the nonprofit organization Sk8-Strong. His tireless fundraising efforts resulted in Sk8-Strong donating two “vert ramps,” valued at $200,000, to the Memorial Park Skate Park. He donated his competition prize-winnings and coordinated the acquisition of the ramps and he appeared in front of the Park Board and City Council on numerous occasions to present his vision and advocate for support.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department received a “Columbine Award for Innovation,” which highlights best practices and creative ideas, for its Collaborative Community Partnership Model. The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department budget was reduced 81 percent from $19.7 million in 2008 to $3.6 million in 2010. A limited budget forced the department to think of new ways to offer services. The department developed a strategy of incorporating community collaborations into its services. The Collaborative Community Partnership Model operates on the premise that community stakeholders can work hand-in-hand with government operations to achieve common goals and services. Key partnerships include the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and its operation of six of the city’s aquatic facilities; Broadmoor Community Church and its partnership with Meadows Park Community Center; and Westside Community Center LLC and its support of the Westside Community Center.