2013 Lex Frieden Employment Awards

Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities 2013 Lex Frieden Employment Awards

Since 1979, the Governor's Committee has worked to highlight the efforts of employers to hire and retain employees with disabilities, and to recognize Best Practices that positively affect employees with disabilities within the workplace. An employer whose philosophy is to support employment opportunities for all Texans, including people with disabilities, benefits the local community as well as the state. The attitude of working as a partner in the community is considered a strength to be highlighted and encouraged by the presentation of our annual Employment Awards. The active and enthusiastic promotion of business opportunities for people with disabilities is also an important element in the consideration of the award.

Each year during the month of October (National Disability Employment Awareness Month), a local committee in Texas hosts the Annual Employment Awards Ceremony, and the winners in each of several categories are introduced to an appreciative audience. Award categories include large, medium, and small employers, as well as non-profit employers, the Entrepreneurship Award, Martha Arbuckle Award and the Governor’s Trophy.

Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities  2013 Lex Frieden Employment Awards

AUSTIN – The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities has announced the winners of the 2013 Lex Frieden Employment Awards, which recognize employers who go above and beyond the legal requirements in hiring, training and maintaining positive working relationships with employees with disabilities.

The winners were honored at a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 18, at at the Waco Convention Center. Lex Frieden was on hand to offer a welcome address, and Scott Tisdall, Global Vice President of Supply Chain and Distribution Services for Follett Corporation and 2011 winner of the Governor’s Trophy, provided the keynote. The event was hosted by the Waco Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by individuals and organizations from communities throughout the state, and winners were selected by a panel of judges from the public and private sectors familiar with disability issues. The 2013 award recipients are:

Governor’s Trophy – Carroll Schubert, President and CEO, Professional Contract Services, Inc (PCSI), Austin

Entrepreneurship Award – Rebecca Page, Livin’ My Dreams Art Studio and Co-op, Alpine

Large Employer of the Year – Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Dallas

Medium Employer of the Year – Target Medallion Center, Dallas

Small Employer of the Year – Stencor Company, Jacksonville

Nonprofit Employer Award – RISE Center, Beaumont

Martha Arbuckle Award – Panhandle Coalition for Transition Services LITE Project, Amarillo

YouTube Video for more details at http://governor.state.tx.us/disabilities/awards/employment_awards/

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