Hilldrup Celebrates and Honors the Best of the Best

Hilldrup was thrilled and honored to host our second annual Best of the Best Awards to recognize those throughout our organization who have made significant contributions to our organization and truly embody Hilldrup’s Mission, Vision and Values.

The awards dinner was held at kybecca in historic downtown Fredericksburg. Here, our winners, presenters and distinguished guests gathered to enjoy dinner before the awards presentation took place. From our sales team to our office staff, and from our service team members to our most exemplary branch of the past year, Hilldrup recognized all those who are truly the best of our best.

Throughout 2019, all Hilldrup employees were encouraged to nominate their fellow team members who truly embody our values of Empowered Accountability, Uncompromised Integrity, Unwavering Commitment, Fearless Communication, Infectious Positivity and Purposeful Agility. We’re thankful to all who took the time to nominate their peers for this special honor.

Congratulations to the employees below who won a Value of the Year Award and took home a custom plaque and a monetary award for their outstanding commitment to living out Hilldrup’s values. Our winners are:

  • Empowered Accountability – Scott Fillis, Senior SIT Warehouse Foreman
  • Uncompromised Integrity – Fred Minor, Van Operator
  • Unwavering Commitment – Susan Cyrus, Manager, Payroll & Accounting
  • Fearless Communication – Rebecca Taylor, Manager, Customer Service
  • Infectious Positivity – Brad Ashe, Warehouse Manager – Forestville
  • Purposeful Agility – Brandi Hatch, Office Manager – Atlanta

In addition to the Value of the Year Awards, the following recognitions to our sales team were presented:

  • 2019 Sales Excellence Award, Residential – Pete Ball
  • 2019 Sales Impact Award, Residential – Mike Sandell
  • 2019 Sales Excellence Award, Commercial – Nigel Kelly
  • 2019 Sales Impact Award, Commercial – Rick Barnett

The Award for 2019 Branch of the Year was presented and awarded to Hilldrup Orlando! This award encompasses a wide range of factors – from quality to claims to customer satisfaction – to determine which of Hilldrup’s branches was most successful overall. Ed Fitzgerald, VP and GM of Hilldrup Orlando and Jeff Swim, Operations Manager, attended the dinner to accept the award on behalf of Team Orlando. Job well done, team!

Not only was Hilldrup’s Van Operator of the Year in attendance, we also had Mayflower’s Van Operator of the Year at our dinner – of which both honors go to none other than Hilldrup Stafford’s own William “Billy” Poole! Billy was introduced by Randy Rantz, Senior Vice President, Operations at the awards dinner and will be honored during UniGroup’s 2020 Learning Conference at the end of February. Since joining Hilldrup just 30 months ago, Billy has been named an Honorable Mention Van Operator of the Month for Mayflower 20 times; in fact, he was Runner-Up Van Operator of the Month two times and Van Operator of the Month twice with us. We couldn’t be more proud of Billy for earning recognition on a national level as Mayflower’s Van Operator of the Year and with us as Hilldrup’s Van Operator of the Year. We look forward to celebrating him again at the Learning Conference!

The Charles G. McDaniel Award of Excellence was presented to a professional who truly served as a trailblazer for our organization – Barry Dodson. Barry served many roles during his tenure with Hilldrup, which spanned four decades, allowing us to be the sophisticated enterprise we are now known to be. Congratulations, Barry, and thank you for all you’ve done to help make Hilldrup what we are today!

Thank you to our award winners, presenters and all who helped make this event possible. We look forward to reviewing the nominations received throughout 2020 to see who will be recognized next year as the best of the best!

Click here to watch the 2020 Best of the Best Awards dinner!

Hilldrup's 2020 Value of the Year Winners

Hilldrup’s 2020 Value of the Year Award winners! Back row, from left to right: Scott Fillis, Senior SIT Warehouse Foreman – Empowered Accountability; Susan Cyrus, Manager, Payroll & Accounting – Unwavering Commitment; Brad Ashe, Warehouse Manager – Infectious Positivity. Front row, left to right: Rebecca Taylor, Manager, Customer Service – Fearless Communication; and Brandi Hatch, Office Manager, Atlanta – Purposeful Agility. Not pictured: Fred Minor, Van Operator – Uncompromised Integrity.

Randy Rantz, Marie Poole and William "Billy" Poole at the Best of the Best Dinner

Randy Rantz, Senior Vice President, Operations (left); Marie Poole; and William “Billy” Poole, Hilldrup’s Van Operator of the Year and Mayflower’s Van Operator of the Year, gather for a photo together during the Best of the Best Awards dinner in downtown Fredericksburg, VA.

Ed Fitzgerald and Jeff Swim from Hilldrup Orlando at the Best of the Best Awards Dinner

Congratulations to Hilldrup Orlando for winning 2019 Branch of the Year! Ed Fitzgerald, VP and GM of Hilldrup Orlando (left) and Jeff Swim, Operations Manager, were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of their branch. Excellent job, all!

All of Hilldrup's Best of the Best recipients at the dinner

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Best of the Best Awards winners! Thank you for living Hilldrup’s Mission, Vision and Values every day and for proving why we are the best moving services company, period!


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