An Interview With Our First-Ever Upkeep Hero… Elmer Gable

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Very similar to the workings of a clock, a company can solely work correctly if its transferring elements – the workers – do what they should. Right here at American Time, we acknowledge the significance of these whose work usually goes unnoticed comparable to upkeep staff – so we determined to offer them the popularity they deserve by internet hosting our first-ever Upkeep Hero Contest.

The competition was open to any group in any trade that wished to appoint a valued upkeep skilled who routinely goes above and past within the office however receives little recognition for it.


And the Grand Prize Goes to…

This yr’s Upkeep Hero is Elmer Gable, Upkeep Director at Kingsway Christian Faculty in Orrville, Ohio.

Nominators famous his sturdy sense of service, technical ability, willingness to go above and past with out criticism, and his group involvement. His mentorship of kids inside and out of doors of college is making a major distinction of their lives.

“I used to be very stunned,” Elmer says about successful the $3,000 American Time product credit score. He thought a a lot bigger college or enterprise would win. “I by no means dreamt that we might get chosen for the grand prize.”

Little did he know, 11 of the varsity’s 50-person workers would write glowing nominations to earn him the grand prize.

“What can I say, it is fairly humbling,” he says of the variety of nominations he acquired.

Elmer Gable, a Humble Servant

After working 40 years for Schantz Organ Firm, making his means up the management ladder to change into a design and structure engineer, the corporate skilled declining enterprise and Elmer was laid off.

There weren’t many job openings in his trade on the time, however one in all his former colleagues, who was a father to a Kingsway pupil, knowledgeable him of the accessible place on the college.

Greater than a yr after being laid off, Elmer began working at Kingsway, the place he is labored for seven years.

“Through the years, I used to be uncovered to completely different abilities that lent itself to working right here,” he says.

Now, a one-man upkeep machine, he both fixes it or finds somebody who can. Typically he will get assist from college students as properly.

Other than his paid work at Kingsway, he additionally teaches boy’s ministry, sings within the choir and serves on the Elder Board on the church.

Notable nominations

A lot of Elmer’s nominations included widespread themes – onerous work, constructive angle, kindness, and a servant’s coronary heart.

“He works numerous hours and makes sacrifices in order that our college can proceed to perform,” Ashleigh Kuhns, operations supervisor, says in her nomination. “He’s a plumber, electrician, custodian, repairman, gardener, mover, mechanic, fireman, and any and all the things else we may have on any given day.”

Doug Yoder, a bodily training and well being trainer, says “Elmer has all the time been an excellent steward of the assets accessible to him,”

Janie Terwilliger says he goes above and past his duties, all the time with a cheerful disposition. “He exemplifies true Christian values and is a superb position mannequin to kids in addition to workers and lecturers,” she says.

Plans for the prize cash

Gable plans to make use of his prize cash to exchange the varsity’s management unit. “That piece of apparatus has its points,” he says. He is additionally been ready for the varsity’s permission to spend cash on substitute elements for a lot of of their clocks.

“I am very grateful and really feel actually blessed that we received this,” he says. “Like all non-public faculties, we’re consistently struggling for funds to deal with issues. This can positively be an enormous assist to us.”

Gail Good, a custodian at Carter’s Valley Elementary Faculty in Church Hill, Tennessee, and Kevin Bowles, lead upkeep at Windsor Excessive Faculty in Windsor, Colorado, have been the runners-up. Every runner-up acquired $1,000 in product credit score.

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