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Employee Spotlight - Stephanie Carpenter

Events Calendar


Textbook Rentals Come to UH Bookstore

Department of Public Safety
Salute to Law Enforcement 2010

Update - What is your Exit Strategy?

Three Aramark Employees From the University of Houston Recognized at Annual Thrive Summit

Sales Tax Holiday

August 2010 Clean-Up
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Statistics

Green UH
Green Hints to Save Water: Outdoor Watering

Vending Machines Receive Sustainable Upgrades

Summer Planting at New Campus Community

Human Resources
Human Resources 4th Annual Benefits Fair

ePRF Form and Effective Dating

Parking and Transportation
Shuttle Tour

Plant Operations
Plans Underway for Central Plan Expansion Project

Policies and Procedures

SAM Approvals
MAPP Approvals

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Three Aramark Employees From the University of Houston Recognized at Annual Thrive Summit

From July 12-16th, ARAMARK higher education’s southwest region held its annual THRIVE summit at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

University of Houston Dining Services was represented by 15 managers. THRIVE (Thoughtful, Heartfelt, Results Driven, Innovative, Valued and Trusted, Engaged) is a week-long event that gives ARAMARK managers the opportunity to be educated about the goals of their company.

The THRIVE Recognition Program is the basis of the commitments they make to their clients, customers, community and employees. THRIVE is the cornerstone of the ARAMARK commitment to customer service and hospitality.

Each year at the THRIVE Training Summit, the Southwest Leadership Team recognizes managers and components that have gone above and beyond in the following ways:

• Thoughtful: doing things that really show you care
• Heartfelt: being zealously committed to your work
• Results Driven: driving for solutions
• Innovative: doing things that distinguish ARAMARK from the rest
• Valued and Trusted: operating with integrity and delivering on your promises
• Engaged: embracing a spirit of partnership and teamwork

This year, three of the University of Houston’s ARAMARK employees were recognized for outstanding commitment. The three managers were recognized on three different levels: gold, silver, and bronze.

The Gold recipient was Frank Blanchard, Food Services Director at UH Downtown. He was recognized for being Thoughtful, Heartfelt, and Valued and Trusted. Frank is known for not only supporting UHD, but the entire UH System and looking out for his fellow managers. This is the second time Frank was recognized for a TRIVE award. Frank has a “can do” attitude and there is never a task he isn’t willing to accomplish.

The Silver recipient was John Patterson, the former location manager of Oberholtzer Hall, recognized as Valued and Trusted and Engaged. John is known as the best in customer service throughout the UH system and has been recognized by Dining Service’s clients as well! John has also recently been promoted to Assistant Food Service Director of one of the busiest locations on campus and will succeed in ARAMARK as a senior leader.

The Bronze recipient was Valarie Holub, who was recognized for being Thoughtful, Heartfelt, Valued and Trusted, and Engaged. Valarie has done a wonderful job the past year despite the tough economic times. She opened the new 3,300 Sq ft POD and worked many hours just to make sure everything was in order. She is always helpful and thoughtful to her team members and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Valarie also just received a promotion to location manager at Oberholtzer Hall.

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