Each year, Columbia Employment Consortium recognizes three local employers for inclusive hiring.

This year’s award winners are Super 8, Gerbes on Broadway, and the University of Missouri Human Resources Department.

Phillip Goldsmith, Super 8, presented with award by Jeff Johnson, President People First of Boone County and Jason Mize, Vice President People First of Boone County

Phillip Goldsmith, Super 8, presented with the award by Jeff Johnson, President People First of Boone County and Jason Mize, Vice President People First of Boone County

Philip Goldsmith, Manager of Super 8, stands out as a model employer. Philip and his management staff have that special knack for bringing out the absolute best in people.

He accommodates his employee’s schedules and needs. Once he brought a chair from home for an employee who was having difficulty standing during an entire shift. Another time, he watched the front desk so the receptionist could make a doctor appointment.

His management approach includes teaching employees how to do their duties and, more importantly, how to enjoy them.

Jeff Johnson, President People First of Boone County President, Rick Bradford, Gerbes, and Jason Mize, Vice President People First of Boone County.

Jeff Johnson, President People First of Boone County President, Rick Bradford, Gerbes, and Jason Mize, Vice President People First of Boone County.

Gerbes on Broadway in Columbia is a naturally supportive workplace, inclusive in its hiring practices, and diverse in staffing.

The store promotes a positive, customer-oriented atmosphere. Employees report tremendous satisfaction being on the Gerbes team.

Rick Bradford, Supervisor, gives lots of attention to new employee development. He showed no hesitation about hiring and training a person with a disability.

Mackenzie Moorefield, University of Missouri Human Resources Department, presented with the award by Jeff Johnson, President People First of Boone County, and Jason Mize, Vice President People First of Boone County.

Mackenzie Moorefield, University of Missouri Human Resources Department, presented with the award by Jeff Johnson, President People First of Boone County, and Jason Mize, Vice President People First of Boone County.

The University of Missouri Human Resources Department has demonstrated a commitment to diversifying their workforce and supporting inclusive hiring practices.

The Department has been an integral partner in the Thompson Center STRIVE program, a program created to improve employment outcomes for young adults with autism.

The support provided through STRIVE has given participants opportunities to job shadow and explore different paid positions. These experiences are extremely valuable to the participants as they choose their career paths.

These businesses have showed a dedication to their employees and the community as a whole. Thank you! Keep doing what you’re doing.