For 28 years and counting, Rob Allen has been making sure that everyone and everything ends up in the right place — and always with a smile.
Receives YSN’s inaugural HighFive employee excellence award
By Andy Kriege, YSN
Rob Allen of Bemis Appliance was named a 2022 Exceptional Employee-HighFive winner by AVB/BrandSource and YSN.
The announcement was made at BrandSource’s Summit 2022 meeting and product expo, held earlier this season in Las Vegas.
Allen serves as the warehouse and delivery manager for Yakima, Wash.-based business, and was one of five industry employees selected from across the U.S. and Canada to be honored with an inaugural HighFive award. Winners were chosen from nominations submitted across the home goods industry, including retailers, manufacturers and suppliers.
Recipients were selected for their exceptional ability to go above and beyond the call of duty. These are the staffers who do the heavy lifting behind the scenes, with little or no fanfare and deserve a collective “high five” from their peers.
Allen was nominated by store owner Ron Bemis, who praised him for his ability to seamlessly coordinate all the moving parts of an eight-person delivery crew.
“Rob is an extremely reliable employee who deeply cares about his work and making sure everyone and everything ends up where it needs to be,” Bemis said.
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Allen has been working at Yakima’s largest locally owned appliance store for 28 years. He started out on the delivery truck, working his way up to the head of delivery and eventually into management for the company.
His role as warehouse and delivery manager became even more critical during the pandemic, when operations and logistics proved extremely challenging due to sporadic arrivals of special orders and regular inventory.
“The warehouse would go from empty to busting at the seams, and Rob always rises to the challenge of keeping things organized and moving as well as anyone could expect,” Bemis said. That commitment included getting back behind the wheel as needed. “At one point we were down on drivers and Rob jumped in a truck and did deliveries,” Bemis told YSN. “He was often out on the truck until 9 p.m. during the worst of it. We could not have gotten through this without him.”
It is for devoted employees like Rob Allen that YSN’s HighFive Awards program was created. So a well-earned congratulations to you Rob, as we raise our collective arms in a high-five salute!
BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, mattress, furniture, and CE dealers.