As the 2009 Unsung Facility Hero Award winner, Burkhardt will receive a year''s membership to IEHA, a certificate of appreciation, a $200 cash bonus, have his story printed in Executive Housekeeping Today magazine, and for the first time since the inception of the Unsung Hero Award, he will also be given a complimentary IEHA Self Study Program
, the release stated.
According to the release, IEHA member Gail VanEtten, manager of building services for Palmetto Health Baptist, nominated Burkhardt for the award.
VanEtten said: "[Burkhardt] is a major support to my department. Earlier this year, I was without a supervisor and manager due to an accident. [Burkhardt] stepped up to the plate and everything went very smoothly. I am extremely proud to have this individual on my team."
Due to the overwhelming number of nominations, IEHA has chosen to reward two runners-up for this award for the first time: Sam Mangram, public area manager with the Broadmoor Hotel
in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Alfredo Valdez, custodial lead for the University of Washington
in Seattle, the release noted.
IEHA would like to thank all those who nominated a pool of very qualified candidates for this award, the release added.