Over 70 guests and employees attended the Patriot Award presentation at Priefert Mfg., on April 13th 2016. Employees that are currently serving in the National Guard or Reserve can nominate their supervisors for the Patriot Award as a token of gratitude for supporting them and their families. Two of Priefert’s employee’s, Jerry Lightfoot and Raymond Alsept, nominated their supervisors. Seven Priefert supervisors including Bill Priefert, Eddie Priefert, Nate Priefert, Travis Priefert, Rocky Christenberry, Clint Collier, and Steve Wynn were recipients of the prestigious Patriot Award.
The presentation began with a welcome by Courtney Dyer, Director of Marketing for Priefert Mfg. Steve Wynn, Operations Manager for Priefert followed Dyer’s welcome with a prayer. Following the prayer, Ronnie Clayton, of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Cerniauskas 176EN BDE Deputy Commander and Clayton presented the Patriot award. Clayton presented the certificate and Cerniauskas pinned the Patriot Lapel pin on the recipient’s shirt.
Priefert currently has one employee serving in active duty, Jake Sellers. Sellers’ wife, Crystal, attended the presentation. Director of Human Resources, Brenda Reynolds, recognized Mrs. Sellers and presented her with gift cards to local restaurants. Following the presentation, Mrs. Sellers commented, “Being an Army wife, I was really nervous about attending your ceremony because just someone speaking of Jake being deployed makes me sad, but with support from wonderful people as yourselves, it makes it much easier. Thank you again for the beautiful ceremony and for the support you give our soldiers. Jake talks very highly of Priefert and his co-workers. Our family is very blessed to have people in our life to support us during this time.”
Bill Priefert, CEO, addressed the crowd thanking everyone for attending. He asked that each serviceman in attendance introduce themselves giving their rank, responsibilities, and years served in the military. Kayla Gray, Director of Public Relations for Priefert, followed with closing remarks for the presentation.
Priefert Mfg., would like to congratulate all of the recipients and guests for taking part in this prestigious presentation. In attendance were special guests such as Katie Stedman from the Titus County Chamber of Commerce and Cole Hefner, candidate for State Representative, House District 5. We would also like to thank everyone who made this event possible, including the ESGR.