Tyson Food Chicken Production Plant/Aramark Business Dining East Region
Nominator: Elizabeth Hansmann, director of strategic positioning & sales, Aramark Business Dining
“For over 10 years, he has overseen all aspects of daily operations of the dining facilities at Tyson Foods, including menu strategy, production, food safety, staffing, service excellence, client engagement, and financial responsibilities.
John has worked tirelessly long hours at the production plant during his tenure and is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to keep his staff and Tyson Foods’ employees safe, healthy and happy.
For the last eight weeks, Tyson Foods has been open around the clock as COVID-19’s nationwide lockdowns have put a strain on the food system in the United States. As a critical provider for the food system, Tyson Foods’ production has extended into both a third shift and a mandatory added weekend service.
John led his team through the schedule changes and the ever-increasing safety inspections
with professionalism. He has kept not only the Tyson clients involved, but the outside Aramark team informed of working conditions and service changes at the plant with multiple check-ins throughout the day.
As more Americans transitioned to stay-at-home mode during these past eight weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus and prevent a crushing load on U.S. hospitals, they have relied on a core group of essential workers to provide the goods and services that keep the basics flowing in a stripped-down economy.
With President Donald J. Trump executive order to keep meat plants like Tyson Foods open, John and his team have been feeding those workers deemed essential and they have not been subject to stay-at-home orders. John and his team have taken extraordinary risks every day to show up at Tyson Foods to provide food service to all Tyson Foods’ employees. They don’t just come to work for a basic eight-hour shift as they have in the past; these individuals are working effortlessly during this very tumultuous and unprecedented time.
John has also made an enormous impression on the Tyson Foods team. It is evident that they appreciate and respect John for what they see him do every day. Tyson Foods’ Brent Woods commented, ‘We could not ask for a better partner than John. John listens and works to do his best to meet our ever-changing needs. John has met daily with our complex manager and me to develop a strategy and keep moving in the most positive direction. John is great, telling us what he can do vs. telling us what he can’t do! We appreciate John’s commitment and partnership!!!’
John has quickly gained the trust and respect of his peers, client and leaders. His hard work has gone above and beyond during challenging times. His willingness to commit and push through the last eight unrelenting weeks has been astounding and showed a resilience that people today can look up to.”