BEP partner Misty Dawn honored for performance during storm surge
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Business Enterprise Program (BEP) has a long history of successful business operations and superior customer service. Licensed blind vendors have been operating small businesses across the state since 1946 and achieving independence through self-employment.
For almost 15 years, ADRS has partnered with Sodexo USA to provide dining hall services to the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) at Fort McClellan in Anniston. BEP vendor and Project Manager David Talley and his food service company, Misty Dawn Enterprises, are responsible for making sure that every first responder who is training at the facility receives top-quality meals in a clean environment.
Normally, the employees at the CDP would feed about 350 police, fire personnel, and other first responders per meal. However, in 2017, the U.S. experienced three back-to-back hurricanes that devastated homes and entire neighborhoods. Because of these natural disasters, the CDP saw a dramatic increase in first responders who reported to the facility for disaster-relief training.
The CDP and FEMA called on Misty Dawn/Sodexo employees to answer the call in a time of crisis. The head counts at each meal jumped from 350 to 1,300, necessitating quick action and unwavering dedication from the Misty Dawn/Sodexo team. The group worked 60 straight days around the clock to prepare and serve more than 1.3 million meals for more than 6,000 relief workers.
Despite the rigorous hours and hard work, the Misty Dawn/Sodexo employees answered the call, going above-and-beyond while staying positive and exemplifying outstanding teamwork.
Because of the dedication to their mission and outstanding performance, the Misty Dawn/Sodexo employees were recently honored with two very distinguished awards. On Nov. 7, the team received the “Spirit of Sodexo” award and the “Government Services Unit of the Year Award.” The group was selected from a pool of more than 3,400 units and 120,000 employees nationwide.
Distinguished guests and speakers were on hand to present awards of recognition to each individual employee who contributed to the effort. Sodexo District Manager Andy Whisnant, CDP Director of Business Operations Sharon Danburg, and BEP Director Lori Brady each spoke at the event. An emotional David Talley said he could not thank his staff enough for their consistently wonderful work ethic as Lori Brady presented him with a Teamwork Certificate. Talley said he and his team were proud to give back to their country during a time of crisis and need.
“I could not have had a better team that shows so much kindness, thoughtfulness, and courtesy to each one of our responders, and it is an honor to be a part of such an amazing team,” Talley said.
BEP Director Lori Brady had an opportunity to meet some of the dining facility staff and was extremely impressed.
“It is easy to see why this team is deserving of such a prestigious award with all of the smiles, hard work, and dedication I witnessed,” she said. “We extend our congratulations and sincerest thanks on behalf of ADRS and the Business Enterprise Program.”