Tops Friendly Markets recently conducted its annual Tops Years of Service recognition program.
Currently in its 21st year, the Tops Years of Service recognition program celebrates the dedication and loyalty of the long term associates. In 2017, Tops recognized a total of 302 associates reaching 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 year anniversaries for a grand total of 9,460 years of service. Events were held in Buffalo at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and in Rochester at Casa Larga Vineyards for associates in these regions.
“In an era when associate longevity can no longer be assumed and loyalty to one company over the course of a career is the exception rather than the rule in many industries, this program gives Tops the opportunity to recognize those associates who have made a long-term commitment to the grocery business, and more importantly to our company,” said Jennifer Payne, manager, talent acquisition and development for Tops Friendly Markets.
To honor their many years of service, each associate who reached a five-year milestone beginning at 25 years were invited to a celebration dinner where they were recognized for their years of service by the executive committee and members of Tops leadership team. Honorees were able to reminisce with their colleagues, as well as enjoy festivities including a compilation of memorable moments submitted be honorees, commemorative photos of the evening, a souvenir program containing honoree bios, photos, and other memorabilia and a gift for each honoree.