Receives Special Thank-You
Email Received 08/30/2017:
I just wanted to give you guys a sincere thank you. My husband's family came in to D-ville Marzoni's on Sunday evening about 10 minutes before you guys closed for the night. They had been in the hospital all day with my husband's grandfather who is currently experiencing kidney failure and not doing well. They said they asked if it was ok if they ordered some food to go because they were exhausted and hungry after such an emotional day, but that you insisted they come in and sit down to enjoy their meals.
They told me they had never experienced such kind and wonderful service and that it meant so much to them because of what they were going through. They were literally in tears telling me about it because they were so touched.
I'm not sure who was managing or who served them that evening, but I wanted to personally thank you for taking care of them so well. I know how easy it is to feel irritated with customers coming in right before closing, but you never know what kind of day someone has had or who just needs to be shown some kindness. Just wanted you to know how grateful I am. : )
Welcome Home SSGT Christopher Morris
by Kelly Divins, Assistant Manager
On Friday, August 18, DuBois Hoss's was thrilled and excited to be part of a planned surprise for the Morris Family. SSGT Christopher Morris was coming home from his deployment in Al Udeid Qatar Air Base (near Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), and he wanted to surprise his family and picked the family's favorite place to eat to do that. Everything was set into motion for his arrival time Friday evening, but sadly it did not come to happen as weather prevented his flights from flying and he was not able to get home that evening.
We still wanted to be able to do something special. Thanks to Billie Jo Walls, we were able to have some great gifts for the family, a welcome home basket and backpacks for all three of the kids. Tuesday evening, the family came in to eat dinner, and we were able to finally have a little surprise for them. SSGT Morris has also served tours in South Korea, Japan, Germany, England, as well as humanitarian missions in the Phillipines, and has been able to have his family with him while being stationed in Hawaii for three years.
The following is part of a letter we received from the Morris family:
"Well, who do I begin to thank first! Let me start by saying that even though our amazing plan did not happen as intended, I’m happy nonetheless that we were able to spend quality time with the Hoss's family! Today, seeing Kelly and Jill really made our time here special. Our next duty station will be in Montana, and we are looking forward to reconnecting as a family by participating in the many outdoor activities Montana has to offer. This will be the first duty location that we will be experiencing all four seasons, so it is a nice change for our family. We want to thank our families, who have supported us during our transitions in the military. We would also like to thank our Hoss’s family, that have shown us support and love each time we come in. They have gone above and beyond to make us feel more than just customers each time we are there. Our children, Alayna, Ayden, and Ryan absolutely love going to Hoss’s to eat and see our friends. Every time we pass by and don’t stop, our car is filled with the sounds of sad children. We cannot express how thankful we are to have each of you in our lives, even if it is just between deployments. You have filled our lives with a joy that is hard to put into words. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
District 1 Softball Tournament 2017
by Troy Horner, District 1 Manager
On July 20, six stores from District 1 got together for their 6th Annual District Softball Tournament. This year, there was some participation from our corporate office to help round out several of the teams. The Home Office participants were Phil Sukenik, Carl Raup, Rob Billet, Ann McKay, and Deb Lehman. The teams included West York, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Hanover, Lititz, and Martinsburg.
Each team played five games allowing them to play every team. The two teams with the best record then met in the championship game. Hanover had the best record going 5-0, and Martinsburg had the second best record 4-1. In the championship game (winner take all), Martinsburg was able to avenge an earlier loss to Hanover and take home the 3-foot trophy which they will proudly display in their store for the next year.
It literally was the hottest day of the year with a heat index of 102 degrees. That didn’t keep friends and family from coming out to watch or hold back anyone from playing. No individual awards were handed out for a tournament MVP, but if there would have been a trash talking award, it would have gone to Carl Raup. As everyone was leaving the ball park, Phil Sukenik could be heard saying “next year, we will have a team from the Home Office.”
Click here for Team Photos! A special thanks to Kane Brookens our photographer from Chambersburg for the HOSM pictures.
HCP 3rd Quarter Eagle Leader Named
On Tuesday, July 25, Shane Kubat was presented with HCP's 3rd Eagle Leader Award.
Shane is a 13-year employee and currently works in the Sanitation Department.
Steve McIlveen Wins 5K
Steve McIlveen, General Manager at Richland Township, won the 1st Annual Cuddles for Kids 5K on Saturday, June 10, in Westmont.
Cuddles for Kids contributes to children's agencies around the world, most notably in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico.
Relay For Life Breakfast 2017
by Pam Weakland
Servant Leadership is a term that we hear often, but to live it every day is the difference!
The Hoss family showed their commitment to the community and serving others bright and early Saturday, June 10, 2017, for the Blair County Relay for Life Breakfast at Mansion Park. From HBS that gets all the equipment ready and where it needs to be, the warehouse that pulls it all and organizes it for the truck, the volunteers that show up to set up, serve, and clean up, truly the definition of serving others.
For the last 16 years Hoss’s has participated in this event providing a hot breakfast for those campers and walkers that are raising money with hope to find a cure for cancer, a disease that we all have been affected by. To see all the smiles, for the thank you’s, and comradery of all the folks that come out to make difference during this event, is the only thanks our team needs. They deserve much more always willing to go the extra mile, but are satisfied with much less.
The hustle and bustle of getting ready is always fun, seeing the walkers line up for breakfast, and sometimes a cheer from the crowd is the best feeling! So another successful year is in the books….see you next year!
Click here for photos from the event!
MB32 Participates In Norwalk Soap Box Derby
by Shelby Knepper, Hourly Manager
On June 10, 2017, Martinsburg Hoss’s participated in the 2017 local Bucky’s Limited Auto Body Norwalk Soapbox Derby. Haley Smith, was the driver of the soapbox derby car. Haley is the daughter of Kristen Fisher, an Assistant Manager. The car number that was picked for the car was 93 because the store opened its doors in 1993.
After the race was over, Hoss’s catered the awards dinner and donated all of their time and food to the nonprofit organization. Martinsburg Hoss’s has been involved with this organization for the last four years, but this was the first year that they had a car participate in the derby. Hoss’s looks forward to growing their relationship with the Norwalk Soapbox Derby Organization and being more involved in community events throughout the year.
Click here to view the story on the local news.
Mission Trip To Guatemala
by Steve Stouffer - General Manager, Elizabethtown
My wife Jan and I are part of a group of 20 from our community that is coordinating with about 60 additional people to work at an orphanage next week in Guatemala. The orphanage is Casa Aleluya. Click here to visit their web site to learn more. It is home to over 500 children.
Our group will be cleaning, loving up the kids, and working to build a hospital on the "compound." I understand this is a wonderful orphanage that helps so many orphaned children in a difficult area. Our immediate group has been planning this trip for over three years to work at this orphanage and to help the children and to assist building the hospital. We also are taking almost 100 pairs of shoes as a lot of the children do not have shoes that fit or a mix match.
Two Hossers Run In 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon
On May 7, Troy Horner and Phil Sukenik joined 15,500 of their closest friends and braved the chill to run the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon.
This is more than just a race; it is a huge event with runners racing through numerous city neighborhoods to the cheers of 60,000 spectators.
Troy was able to achieve a personal best time in the marathon. Phil did not have a record setting day in the half marathon but was able to do this year’s race 2 minutes faster than last year (at this rate, he will be running in the olymipics when he’s 70).
St. Marys Employee Raises Funds for Alzheimer's Association
by Christy Wehler, General Manager
Pam Forster, an employee of St. Mary's Hoss's, has been and continues to do amazing things for the Alzheimers Association. Her mother suffers from this horrible disease. Pam has been holding fundraising events for the past 4 years. Each year, she adds new and different events to raise money for this worthy cause. Along with that, she donates more and more money each year.
She has a group called the "Camiotti Crew" that helps her with the fundraisers. Pam takes on a lot of it herself along with working a full time job and the part time job here at Hoss's. She also finds the time to watch her grandchildren and attends their sporting events whenever possible. In her spare time she likes to attend as many Pirates games as possible just to relax a little.
This past year, she held a bake sale ( she baked most of the items herself), a Community Night, a garage sale, a chicken barbeque, and an ongoing candy sale. She has donated $3,840.00 thus far, and this amount does not include the sales from the candy.
Her mind never stops coming up with ideas of how to raise even more money this year than last. I think that Pam needs to be commended for all that she does for the sake of her mom and all of the others that suffer with this disease.
2017 Hoss Graduates
We would like to extend a special congratulations to all of our high school and college graduates in Hossland! You should all be very proud of your accomplishments!
Click here to see a listing of graduates submitted by our stores.
Jeff Stephenson Retirement
After 31 years of dedicated service, Jeff Stephenson, General Manager at Cranberry Hoss's, is retiring from the restaurant business. His official last day is May 22.
We would like to thank him for everything he has done for our company and wish him well with all of his future endeavors!
Click here to read a local newspaper article about Jeff's retirement.
Lewistown Crew Prom
Senior crew members from our Lewistown location chose Hoss's to dine for their prom this past Saturday night. Barb, who they all call "Mom," is in the center. They all clean up pretty well!
Hoss Hero - Julie (Kolmer) Johnson
by Chris Reigel, GM Lititz
On Monday, May 1, we had a gentlemen here eating by himself. I was quickly called over to the table to help him because he was having a seizure. We had a party of nine at a table behind him, and they started to help him. When I got there, I told someone to call 911. We got him on the ground, and me and someone else helped this man until the ambulance got there.
The girl that was helping me took over the situation. She was trying to comfort him, get him on his side, and told him the ambulance was on its way. This whole situation lasted about 8 minutes, but it felt like an eternity. I was glad I had this girl there to help in the situation.
The girl that helped me was a guest dining with her family. She rushed over to help out with the situation. This is an act that many people would not do because they would not know what to do or felt that the situation was taken care of by the other people around him. She jumped right in and took over the situation. I am so thankful for people like her, people that jump in and help out when needed.
The girl that was helping me was our own Julie (Kolmer) Johnson. Please congratulate Julie on a job well done. We are lucky to have her here at Hoss's!!!
Gettysburg Holds Toy Drive
by Jessi Hill, Assistant Manager
Gettysburg Hoss's held a toy drive for the Children's Cancer Recover Foundation. It was a wonderful experience! We love helping organizations like this. All the toys donated will go directly to hospitalized children. We hope to put smiles on their faces and brighten their day!
Eaglefest Celebration 2016
Our 10th Annual Eaglefest Celebration was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Eaglefest is a celebration of those high flying individuals who soar daily to new heights at Hoss’s and Marzoni's through their enthusiasm, dedication, and compassion for others. Congratulations to all of our 2016 honorees!
HOSS'S AND MARZONI'S HEROES
Conni Beamer - Williamsport; Amber Schwaderer - Huntingdon
IDEAS OF THE YEAR
Jess Nichols - Selinsgrove Marzoni’s; Julie Kopp and DeAnna Oakes - HBS; Dallas Grim - Martinsburg; Sherri Buckley - Grove City; Melissa Adams - Duncansville Marzoni’s
WEB SURVEY AWARD
Indiana - Joe Hirsch
John Tomlinson - West York; Joe Hirsch - Indiana; Cindy Stoltenburg - Cranberry; Jay Petrou - Bedford; Michaelle Crawford - Murrysville; Dallas Grim - Martinsburg; Mark Shreffler - Huntingdon
Joe Hirsch - Indiana; Gail Fairman - DuBois; Jay Petrou - Bedford
Mark Shreffler - Huntingdon; Michaelle Crawford & Amy Topole - Murrysville
YEARS OF SERVICE HONOREES
Click here for a list of the Years of Service Honorees.
DISTRICT EAGLE LEADERS OF THE YEAR
Click the links below to learn more about each recipient.
District 1 - Jenn Blanco - Martinsburg
District 2 - Flossi Betts - Shamokin Dam
District 3 - James Wittman - Indiana
District 4 - Melissa Whetzel - Grove City
District 5 - Rebecca Diggens - Huntingdon
Marzoni’s - Jenny Poullos - Greenwood
HCP - Ashley Bowser
MANAGER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Jay Petrou - Bedford; Joe Hirsch - Indiana; John Tomlinson - West York
Manager of the Year 2016 - Jay Petrou
SPECIAL PEPSI SPONSORED PRIZES AND TRIP WINNER
TVs: Chip Gapshes – Home Office (30 Years’ Service); Ron Cable – State College (30 Years’ Service); Teresa Oster – Bedford (10 Years’ Service); Patricia McKenzie – Cranberry (20 Years’ Service)
iPads: Dave Ulicne – Hoss’s Building Services (30 Years’ Service); Lauren Koch – Shamokin Dam (10 Years’ Service); Nancy Novicki – Cranberry (30 Years’ Service)
Trip - One week’s paid vacation, $500 cash, and accommodations to Hoss’s Ocean Isle, NC, Condo, or to Hoss’s Bonita Springs, FL, Hossienda: Kimberly Herb – Chambersburg (10 Years’ Service)
Click here for pictures from the event!
Manager of the Year 2016 Finalists
Congratulations to the following General Manager of the Year 2016 Finalists. Each individual will be honored at our Eaglefest Celebration at Huntingdon Country Club on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Eagle Leaders of the Year 2016
Congratulations to the following Eagle Leaders of the Year 2016. Each individual will be honored at our Eaglefest Celebration on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Huntingdon Country Club.
We would also like to extend a special congratulations and thank you to all of our Eagle Leaders who were honored at our luncheons. We are very proud to have such an elite group of individuals as part of the Hoss Team.
Hoss's Central Processing
Country Singer Visits Gettysburg Hoss's!
by Jessi Hill, Assistant Manager
Country Singer, Dustin Lynch, stopped by Gettysburg Hoss's after his concert at the Majestic Theatre here in town. He was super nice, and we were all excited to see him!
Hoss Hero - Amber Schwaderer
Amber Schwaderer, Salad/Prep Manager at Huntingdon, recently saved the life of a fellow employee!
One of our servers was taking a break and decided to eat some garlic bread. While eating, the bread became lodged in her throat, and she could not breath. Amber realized that she was choking and needed help. She started the Heimlich Maneuver on her, the bread came unlodged soon after, and the employee began to breath again!
Amber stated, "We train so that we are prepared to help save our guests, not ever thinking it would be one of our own crew members who would need our help."
Campbell U Class #3 Graduates
by Pam Weakland
Campbell U Class #3 spent a fun-filled week at the Home Office February 20-24, 2017. This was a larger class of 19 managers participating. The fun of having everyone together for the week was partly due to having 5 managers new to Hoss’s, 3 managers from Marzoni’s, and 4 Department Managers. There was so much creativity, innovation, and comradery happening that the week flew by.
The class was split into two groups for completing a class project. Each presented their ideas on how we can help to move forward Better Service in 2017 and how we can move to the future and growing our guests and sales. Every individual brought something special to the table.
Not only did they put together presentations but had a full week of class and went on a tour at HCP. Coming directly from the class, “We learned so many things that I will be taking back to my store, but also made great friendships. It’s great to be a part of this “Family!"
Good luck to all, and we will see you back in 60 days for Follow Up Class!
Back L-R: Calvin Carr 207, Matt Beiswenger #05, Jim Rush #05, Mike Giordano #24, Amber Schwaderer #24, Annette Lombardi #06, Darius Morgan #23, Abby Massimo #40, Missy Whetzel #43, Courtney Josselyn #21, Abe Telck #48, Stephanie Defibaugh #01. William Eck #43, Gary Foster #37, Kristy Bomberger #27, Angel Hartpence #49,
Front L-R: Justin McLucas #29, Megan Bean-Dowell #204, Tyler Grace #207
Store Eagle Leaders Of The Year 2016
The Eagle Leaders Of The Year were honored at the Annual Eagle Leader Luncheons held during the month of January. Congratulations to each of these individuals for achieving this prestigious award!
Click here to see pictures of all the honorees.
Eaglefest Years of Service Recipients 2016
Below is the list of the Years of Service Honorees. This list includes employees who have achieved 10, 20, or 30 years of service between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. All honorees will be recognized at this year’s Eaglefest Celebration on Saturday, April 8, at the Huntingdon Country Club.
Chambersburg – Cathy Shatzer
East York- Rebecca Ferree; Lititz - Christopher Reigel; West York – Joseph Cool
Chambersburg – Ashley Brookens; Kimberly Herb; Tram Le; East York – Kendra Emenheiser; Amber Koons; Lititz – J. Ray Marrerro; Pamela O’Donel; Tiffany Petroff; Hanover – Debra Kimmey
Shamokin Dam – Kim Fisher; Nanci Koch
Shamokin Dam – Lauren Koch; Elizabethtown – Katilyn Leverentz; Annville – Caroline Lehman; Allison Miller; Cressona – Gladys Wetzel
Indiana – Carla White
Somerset – Angela Younkin; Richland – Catherine Tunstall; St. Marys – Diane Wendel
Cranberry – Nancy Novicki
Cranberry –Patricia McKenzie; Murrysville – Barbara Matassa;
10- Year Recipients:
Greensburg – Stephanie Brody; Cranberry –Justin Goodwill; Meadville – Leanna Bean, Christie Pleger; Murrysville – Kallie Grimm
State College – Ronald Cable; Bedford –Bonnie Hainsey; Carlisle– Marsha Varner
Bedford – Amy Mangiafico; Mechanicsburg – Holly Albert; Amy Hennessey
Bedford – Teresa Oster; Mechanicsburg – Randi Grace; William Haugh; Tonya Kinney; Carlisle –Thomas Lane; Huntingdon – Rebecca Diggins; Mark Shreffler; Lewistown – Tabatha Wagner; Enola – Michael Duff
10- Year Recipients:
Marzoni’s DV- Melissa Mingle; Marzoni’s GW – Miranda Shaw
Chip Gapshes; Krista Soellner; Sandy Swope
Danny Burget; Jonathan Claar
HOSS’S BUILDING SERVICES
Eagle Leaders Recognized
Congratulations to the following District Eagle Leaders!
Rebecca Diggins, Huntingdon - District 5
Florence Betts, Shamokin Dam - District 2
Bedford Christmas Family
By James Petrou, General Manager
Every year, at Bedford Hoss’s, we do some fundraisers like bake sales and school spirit t-shirt Fridays. All of the proceeds from these fundraisers go towards helping a family at Christmas time. This year was no exception.
Christy, one of my long-time servers, found a family in need of some TLC. The father had a massive heart attack and some other health issues that prevent him from working at this time. Christy was told by their family that it was going to be hard for them to have a Christmas this year. So, it was our pleasure to make their Christmas enjoyable, if only for that day.
That being said, I would like to thank my crew for all of their help with raising the funds needed, so we could make at least one family’s Christmas better! Special thanks to Christy for all her hard work . . . without her, this would not have been possible!
Holidays For The Homeless - HM28
Once again, Hummelstown Hoss's is collecting donations for The Great Big Happy Holidays Homeless Give. Here are a few of our goodie bags that we donated!
Breakfast With Santa - Bedford
On December 3, Bedford Hoss's held their Annual Breakfast With Santa with the Modern Woodman!
Click here to read a great poem written by a crew member from Lewistown Hoss's, McKenna Snyder!
Grove City Guest Signs Mural
by Benjamin Tawney, Assistant Manager
On November 12, Grove City Hoss's had a guest named Jim McLean visit our store and sign his jersey on the mural in the front of our store.
He also brought his grandsons that are playing for the same team today!
Good News From Our Guests
We recently received a letter from a thoughtful guest named Corrine who let us know about a very special couple that dines regularly at our Lititz location. Click here to read her letter.
One evening, the managers and staff at Lititz Hoss's, treated this wonderful couple to a free meal to thank them for all that they do. Click here to see the letter we received from Don and Barb expressing their gratitude.
After receiving the letter from Corrine at the office, a basket of Hoss's goodies was prepared and sent to Lititz for "Mr. Claus" and his wife. They were in for another surprise on their next visit to Hoss's!
Such a feel good story!
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Corporate Office!
Front Row (L-R): Ian Campbell, Michael Nevling, Cynthia Smith, Tom Smith, Beckie Moorehead
Middle Row (L-R): Dawn Baier, Bridget Chesnut, Conni Miller, Rhonda Brown, Bill Campbell, Nancy Campbell, Patty Morgan, Sandy Swope, Kriss Hippo, Andie Petrunak
Back Row (L-R): Allen Hainsey, Tish Marks, Jill Hughes, Lori Clauto, John Brown, Phil Sukenik, James Brown, Brenda Oakes, Mark Ritko, Krista Soellner, Don Imler, Billie Jo Walls, Tami Chadick, Bob Pleva, Carl Raup
Click here for a special message from Phil Sukenik.
Campbell U Class #2 Follow-up
Campbell University Class #2 had a Follow-Up Class the week of October 10. Below is a photo of the class playing Safety and Security Jeopardy!
Two Hossers Complete Freedom's Run
Phil Sukenik and Troy Horner recently completed Freedom's Run! Troy ran the full marathon where he achieved a personal best. Phil tells us he ran the half marathon and triumphantly limped to the finish cluthing at his aching limbs!
It was a challenging race with very hard down pours of rain, muddy conditions and a very hilly course. The race course included 3 national parks including Harpers Ferry, the C & O canal, and Antietam National Battlefield. It also included the historic towns of Sharpsburg, MD, and Shepardstown, WV. The race finished at Shepherd University in West Virginia, just a short drive from our Martinsburg store.
HCP Names Third Quarter Eagle Leader
Congratulations go out to HCP employee, Chris Markle, recipient of Hoss's Central Processing’s Eagle Leader Award for the Third Quarter.
Chris is an outstanding employee who brings a high degree of energy and commitment to her job.
Chris has gone above and beyond, time and again, providing significant support to the Fundraiser Program, ensuring customer orders get filled correctly and on time.
Lynsey Woodson Attends Youth State Police Camp
Lynsey Woodson is a 2017 Senior at Belle Vernon Area High School and employee at Belle Vernon Hoss's. Recently, she attended Youth State Police Camp held at York College in York, PA. Not everyone who attends the camp survives the whole week! It is not a recreational camp.
This camp is run by the PA State Police and National Guard. She was sponsored by the local Fayette City American Legion. This camp is intended for those wishing to pursue a career in military or law enforcement. Lynsey's dream is to serve and protect as a PA State Police Woman. She represented Belle Vernon and did us proud, even receiving a shout out on Janelle Hall's facebook page from WTAE!
*Lynsey is on left of Officer Reed.
Campbell University Class #2 Graduates
by Pam Weakland
It just keeps getting better and better! Class 2 of Campbell University graduated on Friday, August 12, 2016. It was a week full of new experiences, comradery, and a lot of learning - learning about expectations, time management, HR laws, and situations. The tour of HCP is always a highlight during the week and working diligently on the class project.
This class put together a presentation on increasing the average check and suggestive selling now that all Hoss’s are providing Better Service! You will be seeing some of these ideas soon in LMS training coming your way! So, thank you to this outstanding class, and we wish you much success!
Back L-R: Shawn Stottlemyer HT, Candy Martin WYK, Kelly Divens DB, Katie Gipe LT, Kayla Hetzel BD, Corie Poche Marzoni’s SG, Brandon Soellner Marzoni’s DV
Front L-R: Chris Ruble LT, Kylie Hershey LZ, Mel Terwilliger CB, Allegra Moats WYK, Briana McCready Marzoni’s GW, Aaron Harpine HN
Marzoni's Donates School Supplies
Marzoni's Duncansville made a large donation of school supplies to the "Stuff the Ambulance" School Supply Collection Event. The charity event was held by the United Way of Blair County, and the purpose was to collect enough school supplies to fill an ambulance for needy children in the area whose families cannot afford school supplies.
Jeff Stephenson Runs 5K
Below is Cranberry General Manager, Jeff Stephenson, finishing a 5K run for a fallen police officer in his area. He has run this race almost every year they have held it. This year, it was 90 days after knee replacement surgery! The 27.57 is his time (the other time is from another race that day). He finished 4th in his age group!
Happy Retirement, Bob Pleva!
Later this month, Bob Pleva, Vice President of Operations, will be retiring. Thank you, Bob, for 44 HOSSome years!
Click here to view the HossTV episode honoring Bob Pleva!
2016 Leadership Blair County
by Jim Fogle, QA Manager at HFX
I just graduated! Wow, that’s funny to say at my age but true. I graduated on June 9th with 23 other classmates from the 2016 Leadership of Blair County. This program, which is run by Blair County Chamber of Commerce, is a 10-month program where we met as a class once a month at different business locations and learn about the economics, justice, business, social, history and many other attributes of Blair County.
We had a retreat, homework and many, many mini projects and volunteering throughout the year and we also had large class project. For our class project, we helped a teen center called “The Beacon” in Altoona that needed some upgrades to their building and supplies. With a lot of hard work and fundraising we were able to raise over $40,000 to help The Beacon.
It was great to be a part of LBC making new friends, learning new things about the county that we live in and taking on a project that will help support and feed kids in our community that need help. Thanks to Hoss’s for the support and opportunity to be a part of Leadership of Blair County!
District 5 Input/Feedback Meeting
A District 5 Input/Feedback Meeting was held on July 13 at Hummelstown Hoss's.
Those in attendance were: Bedford - Cindy Otto and Tracy Baumgardner; Mechanicsburg - Meagan O’Leary and Amy Clark; Carlisle - Jesse Ramirez and Lilly Wicks-Forman; Huntingdon - Rebecca Diggins and Michael Giordano; Hummelstown - Matt Crawford and Jenna Armstrong; Lewistown - Derrick Evans and Nate Baumgardner; Enola - Cindi Ward and Kate Walls; Home Office - Rob Billet, Tami Chadick, Bob Pleva, and Phil Sukenik.
Don Imler Named HR Professional of the Year
On May 18, 2016, Don Imler was named HR Professional of the Year! The HR Professional of the Year award is an award recognizing service for the Blair County HR Organization and contributions to the Human Resources Profession.
The Human Resources Professional of the Year Award is intended to recognize an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of the human resources profession. The successful candidate is someone who serves as a role model for the profession, who is a leader that sets standards for others, and who applies his/her expertise outside his/her own organization.
Below is information from the award presentation to Don:
The Human Resource Management Association of Blair County is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of HR Professional of the year is Don Imler, Director of Human Resources at Hoss’s Family Steak and Sea House.
Don has been employed at Hoss’s since 1986 in various management-related positions, and has been an HR Professional since 1994. He has an extensive background in compensation management, 401K and ESOP management, recruitment, retention, management development, policy development, and compliance. He also has a strong background in safety and risk management. He is a member of the American Payroll Association and is certified and teaches both CPR and ServSafe.
Don has earned his PHR and SHRM-CP. In our chapter, he has held the position of Program Director, Treasurer, Vice President/Secretary, President and Ex-Oficio. During his tenure on the Executive Board, Don focused on documenting processes and procedures for each position, creating manuals and checklists to keep the board and chapter compliant and effective, and has done a terrific job in training and supporting the Executive Members who have come on to the board behind him. His legacy on the board is strong, and we still miss him terribly! He has also served as Past Chair of the Blair County Chamber Safety and Risk Committee.
After five years of volunteer service to our local chapter, Don is now the current Treasurer of the PA SHRM State Council, and has been instrumental in the success of recent state-level conferences as well.
Don lives in Hollidaysburg, and his hobbies outside of HR include working around his house, spending time with his wife Nancy, daughter Danielle, and especially with his grandson, Atticus, and anything Corvette-related. He is the current Treasurer and a Past President of the Altoona Corvette Club.
Everyone who has had the opportunity to work with Don - either through Hoss’s, our Chapter, or other organizations he has been part of - know that Don is extremely hardworking, dedicated, detail-conscious, and friendly. He truly represents the SHRM mission, which is to serve the HR Professional and advance and lead the HR Profession.
Mother's Day 2016
Some of our locations held special drawings for Mother's Day. See some our lucky Moms below!
Edith Guyer won this beautiful rocking chair!
Deborah Sebock was the winner of a Mother's Day Spa Basket!
Fire Company Helps DuBois With Spring Clean-Up
Below are some photos of Gordon Weaver and members of the Goodwill Fire Company cleaning our parking lot.
Gordon has been a member for 11 years and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. We are thankful for his help in cleaning our lot, as well as him being a key cook in our kitchen.
Erie's Heartfelt Mother's Day Idea
by Ashley Hayes, Assistant Manager
I wanted to share with you an idea we had for all of our crew Moms who worked on Mother's Day. We used pictures of each Mom's kids and made a button out of them using our name tag buttons for each Mom to wear. (I included a picture of mine.)
We surprised all of our crew Moms with these, and even had a few in tears!
Hope you all had a nice Mother's Day!!
The Perfect Prom Request
Austin Bussard (Dish) and Kelia Foor (Salad Bar) from Bedford Hoss’s came up with a perfect way to ask off work to go to the prom! Who could say “no” to this?
Andrew Zeller Signs With Detroit Lions
Andrew Zeller, former cook who worked for us for several years in East York, signed this weekend with the Detroit Lions! He played at the University of Maryland.
His older brother, Tyler (Eagle Leader of the Year for East York 2014), worked for us for several years, and his younger brother, Dustin, currently works in East York.
Click here for the article. Congratulations, Andrew!
DuBois Raises Funds To Help Family
by Kelly Divins
Cancer is a disease that does not discriminate. A few months ago a young, beautiful 18-year-old relative of one of our long-time employees, Lisa Farrell, was diagnosed with bone cancer. She has to endure many, many weeks and surgery in Pittsburgh. Not only does her family have to endure the pain of having a loved one go through this, but the hardship that all the time traveling back and forth to Pittsburgh doctor appointments and travel expenses weighs heavily on the family also.
Here in DuBois, we all pull together to help where is needed, so we were ready to help this family as soon as we could. Along with having a Hoss's Community Day, we wanted to do as much as possible. The plan was to hold a basket raffle, bake sale, and join the school district to help sell NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE t-shirts.
Along with Hoss's generous donation from the Community Day program, many, many people, local businesses, near and far, and all the volunteer bakers and helpers from within the Dubois Hoss's, we were able to raise $5,838!!!! That total includes money from the basket raffles, bake sale, t-shirt sales, and Community Day contribution.
I know the family is forever grateful for the help and support, and they can concentrate more on healing than on money issues for the time being.
The list is long of people we would like to thank: Hoss's for having the Community Day program and also for a generous donation of a beautiful basket; all the employees here in Dubois that volunteered time and energy to help pull this off; Chip Gapshes for answering any questions and encouragement; the many, many businesses and people of this community that took the time to donate items, and that supported us by coming into dine on April 17. Thank you all once again!
Hoss Hero - Connie Beamer
by Fred Fuess, General Manager
On 3/13/16, during a busy Sunday lunch, long-time server at Williamsport, Connie Beamer, observed a guest performing the Heimlich Maneuver on an elderly gentleman. Connie quickly noticed that the son was unsuccessful in clearing his 97-year-old Father’s airway.
Connie immediately took charge of the situation and successfully performed the Heimlich on the man. The gentleman and his family were very appreciative and promised to come back soon. When we checked on him the next day he said he was fine, just a little sore, but very happy with Hoss’s.
This is the second time Connie has jumped in to save a guest's life. She is truly our Hoss Hero.
Greensburg Manager Wins Prestigious Award
Katie Kincade, Hourly Manager at Greensburg Hoss's, recently received the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 2015 Future of the Industry Award! Click here to read all about it!
Hoss Hero - June Powers
A special thank you to June Powers, server at DuBois Hoss's, for helping a guest in need.
The following is her account of what happened:
I was working over lunch shift, cleaning up my zone, and was just about done for the day. I overheard my co-worker Jan asking her guest if he was choking. I didn’t think twice about running over to help him immediately. He was handicapped and sitting in a booth, which made it very difficult for me to get the proper angle to help him. I had to pull him out of the booth and get him on his feet to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.
I could not get my arms around the man completely, but I still proceeded to try the best I could. I needed help from someone with longer arms to be able to reach around the man. I was shouting for help when a gentleman in a nearby booth came to assist me. I held the victim up while the other man got his arms around him so that he could perform the Heimlich.
It took us about five tries to successfully save his life.
All I could think about was saving his life, and it has been very humbling to know that I was able to help someone.
Two Local Children Win Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest
Son of DeAnna Oakes (Accounting Specialist at HBS), Jeremiah Oakes, and fellow Claysburg-Kimmel sixth grader, Logan Brehm, won the 2016 National Red Ribbon Week Theme contest!
Click here to see the poster and read more about it.
Click here to see coverage on WTAJ-TV news!
Somerset Server Gets Full College Scholarship
Somerset soccer standout, Lexy Pucci, announced she will continue her career at Robert Morris University on Wednesday, February 3, during National Letter of Intent signing day.
Lexy is a server at our Somerset location. Below Lexy is pictured with her parents and soccer coaches in the back row.
Hoss Hero - Cyrus Notestine
On January 31, 2016, Cyrus Notestine, General Manager at Lewistown Hoss's, performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking guest.
Fortunately, the guest recovered and all ended well!
Thank you, Cyrus, for helping a guest in need!
Shamokin Dam Honors Shirley Mull
On Sunday, January 17, Shamokin Dam Hoss's presented Shirley Mull with flowers and a cake. Shirley has been named District 2's Eagle Leader of the Year! Congratulations!
West York Ugly Sweater Contest
by Angela Kuhn
To help everybody get in the spirit of Christmas, West York Hoss's held an Ugly Sweater Contest on December 19. Deanna Porter came up with the idea, and it was a lot of fun! Tara Hood won first place and received a small prize. Second place, the first loser, was myself, Angela Kuhn!
Below is a picture of all of the employees that participated in their ugly sweaters!
Bottom Row (left to right): Jordan, Missy Kline, Deanna Porter
Middle Row (left to right): Stephenie Harrison, Alexis Miller, Allegra
Back Row (left to right): Angela Kuhn, Eric Spahr, Candy Martin, Colton Gautier, Tara Hood
Carol Myers Retires
by Andy Todd, Assistant Manager at Mechanicsburg
On December 30, 2015, one of our long-time salad bar employees, Carol Myers, retired. We threw a great party in celebration that included cake, presents, and a dancing Elvis bear.
Carol started working for us in November of 1998 and has had a hand in training many, if not most, of our salad bar employees.
We wanted to thank Carol for her years of hard work and loyalty towards our company, and we wish her the very best in her retirement!
Couple Celebrates 62nd Anniversary at Mechanicsburg Hoss's
by Andy Todd, Assistant Manager
Max and Arlene Kretzing came in on December 26 to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary! The Kretzings have been eating at Hoss's for nearly 30 years and have had three of their grandchildren work for our company.
They thoroughly enjoyed time eating with their family and even shared a story from their first visit to Hoss's (in Bedford in 1987). Our staff made their special day even brighter by singing and bringing out a milkshake for them to share.
We wish them many more years of love and happiness together and thank them for their continued patronage.
Brittany Rife, Hoss Hero
By Andy Gibbs, General Manager at Hanover
On December 14, as Brittany Rife, one of our greeters in Hanover, was leaving for work, she looked over into her neighbor's yard and saw her neighbor, an 80-year-old woman who lives alone, laying motionless.
Brittany, a nursing student, rushed over and found her unresponsive and not breathing. Brittany restored the woman's breathing with CPR. Brittany then called 911, and the woman was then taken to the hospital. She is ok now and back home!
Hats off to you, Brittany! Hossome job!
Campbell University Class #1 Graduates
by Pam Weakland
Well, it’s official! The first, yes I said first, class of Campbell U graduated on Friday, December 4, 2015. Not only was this the kick off class of Campbell University, but it now incorporates both concepts of Hoss’s and Marzoni’s and includes managers at all levels - department, salaried, and hourly Assistant Managers.
It was a very full week for the class with a full agenda and working on class projects researching PCI Compliance and how we can better educate and communicate with our employees, researching origins of our menu items and how to answer many guest questions, and also researching effective methods of attracting crew members and working on a new information piece to be used in your communities to entice good hires!
Wow, like I said, it was an awesome week making friendships and making sure they made their mark as Class #1.
Congratulations to Campbell U Class #1. We wish you much success in your future!!!!