This past weekend was a big one for Skeff Distributing. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary with an Open House and a party. Of course, we wanted to celebrate this occasion to the fullest as these milestones don’t happen every day. Today we are taking a look back on a great weekend spent with coworkers, business partners, friends, family, and our communities as well as all those years building up to this one.
On Friday, January 20th from noon to 4 p.m. Skeff Distributing opened its doors to its employees, retirees, family, friends, community leaders, and brewery partners for an Open House.
Byers & Co. even came out to do their show on location at Skeff Distributing headquarters. They interviewed John and Susie Skeffington as well as 3 of 4 of their kids – Katy, Brendan, and Peter – about the 50th Anniversary, Skeff Distributing company history, what this milestone anniversary means to them and what they look forward to most in the years to come.
People from The Company’s past and present came to tour the facility, enjoy a Budweiser, some heavy hors d’oeuvres, and, of course, some cake and cookies. It was a momentous occasion to be able to see so many people who have played a part in the success and growth of Skeff Distributing.
Then on Saturday, January 21st, our employees and retirees headed to the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel for our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Read: this was one big party for Team Skeff to enjoy themselves and celebrate the accomplishment of all the hard work put in to getting us here to 50 years and beyond.
From a red carpet-style entry, where our employees, retirees, and their guests got their photos taken (which was then printed into a keepsake for them to remember the night) to an awards ceremony, to dinner, dessert, and dancing, there was plenty of fun to go around.
This group can always be counted on to bring the life to a party and this year’s milestone celebration did not disappoint.
We enjoyed getting all of our people in one place to celebrate together this momentous occasion. However, we did also take the time to celebrate those individuals who have put in considerable time and effort over the years.
For those who also hit milestone anniversaries, we called them up for a certificate, a card, a handshake, and a round of applause. This year we saw anniversaries for 10, 15, 25, 30, and 40 years in the beer business! That, in today’s world, is quite the accomplishment and one we thought due for some acknowledgement.
We also took this time to announce our 2016 Employee of the Year – T.R. Fisher, our VP of Sales Operations & SEC. He was voted by his peers among the 12 previously nominated and selected 2016 Employees of the Month as someone in the company who has gone above and beyond not just one month but all year long.
And last but not least, new this year to our end of the year awards ceremony was The Founders’ Award. This award was created to acknowledge, celebrate, and award a member of our Team who exemplifies the principles which the Skeff Distributing Founding Fathers and Mother built the company, such as:
- Honesty, Loyalty, and Integrity.
- Passion for the Job and Industry.
- Strong Work Ethic.
- Commitment to Excellence.
- Customer 1st Attitude… Always.
- Great Teamwork.
- Community Involvement.
- Dedication to their Family.
Our Sales Manager for the Danville-Champaign market Tony Baszis took this home as the first winner of The Founders’ Award.
With so much to celebrate, it was only fitting we hit the music and the dance floor with 90’s Daughter, Budweiser in hand, and celebrated to the very last minute.
We would like to thank all the people who made this possible: our founders, our employees (past and present), our suppliers, our community leaders, our friends and family, and all those we mentioned here and all those we may have missed. Thank you for the past 50 years of support and for all the years we have ahead of us.
Cheers to the next 50!