2016 Silver Chapter of the Year - Thank you Kansas City Mail Managers and Associates. We appriciate your help in making this one of the TOP MSMA Chapters in the Nation!
On an annual basis, the National Mail Systems Management Association recognizes members through an annual awards program that includes the following:
These awards are given to winners during the Spring MailCom each year.
In years past, our local KCMSMA members have submitted "KCMSMA Manager of the Year" and "Distinguished Service" nominations to KCMSMA board.
If we receive nominations we will award a winner. If you know of a deserving KCMSMA member, please submit a written report of your nominee to the KCMSMA President. Give a description of their achievements. All nominations must be to the KCMSMA Chapter President by November 15th, 2013.
Below are some the of past KCMSMA Manager of the Year recipients, Distinguished Service winners and Cliff Bennett Memorial Education Award winners!
Our very own KCMSMA member, Jenna Garcia has been awarded the 2015 Cliff Bennett Memorial Education Award. This award is selected and awarded yearly by the National MSMA board.
Jenna has been in the mailing industry for 20 years. She currently works for Children International. Jenna has been an active member of the KCMSMA since 2001 and has served on the Chapter Board for the past four years.
From all of us Jenna, Congratulations and thank you for all the work you do for the Chapter and for its members. As the winner, Jenna enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to the fall MailCom in Las Vegas.
Shawn P. Lang of DST Mailing Systems has been awarded the KCMSMA Manager of the Year. Shawn has significantly impacted the bottom line of DSTO this past year and the company realized an approximate $850K profit. Shawn is a "people person" and has excellent written and oral communication skills, and is well respected by her peers. Shawn has earned both her CMDSM and MDC Certifications. Congratulations Shawn!
Jenna Garcia from Children International has been selected as the Kansas City Distinguished Service award winner. Jenna joined the KCMSMA board in a time of need as our Treasurer. She immediately took on the responsibilities and organized our treasury ensuring our financials were compliant with the National MSMA organization. She also took on additional tasks and assumed the role as Secretary. Jenna has put her organizational skills to work and keeps our Chapter organized and moving forward! Congratulations Jenna!
The MSMA National and KCMSMA boards has selected Linda Vestal, CMDSM as the receipent of the 2013 Manager of the Year award!
Linda is the Director of Mailing Services for Park University. She has been an active member of the Kansas City Chapter for many years. Her certifications in the mailing industry include, CMDSM, EMCM and MQC. She also has obtained 11 Professional Certificates. During the past years she has accomplished the following for the university:
Congratulations, Linda! The KCMSMA board is proud that you have been selected for this National Award!
The KCMSA board has chosen KCMSMA board member, Cathy Lewis, CMDSM as the award winner for distinguished service for 2012. Cathy’s had a busy year working on many projects for the association, below are the highlights:
· Created new website
· Manages most communications
· Provides meeting space
· Works with print and mail vendors
· Team player
The name “Shawn Lang” is easily identified at DST Output Kansas City, with managing USPS Postal Relations for the clients served by DST Output and “bridging the gap” between various management personnel at DST Output and the USPS. Shawn’s title is MANAGER, POSTAL RELATIONS. She is the National Administrator of the MQC Certification Program for DST Output, of which nearly 100 associates have received MQC Certification. She is a core team member of DST Output’s MPTQM Certification. Shawn performs training to associates through the company’s “Learning Management System,” keeping DST Output associates current and up-to-date on all aspects of USPS issues and changes. Shawn has been an employee of DST Output for 3½ years, and understands the USPS very well due to being employed by the USPS for 14 years previously. Shawn’s performance is commendable, and she always seems to have an optimistic view and a smile on her face!
At first glance you would think Shawn’s contributions to DST Output and the company’s clients would be a significant cost to the company’s budget. In actuality, Shawn has saved her company and clients hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years in postage savings. These savings were the result of her knowledge of Postal Verification and structuring mail flow. She has submitted “Corrective Action Reports” which facilitated identification and correction of known quality issues.
From a “Mail and Distribution Industry” perspective, Shawn is a member of the Kansas City MSMA and Greater KCPCC. She serves on the Executive Board of the KCPCC and serves on its Education and Membership Committees. She attends MAILCOM and National Postal Forums, because she realizes that in order to maintain her professional knowledge she must keep herself informed and on top of new initiatives and changes in this fast-paced industry. A list of her Certifications are:
Although Shawn’s credentials and knowledge are evidence that she is a professional in our industry, perhaps even more commendable is the fact that she is married with five children (ages 24, 19, 18, 16, and 12). She resides in Lee’s Summit, MO, and her hobbies are reading and movies. CONGRATULATIONS SHAWN FOR BEING OUR KC-MSMA “MANAGER OF THE YEAR” FOR 2008!
We are proud to announce that the 2007 Kansas City Chapter Distinguished Service Award winner is Alison Hall, General Manager, PSI Group Inc., and the KCMSMA VP of Education. The MSMA’s Distinguished Service Award is established to annually recognize any member in good standing, who has made significant contributions towards the advancement and enrichment of either their local chapter or the national association.
Alison Hall has been a member of the Kansas City Chapter Executive board for several terms. She has served as Executive Vice President, Vice President of Membership, and most recently the Vice President of Education. She has also supported the chapter by hosting tours and participating in education presentations to the chapter membership. She is a great advocate of the chapter and the MSMA organization. Alison has also served on the local PCC which has allowed the two organizations to complement each other and support each other in activities.
Alison is committed to providing not only professional support but personal support of members and non-members in the industry. She provides customer service as a vendor within the industry while maintaining the professional ethics during MSMA activities. Alison promotes the need for continued education in the industry and volunteers her time and energy to ensure our membership has quality opportunities.
Alison is committed to supporting her peers and customers to ensure they have the knowledge and understanding about changes within the industry to allow everyone to be successful. Her business ethics and personal commitment to the industry can be seen in everything she does within the MSMA organization.
N. Riverside, IL – The Mail Systems Management Association (MSMA) announced today the recognition of the Kansas City MSMA Chapter with the 2007 MSMA Chapter of the Year Award. Each year MSMA recognizes the outstanding efforts and achievements of the officers and members of one of its Chapters for contributing toward the mission statement of the MSMA.
The Chapter of the Year Award is presented annually to the Chapter that best upholds the standards and mission statement of MSMA. Qualifications for consideration include educational programs, network relations, participation in industry activities, timely communications to members and maintaining/sustaining membership and development. The MSMA Chapter receiving this award must be in good standing with the MSMA including, but not limited to, complying with MSMA National reporting guidelines.
The Kansas City Chapter ended 2007 with a membership of 121, which is a 22% increase of 2006. They continue to have an Executive Board that is made up of high performing professionals in the industry, and are committed to ensuring the organization continues to be successful and provide value to its members and participants. Their Executive Board includes:
President: Lenez Hendrix, CMDSM, EMCM
Executive VP: Terrell Bix, CMDSM
Treasurer: Jerome Toson
VP Membership: John Minnis
Secretary: Linda Vestal, CMDSM
VP Education Alison Hall, CMDSM
VP Web Communication David Flowers
VP of Publications Carlos Johnson
VP of Programs Derace Martin, CMDSM
Director at Large Diane Chastain, EMCM
Director at Large Kimberly Tarpley
Derace Martin, CMDSM, received his CMDSM certification in November, 2003. Prior to being with Oce Business Services, Derace had received his CPC (Certified Postal Consultant) certification from Pitney Bowes. He has also maintained his MQC certification (Mailpiece Quality Control Specialist) training with the USPS since May, 2002. He is a CFM (Certified Facility Manager) with IFMA (International Facility Management Association). He is also an active member of the KC-PCC.
Derace has created internal training for his employees in MS-PowerPoint. This training is to keep his employees current and educated of what is expected of them according to contract requirements with Bank Of America. The training is also intended to keep employees informed about what has changed in the industry since the training was conducted previously. Derace has mentored employees while he was with Oce Business Services to take the CMDSM exam if they did not have the local support of a MSMA Chapter (in particular, Frank Fischetti, Tampa, FL). Derace has remained active in the KCMSMA Chapter by hosting a site-tour at his Mail Center this year.
Derace has managed the Mail Center at Bank Of America in North Kansas City through many changes in outsource-companies. He transitioned the management from Pitney Bowes Management Services to Archer Management Services (becoming Oce Business Services in Jan., 2004), and now back to Pitney Bowes Management Services again in November, 2004. Derace has provided consistent management making the transition transparent to Bank Of America. He also helped develop the national statistical reporting for the Mail & Distribution Services provided by the outsource companies.
A few of the accomplishments that lead to the Chapter of the Year award for the Kansas City Chapter are outlined below:
Kansas City MSMA Chapter "Manager of the Year" Awards
1998 to 2003
2003 Recipient - Chris Kula , CMDSM, EMCM, MQC
2002 Recipient - Allen Barnett , CMDSM
2001 Recipient - Chris Michaud , CMDSM
2000 Recipient - Cathy Lewis, CMDSM
1999 Recipient - Jim Benedik
1998 Recipient - Terrell Bix , CMDSM
Jenna Garcia winner of National Cliff Bennett Memorial Education Award
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