DBPR Employees Recognized with Davis Productivity Awards
58 Department Employees Named Winners
April 2, 2008
Tallahassee – On Monday March 31, Interim Secretary Chuck Drago proudly recognized the Departmental recipients of the 2008 Davis Productivity Awards. This year’s winners include 58 employees who received a total of 19 different awards in various categories ranging from honorable mentions to cash prizes. The Davis Productivity Awards recognize and reward state government employees whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity, promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services, and saves money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.
“I am always pleased to receive confirmation that we have the highest caliber of employees,” said Interim Secretary Chuck Drago. “The Davis Productivity Award winners highlight a collection of Florida’s best and brightest. Among this group of distinguished award winners are DBPR employees who have not only demonstrated their skill and ingenuity, but also their dedication to improving the way we do business.”
In addition to the individual winners, 10 teams received various other awards including Honorable Mention, Certificate of Commendation, plaques, cash awards and the PRIDE Eagle Award. The Department Customer Service Improvement Task Force was awarded a Notable Cash Prize for developing new business processes for the Customer Contact Center which reduced hold times from 35 minutes to five minutes or less. The Division of Hotels and Restaurants received the PRIDE Eagle Award for cost avoidances of $1.9 million.
The individually nominated winners of the 2008 Awards are: Doug Melvin, Norma Fishner, Sandra Rentfrow, Harold Rambo, Thomas Coker, Betty Reitz, Mary Jane Vann and Barbara Dietrichsen and Diann Worzalla. Of these winners, Thomas Coker from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants and Harold Rambo and Norma Fishner from the Division of Regulation received $300 cash prizes. Betty Reitz, Mary Jane Vann and Barbara Dietrichsen received the PRIDE Eagle Award. Diann Worzalla, Deputy Director of Hotels and Restaurants received the Plaque- Chair Award for being a long-time nominator.
The Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards program is a major government improvement initiative chaired by Lt. Governor Kottkamp and sponsored by Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100 and the State of Florida. Cash awards, commemorative plaques and certificates of commendation are presented annually to state employees who clearly exceed their job descriptions and performance expectations in ways that improve service delivery and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. Over the past 19 years, award winners have posted a total of $5.6 billion in added value for Florida taxpayers and businesses.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.