Tahoe Mountain Resorts’ Kevin Graham named Truckee’s Best Boss
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Several Truckee-Tahoe locals were honored last week at the Second Annual Best Boss contest sponsored by The Office BOSS.
“We had 19 high-quality nominations this year, so it was a difficult task for our panel of judges to decide on just one winner,” Brian Shepp, graphic designer at The Office Boss, told the audience at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 15, at The Office BOSS Truckee Mail Center.
The judges finally settled on five outstanding nominees. They selected three people as honorable mentions, one runner-up and one winner.
Honorable Mention awards were presented to: Anne Kershaw, Executive Director of 2041 Foundation, from a nomination from Sara Sperber; John Lamoreux, owner of The Auto Doctor, from nominations from his entire staff; and Kathleen Gauthier, principal at Glenshire Elementary School, from nominations from Kathleen Jensen, Kilty Highfill, Carol Reed, Jean Fournier, Suzanne Samson, Margie LaPoint, Terrina Woodard, Mary Berelson, Karen Pilaar, Erin Robb and Stacey Luna. Kathleen was also a finalist last year.
Dean Kim Bateman, Ph.D. at Sierra College’s Tahoe-Truckee campus, was selected as first runner up. Twenty-eight employees signed their names to her nomination.
“In addition to being a truly outstanding dean and teacher, she is creative, funny, personable, articulate, smart, helpful, wise, compassionate and open-minded,” they wrote. “It’s fairly amazing to be among a group of employees who ALL respect and like a boss, which is the very environment we find ourselves in.”
The Best Boss of 2015, and winner of lunch for six at Thai Delicacy in Truckee, is Kevin Graham, executive vice president of Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging.
Scott Williams was one of four nominators for Graham.
“What sets Kevin apart is the caring, holistic approach he has toward all of his employees,” Williams explained. “We practice life-work balance here and nothing less is tolerated. A little over four years ago Kevin and I were talking and I mentioned I’d like to get back to cycling to lose some weight and get healthy. My excuse was the difficulty of fitting it in.
“Kevin made cycling and exercise a part of my job duties, and included the requirement in my review and bonus structure. Not only did I lose 65 pounds, I lost that horrible feeling of work guilt that keeps many of us from doing what we need to take care of ourselves.”
Another nominator, Nicole Reitter, concurs and adds: “I am fairly new with the company, and in my previous organization, I was debilitatingly micromanaged and unable to make decisions or spread my wings. Kevin believes he hires the right people, and lets them do what they do best. I have a renewed belief in myself and I’ve never felt so successful, appreciated and valued before.”
Initially inspired by national boss’ day (October 16), the Best Boss of Truckee/North Tahoe contest was created in 2014 to recognize locals who are inspiring, motivating and making a positive difference in their employees’ lives.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to acknowledge some of the people who make Truckee such a great place to live, play and even work,” said Shepp.
This article was submitted by The Office BOSS in Truckee. Visit theofficeboss.com to learn more.