Hy-Vee honors employees for service Employees from the Vermillion Hy-Vee store are among 1,938 Hy-Vee employees who will be honored for achieving service milestones in 2008. The four Service Award recipients from Vermillion were honored at a banquet held Oct. 6 in Sioux Falls. Those reaching service milestones this year were: â�?¢ Ten years: Mark Graham, assistant manager. â�?¢ Twenty years: Gary Schaner, night stock. â�?¢ Twenty-five years: Terry Weber, meat manager. â�?¢ Thirty years: Andy Anderson, kitchen manager. Hy-Veeâ�?�?s Service Awards program, now in its 44th year, recognizes employees for continuous service to the company. At a series of seven banquets held throughout Hy-Veeâ�?�?s seven-state area in October, the company pays tribute to employees reaching service milestones ranging from five to 45 years. Of those honored this year, 600 are celebrating anniversaries of 20 years or more with the company. In addition, nine employees who were inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame as recipients of the 2008 Legendary Customer Service Award, will be honored at the dinners. Employees celebrating service anniversaries receive customized gifts that increase in value as the years of service increase. In addition, their photos are published in a special souvenir book distributed throughout the company. Recipients also receive personal congratulations from Hy-Vee Chairman and CEO Ric Jurgens, who poses for a commemorative photo with each Service Award recipient. â�?�?If it were not for our tenured employees â�?�? people who show up for work every day with a smile on their face and a knock-your-socks-off attitude toward customer service â�?�? Hy-Vee would not enjoy the level of success that it has,â�? said Jurgens. â�?�?Personally thanking them for their service is one of the most enjoyable things I do each year.â�?