Thursday, 10 November 2011 by Thomas Tavaziva
H-E-B Belton was duly honored with 19 other businesses and individuals at the 23rd Annual Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Awards Banquet.
The special ceremony took place on Oct. 28 at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center.
The popular event hosted an audience of more than 300 from across the state.
H-E-B Belton was the recipient of the 2011 Business of the Year. The grocery store was nominated by Frank Minovsky and the award was accepted by H-E-B Manager Eric Tovar.
When asked about the significance of receiving the prestigious award, Tovar described the nomination as an honor that the store would deeply cherish.
"The nomination was a great acknowledgement and a reflection of our tireless efforts," Tovar said. "We are very fortunate to work in the Belton area and we look forward to working with the community to satisfy their needs. We are truly grateful for all the compliments we have received and we look forward to being a fantastic addition to the community."
According to Tovar, H-E-B received more than 1,700 job applications filled online and management conducted more than 900 interviews. More than 200 positions have already been filled for the store which is expected to open on Nov. 4.
The banquet was themed, "Talent Diner in Talent, Texas."
This year was particularly significant as it was the seventh consecutive year Workforce Solutions of Central Texas was named among the Best 100 Companies to work for in Texas.
The banquet was an opportunity to provide the community and customers with an overview of how Workforce services help job seekers and businesses.
An entertainment skit format was used to heighten awareness and motivate the audience.
Congressman John Carter and Commissioner of Texas Workforce Andre Alcantar conducted the awards presentation.
Some of the other award winners were Angel Boucher, who was nominated for Excellence in Workforce Achievement and Debbie R. Athey, who received the Professional of the Year Award.
Temple College Child Development/ Early Childhood received the Partnership Award and President of htcompnet.inc Larry Anglin was nominated Volunteer of the Year.
Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Susan Kamas paid tribute to the sponsors of the luncheon and commended the Workforce Centers for their dedication throughout the year.
"We hope to keep up our productivity for many years," Kamas said.
Sponsors of the luncheon included AGFE Local 1920, First National Bank Texas, MTC, Patriot Buick GMC and Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
Although the nation's economy is on the path to recovery, Central Texas continues to create jobs and put job seekers back to work and there are very few places in the state that are doing as well as Central Texas.