Coborn’s, Inc. presented with “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” award at ACE Conference in New Orleans

This past week, Coborn’s, Inc. proudly received its “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” award at the ACE (Achievers Customer Experience) Conference in New Orleans. Becky Estby (Sr. Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development) and Kevin Hurd (Communications and Engagement Specialist), proudly accepted the award on behalf of the nearly 7,500+ remarkable employees who represent our company each day.

Coborn’s, Inc. listed with other award recipients.

The “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” award is special because it represents the hard work and dedication of our entire organization. Achievers defines an engaged employee as a person who is “fully involved in and enthusiastic about their work, inspired and often inspires others, and passionate and committed every day.” 

The journey to earn this award began when we entered the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” competition, which is open to companies all across North America. As part of this contest, we completed a series of ten required essays on the topics of leadership, communication, culture, recognition and rewards, personal and professional growth, accountability and performance, vision and values, and corporate social responsibility. A third- party panel of judges considered the submitted essays and did not know the names of the companies in the contest. After learning we won this award, Chris Coborn (President, CEO and Chairman of the Board) announced the news to employees for this first time at our company’s annual ownership meeting.

The award!

Becky Estby (Sr. VP of Human Resources & Organizational Development) and Kevin Hurd (Communications & Engagement Specialist) with the award.

Now, we can proudly display this award to represent this amazing achievement by our employees!

Becky Estby, Sr. VP of Human Resources & Organizational Development (Center) co-presented about our Kudos program during the ACE Conference.

In addition to receiving this award at the ACE Conference, Becky was invited to co-present a session at the conference to help educate and inform other organizations about how to best implement their own recognition program like we do with Kudos. Both she and Kevin also attended a number of sessions to gain more ideas on how we can further engage employees across our company. And, being its New Orleans, they took in a few of the sights, sounds and tastes of the city with other companies who attended. Check out some of the pictures below!

The “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” gala.

The beignet is a piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They were brought to Louisiana by descendants of French colonists and can be found all over New Orleans. They are amazing!

But first, let’s take a selfie…Becky Estby, Sr. VP of Organizational Development & Kevin Hurd, Communications & Engagement Specialist, pausing before taking first bites on the beignets.

Conference participants taking part in a parade organized by Achievers.




Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce honors Cash Wise employee with Customer Service Award

We are excited to recognize one of our remarkable employees, Tony (KC) Lewis, an employee at Cash Wise in Jamestown, ND, for an award he has received for providing remarkable service at his store!

The “Customer Service Award” was recently presented to Tony by members of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee and the Young Professionals of Jamestown. In a press release, the Chamber of Commerce cited KC’s nomination letter, which read: “Tony did an awesome job entertaining a little boy in the checkout line ahead of me.  While his mother was paying for their groceries, this little boy was playing with the conveyor belt.  Tony showed him a “magic trick” raising his arms and slowly bringing them down to cover the sensor to make the belt stop.  Next, he showed the little boy how to do it.  The little boy loved it!  Tony was smiling, the little boy was happy, and the boy’s mom and everyone else in line was smiling and enjoying the show.  It was so cool to see a little act brighten so many faces!  Way to go above and beyond.”

Tony will be recognized with other monthly award winners at the chamber’s annual banquet in January 2018. From all of us at Coborn’s, Inc., thank you, Tony, for living out our vision to “Be Remarkable!” and congratulations on winning such a prestigious award in your community!




Coborn’s, Inc. “Best Bagger” preparing for return visit to the MGA state bagging tournament

Coborn’s, Inc.’s “Best Bagger” is preparing for another run at the state title when the Minnesota Grocers Association holds its annual bagging competition at the Mall of America on Saturday, August 19.

Tyler Haselkamp, an employee at Coborn’s in Clearwater, MN, won the 28th annual Coborn’s, Inc. Best Bagger competition held in June. He competed against 35 employees from other Coborn’s, Inc. grocery stores where contestants were judged on their bag packing speed, weight distribution, building technique and style/appearance.

Tyler is no stranger to the state stage. He also won the company competition in 2016 and competed at the Mall of America last year!

“It was really nerve-wracking at first; you sit there for a while and get used to it,” Tyler said. “It was a lot of fun though with all the noise and people watching from above.”

Tyler has been with Coborn’s, Inc. for about 1.5 years and came to our company with no prior grocery experience. In fact, Coborn’s was his first job!

“Since the day we’ve hired him he’s stood out and is motivated to do well,” said Jason Zilka, Store Director at Coborn’s in Clearwater. “We brought him on as a cashier and bagger and he moved up from there; he showed a lot of initiative and tried to learn as many things as he could.”

Tyler has a busy week ahead of him; he’ll be practicing alongside co-worker Mason MaKarrall who took 2nd place in the company’s Best Bagger competition. At the same time, the St. Cloud Tech High School graduate is also preparing to move to North Dakota where he’ll attend NDSU this fall.

“Move in weekend is actually the same weekend as the competition, so right after it’s done, we’ll be going up to North Dakota,” he said. “It’s very exciting to be going to the competition though, I plan on getting first place and representing Coborn’s name.”

A crew from Coborn’s in Clearwater will be attending the competition to cheer on Tyler. The winner of the state competition will take home a $500 prize and a trip to the National Best Bagger competition in Las Vegas, NV.

Click here to check out pictures from our company bagging tournament in June.