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New Installs Safely Ready for Customers to Grab a Snack and Go!

The new year brings the promise of new beginnings and a conscious resolve to making positive changes that focus on living happier and healthier.   

We are working hard getting new installs safely ready for customers to grab a snack and go!

Whether your company has 50 or 5,000 employees, we have over thirty years of experience in providing quality VendingMicro-MarketOffice Coffee, and Catering services to workplaces throughout Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, so we understand what your team needs and wants!  

Research shows that nourished employees equal happier and more productive employees. And it just makes sense that having quick, convenient access to a variety of quality food and beverage selections
is essential to keeping your employees fueled, energized and productive all day long! 

Passing of a Retired Team Member, Scott Harold

Sent on behalf of Jim Variglotti, CEO.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of a retired team member, Scott Harold. Scotty passed away on December 7th of Leukemia surrounded by family and friends. 

Scotty was my brother in law (he married my sister) and the 4th employee of the Cuyahoga Group. Scotty took care of Cuyahoga’s customers and went above and beyond. He was a mentor to me- taught me how to drive, introduced me to the Navy, and always a friend to me and everyone he met. 

Scotty will be missed by everyone who knew him. It is hard to say goodbye to someone who has been in my life for 62 years.

The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!

In the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.  Every Monday and Thursday through the month of November The Cuyahoga Group will be spotlighting The Cuyahoga Group Executive Team and what they are Thankful for. 

Executive Team Member- Thankful Series 8 with Vince Variglotti, President

 What is your favorite part of your job? 

Vince: My favorite part of the job is that each day is different and working with really great people.  When the day changes and problems are presented, I know the team is up to the challenge. 

What’s a hard lesson that you have learned by dealing with COVID 19? 

Vince:  The hardest lesson I’ve learned from COVID is that world can change in an instance and thinking you are prepared versus reality can be two different things. 

What’s something you look forward to in the future (Business and Personal)?

Vince: I look forward to working with the team in the field one day soon and going to a pro baseball game to have a hot dog and a beer. 

Vince:

I’m thankful that I have been able to eat dinner with my family every night. I feel very lucky to have little conversations with them where I get to hear about their days and every little moment adds up to more time spent with loved ones.

The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!  

In the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.  Every Monday and Thursday through the month of November The Cuyahoga Group will be spotlighting The Cuyahoga Group Executive Team and what they are Thankful for. 

Executive Team Member- Thankful Series 7 with Carla Variglotti, Vice President of Customer Development

 What is your favorite part of your job? 

Carla: I absolutely love the team and believe if we were all the same, life would be boring.  I Believe in people, the team and myself. The simple words of believing in someone seems easy but knowing someone believes in you helps make the dream happen. We can do great things, especially when we work together to accomplish a task.

What’s a hard lesson that you have learned by dealing with COVID 19? 

Carla: My heart hurts for what people have endured this year. Dr. Suess says it best: “You are Braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  I am amazed and proud of the what the Cuyahoga Group team has been able to accomplish this year. We are building the road while driving on it.

What’s something you look forward to in the future (Business and Personal)?

Carla: I look forward to seeing people in person. I miss connecting with others.   

Carla: I am thankful for my health, my Cuyahoga group family, my Variglotti Family and my Hinton family. They all give me hope and love.

Rich Wallace Celebrates 25 Years!

We honor Rich Wallace today, on celebrating 25 years to the date, working at  The Cuyahoga Group! We are grateful that you’re part of our team and for your contributions  across many levels of our operations. Including your invaluable experience in Vending and OCS (Office Coffee Services), framed by a strong work ethic, willingness to go that extra mile, and excellent interpersonal skills with both colleagues and customers.  Rich also became a Grandfather to a baby boy, this year too — a lot to celebrate!

Congratulations to Rich Wallace on your 25th Anniversary!   You have been selected as our November Employee of the quarter! Thank you for all that you do everyday, we appreciate you!

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group, and what past roles have you held? 
Rich:For the past few years I have worked in OCS.  Prior to that, I worked in Vending. My entire time here has been out of the Maple Heights Branch.  
 
What do you like most about your job, and why?   
Rich:I like the fact that I’m not stuck in the same place all day.  I’ve seen many different companies and buildings throughout the years.  




Tell us a fun fact, or facts, about yourself:  
Rich: I love to read and find out the history of things. My favorites are the Civil War, the early Cleveland Breweries and the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries.  Also, when I started working at The Cuyahoga Group, there were no hand-helds, GPS or Cell phones.  

What is your favorite kind of food or meal?   
Rich:I love smoked foods and ethnic comfort meals.  

What kind of music do you like? Do you have a favorite band or singer?   
Rich: Classic Rock from the 70’s and 80’s.  

Please share with us a goal you’d like to accomplish someday: 
Rich: My wife and I want to travel across the U.S. by car or train.

The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!

In the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.  Every Monday and Thursday through the month of November The Cuyahoga Group will be spotlighting The Cuyahoga Group Executive Team and what they are Thankful for. 

Executive Team Member- Thankful Series 6 with Lorre White, COO

Thankful Thursday Message:

Lorre:  It’s great to be able to share some of what I’m thankful for with our entire team.  When I stop and really think about it, there are so many things for which I am thankful. 

From a business perspective, I’m both happy AND thankful that we have an amazing team, full of dedicated and resourceful folks who have pulled together to minimize the impact on our business and continue to support our customers during a very crazy and frightening time in our lives. 

From a personal perspective, I’m thankful for my family, who has also stuck together and persevered through this trying time.  If I’ve learned something significant from this pandemic, it is that nothing means more than good friends and family!  When all the trappings of “normal life” are stripped away, we remember to have faith and to lean on one another.  I’m very grateful for the people in my life who are there to support me. 

Looking ahead, I am optimistic about being a part of many changes in terms of business process improvements, which will hopefully make it easier for our teams to access the data they need quickly and improve their ability to do their jobs.  Personally, I am looking forward to the continued creative ways we have learned to adapt and adjust to a different way of life.  Wishing everyone a “Thankful Thursday” and a Happy Holiday Season!

The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!

 In the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.  Every Tuesday and Thursday through the month of November The Cuyahoga Group will be spotlighting The Cuyahoga Group Executive Team and what they are Thankful for.

Executive Team Member- Thankful Series 5 with Ken Hrabnicky, Vice President of Operations.

What is your favorite part of your job? 

Ken: First and foremost, our people.  We really have great people and all of them make the company great.  

 I also love to see the end result,  everything we do “behind the scenes” from placing orders, making fresh food, distributing products to each facility, stocking markets or vending machines, to the final transaction by the customer.  Really amazing how it all comes together!

What’s a hard lesson that you have learned by dealing with COVID 19?  

Ken: Being more patient.  Things take longer today than they did a year ago.  Staying positive and being thankful for the people we have in our lives and not to take anything or anyone for granted.  Times have been difficult, and I keep reminding myself of a quote someone shared with me “tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

What’s something you look forward to in the future (Business and Personal)?

Ken: It’s the simple things, seeing my daughter grow up, attending live sporting events, concerts. Heck, I can’t wait to be able to shake hands with someone again.

The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!

In the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.  Every Monday and Thursday through the month of November The Cuyahoga Group will be spotlighting The Cuyahoga Group Executive Team and what they are Thankful for. 

Executive Team Member- Thankful Series 4 with Todd Wilson, Regional Manager Columbus, Ohio

What is your favorite part of your job?

Todd: Culture – I am thankful that we have developed a culture that allows our associates longevity. During the most unique time in the workforce, we had two associates retire after decades of service. The fact we have a culture that our associates can gain longevity is unprecedented in the foodservice industry.

Whats a hard lesson that you have learned by dealing with COVID 19?

Todd: I feel the hardest lesson with COVID-19 is the fact that it is an unprecedented event. I would normally tap into individuals in other industries to help develop a plan. We have had to make so many immediate decisions without the comfort of any prior experiences.

Whats something you look forward to in the future (Business and Personal)?

Todd: In my lifetime every unique event has created opportunities, personally and professionally. I look forward to the excitement of new opportunities.

The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!

 In the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.  Every Monday and Thursday through the month of November The Cuyahoga Group will be spotlighting The Cuyahoga Group Executive Team and what they are Thankful for. 

Executive Team Member- Thankful Series 3 with Rebecca (Becky) Marshall, Human Resources Director.  

What is your favorite part of your job?
Becky: Branch Meetings – I get to see everyone and just hang out. (Pre-COVID)

Whats a hard lesson that you have learned by dealing with COVID 19?
Becky: All of the new rules and regulations that change DAILY.

Whats something you look forward to in the future (Business and Personal)?
Becky: I look forward to getting back to some sort of normalcy both in business and personal.


Becky:
I am Thankful for the following:

My family – I have a wonderful husband and a smart and beautiful daughter who keep me grounded and will forever be my best friends.

My dogs – they are the entertainment in my life and my snuggle buddies when I need it. 

My job – because right now a lot of people do not have a job and they are struggling. 

My health – Knock on wood…….

The People who have come in my life and made it more entertaining. 

My parents – who are struggling health wise but are still with me.

The ladies in my life that I call friends and sisters – you are all my support system and I would not be who I am today without you !!!!!! 


The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!

In the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.  Every Monday and Thursday through the month of November The Cuyahoga Group will be spotlighting The Cuyahoga Group Executive Team and what they are Thankful for. 

Executive Team Member- Thankful Series 2 with Dave Karley, Founder

  • What is your favorite part of your job? 

Dave:   My favorite part of the job has always been the surprises. I am thankful that it never gets boring. You never know what the new day will bring. 

  • What’s a hard lesson that you have learned by dealing with COVID 19? 

David:  COVID 19 has been different than anything we have ever experienced. Who would of ever thought it would be normal wearing a mask? Overall I am thankful that we have all learned to work together safely, in the  common goal of surviving the virus. 

  • What’s something you look forward to in the future (Business and Personal)?

Dave: There are many things I’m looking forward to in the future. I’m hoping to enjoy a healthy, long retirement with my family. I am so happy that working here over the last 30 plus years has given me this opportunity. I’m also looking forward to the day that I can give my daughter a big hug and kiss again. Because of this pandemic, I haven’t in what seems like forever. 

The company and my roles in the organization have been  an important part of my life. I am so grateful for the wonderful  people that I have had the privilege of meeting, and for the lifelong friendships that I have made over the years.