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Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Ed Byler

Ed Byler as has been a key associate in generating growth and driving success at The Cuyahoga Group for nearly twenty-five years. His ability to cultivate and maintain vital partnerships with customers throughout northeastern Ohio is unparalleled, and we are grateful for his contribution, achievement, and continued service. Above all, we are grateful for Ed’s unwavering friendship. We wish Ed Byler and his entire family all the best!

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Ed: I retired from The Cuyahoga Group in 2008, but I have continued working part-time as a
Customer Service Representative. I visit clients to ensure they are receiving the
service they expect and deserve.

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Ed:  I have worked for The Cuyahoga Group since 1994 as an Operations and Sales
Manager.  It has been a pleasure to partner with Jim Variglotti, the Variglotti
family and everyone at the Cuyahoga Group.

  

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Ed: The best part of my job is developing relationships with clients and following up with them to
ensure they are receiving the service we promised.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Ed: Last year, I went skydiving with two of my grandsons, Luke and Seth, when I was 75 years old. I still have four more grandsons and two more jumps to go!

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Ed: My favorite meal is breakfast. However, I also enjoy a rare filet with a glass of Chianti for dinner. Hold the Fava beans.

What is your favorite type of music?
Ed: I like a blend of 70’s and 80’s music. Currently, my favorite group is Imagine Dragons. I just saw them at Blossom a few weeks ago.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Ed: My personal goal is to take some fabulous pictures in Sicily on an upcoming trip in September with my wife, daughter and son-in-law.

Thank you, Ed!

Freedom Fighters celebrate life, hope & raise funds

The Cuyahoga Group is proud to share that at last Saturday’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Elyria Catholic High School, the Freedom Fighters team exceeded their goal by raising more than $5,000 to bring awareness and advance research to end the devastation of cancer.  

 

Irene Belcher and Patsy Johnson are cancer survivors and culinary associates at The Cuyahoga Group. When they pitched their idea of forming the Freedom Fighters team for the Relay for Life event, Sandi Bealer, Culinary Director and Sherrie Peters, Culinary Associate, immediately climbed onboard.

 

Saturday, July 14 turned out to be a 90-plus degree day, with a heat index that rose above 100 degrees—but there was no stopping the Freedom Fighters. Following an inspiring Survivors Brunch held inside the school, the Freedom Fighters got walking, and kept going until midnight.  

 

The Freedom Fighters are grateful to everyone who participated in the Relay, and to all who generously donated their time, funds or services. The Cuyahoga Group was happy to help support this worthy event.  

 

A special shoutout and big THANK YOU to all who made the Relay a great success:  

Patsy Johnson, Janell Johnson, Irene Belcher, Al Belcher, Sandi Bealer, Sherrie Peters, Regina Stafford, Willie Madison, Rosa Quintero, Lee Black, LaShawn Ortiz, Sarah LaPoint and Carla Variglotti.  

 

We’d also like to say ‘thank you’ to the organizations who donated items and services for the Relay, as well as for basket raffle fundraisers, held over the past several months at The Cuyahoga Group Culinary Center. 

 

For more information on the Freedom Fighters Relay Team, please click here to read our blog post. 

 

To make a donation on the Freedom Fighters webpage, click here. 

For more information on participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life where you live, click here.  

 

“Being a cancer survivor, I know there is hope—and a cure, for everyone” –Survivor, Patsy Johnson, Cuyahoga Group employee. 

 

 “Our goal is to help raise money to find a cure against this monster known as cancer”—Survivor, Irene Belcher, Cuyahoga Group employee. 

Walk with us on Saturday July 14th – Join the Freedom Fighters team to fight cancer!

The Cuyahoga Group hopes you can join with the Freedom Fighters to bring awareness and raise funds to end the devastation of cancer. Established by Cuyahoga Group cancer survivors, the Freedom Fighters welcomes all to the team!

 

We encourage and welcome all Cuyahoga Group associates, friends, families and customers to walk with us on July 14, 2018 at Elyria Catholic High School for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 

To register, donate, or for more information on the Relay for Life Freedom Fighter’s team fundraiser, click here.

 

For more information on the Freedom Fighters, please click here to read our blog post.

 

“Being a cancer survivor, I know there is hope—and a cure, for everyone” –Survivor, Patsy Johnson, Cuyahoga Group employee.

 

“Our goal is to help raise money to find a cure against this monster known as cancer”—Survivor, Irene Belcher, Cuyahoga Group employee.

The Cuyahoga Group: We cater to coffee fanatics

Freshly brewed, from us to you

What’s bold, beautiful and packs an energetic punch into your workday? COFFEE!  The delicious taste aside, a cup of fresh-brewed coffee lifts the spirit and brightens our mood. And, it’s totally legal!

We’re almost certain that studies show that we’re happier, more alert and more productive when we’re drinking good coffee—us coffee drinkers already know that, and the happiness is growing.

According to FoodandWine.com, more than 60% of Americans drink coffee daily, and that number is rising.

The word ‘coffee’ even sounds nice. We love it hot or cold and we want it…NOW!  

 

Imagine gourmet coffee blends in your breakroom
(you provide the barista)

The Cuyahoga Group’s Office Coffee Service brings supreme coffee products, services and supplies into your workplace, without the hassle of leaving work—or the cost.

So, when the mid-morning or afternoon doldrums roll around, all your associates have to do is stroll to the breakroom and let the coffee magic begin.

 

From fresh-roasted Bean-to-Cup, to old-fashioned Slow-Drip, to Fair-Trade, Sustainable Certified and Certified Organic brands and options—to our own signature brand, Frisco Bay® – we have the coffee choices that your associates need to get them successfully the through the workday.

We also offer Pantry Services that include cups, lids, stirrers, and cream or sugar—and we’ll soon be rolling out our new Cold Brew line.

 

Also, we customize to meet the needs of your associates—so whatever coffee choices your associates crave, our Office Coffee Service will deliver!

For Quick, Easy Access to the Best in Coffee—CALL US!

To bring some liquid joy into your work place: Call or email The Cuyahoga Group Office Coffee Service  – Your associates will be happy, and so will your production rates.

Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight – Roger Greetham

Roger Greetham was recently named The Cuyahoga Group Employee of the Quarter. His outstanding record of service and attention to detail has the customers along his downtown route so impressed that they regularly take the time to let us know how appreciative they are—and so are we!

We thank Roger for his hard work and commitment to his role, and we’re grateful to have him on our team. So now, let’s get to know Roger a little better!  

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Roger: I’m a Sales Rep in the Office Coffee Department.

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Roger:  Thirteen and a half years.

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Roger: Getting to know my customers and satisfying their coffee and paper product needs.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Roger: I’m a hockey junkie.

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Roger: I’m a steak or prime rib kind of guy!!

What is your favorite type of music?
Roger: Classic rock and blues.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday.
Roger: Spend more time on photography and work on family history—I was a history major in college.

Thanks Roger!

Summer days and potato chips—Let The Cuyahoga Group bring crunchy sunshine into your workplace

 

Summer arrives in the northern hemisphere on June 21 marked by the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

The first official day of summer has been honored and celebrated since the beginning of recorded history, and at The Cuyahoga Group, the revelry that shines on all things summer isn’t lost on us.

To pay homage to the season that cultures around the world celebrate (and us northerners worship) we’re providing Simply Lays® Potato Chips at a sunny rate.

 

To keep your team going with sunny snacks and delicious drinks—just call The Cuyahoga Group!

 

What’s the best way to lift the spirits of your employees and keep them energized and refreshed during the summer workdays? You got it: a quick, convenient, savory or sweet, snack or beverage, just a few steps around the corner to the break room!

 

Whatever the season, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in vending, fresh food, coffee and micro-market services.  From healthy snacks, beverages and classic favorites, to our signature subs, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and meal options prepared homemade in our North Ridgeville culinary center—we have the food, snack and beverage options your employees need to bring a little sunshine into the work day!

 

Our Simply Lays Promotion will run from June 19 to July 1.

 

So, to bring a taste of summer crunch into your workplace, just click hereand let the happiness begin!

To Dad, with Love

Father’s Day brings the opportunity to honor and celebrate all the great dads out there.

Like every national holiday, the day also brings the usual media blitz of tacky, gender-biased ads that attempt to distract from the true meaning of the day.

We won’t let that happen, because we know things that ad execs apparently don’t: We know that some of the most awesome dads don’t golf, wear a tie, or care about the latest in sports stats, power tools or after-shave products. We know that some of the greatest dads are the best chocolate chip cookie bakers in the universe, or watercolor artists, or orchid growers, but we don’t see bakeware, art supplies or orchid bulbs on sale for dad, do we?

Despite the media stereotyping that surrounds this worthy day of observance, a simple truth shines though, summed up by this well-known expression: Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad.

Today we celebrate and honor the dads who are with us, and we also hold close the memories of dads who are gone. We count ourselves grateful and lucky if we have, or if we had, a wonderful dad.

We also honor the men who may not have the official title of ‘dad’, but who nonetheless embraced the role: Stepdads, granddads, uncles, teachers, coaches and mentors, whose unconditional love, kindness, and guidance changed young lives for the better and shaped strong and caring human beings.

From The Cuyahoga Group family to yours, we wish every dad a Happy Father’s Day!

Bring a splash of summer to your breakroom! Iced tea: the coolest drink ever

Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month?  We drink it year-round, but the uniquely refreshing qualities of iced tea seem even sweeter in summer.

Americans have always cherished iced tea: it is part of our culinary history and is as popular today as it was centuries ago. Those two small words conjure up an instant image of relaxing on a breezy warm day, sipping a tall glass of the amber-tinged beverage under a shady oak tree, ice cubes twinkling in the sun as clouds float overhead (or something like that).

Healthy, flavorful and so many options: Re-energize at work with iced tea!

At The Cuyahoga Group, we understand that breaktime renews our focus and raises our energy level, so let us bring that relaxing, nourishing summer daydream into your workplace!

Brewed from black and herbal tea leaves, iced tea beverages not only taste great, they’re also  a healthy way to stay hydrated. The Cuyahoga Group offers the best brands of iced tea around, both sweetened and unsweetened, including Gold Peak®, Tribe Tea ® and Lipton®.

Just call us to bring summer to your breakroom!

The Cuyahoga Group offers the very best in beverage and snack options through our vending and micro markets.  So, while you’re thinking about your hardworking, wonderful employees, think about bringing a little sunshine, a lot of flavor and a dash of energy to help get them through the workday with our variety of iced tea selections.

Click here to contact us now—your employees will be glad you did!

The Joy of Snacks – The Cuyahoga Group gives your employees what they want!

What’s the best way to make sure your employees stay energized, nourished and happy throughout the work day?  By giving them quick & convenient access to a variety of delicious and nutritious snacks and beverages—and The Cuyahoga Group has 30 years of expertise in vending to make that happen! We understand that food nourishment not only lifts our spirits and fuels our bodies—it sparks our brain cells to keep us energized throughout the day.

This ain’t your grandma’s vending machine
We offer Healthy, Organic and Traditional Options!

The Cuyahoga Group offers the latest trending brands, healthier options, and old school traditional snack and beverage favorites that your employees know and love. From M&Ms® to Monster® drinks, Cliff Bars® to Lays® potato chips—and hundreds of options in between—we can do it! And, we can customize our offerings to suit the culinary needs of your team. Organic? We’ve got it. Gluten free or sugar free? We’ve got that too. Your vending wish is our command!

 

Not just for morning—the Vinny V breakfast line!

The Cuyahoga Group just premiered our new Vinny V breakfast sandwich line, the latest addition to our exclusive sandwich and meal lines that include the Jimmy V and Sherry V lines.

These scrumptious breakfast sandwiches are homemade in our North Ridgeville Culinary Center, and feature varieties of cheese, egg, bacon, Canadian bacon and sausage, on your choice of croissant, bun, bagel, biscuit or muffin.

Additional fresh food homemade options—from leafy salads, to hummus, to delicious subs, wraps, sandwiches and soups—are all created in our very own culinary center in North Ridgeville, Ohio, and delivered daily to your location!  We regularly partner with Ohio family farms to obtain the freshest produce possible.

 

Cuyahoga Group: Family and veteran owned and operated
The Cuyahoga Group is the premier, family-owned and veteran-founded and veteran-operated Vending and Micro-Market company in Ohio, western Pennsylvania and western New York!  Customer service and our Cuyahoga Group team members are our main priorities—we know you can’t take care of one without taking care of the other.

 NO CONTRACT—Our handshake is our promise!
Jim Variglotti, U.S. Vietnam War veteran and founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group, started the company 30 years ago with one vending machine, on a handshake and a cup of coffee. Since then, The Cuyahoga Group’s core values haven’t changed—our handshake is our promise.

The process is easy! The Cuyahoga Group delivers the vending machines and stocks them with the vending items of your choice, and the rest is breaktime history.

Happy Employees = Productive Employees! Call us today!

Click here for contact information to talk about the vending options for your company or organization. Your employees will be glad you did!

Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season—the time to get away for the weekend, or relax in the backyard with family and friends, fire up the grill, and enjoy the day with a favorite beverage in hand. It’s a day off of work for many, and it’s also the time when we’re swarmed by Memorial Day sales and promotions, scattered across the virtual and media landscape.

Amid all of this, the true meaning of Memorial Day often fades into the background or gets lost altogether.

As a veteran-owned and operated company, The Cuyahoga Group offers a reminder that Memorial Day is a federal day of observance. Together, we stand in honor and remembrance of the men and women of the U.S. military who died while in service to our country.

The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of this day was the idea of Moina Belle Michael who worked with veterans returning home for war. Inspired by the poem, In Flanders Fields, she initiated the idea of selling silk poppies to financially assist disabled veterans.

So, on this Monday, May 28, 2018, let us all take a moment to honor and remember our women and men in uniform who paid the ultimate price in defending our freedoms.

And, instead of hurriedly walking by the veteran who is selling poppies to raise funds for veterans services, or for the local VFW hall, let’s take a moment to stop and say ‘thank you’ for their service and sacrifice.

Today and every day, we salute all of our United States veterans.

 

 

 

Memory from Sherry: “For many years Uncle Joe, Uncle Nick and my Dad marched in the parade. I also marched with the Girl Scouts! I was so proud to do that. Always after the parade to the cemetery we would go to the VFW broadway and Forbes road. Shots and beers were the drinks of the day!”

Picture: Memorial Day parade Bedford Ohio circa 1960. The gentleman holding the American flag is Joseph Wasko (Army Air Force in the South Pacific during World War II), Sherry Variglottis’ Father.