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Fresh-Brewed Coffee at Work? That’s Amore!

When you need a work lift, coffee helps the clock tick
That’s amore
When it’s easy to get at your workplace MarketThat’s amore
When our Market displays coffee choices you crave,
That’s amore
Your day will ring, ring -a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
You’ll sharpen your thinking with the coffee you’re drinking—That’s Amore!

Our take on the classic song, “That’s Amore!” written by Harry Warren & Jack Brooks

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Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day with an update from Marty V!

Wednesday, February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day.  The Cuyahoga Group cherishes our pets, and we know you do too! National Love Your Pet Day is a good reminder of the positive impact that our pets have on our lives, and it’s also a reminder to spend more time with them, walk them more often, and love them every day! 

Whether furry, scaly, feathery or shelled, nearly all households in the U.S. has at least one pet!  We wish all pets had a caring home, yet so many animals, especially dogs and cats, are waiting in shelters for a forever home—so this is also a great day to think about adopting a pet.   

Marty V, one of our favorite furry family members, took a moment to talk to us today. Marty has been on the move since the new year started, yet he took the time to sit and chat with us for a few moments. 

Cuyahoga Group: Today is National Love Your Pet Day, so are you doing anything special to celebrate? 

Marty V: I will admit, I’m a lucky dog. Love Your Pet Day is every day at my house, in fact, and forgive me if I mentioned this before, sometimes the hundreds of daily hugs are just too much.  There are times when a canine just likes kicking back and having his own space, but my parents don’t quite seem to comprehend.  Other than that, they are the best.  And yes, we are celebrating tonight. My mom is preparing quite a feast for me, I’m hoping that potato chipsfresh-brewed coffee, hot dogs and donuts are involved. 

Cuyahoga Group: That sounds wonderful.  What have you been up to in the past couple of months? 

Marty V: Well, I’m glad the holiday fanfare is over, and it’s back to business. After working all day at the office, I usually take my regular walks, but I’ve missed a lot because I won’t walk when temps fall below 30 degrees—um, no thank you. Not. Gonna. Happen. I’ve caught up on a lot of reading this winter.  Trips to the library are always fun, especially when that one librarian with the disapproving stare isn’t around.  I even picked up a book for my parents to read (hint, hint). The title is “What Your Dog Really Wants,” by Skip E. Barker.  Other than that, I’m just counting down the days until spring arrives. I heard the official groundhog saw his shadow, which means a late spring.  Maybe they should use a dog instead, we’re not afraid of our own shadow. Geez. 

Cuyahoga Group: Interesting idea. Thanks for letting us catch up with you, Marty! 

Marty V:  Anytime, really. By the way, I’m almost starting to enjoy our little talks.   

The Cuyahoga Group wishes Marty V and all our wonderful pets a very happy National Love Your Pet Day! 

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Be Your Own Valentine: Eat More Chocolate — That’s Amore!

When love songs and chocolate begin swirling at work
That’s amore
When our Market is near you will find chocolate here
That’s amore
When it’s the break that you need, smooth and simply dreamy
That’s amore
Love will begin, ring -a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
The stars will align with the chocolate you’ve mined—That’s Amore!

Our take on the classic song, “That’s Amore!” written by Harry Warren & Jack Brooks

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February Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Aaron Kozdron and Tanya Clark

Since February is the month of valentines, love and celebrating that special someone, we decided to Spotlight Cuyahoga Group couple Aaron Kozdron and Tanya Clark. Aaron has worked for The Cuyahoga Group for nearly fifteen years, while Tanya came onboard three years ago. Both Aaron and Tanya bring a strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal and customer communication skills to their roles. When away from work, their focus and commitment is to their five children. And they even manage to find time to volunteer in the community.  In their work life and personal life, Aaron and Tanya make a great team. Let’s get to know Aaron and Tanya a little better:  

What are your roles with The Cuyahoga Group? 

Aaron: I work out of the North Ridgeville branch as a route driver. I’ve also held the position of a route jumper. 

Tanya: I work at the North Ridgeville branch, in the money room. Prior to that, I worked in the Market Division for two years.   

How long have you both worked for the company?  

Aaron: I started in 2005, so fourteen years.  

Tanya:  I started in 2016 when I decided to go back to work full-time.  

What do you like most about your job, and why? 

Aaron: I enjoy not being confined to one area and being able to meet different people every day. 
 
Tanya: When I worked for Markets, I enjoyed working with different people at the Market accounts we have. Although now I stay inside at the branch office, I’m grateful to be staying warm indoors, especially considering the weather we’ve had this winter. It’s also nice to work with and get to know the drivers and supervisors.  

Tell us a fun fact, or facts, about yourself

Aaron and Tanya: We’ve been together for 13 years and have five children: Cheyeanne, Shelby, Robbie, Khloe and Abby. It’s crazy, hectic and so much fun.  
 
Tanya: Even though we both work full-time, the kids are our priority, and it keeps us super-busy. I volunteer with Girl Scouts for Abby and Khloe, we both help with Boy Scouts and Band for Robbie, and Choir and Color Guard for Shelby.  

Aaron: We also volunteer our time in the community whenever possible. I run a men’s basketball league at the Church of The Open Door, and Tanya is the President of the Band Boosters organization, and she’s also a Girl Scout troop leader.  In our spare time, we love concerts, and we’re big Cavs fans.  We’re season ticket holders, so between Cavs games and concerts, we spend a lot of time at the Q.  

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?  

Aaron: My favorite food is pizza. My favorite meal is steak with mushrooms and onions and potatoes.  
 
Tanya: My favorite food is chocolate ice cream with all the toppings. I’d say a perch dinner would be my favorite meal.  
 

What is your favorite band, singer or type of music?  

Aaron: My favorite music is country. 

Tanya: My favorite music is a little of everything.  Aaron and I enjoy going to concerts, everything from Kid Rock and Brad Paisley, to Tim McGraw. 
 

Please share with us a goal or goals that you’d like to accomplish someday

Aaron: My main goal is for my whole family to stay healthy and, to pay off the mortgage on our house 

Tanya: To return to college and finish my degree.  
 
Aaron and Tanya: As a couple, our goal is to raise our children to be strong, kind leaders and to never give up.   

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Jazz up your Workday with Pizza—That’s Amore!

When a thought hits your mind of a big pizza pie
That’s amore
When it’s just down the hall, at our Market for all
That’s amore
When your lunch is set free ‘cause it’s covered in cheese
That’s amore
Taste buds will zing, ring -a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
You’ll dance back to your desk with a zippy new zest—That’s Amore!

Our take on the classic song, “That’s Amore!” written by: Harry Warren & Jack Brooks

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Having Healthier Food Options at Work—That’s Amore!

When you seek healthy eats, crispy salads and cheese
That’s amore
When you’re tired and blue and our Market finds you
That’s amore
When you choose protein packs for great pick-me-up snacks
That’s amore
Your day will sing, ring -a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
You’ll feel better too and your heart will thank you—That’s Amore!

Our take on the classic song, “That’s Amore!” written by Harry Warren & Jack Brooks

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The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Phil Tollett

Phil Tollett, Director of Purchasing for The Cuyahoga Grouphas been part of our team for the past eleven years. Phil’s longtime professional experience and expertise in the food and beverage industry is reflected in the strong partnerships he’s created with many of our suppliers, which allows us to ensure that our workplace customers receive the very best in quality and pricing for snack, beverage, coffee and meal items in workplace Vending and Market products 

Additionally, Phil’s knowledge of what our customers wantand his ability to anticipate upcoming trends in food and beverage offerings, combined with his expertise in supplier negotiations, delivery and inventory logistics at our North Ridgeville and Maple Heights warehousesenables The Cuyahoga Group to efficiently deliver our products and services to our customers in a three-state area.  Let’s find out a little more about Phil: 

 

What do you like most about your job, and why?

I LOVE to negotiate, and “think outside the box” on issues that have an impact on our company. Because I work for a family business, I’ve had to absorb the “TEAM” system, which has made me a much stronger employee—and our company is much stronger when we work as a team. I am very moved at the fact that so many of our team members have started in the warehouse and worked their way up through the ranks of the company, and I take comfort that I had a small piece of their success.  

 

 

 

Tell us a fun fact, or facts, about yourself: 

In high school, I was named All-Ohio in both football and wrestling, and after high school, I was a College Conference Champion in football and wrestling.  During the NFL player’s strike in the mid-80’s, one of my college football games was broadcast on national TV.  

My favorite hobby is Fly Fishing. For me, there is nothing as relaxing as standing in a river, casting for trout, surrounded by nature. 

I also serve as a City Councilman for the city of Elyria. I feel that I can make a difference in our community. 

 

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?  

Although I hate to admit it, the Braised Pork Belly that Chef Andy Yanak prepares for workplace holiday catering events is my favorite. A close second would be the rib eye at Cattleman’s Restaurant in Missoula Montana. It’s a ranching operation that prepares meals over an open fire! 

 

 


What is your favorite 
band, singer or type of music?  

Without question, my number one favorite is ‘70s Motown: James Brown, Temptations, Four Tops.
My second favorite is Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. I know, total opposite ends of the spectrum. 

 

Please share with us a goal you’d like to accomplish someday: 

I would like to go fly fishing with my wife in Ireland—the place where the sport of fly fishing was first developed. I would also like to one day get my certification in Excel. One of my many weaknesses is my understanding of Excel, and how truly operate it. 

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Melt the workplace winter blues with Flamin’ Hot Munchies!

Snow is falling, skies are gray, and the wind is howling. It’s the middle of winter and you’re busy at work, wishing for warmth, sun and a certain zip to keep you going.   

The Cuyahoga Group knows that you need and deserve a break to heat up your day, and we have the perfect snack that brings summer back to you—because some like it Flamin’ Hot!  

Spice things up without leaving your workplace 

When the munchies hit, don’t burn out! Embrace the flame—as in Flamin’ Hot! Just take a quick walk to your Cuyahoga Group Vending machine or Micro Market, where you’ll find the zestiest, hottest, crunchiest crisps of hot deliciousness with Flamin’ Hot Munchies 

During our Flamin’ Hot Munchies promo, from January 14 to January 25 

 

Heat up your winter workdays with The Cuyahoga Group!
 

During the winter freeze and all year long, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services.  

 

We deliver the homemade meal, snack and beverage choices that your employees need for complete refueling throughout the workday, without the hassle or expense of leaving the premises.
 

To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.  Your employees will be glad you did! 

 

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Let your New Year begin with The Cuyahoga Group!

Reflecting on some of my best posts from 2018. Thanks to everyone for following along!

The New Year means a new beginning, and this is the perfect time to reevaluate the snack, sandwich, mealcoffee, and beverage options in your workplace! Happy, energized employees means stronger production, sparks creativity and helps to support a happy work environment!  

 

From sweet or salty crunchy snacks and reenergizing power drinks, to healthier selections, premier coffee options and homemade soups, salads and meals, The Cuyahoga Group has all the workplace food and beverage choices that your employees need and want—just steps away from their work station!

 

The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services—we deliver the homemade meal, snack and beverage choices that your employees need to refuel and recharge through the workday, without the expense or hassle of leaving the premises.
 

 

To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363. 

Happy New Year! 

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The Cuyahoga Group Wishes Happy Holidays to All!

The holidays are here, and another year is coming to an end.  As we gather with friends and family to celebrate longtime winter holiday traditions and create new ones, hopefully we’ll also take the time to reflect with gratitude on all the blessings in our lives. 

Let’s also remember that the holiday season can be a very difficult time for those who have lost loved ones, or those who may be experiencing personal struggles. Maybe this year, we can resolve to give of our time to those in need; whether visiting a lonely neighbor or resolving to volunteer in our communities, caring gestures, big or small,  can make a world of difference for the recipient and the giver. 

We often hear that the true meaning of the holidays gets lost in the hustle and bustle. Ironic, isn’t it? So, take some time to for self-renewal: take a walk at night under the stars, listen to your favorite holiday songs, and keep the constant barrage of holiday messaging of ‘buy this’, ‘buy that’, ‘decorate this way or that’, at bay.  

Renew your spirit with a grateful heart, reflect on the memories of loved ones gone, and cherish the moments with loved ones in the here and now: and if we resolve to carry the spirit of gratitude and giving every day, all year ‘round, what a better world it would be. 

And of course, eat, drink, laugh, sing and be as all-around merry as possible.

Spreading some holiday cheer with great food and great smiles!

What a great couple of weeks! Catering Experience & The Cuyahoga Group have been round the clock all over NE Ohio this week catering 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift. Andy and our catering team love getting to share in holiday cheer with our clients!!

     

Nothing says ‘holidays’ better than our annual Holiday Spirit Contest

In the spirit of friendly holiday competition, check out these photos of The Cuyahoga Group staff donning their best holiday swag. One person’s ugly is another’s adorable.

      

From The Cuyahoga Group family to yours, we wish everyone safe and joyous holiday celebrations with family and friends, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!  

Happy Holidays to All!

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