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For Immediate Release: Monday, October 21, 2019

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) hosted its third Employee of the Year Award ceremony Monday and named Celeste McIntosh the ABS Employee of the Year. There were five other employees who were also recognized for their outstanding service during a ceremony at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg.

County Executive Marc Elrich and ABS Director Bob Dorfman presented the awards to the honorees in front of their colleagues, family and friends.

“These awards are going to people who are helping us to change the image of ABS,” said County Executive Elrich. “It is about more than changing the name of the organization—it is about changing the culture, and these employees represent the great work that they and their colleagues are doing to make ABS a successful organization.”

Winners were chosen by a selection committee of peers that reviewed ballot entries collected during the summer. The independent committee reviewed nearly 100 individual recommendations in six different categories.

Winners were presented a $500 prize, a plaque, eight hours of paid leave and a framed picture of themselves receiving the award with County Executive Elrich and Director Dorfman.  A designated parking space will be provided to the awardees for the next year at their employment site.

Celeste McIntosh, the winner in the category of “retail store managers and assistant managers,” was chosen from among the six category award recipients as the overall employee of the year. She received a separate trophy and 40 hours of paid leave.

“We are really proud of our hardworking employees,” said ABS Director Dorfman. “The winners announced today stood out as individuals who make a difference to our customers, make ABS a better place to work and who are able to motivate others.”

The winning employees and their respective categories in which they were chosen were:

  • Drivers and Driver Helpers: Taiwan Ballou
  • Supply Technicians and Warehouse Workers: Avery Mitchell
  • Retail Store Managers and Assistant Managers: Celeste McIntosh
  • Store Clerk I: Wendell Serna
  • Store Clerk II: James Hall
  • Managers, Headquarters and Administration: Adrienne Reed

For more information on ABS, visit our website here. ABS also can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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Release ID: 19-346
Media Contact: Emily DeTitta 240-777-1904