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And the guest of honor is… Mr. Gerardo Reyes

Gerardo Reyes poses at resort.
Gerardo Reyes poses at resort.

FWE is proud to commemorate 35 years of service and reward it with a one week, all-expense paid vacation to Gerardo (Gerry) Reyes.

Each December, employees are recognized for 5-year anniversaries with FWE. In 2014, Gerardo was recognized for his years of service and provided with a trip of his choice. Gerardo and his wife, Martha, selected the luxurious Now Amber Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Gerardo and Martha are the third recipients of the 30-year milestone and vacation. Deron Lichte, President of FWE, said “We are pleased to honor Gerry, his hard work and his dedication.” Lichte added, “FWE’s success is due to heritage employees like Gerry, who provide great continuity and dedication over the years, assist in 3 facility location moves and the ability to mentor newer employees joining our team.”

Martha & Gerardo Reyes
Martha & Gerardo Reyes

Gerardo grew up with limited resources in a small town in Mexico. After graduating high school Gerry immigrated to the United States, he started working at FWE. Gerardo worked in every shop floor department, ascending to Fabrication Manager.

Currently, Gerardo is the Manufacturing Specialist, working alongside the leads of Production and Engineering. The Manufacturing Specialist verifies, reviews and implements detail-oriented, custom BOMs. Also, he assists the engineering department on modifications and provides manufacturing improvement recommendations.

Gerardo appreciates knowing he makes a difference at FWE. When asked what his life motto was, Gerardo said “Always do your best; [it doesn’t] matter what position you hold.”

 

A relaxing view!
A relaxing view!

Gerardo’s favorite moments of the trip were the lavish “welcome” to the resort, special seating at shows, relaxing in the warm weather and spending time with his wife. Whether it was ocean or poolside, Gerardo loved every minute of his vacation and wants to go back soon.

Due to winter storms, the Dallas airport was closed the day of Gerardo’s departure flight back to the U.S. Gerardo’s commitment to FWE was evident in making alternative plans to be back at his desk on Monday. His coworkers and family make fun of the fact that he chose not to stay two extra days and blame it on the weather.

We take this opportunity to thank Gerardo for helping FWE succeed and celebrate this 35-year accomplishment!