After Town Hall in May, when Tom Bessey was awarded Employee of the Month, I told him that it’s always nice to see good people get recognized for their hard work. I think he might’ve thought that I was kidding around with him, because Tom and I often kid around when he stops by Room 114. But I wasn’t.
That’s a pretty textbook example of Tom’s modesty. He didn’t even realize he was the winner of the award until his name was mentioned. “I thought maybe they were talking about someone at another building,” he said.
He’s an unsung hero of Goodwill (until now, of course), doing the jobs that we all depend on but typically take for granted.
Tom makes coffee each morning, mops the floors, keeps the restrooms in order, takes out the trash and applies ice melt in the winter. He also provides a friendly face and genuine kindness to Goodwill customers and his fellow employees.
But Tom is known to go above and beyond his regular job duties to provide great customer service. He has let people know when they’ve left their car lights on and helped customers to their car. And he was extremely vigilant this past winter in making sure the entryway was cleared and safe.
Tom said it’s nice to be recognized with the award. “It means people appreciate me being here doing my job, and that they can count on me and call me when they need assistance,” he said. “I’m there for them.”
Tom has been with Goodwill for almost a year. He said he enjoys working here because everyone is friendly and people here care about each other.
He is grateful to his son-in-law, George Coleman, who told him about the job opening.
“If it wasn’t for George, team lead for floor care, I wouldn’t even know this job existed,” Tom said. “I have to give him credit.”
Tom and wife Judy have been married for 36 years. They have two children, Rose and Thomas, and one grandchild, Jonathan.
In his spare time, Tom plays softball in an over-50 league, fishes, camps and plays bingo. “I never win,” he said.
Congratulations, Tom, and thanks for all you do for Goodwill!