HE&R Team Members Celebrate 25-Year Legacy Milestones in 2023
A Legacy of Excellence
If you look closely at the nametags of our team members at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R), you will notice the phrase, “Proudly Committed To Our Legacy Of Excellence.” When donning their nametag, this phrase serves as a reminder to our team members to act in a manner that reflects the dedication and integrity of our founder, Milton S. Hershey. Our team members continue to honor his legacy by supporting the Milton Hershey School through HE&R's Core Purpose.
"Legacy" is also the name given to team members who have achieved a career milestone of 25 consecutive years of full-time employment with HE&R. We are proud to share that more than 15 team members throughout our organization have attained the designation of “Legacy Team Member” within the last year, including those who have chosen to share their stories for this article.
Congratulations to our Legacy Team Members on their incredible achievement, and for their many contributions to HE&R throughout the last 25 years! We invite you to read on to learn more about their career paths and legacies at HE&R.
Angie Bordner, HE&R Finance
Angie's role as Cash Control Coordinator allows her to visit multiple HE&R properties as she counts daily deposits from cash recyclers while building connections and taking every opportunity to learn. As a member of her team’s employee appreciation committee, Angie creates team-building opportunities to ensure “everyone is doing well, recognized and noticed. [...] My legacy is making people feel welcome.”
Dawn Shook, HE&R Information Technology
At 15, Dawn acted as a show host in Hersheypark and now works in the Hershey Press Building as Lead IT Financial Systems Analyst. Her current role is about supporting others behind the scenes. She shares, “It’s all about making the job easier for someone else. I like developing and creating to solve problems and make things easier.” Dawn laughs, “If you haven’t heard from me, then I’m doing my job!"
Gwen Weaver, HE&R Resorts Sales
As Resorts Sales Manager, Gwen is tasked with booking one-day meetings and events across Hershey Lodge, The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Country Club - between 600 and 800 a year! She tells us, “I am proud to work at Hershey because of the product and quality of service - there’s nothing comparable. [...] Milton Hershey created something special here.” She continues, “When I get a call, I feel that need to help do whatever it is that they [guests] need to accomplish. I get satisfaction from helping people meet their needs.”
Kyle Yeagley, Hersheypark Entertainment Complex
Kyle began working at HE&R at the Hershey Nursery and moved to Hersheypark in recent years. For Kyle, getting to admire his work daily is what keeps him engaged as a member of the Labor Crew. He laughs, “They let me mow the grass! [...] It’s the first thing people see when they walk in - the grass, landscaping, flowers. I’m part of that. I put the time and effort into that. It feels good.”
Meghan Brinser, Hershey Lodge
Meghan began her career working at the front desk of Hershey Lodge and found her niche in Convention Services in the early 2000s. Now Assistant Director of Convention Services, being a part of the execution of someone’s event vision is Meghan’s motivation. “I love meeting my amazing clients, some have even become my friends. I pride myself on creating relationships [...] I want to be recognized as a team player, someone who supports the mission, someone you count on.”
Mike Landis, Hersheypark Entertainment Complex
As Sign Shop Foreman, Mike assigns projects and balances his team’s workload as they support creative projects at almost all HE&R properties. However, the horses of Hersheypark’s historic Carrousel have fueled his passion throughout his tenure, “For the most part, we have full-reign - no pun intended! - of what the horses can be. That’s left to our own creativity. I’m most proud of the [Carrousel] horses. Signs change, but the horses last.”
Rich Maroldt, Hersheypark Entertainment Complex
As Labor Crew Lead, Rich ensures projects & tasks are organized, and his team members are assigned to the appropriate job. He started his HE&R career at Hershey Nursery and values the relationships he’s formed with vendors & coworkers around the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex since he moved to the property in 2018, “I love the people and getting to work with all the trades and departments. People are comfortable coming to me with different projects; they know they can call me.”
Ron Suski, HE&R Corporate Services
As Procurement Manager for HE&R, Ron describes his day-to-day as fast-paced and simply fun. “I love this place, I love hospitality!” He works with vendors and negotiates project contracts, including FFE for HE&R properties (furniture, fixtures, and equipment). One of his favorite projects he supported was Harvest restaurant at The Hotel Hershey, “I started with that project from Day 1, ordering and planning everything. It was wonderful to be a part of it from the ground up.”
Scott Green, Hershey Lodge
Scott’s HE&R culinary career began at age 20. Now, Scott works the a la carte line as Cook I in Hershey Lodge’s Fire & Grain restaurant and assists in creating menus in Lamppost Cafe, the team member dining area - including crafting homemade soups! In addition to his creativity in the kitchen, Scott enjoys bringing levity to the fast-paced kitchen environment: “I’m the one in the kitchen singing silly songs, and I want them to remember that I made it fun.”
Steph Kelley-Wegiel, Hersheypark Entertainment Complex
Steph began her HE&R career in the kitchens of Hershey Lodge after culinary school. Six years ago, she took the opportunity to join the Hersheypark Utilities team, “I served Easter Brunch, then started at the Park the next day.” While her primary responsibilities include cleaning & upkeep of Park facilities, N.O.E.L. [light show] at Christmas Candylane is her pride and joy. “I love hanging the Christmas lights and seeing the look on people's faces - I did that! I was able to put that smile on their face.”
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