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ABVI Names 2014 Peter J. Salmon Nominee

Dec 12, 2014

ROCHESTER – The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) has named Leonard McGuire as its 2014 Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year.

McGuire’s tenure at ABVI started in 1976 in the production area. He moved from ABVI to Chase Manhattan Bank six years later. He worked his way up to the position of operations specialist. After 17 years in the public sector, McGuire returned to ABVI. He works in the Contact Center as a Unit Lead. He aspires to be a supervisor.

“It is how Leonard treats his team and the customers he serves that really stands out. He ensures that every member of his team is heard, supported, and feels valued,” said Gidget Hopf, president and CEO of ABVI.

According to Hopf, McGuire seeks out solutions to difficult problems. He investigates ways to streamline processes for internal and external customers. McGuire also communicates in an open manner and strives to be a positive presence in the Contact Center.

“Leonard has become a trusted member of the Contact Center,” said Hopf.

Hopf also said that McGuire’s work is of the highest quality. He turns in accurate work that often exceeds expectation because of his attention to detail.

“Leonard is also committed to continual learning. The educational opportunities he seeks out in his personal life reflect this,” said Hopf. McGuire has earned an AAS degree in Data Processing. He has a Network Technician Certificate from BOCES. He is also working through Microsoft Professional courses at Sylvan Learning Center.

About the Peter J. Salmon Award

The National Industries for the Blind (NIB) established the award in 1968. NIB named it after the late Dr. Peter J. Salmon. He was one of the nation’s outstanding advocates for people who are blind. Salmon was instrumental in the passage of the original legislation that created the AbilityOne Program.

As ABVI’s Peter J. Salmon Employee of the Year, MCguire will go with Hopf to the NIB National Conference. He is in the running for the national award.