Carol Easterling was a devoted Board Member of the Florida Parking Association (FPA) for 10 years. During her tenure, she promoted the involvement of front line employees in our conference and educational seminars. After her passing, the FPA Board created the Carol Easterling Scholarship in her memory. To this end, the current Board has revamped the once “Carol Easterling Scholarship” to the “Carol Easterling Award” and has enhanced its reach and prize payout.
The Carol Easterling Award was established several years ago in honor of a former FPA Board Member who was a champion for those front line employees whom she felt were the unsung heroes in our organizations. This award was created to reward those very deserving members of our team. I am sure you can think of at least one person that you can nominate for this award. It is a great way to say “Thank you” for being an exemplary employee as well as an important person to our organization.
Call for Nominations
The 38th annual FPA conference is quickly approaching and as always, it will be better than prior years! I’m the Chair for the Carol Easterling Award Committee. This award was established to recognize the tough work of our front line employees. The front line employees are the face of our industry and do their work with a smile on their face all the time. They get little recognition in return. This is your chance to recognize that employee.
The Carol Easterling Award was established several years ago in honor of a former FPA Board Member who was a champion for those front line employees whom she felt were the unsung heroes in our organizations. This award was created to reward those very deserving members of our team. If you think about it, I’m sure someone comes to your mind that you feel is deserving of this award. This award is a wonderful way to recognize and show gratitude for being an important member of our team.
The nomination submittal takes only a few moments and is quite simple. All you have to do is fill out a brief questionnaire about the nominee which will be reviewed by the Board Members and the CEA committee. I have attached a sample of a completed nomination form. One winner will be selected from every region and those three candidates will need to submit a short video representing “A day in the life” of that employee. In addition, the three candidates will also receive a two night stay at the conference or nearby hotel, $100.00 cash prize, recognition and award at the annual conference, as well as, the chance to win the Grand Prize. The videos along with the questionnaires, will be reviewed by the FPA Board Members and a grand prize winner will be chosen. The selected Grand Prize winner will also receive a paid registration to the 2018 FPA Annual conference and a cash prize of $350.00.
I strongly urge you to take this excellent opportunity to acknowledge an employee for the hard work they do for your organization. Please fill out the questionnaire for your nominee and submit it to Marilyn Etheridge, Association Manager at [email protected] no later than October 18th, 2017. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions.
Rules and Regulations
Article I. General
Carol Easterling was a devoted Board Member of the Florida Parking Association (“FPA”) for 10 years. During her tenure, she promoted the involvement of frontline employees in our conference and educational seminars. After her passing, the FPA Board created the Carol Easterling Scholarship in honor of her memory. To this end, the current Board has revamped the once “Carol Easterling Scholarship” to the “Carol Easterling Award” and has enhanced its reach and prize payout.
The State of Florida will be divided into three regions – North, Central and South. An award will be chosen from each region provided that we have a nomination from each. Details of the award is described below in Article VI.
Article II. Eligibility
All current FPA members including private operators, consultants, equipment vendors, etc. are eligible to nominate a candidate for the CEA. The candidate does not have to be an active member of FPA and must be a front line employee or first level Supervisor. The candidate must also be an active employee for a parking organization within the region for which they are being nominated.
FPA Board members are not allowed to submit nominations, but active FPA members within their perspective organizations are eligible to submit nominations.
Article III. Call for Nominations
An email will be sent to all active FPA members asking for nominations to be submitted. The nomination form will be attached and can be filled out electronically. A sample of a completed form will be attached for the member to use as a reference. A timeline for submissions will be established and adhered to.
Article IV. Regions
The North region is all areas north of Orange County to the State of Florida state line. The Central region is the area north of Palm Beach County to Orlando (Orange County). The South region begins at Key West (Monroe County) and ends at Palm Beach County.
Article V. Selection of Winners
The full active FPA Board and the CEA Committee Members will serve as the selection committee. Neither the individual board members nor CEA committee members will be allowed to cast a vote for their own region or in the event that their organization has submitted a candidate.
Article VI. Awards
Each regional winner will be awarded the following: (1) paid registration for the annual conference, (2) two nights at the conference or nearby hotel, (3) cash prize, (4) Recognition and award at the annual conference, (6) a chance to win the grand prize. This award is not transferable and winners will not have the option of receiving any cash equivalent in lieu of attending.
Article VII. The “Day in the Life” clip
Each winner will submit an electronic .mov, .mp4 or .avi file documenting a “day in their life” to show our members the challenges of their everyday job duties. The clip should not be longer than two minutes and the FPA Board may edit the clip as they deem necessary. The winner shall be conscience of the audience and make certain the clip is free of any inappropriate content. The Board encourages creativeness when making the clip. A link to an award winning video will be sent to the winners as a point of reference.
Article VIII. Grand Prize Winner
One regional winner will be chosen as the grand prize winner. Once the clips have been submitted, the Board will review the clip entries along with all other information submitted and choose one grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will be awarded the following: (1) all appropriate registration fees for the next year’s Annual FPA conference, and (2) a cash prize of $350. Transportation to and from the conference will not be covered. This award is not transferable and winners will not have the option of receiving any cash equivalent in lieu of attending.