George C. “Clint” Merritt, manager of Southern States Hardin Cooperative – Hodgenville Branch, has won the President’s Operating Excellence Award. Only 40 co-op managers from Southern States 23-state territory earned this award, which Merritt has won two times since the program’s inception in 1987.
The awards are based on performance for the past fiscal year which ends on Dec. 31 for all managed cooperatives. All Southern States managers are eligible to win, but the standards – equaling or surpassing the high standards on Return on Capital, Net Profit and Productivity – are difficult to achieve, even in the best of economics.
“We are always exceptionally proud of all our winners, but even more so this year,” said Donny Dunbar, vice president of retail operations. “Our managers did an outstanding job providing service to our patrons. We also need to honor the employees at Southern States Hardin Cooperative – Hodgenville Branch. It is the team that ensures good customer service and the long term effort to partner with our customers.”