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Employee of the Quarter: Ebony Murphy

Employee Recognition

Employee of the Quarter: Ebony Murphy

Congratulations to Ebony Murphy, who was recently recognized as Employee of the Quarter! Each quarter our management team nominates and votes for employees who have made the most meaningful impact on our clients, their co-workers, and our company.

Here are excerpts from her nomination submission by Area Manager Craig DufourEbony comes in every day to work and the customer is very pleased with her. She is conscientious and dedicated to the job, never missing a holiday shift since she joined Mister Kleen. I never have to worry about having proper coverage with Ebony on the job.

Tom Miller Team Player Award Winner: Andy Reyes

The annual Tom Miller Team Player Award honors employees who demonstrate great contributions to the team, positive team interaction, high customer impact, and quality outcomes. Employees are nominated by their supervisor for this award, which is named in honor of beloved former employee Tom Miller. Tom exemplified what it means to be a team player and his eight years of service made a lasting impact on the Kleen Team, our customers, and everyone he touched. 

Area Supervisor Craig Dufour says this year’s award winner, Andy Reyes, has been “a lifesaver for me” during the previous year. Andy works at several high security facilities, and “all of us managers usually fight over him weekly because of his reliability, dedication and attention to detailed work. He reminds me of Tom Miller. I can’t think of ANYONE more deserving of this prestigious company award. All of the customers he supports would agree!”  

Congratulations, Andy, on winning the Tom Miller Team Player Award!

Kleen Team in the Community: Walter Gesford

We are proud of our Kleen Team’s efforts to give back to the community, and before Halloween, we are spotlighting a member’s fundraiser for Make-A-Wish that he has coordinated since 2021. 

Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Well, meet Senior Project Manager Walter Gesford, who loves Halloween and goes beyond just decorating his yard. With the help of family and friends, two years ago he started a haunted hayride and trail that begins as a kid-friendly event with treats being handed out, then turns into a jump-scare fright fest when the sun goes down. 

Walter, who oversees three contracts at two Northern Virginia facilities, has been with Mister Kleen since 2018. The native of Sayre, Pennsylvania, graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and was deciding where he’d go to start his career.  

“I did honestly choose here because I’m a football fanatic and love the Commanders,” he says.

He managed a security contract in Quantico for eight years and earned an MBA before joining Mister Kleen on Oct. 22, 2018, as a night manager. He was promoted to his current position in March 2019 and says, “I enjoy working for a family-owned and operated business, and I enjoy being able to work with employees from top to bottom – owners, and technicians.”  

After he and his wife, Hillary, purchased 18 acres in the Stafford area, they realized there was no big Halloween event in the area. So he partnered with a neighbor who owned 40 acres, and together they created a 0.8-mile trail on both wooded properties that comprise Justin’s Haunted Hayride. 

“It’s named after a cousin of mine who passed away from cancer. He got a trip to Disney World from the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Walter says. He pays for the majority of the expenses and volunteers donate their time so that all of the proceeds go directly to Make-A-Wish. 

In 2021, they were able to donate $1,800 and last year they donated $1,500 to Make-A-Wish. This will be the third straight year for the one-day event, which takes place the Saturday before Halloween, on Oct. 28. 

It’s a big effort, and he and his best friend, Kevin Vanhorn, who also works at Mister Kleen, begin preparing for the event months in advance. This year’s theme will include horror classics, such as Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Scream, as well as some new ones, he says.

It’s a family affair for the Gesford family, with his wife, Hillary, and kids Tate and Leo joining in the fun. “They actually dressed up in costumes last year and were out in the woods scaring people as they came by,” he says. 

Walter could always use more volunteers to dress in costume and help scare guests in the woods, or if you’d like to support the cause, you can donate directly, which some Kleen Team members have done in the past. To learn more or to purchase tickets to the event at $20 per person, you can email Walter at [email protected].

Kleen Team in the Community: David Martinez

We are proud of our Kleen Team’s efforts to give back to the community, and we’d like to spotlight David Martinez, one of our recruiters who helps acquire talent for the Mister Kleen Team. With 16 years of experience in recruiting, David enjoys working to match the needs of the company with prospective candidates.  

“It’s always something different, even though you’re doing the same thing over and over again. You’re dealing with different people with different types of scenarios, with different needs,” says David, who brings 16 years of recruiting experience to the job and a personal perspective to the interviews. 

“You put yourself in their shoes and talk about how you can help them to make a difference in terms of not just the job but you know, financial stability, especially nowadays.” 

A musical background

David was 6 years old when his family moved from the Philippines to Maryland. His uncle is a pastor at Agape Baptist Church in Washington DC, and he attended services regularly. “I grew up in a musical environment because of my aunt, she loves to sing as part of the choir. I became part of the Praise and Worship Team in our church, and I’ve been performing with them since I was 16 years old.” 

A versatile musician, David mainly plays bass guitar but takes a turn on the drums when the occasion calls for it. His mainstream band, Friction Live, plays a variety of musical genres appropriate for the crowd. They’ve played at venues around the region, from the Backyard Grill in Chantilly to Portales Nightclub in Alexandria.  

Between commercial gigs, work, and spending time with his wife Stephany, 16-year-old son Jonathan, and 12-year-old daughter Samantha, he still finds time to perform at charitable events with the Praise and Worship Team.  

Recent events have included an October benefit show with Filipina actress Donita Rose and her husband, gospel recording artist Felson Palad, and a fundraiser at Open Door Presbyterian Church in Reston that raised about $10,000 for Ukraine and victims of the February earthquake in Turkey and Syria. 

Building Excellence Competition

The Building Excellence Competition (BEC) is a special program designed to drive quality in our facilities and build pride, inspiration, and teamwork. Three times a year we have a friendly competition among our employees for the best overall building based on cleanliness, quality, and safety. Our team takes pride in this, and our clients do too! The winning team receives an onsite party, a certificate, and bragging rights! The winner of the Summer 2023 Building Excellence Competition is a secure government site in Virginia. Congratulations to Area Manager Yolanda Rathbone and Supervisor Maria Elena Abaunza for outstanding service and dedication to Mister Kleen, our client, and each other – great job!