Brian Mann truly embodies the concept of an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. “The money that I get, I get a nice paycheck,” he said, adding that he spends it on haircuts, going out to dinner, cruises and trips.
A document destruction technician with Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries in Rochester, Brian was named a co-recipient of the 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. Jerry Williams, who works in packaging/labeling with Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Toe Path Industries, is his fellow Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient.
Both men were honored during NYSID’s Annual Meeting at The Saratoga Hilton. Kumi Tucker, WNYT NewsChannel 13 anchor, once again served as Annual Meeting emcee. This year’s theme was #EmploymentEmpowers.
LAICO Industries offers a comprehensive suite of document management services –– prepping, scanning, cloud storage and certified document destruction. All of its high-quality, cost-effective services are provided locally “under one roof.”
One of Brian’s favorite jobs is to load and unload trucks, safely using an electric pallet jack. He uses the electric pallet wrapper to wrap pallets, and he produces paperwork, stages pallets in the warehouse, and loads them onto the truck.
Brian also records the agency’s transportation vans for departure –– a responsibility previously only done by staff –– uses an intercom system to announce their arrival, assists drivers to find individuals, and helps anyone who has missed their van to get home.
“We’re an answer to the labor force in many cases for area employers, but for the people who work here, it’s the same kind of dignity and self-respect and fullness that earning a paycheck means for all of us,” said Jamie Branciforte, president & CEO.
“He feels that by earning a paycheck and paying his own way and being self-sufficient, he’s a good community partner and not just taking advantage of the system,” said Marty Reeners, director of vocational services, Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries.
NYSID’s annual Joslin Awards Program spotlights those who have overcome challenges and achieved personal success through employment. The Joslin Awards annually recognize employment excellence of New Yorkers with disabilities working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.
In its 13th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized more than 650 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 15 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.
Bill Joslin was Chief Executive Officer of Human Technologies Corporation in Utica, and served on NYSID’s Board of Directors for many years.