Last Updated: December 14th, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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POWERHOME SOLAR is known for staging memorable holiday parties for its employees, but the onset of COVID-19 threw us a bit of a curveball in 2020. But even when forced to gather virtually, the company’s leadership team delivered another can-you-top-this event.
Of the nearly 1,700 people employed by POWERHOME SOLAR, more than 1,400 were logged into the party at its peak, lured by the chance to win $100,000 in cash prizes. What no one knew until the very end except for CEO Jayson Waller is that the amount given away would more than double, and some even logged off prematurely without realizing what was still to come! In the end, 25 lucky associates ended up winning $208,900, with the company giving out 11 prizes of $2,500, five prizes of $10,000 and five grand prizes of $25,000, along with four other prizes ranging from $1,000 to $2,400.
The grand prize winners hailed from four states in the company’s 10-state footprint and included Office Administrator Shawanda Denise (Columbus, Ohio), sales representatives David McKeown (Springfield, Missouri), Ron Baker (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) and Ricky Prosser (Cleveland, Ohio), and service technician John Bauer (Grand Rapids, Michigan). Prosser and Bauer had the most useful ways to spend the money, with Prosser and his wife expecting a boy in February, and Bauer using his money to become debt-free.
Here’s a look at the reactions of Baker and Denise in the videos below. The joy and surprise on their faces made this an incredible joy for all to see:
“2020 provided us with significant challenges, but we didn’t quit or become scared amid the pandemic,” Waller said. “We bonded together, we fought back, we found ways to succeed and our work family has doubled in a most trying year. We wanted to give back to our employees in a most meaningful way, and the night couldn’t have gone better when seeing the joy on the faces of our winners.”
VIP party guests included two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden, a POWERHOME SOLAR brand ambassador, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and Richard Wershe Jr., whose life is depicted in the movie “White Boy Rick.”
This party follows up ones from the past two years where employees were treated to top-shelf entertainment, including the Detroit Youth Choir, the 2019 runner-up act on the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent,” Uncle Kracker and Smashmouth. You just never know what the company has in store for its employees, and we all look ahead to 2021 for what is to come once again!
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we want to give a huge shoutout to all of our 2020 winners. Congratulations all!
POWERHOME SOLAR 2020 Holiday Party winners
Arianna Souto (Solar Development Advisor, Tampa, FL) – $2,500
Maegan Sanchez (SDA, Tampa FL) – $2,500
Monica Crapa (Assistant District Manager, Chester, VA) – $2,500
Sage Knox (Project Manger, Cayce, SC) – $2,500
Bobby Josey (SDA, Mooresville, NC) – $2,500
Ryan Williams (District Sales Manager, Virginia Beach, VA) – $2,500
Emma West (Get The Referrals Department) – $2,500
Gayle Phillips (Customer Solutions Associate, Troy, MI) – $2,500
Andrea Hector (Concierge Trainer, Mooresville, NC) – $2,500
Brian Kuklick (Sales Consultant, Raleigh, NC) – $2,500
Robert Doane (Sales Consultant, Harrisburg, PA) – $2,000 gift card
John Ingram (Assistant Project Manager, Nashville, TN) – $1,000 gift card
Ariel Burlingham (Scheduling, Kannapolis, NC) – $2,400
Isaac Selvey (Sales Consultant, Columbus, OH)- 55 inch TV + $1,000
Anna Hawks (Reviews analyst) and D’Angelo Reid (IT Applications Specialist Network Administrator) – 65-inch TV + $2,500
Don Thein (IT Director, Mooresville, NC) – $10,000
Carlos Cordero (Installer, Concord, NC) – $10,000
Richard Barnett (Installer, Sarver, PA) – $10,000
Stephanie Pieper (Marketing/Canvassing) – $10,000
Benton Hamann (Warehouse, Indianapolis, IN) – $10,000
Ronald Baker (Sales Consultant, Harrisburg, PA) – $25,000
Richard Prosser (Sales Consultant, Cleveland, OH) – $25,000
Shawanda Denise (Office Admin, Columbus, OH) – $25,000
John Bauer – (Service Technician, Grand Rapids, MI) $25,000
David McKeown (Sales Consultant, Springfield, MO) – $25,000