Date: Jul 14, 2021
Magazine:
July/August 2021

The Western Growers Family of Companies is built on the strength of 445 dedicated employees providing expert advocacy and services across multiple business lines. To honor its employees who demonstrate “above and beyond” service, Western Growers recently launched an Employees’ Choice Award Program where employees select and honor fellow team members for their exemplary work and remarkable outward mindset. Meet the latest Employees’ Choice recipients, Trevor Smith and Jason Hayes.

TREVOR SMITH

•   Name: Trevor Smith

•   Title: Programmer II

•   Department: Information Services

•   WG Tenure: 4 years

•   Favorite Part about the Job: Collaborating as a team with operations and developers to share ideas and expand system capabilities.

•   Best WG Memory: Being greeted by the ENTIRE Western Growers team on his first day.

•   Claim to Fame: Trevor is an expert problem solver. He not only develops innovation applications that support WG stakeholders, but he is an expert as providing efficient solutions to even the most complicated issues.

•   Most Coveted Achievement: “My biggest accomplishment is going from a recent graduate to a mid-level developer who can provide help, support and solutions to my peers.”

•   Personal Mantra: Always help those who cannot help themselves.

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JASON HAYES

•   Name: Jason Hayes

•   Title: Claims Auditor

•   WG Tenure: 11 years

•   Home Base: Fresno, CA

•   Claim to Fame: Jason meticulously performs in-depth audits to ensure compliance within health (medical/dental) benefit plans of Western Growers Assurance Trust/Pinnacle Claims Management, Inc.

•   Best WG Memory: The parking lot barbeques at the Fresno office!

•   Favorite Quote: Live life to its fullest.

•   Tiny Tidbit: Jason left WG in 2009 when he moved away. His passion for and dedication to the company compelled him to come back seven years later, and he’s been on board ever since…

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