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AICO Announces Annual Employee Honors

Casegoods and upholstery resource Amini Innovations Corp. (AICO) announced its annual award winners for 2020 during a presentation on Dec. 24. Jose Esquivias received the Employee of the Year award. The Spirit of Excellence was awarded to Maria Perez and the award for Rising Star went to Ruben Ramirez.

Esquivias has been with AICO for 6 years, starting out in the warehouse department, and through his exemplary efforts, advancing to the position he currently holds as Soft Home communications coordinator. Esquivias reports to Jackie Moss, vice president of Soft Home.

“Jose has been a tremendous asset to the Soft Home division. He has a real passion for the company, and for growing the Soft Home division which shows in his determination, professionalism and can-do attitude,” said Michael Amini, chairman and CEO. “The essence of this award is in the acronym AICO, which stands for the core values of the company: Attitude, Initiative, Commitment, and Outstanding performance. Jose not only embodies these values but is impressively humble and highly dependable.”

Perez has been with AICO for 14 years in Customer Service, and has been a vital team member in the recently expanded E-commerce division. 

“Maria works diligently to assist our customers, and always with a genuinely positive and upbeat attitude that makes her a pleasure to work with, not only for her customers, but for her co-workers as well,” said Chuck Reilly, EVP. “Maria’s knowledge, ability to multi-task and courteous care of our customers define her Spirit of Excellence.”

One of AICO’s leading forklift operators, Ramirez’s leadership has grown in the 16 years he has been with AICO. “Ruben has a quiet ambition that shines through his work ethic,” Mike Orth, vice president of operations. “He has become a yardstick by which others are measured, and can be counted on without fail as a team player and the go-to guy for getting things done accurately and efficiently.”

“These awards were well deserved, and as a company, we are very proud to have Jose, Maria and Ruben representing AICO. I am honored to have such committed and loyal individuals on our team,” added Amini.

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