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Cherokee man receives Hy-Vee's highest honor

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

An estimated crowd of 200, including Hy-Vee dignitaries and several of Cory Roepke's family members, gathered at the Cherokee Distribution Center on Thursday morning to witness Roepke being surprised by the announcement that he had been chosen to receive the highest honor bestowed on Hy-Vee employees - the Legendary Customer Service Award. Photo by Dan Whitney
Hy-Vee Assistant Vice President of Distribution Greg McQuistan congratulates Cory Roepke on his Legendary Customer Service Award - the highest honor that can be earned by Hy-Vee employees. Photo by Dan Whitney
A large crowd, estimated at 200 people, gathered at the Cherokee Hy-Vee Disribution Center last Thursday morning for a surprise announcement.

The announcement was that Cory Roepke, an employee at the Cherokee Distribution Center since 1983, had been named as a recipient of the company's 2012 Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award.

This award - the highest honor presented to a Hy-Vee employee - recognizes those who go "above and beyond the call of duty to take care of customers," and only nine recipients are selected each year from among the more than 62,000 Hy-Vee employees company-wide.

Roepke, who is the second Cherokee employeee to be selected for the honor, will enter the Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Hall of Fame, and will also receive additional gifts and honors, including having his photo placed on Hy-Vee trucks.

Roepke, a truck driver based out of the Cherokee Distribution Center, lives in Cherokee with his wife and three children.

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