By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Jack Riley was named Department of Defense/Pikes Peak Region Military Installation 2009 Small Business Contractor of the Year at the Antlers Hilton here, April 28.
The award was presented to Mr. Riley, Schriever Air Force Base Satellite Dish Dining Facility owner/operator, at the annual Small Business Outreach Event, hosted by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Small business specialists from Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases, the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Space and Missile Defense Command, Small Business Administration and General Services Administration gather each year to provide relevant government training, discuss upcoming acquisitions, take advantage of formal and informal networking opportunities and recognize Pikes Peak area outstanding business contractors.
Mr. Riley, who is legally blind, is employed through the Business Enterprise Program, which places individuals with impaired vision into management positions.
This program, dining facility management, includes all cooking and food preparation, serving, cleaning of facilities and dishware, bussing dining area tables, cashier services and the operation, maintenance and repair of food service equipment.
“I’m very fortunate to work with such a wonderful staff,” said Mr. Riley. “The camaraderie between the management, staff and customers is truly amazing.”
The Satellite Dish staff provides three meals, 365 days a year, with continued service during contingencies and weather-related base closures.
Schriever’s Colorado Business Enterprise Program also achieved an “Excellent” rating during the 2008 Operational Readiness Inspection, two letters of commendation from the 50th Space Wing commander and numerous letters of appreciation for ongoing support of base functions, such as the Base Picnic, Spring Fling and Holiday-fest.
Those accolades come as a result of the hard work and dedication of the Satellite Dish staff, who find it easy to work for Mr. Riley.
“I’ve worked in this dining facility for almost 20 years, and Mr. Riley is the best thing that has happened to us,” said James “Worm” Haynes, Satellite Dish project manager. “Our employees are very happy with the programs he’s developed here.”
The company, under Mr. Riley’s guidance, has met and exceeded all goals within the terms and conditions of the contract and in many cases has gone above and beyond contractual obligations to improve each customers dining experience at the Satellite Dish.
“I really want to thank the commanders and everyone at Schriever. We really are a family and that makes it easy to work here and serve our community,” said Mr. Riley.
(Some Information for article provided by 50th Contracting Squadron and 50th Force Support Squadron)