“Lunch with the Boss” at Basin Electric celebrates military support

“Today, we honor the best of the best,” said National Guard Col. David Thiele. He was speaking about Basin Electric and three other North Dakota employers at the “Lunch with the Boss” event held today at Basin Electric.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organized the event to recognize Basin Electric for winning the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

ESGR also recognized Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, who was a finalist for the Freedom Award, as well as Jobbers Moving and Storage and the Bismarck Police Department with the Pro Patria Award, which is a statewide award presented annually to three employers. SimplexGrinnell in Fargo also won the Pro Patria award this year.

During the luncheon Andrew M. Serri, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, talked about all the thank you’s he received while in Washington, D.C. last week. He was there for meetings with congressional delegates and to attend the Freedom Award ceremony on behalf of Basin Electric. “The thanks really goes to the folks in this room,” Serri said, speaking to the guard and reservists at the luncheon. “That is where it really belongs.”

Local ESGR committee recognizes Basin Electric

(Left) Bob Wefald, North Dakota ESGR chair, and Larry Anderson, ESGR (right), present a certificate of recognition to Andrew Serri (center) during the “Lunch with the Boss” event.

About the award ceremony in D.C., Serri said he was so proud to be there on behalf of Basin Electric. “The Freedom Award, it’s not something Basin can apply for, you have to nominated by one of your employees. How high of a compliment is that to be nominated by your employees for such a prestigious award,” he said.

Basin Electric is one of only 15 employers nationwide to be presented the 2012 Freedom Award, and one of only 175 employers to ever receive the award.

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