Stripes Honored for Hiring Practices

Published in CSP Daily News

Receives Employer Award of Excellence for Workforce Solutions service area

Seated (l to r): Irma Hulen, WFS board; Melissa Gonzalez, Stripes recruiter; Mariannella Carlisle, Stripes recruiting manager; Sonia Quintero, WFS board; Arcelia Sanchez, WFS director. Standing: Roberto Mora Jr., WFS; Rolando Perez; Francisco Almaraz, WFS interim CEO; Dr. Daniel King; WFS board.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Convenience retailer Stripes LLC has received the Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions (WFS) service area at the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) 17th Annual Texas Workforce Conference. The TWC held the event Dec. 4 through Dec. 6 in San Antonio.

The Employer Award of Excellence honors employers that are actively involved with their local workforce board and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

Taking advantage of the services that WFS offers, Stripes has placed 33 job postings on WorkInTexas.com, which has resulted in 50 hires. The company has also partnered with WFS to host numerous hiring events, employer site recruitment and has used the board's interview and meeting rooms.

"The partnerships between our employers and our local workforce boards are so important in continuing to develop a skilled, well-trained workforce in Texas," said Hope Andrade, TWC commissioner representing employers. "I congratulate Stripes and Workforce Solutions for providing a great example of the power of those partnerships."

TWC also recognized WFS for outstanding board performance, receiving $15,000 Performance Incentive Awards for adult and dislocated worker training-related employment, youth preparedness and choices employment. The TWC Performance Incentive Awards recognize workforce boards that display increased accountability and improved efficiencies. Monetary awards for achievement in these categories will be used to enhance workforce service programs during the next year.

"This is the first time that Workforce Solutions has been recognized with this many awards; receiving three of the possible four awards. This high achievement is a result of the hard work that staff have done throughout the year, especially the frontline staff who work directly with our customers and help them improve their lives," said WFS interim CEO Frank Almaraz. "I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to all of our staff and board of directors for their continued strives for excellence and commitment to serving our community."

Austin, Texas-based WFS is one of 28 local workforce boards located throughout the state. It services Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties. The TWC is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. The primary goal of TWC and the workforce boards is to respond to needs of Texas employers and workers through locally designed market-driven workforce development initiatives and services. They encourage all employers, workers and job seekers to take advantage of these services.

Stripes parent company Susser Holdings is a third-generation, family-led business based in Corpus Christi, Texas, that operates approximately 575 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner. Restaurant service is available in over 370 of its stores, primarily under the proprietary Laredo Taco Co. brand. Susser Holdings also is majority owner and owns the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners, which distributes over 1.5 billion gallons of motor fuel annually to Stripes stores, independently operated consignment locations, convenience stores and retail fuel outlets operated by independent operators and other commercial customers in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana.