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2020 Chuck Thompson Award Winners

Recipients: Ashley Savage Gilliam and Jimmy Yarber

UT Facilities Services is happy to announce the winners of the 2020 Chuck Thompson Outstanding Employee Award.
The recipients are the 22nd annual presentation of the award are Ashley Savage Gilliam of Zone Maintenance and Jimmy Yarber of Utilities Services.

Two awards are given every year, one from the skilled craft areas and one from the clerical, services and support areas, and each recipient must have at least 10 years of service with the university. This year Ashley and Jimmy were chosen from 34 nominees.

The awards celebrate excellence in our department and are chosen by a panel of peers.

Ashley has been serving in Facilities Services for 24 years, and Jimmy has served for 17 years. Ashley is our resident Archibus Coordinator and Jimmy serves as a Sr. Plumbing and Heating Specialist.

Jimmy Yarber

The person who was chosen for the 2020 Chuck Thompson Award in Crafts is someone is commended for his hard work both on campus and in his home. This person is a dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled team player. His willingness to share his expertise is acknowledged and celebrated by those who work alongside him.

He is a good friend, often going out of his way to make sure his teammates are supported. He has given a good portion of his life in service to this University, and more importantly, he has given his entire life in service to his family in ways that many fathers wouldn’t. He goes above and beyond his responsibilities, shares his expertise with newer team members and is always the first to offer help without being asked.

For 17 years, he has supported our Utilities unit with a contagiously positive attitude. He is well liked among his peers, and he’s an incredible asset to Facilities Services.

The 2020 Chuck Thompson Award goes to Mr. Jimmy (Bones) Yarber, Senior Plumbing and Heating Specialist, Plumbing Shop.

Ashley Savage-Gilliam

The Service/Clerical winner of the 2020 Chuck Thompson Award is someone who has helped many Facilities Services employees in one way or another throughout her tenure. For several years, she was the first person many of our team members were acquainted with – offering help and a friendly smile to many.

She is incredibly kind and truly invested in the work of this department. Throughout her time in Facilities Services, she has assisted in training many individuals in the classroom, on campus and on the job. The pride she feels for this university and this department is evident in how she approaches her work.

She is largely responsible for the CCP class for Building Services Aides, which has helped many of our team members achieve a better understanding of how our chemicals work and what areas they are effective in.

In her current role, she has worked extensively to enter all our equipment specifications into the Archibus Workplace Management System, often working one-on-one with our front-line Maintenance personal to collect data plate information and determining proper intervals for servicing. Her tireless effort to create and scheduling preventative maintenance tasks has improved the overall operations across the entire campus and has reduced the amount of breakdown calls. She’s exemplary and an adept operator of the Archibus platform and always takes the time to share her skill set with others.

Her 24 years of service are a light to others, and we are incredibly grateful for all she has done and continues to do for this department.

UT’s Facilities Services Department is proud to present this 2020 Chuck Thompson Award to Ashley Savage Gilliam, Archibus Coordinator, Zone Maintenance.

It is truly a privilege of the department to honor these two outstanding individuals.