Kevin Cook is Graylyn International Conference Center’s 2019 Employee of the Year. Cook received the award on Friday, January 4.
Each year, Graylyn presents the award to an employee who has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and made substantial contributions to Graylyn over the past year.
“The Employee of the Year recipient sets the bar for all Graylyn employees. Kevin is truly an outstanding employee,” said Wake Forest University Vice President, Hospitality Services, John Wise. “When it came time to select a winner, Kevin was at the top of everyone’s list. We are so very fortunate and thankful to have him on our staff.”
Cook has been with Graylyn for over 17 years. While completing an internship with the Wake Forest University Grounds department in 2002, he was offered full-time employment at Graylyn and has worked the grounds ever since.. Cook is part of four-person team that maintains Graylyn’s sprawling 55 acres.
Cook is also a member of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), earning his Certified Grounds Manager certification in 2013.
“I feel honored to have received this award. I look at the past winners and the example they’ve set, and it really means a lot that I was chosen. If possible, this makes me even prouder to be a part of the team at Graylyn,” says Cook.
But he’s the first to point out that working at Graylyn is truly a team effort.
“My favorite part about working at Graylyn is the people I work with. They make all the difference. They are a talented group and I am fortunate to be on such a great team. I truly enjoy working outside and working with people. The most rewarding part is being able to see the fruits of our labor!”