Mac Gipson

William E. Thigpen
Assistant Administrator

Robert W. "Bubba" Lee
Board Chairman

Samuetta H. Drew
Board Member

Michael Ingram, MD
Board Member

August 5, 2015

ABC's Byrd Recognized For Cost-saving Suggestion

As the manager of Store #150 in Florence, Cindy Byrd loves efficiency.  She spends the better part of her workday looking for ways to improve her customer’s shopping experience and make her store more productive.

Byrd’s desire to improve operations has now not only helped the ABC Board save money, it has earned her a nice reward. Earlier this year, Byrd submitted a cost-saving idea to the State Employee’s Suggestion Incentive program (SESIP).  She suggested using 2lb paper bags rather than the larger 5lb bags in use at most stores. SESIP determined that Byrd’s proposal was worthy of recognition because that small change will save the ABC Board more than $16,500 per year.

On July 27, State Personnel’s Government Relations Manager Brittany Woodham, along with ABC Administrator Mac Gipson, honored Byrd for her idea and presented her with a check for $1,000.

“I am exceptionally proud of Cindy and all ABC Board employees who strive each and every day to make our operations as cost-efficient and effective as possible, said Gipson. “It is such a pleasure to work alongside these dedicated professionals.”

According to the Employees’ Suggestion Incentive Program, “a State employee may submit a suggestion to reduce expenditures or increase efficiency within the State of Alabama. The program will make financial incentive awards to State employees whose adopted suggestions result in substantial financial savings or improvement in the efficiency of State operations.”

“Upon approval and implementation of an employee suggestion that is meritorious, the Employees’ Suggestion Incentive Board shall award the employee submitting the suggestion a one-time cash award of one thousand dollars ($1,000). In an exceptional situation, the Board may award up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) to an employee for a suggestion or suggestions that result in extraordinary savings or improvement for the State.”

Byrd is the second ABC Board employee to reap the rewards of the SESIP. General Services Supervisor Jimmy Blagg was similarly honored in May. His proposal to replace older ABC store lighting systems with new Energy Star rated lamps and ballasts will save the ABC Board and state coffers $528,828 over the life of the store leases. Changing the old lights to L.E.D. lights in the central warehouse not only saved a lot of money, but also drastically reduced the amount of heat radiating from them. For his suggestion, Bragg received $2,500.

You can find more information about the State Employee’s Suggestion Incentive Program here:

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