Dec. 17, 2021

2021 Employee of The Year, Conner O'Malley

Each year, Superfresh Growers honors one exceptional teammate to receive the Employee of the Year honor. Voted by his peers, this year’s Employee of the Year is Conner O’Malley. Conner began as an intern in accounting back in 2014 and has worked in a handful of different roles in the company since, getting to know and work with teammates in every department.

From left to right, Robert Kershaw, Conner O'Malley, and Kevin Kershaw.

Conner grew up in the Yakima area and has been involved in farming his whole life. He graduated from Selah High School in 2012 before attending the University of Puget Sound to play football and obtain his degree in Business Management. After two summers of interning for Superfresh Growers, one in accounting and one in sales, Conner joined the team upon graduation in 2016 as a sales assistant and quickly worked his way into an Account Manager role. “Conner is a great example of what can happen when you work hard. Many people are born with God-given talent, but it is a rare person like Conner who has God-given talent and will not let anyone outwork him. That is an amazing combination,” says Robert Kershaw, CEO. Conner says goes beyond for his customers and teammates, encouraging them to do the same. Robert adds, “I am proud to call Conner a teammate.” Kevin Kershaw, President of DSG Logistics, explained how Conner pushes his team to be better. “Conner makes our team want to work hard for him. He is detailed and clear and intense, but he balances the compliments with his intensity, making our team want to succeed for him”.

The announcement of Employee of the Year came at the 2021 Superfresh Growers Christmas Party, where the entire team was met with childhood photos sent in by Conner’s family. They were the hit of the party!

Conner poses as a scholarly student at just four years old!

“It is such an honor to be recognized by teammates,” remarked Conner O’Malley at the Christmas Party.“I could not be more appreciative of your daily contributions toward making our company the place it is. A place where hard work and fun go hand in hand. A place where we are equally supported and challenged by our teammates. A place where we celebrate our differences and unique abilities while always “thinking with one brain” and sharing ownership of the culture. I’m proud to call this company home and your family. Thank you all for supporting and allowing me all along the way.”

Congratulations, Conner!