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Every year REC recognizes employees who exceed in their defined job description, achieve outstanding results in certain areas and demonstrate loyalty to the Cooperative. Since 1994, REC has honored these employees as Employees of the Year. Beginning in 2010, REC started recognizing two employees – one from Operations and one from Administration.

The 2022 Operations Employee of the Year was Travis Loper. Loper started in March of 2018 as a Line Worker. He became the Warehouse Supervisor in April of 2021. Loper is a dedicated employee who is always looking for ways to help and better the Cooperative. He is quick to help his fellow co-workers by coming in early or staying late in order for them to be ready for the day. He is continually coming up with new ideas to save time and money. 

He graduated from Lindsay High School and lives in Lindsay with his wife Kelli and their two children - Taylor and Tanner. 

"I was  not expecting to be selected as Employee of the Year," says Loper. "It is an honor to be recognized for doing a good job. I appreciate being recognized, but it is an honor to work with such a great group people who make it easy to come to work."

REC's 2022 Administration Employee of the Year was Nayeli Arballo. Arballo started in June of 2018. She is currently serving as a Customer Service Representative. Arballo is a tremendous asset to our members and helpful in assisting with language barriers. She is friendly and courteous to all our members. She is willing to assist her fellow co-workers whenever she can with a smile on her face. 

Arballo graduated from Lindsay High School and continues to lives in Lindsay. She enjoys spending as much time with her fiance Dalton as possible. 

"I was completely shocked to be selected as Employee of the Year," says Arballo. "It was truly a great moment to be selected, let alone nominated. I feel extremely grateful to be recognized and blessed to work here."