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Taking home the rose

Taking.home.the.rose.E624KD.editFor a company that prides itself on customer service, exemplary tales of doing the right thing don’t often go unnoticed. In Jacksonville, Florida, a deserving employee earned an Emerald Club Greeter recognition for his outstanding customer service.

Customer Service Specialist/Greeter Charles D. is known for going above and beyond for Emerald Club members at National’s airport location in Jacksonville. Charles volunteered to stay late one night when he heard that one of his regular customers was coming in on a 3 a.m. flight. “I knew the customer would need to get in a car quickly because she always has morning meetings,” says Charles. “She’s an important person at her company and usually asks for me by name, so I decided to stay and help her out.”

This particular Emerald Club member was so thankful for Charles’ assistance that she sent National an email of appreciation. A few weeks later, Charles’ managers decided to nominate him for an award through the North Florida Hotel and Lodging Association. The hospitality group hosts an annual Recognition of Service Excellence (Rose) Awards ceremony to reward front line customer service superstars from businesses in Northeast Florida.

Winning the award

Charles’ kind gestures impressed many, and he was a recipient of a 2017 Rose Award in the Ground Transportation category.

“I couldn’t believe it when I walked into the awards ceremony – there were about 500 people there,” Charles says of the event he attended. “The recognition was incredible,” says the former truck driver who initially took on two part-time jobs — one as a Driver before becoming a Greeter — so he could spend more time at home with his son.

Having good values

No matter what his role, Charles’ willingness to help others often catches the attention of his managers, including Branch Manager Quincy J., who was Charles’ first manager. “Quincy saw me helping a customer in the lot one day, and he liked that I was willing to help out even though it wasn’t in my job description,” explains Charles. “Then, he asked me how I felt about moving up in rental and offered me an interview to become a Greeter. He gave me a chance, and I have him and my entire management team to thank for that. The rest just comes with common sense,” he adds.