Staff Profile: Jonny Shaw
The Wick’s 2012 Employee of the Year is one of the Inn’s most valuable and well-liked workers ever. In fact, not only did staff in every department of the Inn nominate him, the senior management team was unanimous in selecting him as well, the first time this has ever happened. But when you see what his colleagues had to say about Jonny Shaw, it’s little wonder why.
“Not only does he have the kindest heart, but he is always reliable, approachable, hard-working and any task given is done in an efficient manner,” says one. Another says, “He always responds to requests in a timely and friendly fashion. His follow-up is the best I’ve ever experienced.” And yet another: “It is refreshing to work alongside someone who never complains, and is always in a good mood.” Even his boss – who also happens to be his dad – says his offspring “maintains a curious trait, believing that perfection is the acceptable standard, not the aspiration.”
Jonny Shaw has been at the Inn for nearly four years. He manages the Inn’s landscaping needs and takes on everything from fine woodworking projects to engineering and other maintenance tasks. You might find him climbing a 40-foot ladder to clean the uppermost windows in the Beach Building or adzing the wood panels in the Pointe Building. But where you won’t find him is basking in the limelight – at least not most of the time.
“I am the kind of guy who likes to stay in the background, helping the stars of the show, so it was a surprise to now be the star, being recognized like this,” Jonny says, adding, “The people I work with make it a pleasure to go to work each day. Their recognition is very special to me.”
The Wick, he says, is the ideal workplace, in part because its high standards are such a satisfying challenge. “Charles McDiarmid and (Director of Operations) Christine Stocker continually push us all to do things we never thought we could, and they encourage us along the way,” he says. “I like the unexpected things that come each day I work at the Inn. No two days are ever the same. I guess I like the unpredictability of my job.”