May 2021 Employee of the Month – Ron Gillenwater

Ron Gillenwater was named Employee of the Month for May 2021. Ron provides daily maintenance and facility upkeep at the Visitors Center, Garage facilities, downtown restrooms, Gillespie Building and the town gym/recreation building. He is also solely responsible for all set ups and take downs of private and community/committee rentals in the auditorium and community rooms at the Visitors Center as well as set up/clean up of community events that are held at the Visitors Center. With rental set ups, it can require Ron to work on Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes working seven days a week and being back at 7am on Monday morning. He is also very familiar with working nights and weekends throughout the year to help out when additional assistance is needed during large town events, such as Jonesborough Days, Chocolate Fest and the National Storytelling Festival.

Over the past year with the COVID pandemic, Ron has worked double time in keeping our essential workers healthy while on the job. During this time, he maintained a schedule of sanitizing shared and public spaces that helped us keep our workforce present and our offices and buildings clean.

Ron is the type of person that will arrive early and stay late in order to ensure that a job has been completed, not just completed but done well. He continually goes above and beyond his job duties and tasks, and always with a smile on his face. He is the first person to jump in and offer assistance when help is needed. Ron always maintains a positive attitude with coworkers and Town of Jonesborough staff at the various facilities in which he provides maintenance. He keeps our facilities in “tip top” shape for staff and visitors. The Visitors Center welcomes many guests to Tennessee’s Oldest Town through their doors and they are always receiving feedback about the cleanliness of the facility and its restrooms. Ron is also great to help out with the maintenance of other town facilities when staff have had to be out, and he does so with no strain to any of his full-time duties.

Ron is a valued member of our team and well-deserving of the honor of Employee of the Month.

Thank you, Ron Gillenwater! You are appreciated!