Three Rivers Employee Wins Senior Worker Award

Aug 18, 2014

Bud Pinner, Groundskeeper at Three Rivers College and this year’s Missouri “Outstanding Older Worker of the Year” award winner for Region 7, trims back an overgrown tree on the college’s Poplar Bluff campus.


Bud Pinner, Groundskeeper at Three Rivers College, has won the Missouri “Outstanding Older Worker of the Year” award for Region 7, for being an exemplary model of service and dedication in senior workers. Pinner was chosen for the award after being nominated by Three Rivers to a pool of candidates drawn from across Southeast Missouri.

“This award is really an honor and a pleasure,” said Pinner. “I’m grateful to my boss, Rob Tomlinson, and to Dr. Wesley Payne for nominating me, and to all of the people around the college that make this such a great place to work.”

In a recommendation letter written by Interim President Dr. Wesley Payne, Three Rivers cited Pinner’s responsibility and dedication to his job, as well as his invaluable role in assisting with the maintenance of Three Rivers’ properties as the reasons for his nomination.

“Bud’s always positive attitude and helpful nature are an asset to the department and the college,” Payne wrote. “Employees with his attitude and work ethic are difficult to find. He deserves the recognition of this award and should be congratulated on all that he has accomplished.”

The winners from each region will attend a special award luncheon in Jefferson City hosted by Governor Jay Nixon. Candidates are nominated by their employers and must be at least 60 years of age and work 20 or more hours per week. The award is sponsored and administrated by AARP, Experiences Work, Catholic Charities of Kansas City and St. Joseph, MERS/Goodwill, the Department of Economic Development, the Division of Workforce Development, and the Department of Health and Senior Services. For more information on how to nominate a candidate for next year’s award, please contact Julie Allison at 573-712-2230.

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