RPI Honors Jeanette Stalboerger with Pamela Sabin Recognition Champion Award

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – Aug. 31, 2021 – Recognition Professionals International (RPI) honored Jeanette Stalboerger, CRP, manager, employee experience & culture, Holland America Group, with the Pamela Sabin Recognition Champion Award. The award was presented during the recent Incentive Marketing Association - IMA Summit Awards program.  

Stalboerger was nominated by her colleague, R Scott Russell, C.A. Short Company. “In a normal year, Jeanette and her team would use their reporting ability, their provider support and more to accomplish their recognition strategy. However, 2020 was anything but normal. This new year and way of working would alter how Jeanette performed her duties as she was forced to take on the roles of multiple people. Her partnerships and support mechanisms became vital,” Russell said. “During the first year of her taking on multiple roles within employee recognition, Holland America employees sent over 21,000 ecards, which both the sender and recipient benefit from. Employees have continued to utilize the options and tools they have for recognition as the company begins to re-hire and grow once again,” Russell added.

At the start of the pandemic, Holland America’s Diamond Princess cruise ship made international news as it was not allowed to disembark in the U.S. Over 2,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members were struck with the first major outbreak of COVID-19 outside of China. Stalboerger remained dedicated and committed to supporting her employees during this challenging situation. She made the decision to fly to Japan to see them firsthand and offer words of encouragement and recognition to the employees. This action was praised by everyone at Holland America Group.  

While the cruise industry has not yet bounced back, Stalboerger continues to make recognition and engagement a company focus. She started a process of creating a stronger culture of appreciation that will eventually be felt by the thousands of employees once the world is ready to sail on the seas with Holland America Group in the future.

The Recognition Champion Award was named in honor of Pamela Sabin, a founding member of RPI, a charter member of the Board of Directors, and a true champion of employee recognition. The Recognition Champion Award honors people who exemplify the qualities of a recognition champion by: 

  • Displaying leadership in taking the initiative to spread the message throughout their organization.
  • Exhibiting passion in promoting the principles of recognition by addressing and/or overcoming obstacles.
  • Creating programs and initiatives that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to recognition practices including measurement.
  • Demonstrating a commitment and serving as a role model for recognition practices in word and delivery.

About Recognition Professionals International  (www.recognition.org)
Recognition Professionals International (RPI) is the only professional association at the forefront of workforce recognition through its sole focus on recognition innovations and education as a systematic method for improvements in the workplace. RPI members are recognition experts who practice the art of recognition at their companies and recognition solution providers who provide services, tools and platforms to companies  (including consultation, program design and technology). 


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