Southern Standard employee Caden Brownyard has been named Employee of the Year for 2020 for the newspaper.
Brownyard is the mailroom supervisor who started working for the newspaper right after high school graduation in May of 2018.
He was announced as the Employee of the Year on Tuesday by publisher Patricia Zechman.
Brownyard says, “When it was time for the Employee of the Year to be announced my heart was racing.”
“It didn’t seem real when she called my name,” Brownyard adds. “It was a great feeling.”
Brownyard was given two copies of his Employee of the Year certificate, and he already knows what he will do with them. He is going to frame one and put it in his bedroom. He is going to stick the other on the refrigerator at home so his mother can see it every time she goes to the fridge.
Brownyard’s father is Alan Brownyard, and his mother is Erin Scott. Of his parents he says, “My mom and dad are the most supportive people.” They are constantly bragging on him, he says, and so he is joyous that he has made them proud with his achievement.
Brownyard is also thankful to work with a great team at the Standard. “I’ve been a part of a great crew the whole time I’ve been working here,” he says. His co-workers in the production area include Brandon Hennessee, Ethan Cowan, Zuly Torres, Kathey Enlow, Ethan Neal, Kevin Grizzle, Tim Woodlee and Tim Hogan. “We have a good time, but get the job done to get the paper out to our readers.”
Brownyard is a junior at Tennessee Tech with plans to become a lawyer. Of being named Employee of the Year, Brownyard states, “It’s just an honor. It really is an honor.”