Scott Duennes, executive director of Cornucopia Inc./Nature's Bin Naturally in Lakewood, Ohio, was presented with the Cliff Adler Heart in Business Award Oct. 6 at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. The annual award honors an industry member who exemplifies the values of the late Cliff Adler, former vice president of Eden Foods, who was known for his integrity, hard work and sense of humor.
For more than 20 years, Duennes has run the Cornucopia program, which trains developmentally disabled people at his Nature's Bin Naturally store for future employment in the community. In 2005, Cornucopia graduated 253 trainees, and 76 percent went on to permanent employment. Duennes has involved other Cleveland businesses in the program, including a nursing home and a local Target.
"Duennes's humanitarian motivation and effort won us over," said Mark Cook, a member of the award selection committee and the natural trade sales manager for American Soy Products of Saline, Mich. "His long-term devotion to helping these disabled people is applaudable."
In addition to running Cornucopia, Duennes also manages Nature's Bin, which he expanded last year by 1,800 square feet, to a total of 8,000 square feet, to better serve his vocational rehabilitation clients. In the year since the expansion, store sales have increased by 25 percent.
To nominate an industry member who is "the glue" that holds his or her organization together and should be considered for the 2007 Heart in Business Award, visit www.expoeast.com/adler.cfm.
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