Announcing Markel Style Award Winners

Markel Food Group Presents the 2016 Winners of the Markel Style Award

Richmond, Virginia – January 11, 2017 The Markel Style is the value system that guides the culture throughout the entire Markel Food Group. Today, the Markel Food Group recognized the following teammates that have chosen to “Live the Style” and have modeled the exemplary behaviors and values that are core to the Markel Style.

Steve Martin – AMF Richmond
Michel Vanasse – AMF Sherbrooke
James McDanielson – AMF UK
Jessica Xinhua Zhang – Markel Asia Pacific
Joel Robles – Markel Latin America
Steven Shepler – Reading Bakery Systems
Coen Jonker – Tromp Group
Bob Wall – Solbern

The overall winner of the Markel Food Group Style Award for 2016 is Jessica Xinhua Zhang from the Markel Asia-Pacific facility. As Production and Planning Manager for Markel’s Tianjin Operation, Ms. Zhang works to build an environment of communication and continuous improvement.

“Jessica is constantly encouraging her teammates to think about ideas to improve work efficiency and ways to be better.  She always maintains an upbeat, positive attitude, even when the going gets tough,” mentioned Ken Newsome, Chief Executive Officer of Markel Food Group.

Understanding the Markel Style 

The Markel Food Group has a commitment to Success.  We believe in hard work and a zealous pursuit of excellence while keeping a sense of humor.  Our creed is honesty and fairness in all our dealings.

The Markel way is to seek to be a market leader in each of our pursuits.  We seek to know our customers’ needs and to provide our customers with quality products and service.

Our pledge to our shareholders is that we will build the financial value of our company.  We respect our relationship with our suppliers and have a commitment to our communities.

We are encouraged to look for a better way to do things…to challenge management.  We have the ability to make decisions or alter a course quickly.  The Markel approach is one of spontaneity and flexibility.  This requires a respect for authority but a disdain of bureaucracy.

Within the Markel Food Group, we hold the individual’s right to self-determination in the highest light, providing an atmosphere in which people can reach their personal potential.  Being results-oriented, we are willing to put aside individual concerns in the spirit of teamwork to achieve success.

Above all, we enjoy what we are doing.  There is excitement at Markel, one that comes from innovating, creating, striving for a better way, sharing success with others…winning.
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Partnering for Success 

The Markel Food Group companies – AMF Bakery Systems, Reading Bakery Systems, Tromp Group, and Solbern – provide high quality, innovative process solutions to customers worldwide. Each company delivers exceptional value to food producers at every stage, from engineering consulting services to fully-automated solutions and technical support.

The Markel Food Group partnership allows the companies to share technologies and resources in a way that could never be accomplished with individual companies. With combined resources, the companies are able to offer a growing portfolio of high-quality production solutions for a wider variety of products.