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Impact Brings the Heat!

Impact Brings the Heat! Impact hosts their 1st Inaugural Chili Cook Off!

photo of Chili AwardLake Forest, IL –  It may be chilly outside, but Impact is bringing the heat inside the office! Impact Networking kicked off the beginning of December with their 1st Inaugural Chili Cook Off. The competition was hosted at the Impact Lake Forest Distribution Center.  Both the Waukegan and Lake Forest Branch participated in entering their most best tasting chilis. The 14 chilis lined up against the wall in their steamy crock-pots and were served up by the Impact Chefs. Each crock-pot had next to it a folded table tag card with an entry number, designed by the Impact Creative Team. The numbers were assigned to the chefs so that the employees tasting the chili would base the winner solely on taste. And of course, there wouldn’t be a Chili Cook Off without all the fixins!”

Over 80 employees attended the Chili Cook Off and enjoyed the delicious free lunch. After everyone was done tasting all the chilis, the employees voted on the best chili. None of the chefs went home empty handed; each one received a custom Impact apron. We were happy to announce that the winner of the 1st Inaugural Chili Cook Off was Terry Weilandt, Lake Forest General Manager.

He took home the cash reward and a custom-made Champion Chili trophy. The idea behind the Chili Cook Off started because of a little feud between Impact’s CEO, Frank Cucco and Terry Weilandt. Each were claiming that their chili was better than the others, when Weilandt suggested, “Why not do a chili cook off” Cucco thought it was a great idea and welcomed the Waukegan branch to join in. The company welcomes and encourages ideas from their employees including special events and fun competitions between branches. At Impact, every employee has a voice, it’s an essential component of organizational success.

“We really encourage our employees to bring new ideas to the table”, said Frank Cucco. “Here at Impact, we understand the importance of employee bonding, it’s a valuable component to our unique workplace culture.”

We look forward to next year, it should be even hotter!photo of Terry Weilandt

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