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Burris Orlando Offers Team Members ESOL Classes

Story by: Sophie Rodriguez, Human Resources Generalist at Burris Orlando

ESOL at Burris Logistics

Burris Logistics Orlando introduces “Higher Learning”, a program committed to improve communication and enhance our skills.

In February 2013 we partnered with Orange County Public Schools to create an on-site ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program for all team members that would like to improve their English skills.

This program is helping our team members increase their understanding of the English language while building their confidence to communicate with their supervisors and fellow team mates.

Here are a few comments from the participants, a warehouse supervisor and the instructor:

Dairo Taborda, participant –This is a very good program because it is helping me to write in English.

Oscar Rodriguez, participant – I am learning how to phrase my sentences better. It is a very good program and is building my confidence to speak more English.

Alba Duque – This is an excellent program that the company is offering. It is very helpful because this is the main language we use at work. It also helps us in our personal lives. Thank you for this opportunity.

Nelly Florez, participant – I’m very grateful that Burris Logistics is helping their team members to improve their communication with the ESOL classes. We all share an excitement to learn more. The instructor is a very special person and an excellent teacher.

Harold Hylton, warehouse supervisor – Team members are putting forth more of an effort to communicate in English instead of having a translator present and I greatly appreciate it.

Ms. Lee, instructor – Students are participating and working well. There is strong participation and an eagerness to do their very best.

In the near future we plan to add Spanish classes to our Higher Learning program.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Burris Family Connection to Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to share a quick story written by Allison Burris Castellanos, one of the 12 family members in the 5th generation of the Burris Family.

Allison writes,

“Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Jr. was born on December 21, 1920. He grew up in Milford, Delaware with Jack Burris. He served as a Seaman First Class with the U.S.S. Cythera, a submarine in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Donnan was killed when his submarine was sunk by a German Submarine on May 2, 1942 off the coast of North Carolina.

Howard Cornelius Wilkins was born on October 13, 1920. He grew up in Milford, Delaware with Jack Burris. He enlisted in the Army on January 15, 1943 and served as a 2nd Lieutenant and Co-Pilot of a B-24 Liberator Bomber with the U.S. Army Air Force based in Italy during World War II. He was a co-pilot when his plane was shot down on July 3, 1944 over Romania.

By the end of World War II, 2 of Jack’s best friends from his childhood in Milford had been killed in the war. Jack & Lillian Burris named their oldest son Robert Donnan Burris to memorialize the life of Jack’s childhood friend Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Jr. and they named their youngest son Howard Wilkins Burris to memorialize the life of Jack’s childhood friend Howard Cornelius Wilkins.

My grandparents are absolutely amazing. They named 2 of their children after Milford boys who were killed during the war. What an amazing and beautiful way to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thought you would enjoy our family connection to Memorial Day!”

Let us all remember those who have given their lives for our freedom and honor them appropriately this weekend and always.

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Burris Orlando Gives Back Program

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Submitted by Burris Team Member and program organizer: Sophie Rodriguez

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We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give is a quote by Winston Churchill that expresses and defines our “Burris Gives Back” program at Burris Orlando.

We have made a commitment to improve our community by participating in:

  • Quarterly on-site blood drives
  • Annual back to school drives for our team members
  • Partnering with a local radio station to donate toys to children in need during the holiday season
  • Feeding families around the world…..and around the corner with “Kids Against Hunger”
  • Volunteering at “Daily Bread” to serve the homeless and less fortunate once a month

We are extremely proud and grateful to share these heart-felt opportunities with our team members and will continue to work on expanding our helping hand throughout Central Florida.

Here are a few of our team members “giving back” and loving it!

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Celebrating Our Team Member’s Success – Tamika Rudolph from Burris Jacksonville

Our Burris PRW Plus Jacksonville team would like to highlight the success of one of the future leaders in their Burris family. Tamika Rudolph who has been with the Jacksonville facility for seven years just completed her AS degree in Paralegal Studies from Florida State College at Jacksonville on Sunday May, 5th. It is nice to see that our team members carry on the “Make it Happen” spirit in all they do! Way to go Tamika!

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Congratulations Tamika!

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Burris Success Story – Evelyn Marks from Burris Elkton


By: Sarah Lauzen

I first met Evelyn at our HPWP (High Performance Work Place) Conference in the end of February. Even though we were in different groups, we ended up sitting across the table from one another at the final dinner. From our very short conversation, I could tell that she was an extremely motivated supervisor who goes out of her way to help others. During that dinner, I happened to mention to Evelyn that I have always wanted to learn how to operate a pallet jack.  She immediately encouraged me to come up to Elkton and get certified! (Which I did (smile)) She helped take my “talk” and put it into action.  After visiting with Evelyn and her team one night this month, I am quite certain that one of her greatest talents is turning talk into action.

While I was on site, I was able to witness Evelyn in her element. As a PM receiving manager of a mostly all guy team, Evelyn does not skip a beat. She has that unique ability to connect with team members on all levels.  She is a mentor, friend and respected leader of her team.  Her manager, Bill Morrow, mentioned that Evelyn would make a great candidate for our Burris Success Story series, and after hearing about her Burris journey, I whole-heartily agreed.

Bill was kind enough to writeup a short piece about Evelyn’s success at Burris Elkton:

I would like to share the success story of Evelyn’s efforts and performance with all of Burris. I actually cannot say enough good things about her as a person and as a leader.  She has stepped up in what is essentially a very harsh and male dominated environment and held her own, gaining respect as a detailed manager of processes and as a caring leader of people.  She is truly the strength of the night receiving operation and one of the top leaders in the Elkton Distribution Center.  She has an amazing level of energy and drive (better than having the energizer bunny working with us (smile)) to get things done and do right by the company and by each associate she leads and each individual she comes in contact with.  She is best known for consistently going above and beyond all expectations and to her utter commitment to taking those around her and the operation to the next level of success.   

She joined the Burris team in June of 2010 as a Receiving Clerk where she quickly mastered every aspect of the receiving office establishing herself as the go-to-person for all related issues.  During this time she not only performed her duties and responsibilities to the utmost, she also created a comprehensive set of SOP’s around everything she learned which served as a foundation to many of the successes surrounding the efficient operation of the receiving office.

In Feb 2012 she was promoted to the Receiving Office Lead where she continued to build on her dedicated efforts of stabilizing the office operation around her ability to fully grasp, document and pass on the day-to-day needs and requirements of the operation.

In May of 2012 she was promoted to a Receiving Supervisor where she fully engaged her embedded talent to take charge of and lead people and operations.  Here she, once again, quickly mastered every aspect of her responsibilities to include taking care of the associates establishing herself as the go-to-leader for not only operational needs but just as important the needs of the associates.   It did not take long at all for not only her associates to embrace her as a leader that they knew they could trust to do the right thing by them and the company but also by others throughout the operation that tracked her down for her guidance and assistance.    

Outside of the workplace she is a graduate of Delaware County Community College where she majored in Architecture, is a volunteer member for the Spayed Club of Sharron Hill, PA and is an avid reader. 

Evelyn is truly a leader who exemplifies the characteristics and core values that the Burris culture is built on.  She is indisputably a very dedicated respectful dependable and trustworthy leader that continues to play a pivotal role in the success of the department, the company and her fellow team members.  She is truly a very valued asset to her team members and to the company.


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One aspect that I really admire about Evelyn is her ability and desire to chip in to help out on different warehouse tasks throughout the night.  Even though it is not a requirement for her position, she is trained and certified on most of the equipment. She said to me, “Hey, if I have to manage others that operate pallet jacks, forklifts etc., I need to know how to do it myself.” She often pitches in to help the lumpers wrap pallets and encourages her team to speak up if they want to be crossed trained in any position.

Thank you for your dedication to your team and to Burris, Evelyn!


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