Above and Beyond: The Keller Award

Senior Financial Analyst Brian Lipinski consistently goes above and beyond what is expected. His superior financial analytical skills, strong work ethic and deep knowledge of FS budgets supports his selection as the 2012 recipient of the Keller Award, Facilities Services employee of the year award.

Lipinski is a member of the FS Finance team and began working at the University in December 2006. He has consistently and expertly handled finance-related tasks and makes himself available to a cross-section of individuals within FS units who need financial information or assistance.

Lipinski's Keller Award nominator put it this way:

"Brian's support in financial analysis and record keeping is unparalleled in the organization and allows us to make good investment decisions. He understands the accounting rules and provides solid guidance and offers suggestions on how we can best accomplish our operational goals from a financial perspective. Brian provides accurate information the FS Team can act on without reservation."

In addition, Lipinski stepped up and took on many additional responsibilities in April when tragedy struck the Finance unit. On that date, one of our beloved colleagues, Dion Manna, manager of financial analysis, suffered a stroke while in his office and was rushed to the hospital. Manna continues to recover, and is missed everyday.

Manna's medical emergency meant the responsibilities within the FS Finance team had to be restructured. Lipinski stepped up to assume many critical responsibilities and ensured success. Lipinski has performed exceptionally in his current position and adds a tremendous amount of value to the FS Finance team as a top performer.

In addition, Lipinski volunteers on various Office of Sustainability programs and also for the Ronald McDonald House with the Finance team. Lipinski understands the power of collaboration and offers his assistance willingly whenever called upon. Lipinski is a good representative of the qualities we value in our employees and is deserving of our department's highest honor.

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