Chris Stech, Custodial Supervisor, Campus Operations, was very happy—and quite surprised—to learn he was named this year’s recipient of the Robert E. Turner Award.
“At first I thought it was a mistake. There are so many great people working at Moraine Valley that I could not believe it was me who will get the award,” Stech said. “First, I want to thank to Mr. (Rick) Brennan. And thank you to my crew. We work great as a team, and without them I would not get this award.”
In his role as custodial supervisor, Stech coordinates and manages custodial services for all three shifts seven days a week for all buildings on the main campus and at the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park and the Education Center at Blue Island. Plus, he coordinates the private cleaning contractor with a staff of 40 people. He makes sure the building entrances are clean and free of snow and ice, the floors are shining, classrooms and offices are vacuumed and dusted, and the restrooms are clean and stocked.
Stech’s role is integral to daily college operations. “Chris and his custodial staff work hard to maintain a high degree of cleanliness for the college buildings. It is Chris’ work ethic and goodwill toward all people that make him deserving of this award,” said his nominator.
Stech says one of the best feelings he has is when people are satisfied, and there are no complaints. “We can clean something, like the bathroom, and 10 minutes later it can look like a disaster. I have a wonderful crew, and they know what they need to do,” he said. Stech takes great pride in his work. “We do walk-throughs to make sure everything is clean. I check up high, and I am happy I find no dust. To be honest, I think I have more dust at my home than at the college,” he said, adding that when he goes into stores, he looks at everything to see how clean it is. “I can’t help it.”
“I feel like this is my second home. I don’t feel like I’m at work—I feel like I’m at home. Especially because of my crew,” Stech said.