A Race Well-Run

I wanted to wait until the holidays were well behind us for this blog. Because I really, really wanted you to pay attention to it, and because the person it’s about is not only a good person—she is good at what she does. Let me explain.

USGlass editor Ellen Rogers gets a victory hug from son Rylan after finishing the Chicago Marathon in October.

USGlass editor Ellen Rogers gets a victory hug from son Rylan after finishing the Chicago Marathon in October.

Each year, Key Communications, Inc., the parent company of USGlass magazine, presents an award to the employee who has, in the opinion of our management team, excelled beyond all measure. The award is called the Holly X. Biller Award for Extraordinary Company Service, and it’s named after our vice president Holly Biller, who sets the standard for company service.

We always present the award during our Christmas celebration, and you may have missed the news in the holiday rush. Our 2014 winner was USGlass magazine editor Ellen Rogers. Ellen started with Key in 2000 and has served as assistant editor and editor of a number of our publications, becoming editor of our flagship magazine from 2003-2007 and again from 2012-present.

She works incredibly hard to make sure USGlass has not only the latest news and information, but that it also provides analysis and thought-provoking pieces that matter to you. She can spot trends and their implications for the industry faster than almost anyone. And she is very good at keeping all those secrets journalists in any industry must keep. (I always joke that if I ever wrote a book, the title would be “All the Best Stories are the Ones You Can’t Tell.” But then again, it would be empty.)

Tara Taffera presenting Ellen Rogers with the Holly X. Biller Award for Extraordinary Company Service.

Tara Taffera presenting Ellen Rogers with the Holly X. Biller Award for Extraordinary Company Service.

Ellen is an award-winning journalist, and just last year, she singularly, or as part of a team, won a Boger Award from the Construction Writers Association for USGlass’ May issue devoted to school safety, and she was also recognized for editorial excellence in the special section category for her story, “Shattering the Original Glass Ceiling,” in the regional American Society of Business Publication Editors’ awards.

She is also extremely flexible, and any time we have asked her to take on a project or a magazine, she has done so.

You may not know that Ellen is also a trained fitness instructor who motivates her Zumba and RIPPED classes to try harder—and sweat more. And she is a runner, too, having completed the Chicago marathon this year.  And she’s a devoted wife to husband Tracy and mother to son Rylan. They are lucky to have her, and so are we.

True to form, when Ellen was presented with the award this year, she vowed that she was “going for two” and was going to do her best to be the first person to win it two years in a row. That’s just the kind of dedication and determination she has. Go Ellen!

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