MT. STERLING, Ill. (April 10, 2019) - Dot Foods, Inc., the largest food industry redistributor in North America, today named Industrial Retail Customer Development Representative Chris Brierton from Versailles, Illinois, as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. The annual award program is part of the Dot Foods' Teaming with Local Charities (TLC) program, part of the company's charitable initiative and a core component of its culture.

As part of the program, Dot Foods awarded Brierton, shown left in the above image, a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice, which she directed to the Mt. Sterling YMCA. Dot Foods will also send Brierton on a celebratory vacation at RT'S Cove, Dot Foods' private resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

"We are so thrilled to name our 2018 Volunteer of the Year," said Mt. Sterling TLC Director Elly Passmore. "Her passion for helping others is inspiring, and she is very deserving of this honor. Chris has shared with me the positive impact volunteering has made in her life, and I am excited she will be reminded of the impact she continues to have on others."

Brierton, who works at the Dot Foods headquarters in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, has worked at the company for 14 years. She is currently an industrial retail customer development representative. Brierton volunteers with the Mt. Sterling YMCA and helps with the organization's after school and summer camp programs, coordinating a community garden activity, and chairing an annual fundraising campaign. She also volunteers at the Senior Center and with local schools.

"There is no shortage in the ways Chris has made an impact in our community," said Kendra Shoopman, industrial sales manager at Dot Foods and Brierton's manager. "We often hear people say, 'I don't have time,' but Chris has found a way to prioritize and balance family, faith, career, and community."

In 2018, Brierton volunteered nearly 75 hours. Overall, more than 300 Dot Foods employees from the Mt. Sterling location, along with those in St. Louis, Missouri, and Burley, Idaho, volunteered for a combined 3,800 hours in 2018 as part of the TLC program.

In addition, employees donated nearly $25,000 to local charity organizations via employee program incentives. The Mt. Sterling TLC group reaches into 11 West Central Illinois counties to volunteer with 40 organizations including the Central Illinois Food Bank, the YMCA, the United Way, the Area Agency on Aging, as well as many local schools and community leadership programs.

"Dot Foods is dedicated to helping improve the lives of people who live in the communities where we operate," said Passmore. "Today's event gave us a chance to recognize our employees who go above and beyond, and I'm honored to be here to recognize all of them."

The award announcement comes during TLC's National Volunteer Week activities, which includes volunteering at a Dot Foods-sponsored mobile food pantry in Mt. Sterling as well as various other volunteer opportunities with the YMCA, Senior Center, and local schools.

At the ceremony, Dot Foods recognized the other nine 2018 Volunteer of the Year finalists and awarded a $250 donation to each to be given to the charity of their choice. A panel interviewed each finalist to learn more about their motivation to volunteer, level of involvement at charitable groups, and dedication to inspiring others to give back. During the reception, Dot Foods also recognized employees who hit a 100-hour cumulative volunteer milestone.

The other nine Volunteer of the Year finalists for 2018 are:

Employee Name

Job Title


Donation Organization

Joshua Stuckman

Parcel Lead

Golden, IL

Meals Plus Seniors

Toni Hillyer

Office Support Services Manager

Rushville, IL

Brown County Senior Center

Lora Decker

Quality Database Specialist

Mt. Sterling, IL

St. Mary's School

Leslie Easley

Garage Parts Clerk

Timewell, IL

St. Mary's School

Samantha Morrow

Assistant Transportation Manager

Rushville, IL

Rushville Food Pantry

Nathaniel O'Bear

AR Supervisor

Macomb, IL

McDonough Food Pantry

Michele Behymer

HR Benefits/Payroll Coordinator

Mt. Sterling, IL

Brown County Elementary: Ashley Behymer's Class

Michelle Roberts

Customer Service Specialist

Timewell, IL

Camp Callahan

Halie Brinkman

CSR Trainer

Coatsburg, IL

Camp Callahan


About Dot Foods:

Dot Foods, Inc., carries 131,000 products from 1,040 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in North America. Through Dot Transportation Inc., an affiliate of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and 39 countries. Dot Foods operates 11 U. S. distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Dyersburg, Tennessee; University Park, Illinois; and Bullhead City, Arizona. A twelfth facility is currently under construction in Bear, Delaware. Dot Foods' Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. For information, visit

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel at all U.S. locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods visit and follow @DotFoodsCareers. For more on opportunities available with Dot Transportation, visit


EDITOR'S NOTE: Dot Foods is located at 1 Dot Way, Mt. Sterling, Ill. 62353