HR Strange But True!
November 02, 2006

A 21-year-old FedEx employee is the nation's top hourly worker of 2006, according to Bill Rancic, who won NBC's reality show The Apprentice.

After an interview with five finalists, Rancic selected Daniel Woods as "America's No. 1 Hourly Worker." Woods, who plans and supervises plane loads for FedEx in Detroit, took home $10,000 for winning the contest, which sponsored.

Rancic: "Daniel has a bright, bright future ahead of him."

The hourly workers became finalists among thousands of entries after writing a 250-word essay and being chosen by a panel of human resource experts. The workers were judged on passion, commitment, flexibility, resourcefulness, innovation, and likelihood of advancement.

The four runners-up, who received $1,000 each, were:

  • Sidney Karr, an 88-year-old courier for Employee Leasing Solutions, an employee benefits and payroll company in Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Christine Burghardt, a 19-year-old full-time student and restaurant manager for Chick-fil-A in Montgomery, Alabama .
  • Marianna Jessee, a 43-year-old cashier at a CVS/pharmacy in Houston
  • Dennis Mehrer, a 34-year-old employee of Caribou Coffee in Minneapolis who creates mail-order baskets for holidays and special occasions.

The contest also featured a poll in which the public could vote. The poll received about 250,000 votes from across the country in the month leading up to Rancic's final decision. In the poll, Woods finished a close second to Burghardt.

"Daniel has a bright, bright future ahead of him," Rancic said. "He has the hunger to learn more, and he embodies the spirit of the hourly worker. He has passion, desire and an eye toward the future, and I'm confident he will continue to excel."


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