Sunstates is thrilled to announce the award for the 2023 Supervisor of the Year. We had 23 exceptional nominations from across the country for their efforts in 2022, and picking the winner wasn’t an easy task. All the supervisors nominated are knowledgeable, dependable employees who continuously go above and beyond; however, only one can receive the honor of being recognized as the Supervisor of the Year.
Supervisor of the Year 2023
Name: Major John Buitron
Region: San Antonio
Nominated By: Operations Manager Will Brewer
Congratulations to Major John Buitron of the San Antonio region! Operations Manager Will Brewer states,
“My nomination for Supervisor of the Year unequivocally goes to Major Buitron. He is undeniably dedicated to his position, employer, his client, and his team. He started as an officer with Sunstates and was quickly promoted to Lead, then Site Supervisor, and then transferred to another account to manage multiple site operations for a large client in San Antonio. He represents all the above with diligence, dependability, integrity, and honesty.
Major Buitron is always early to be better prepared, wears his uniform with honor, is conscientious and unwavering when it comes to his responsibilities, and he supports his team.
Major Buitron leads 34 Armed Officers and manages a 9-vehicle patrol fleet operating around the clock in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. His patrol fleet went from being one of the most deficient in the company to being the safest fleet, and they are consistently recognized by client branch managers for their professionalism and dedication. In addition, he sends monthly Sunstates updates to the client’s leadership team to keep them abreast of the great things we are doing as their security provider.
Major Buitron is passionate, dedicated, and ethical, and I am proud he is on my team.”
Name: Tegest Ketema
Nominated By: Regional Manager David Holden
I would like to nominate and congratulate my Supervisor of the Year, Captain Tegest Ketema, affectionately known as “TG.” Employed with Sunstates Security for almost eight years, Captain TG has shown remarkable displays of leadership to our team members at the client site in Silver Spring, MD. TG goes over and beyond her duties and responsibilities to ensure that day-to-day functionality exceeds expectations.
She is hard-working, dedicated, and highly efficient, and although significantly adored by our client, she never loses sight that she works for Sunstates Security. TG’s commitment to outstanding performance has been displayed by proving reliable, being an effective communication liaison, and being a valuable asset to the client and Sunstates family.
When asked, Leela Patnaik, the client’s CMS Administrator, and her team members didn’t hesitate to send their encouraging words for their beloved TG. “Security Captain Tegest (TG) Ketema is a valuable member of our family. She works tirelessly and goes the extra mile to protect and serve the facility. TG is a dependable and dedicated teammate that pays great attention to detail. She always has a positive attitude and is very passionate and knowledgeable in her role. Thank you, TG, for all you do!”
To have such an adored member of my team who displays loyalty, respect, and humility, with a great balance of empathy and professionalism, is admirable. I am honored to present her with such a well-deserved nomination.
Name: James Lemmonds
Nominated By: Vincent Gaetano
On December 26th, 2022, Site Supervisor James Lemmonds was escorting contractors to the 12th-floor penthouse suite who were delivering machines for their upcoming project. After, Supervisor Lemmonds noticed a rather large amount of water on the lobby floor and started investigating where this was coming from. He walked into the break room (located just to the side of the main lobby), where excessive water pooled on the floor.
James then took it upon himself to check the mechanical room and observed running water coming down the wall. He immediately knew it had to be coming from the roof, so he contacted the on-call maintenance technician, Operations Manager, and the client to inform them of what was happening and headed up to the roof.
On the roof, he inspected the “pump house” to see if there were any busted pipes. After checking the room, James determined there were no leaks or damaged pipes, and the floor was completely dry. As James secured the door to proceed back down the meet with the maintenance technicians, he noticed an unusual noise which he described as “running water or a waterfall.”
James instinctively walked around the back side of the pump room and noticed the HVAC unit was the root cause of the water leak. He immediately communicated this to the maintenance technician who arrived on site, and they proceeded to locate the water shut-off. The on-call maintenance tech was able to successfully shut the water off and prevent any further damage from occurring.
Congratulations again to everyone on this well-deserved recognition. Thank you for your loyalty, hard work and positive approach. We’re glad you could join us in person to accept your award and be acknowledged by company leaders.