By CRA News Service
DELRAY BEACH – Chris Ninos’ boss told him to pick him up at Maroone Ford dealership on Linton Boulevard so they could go to lunch while he got his car serviced.
But when the accountant walked through the door, he was greeted with a loud “Surprise!” He looked around and saw his co-workers from a local internet marketing firm and his boss, who handed him the key to a 2013 Ford Escape.
BMI Elite CEO Brandon Rosen said Ninos deserves the “special gift” because he is loyal, honest, trustworthy and a hard worker.
“His car is falling apart, but unfortunately he cannot afford to buy a new one so we are giving him this brand new Ford Escape SUV to say thank you for everything that he does,” Rosen said. “I believe that this will change his life more than we all can imagine.”
Ninos, the company’s chief financial officer for two years, was driving a 15-year-old Ford with 99,000 miles on it. While he was surprised, he was not by the gesture.
Dan Lansman, BMI Elite president, said the company, which is approaching 3-years-old, takes care of its employees and believes in rewarding good effort.
“He is a great worker, a guy who calls you at 5 o’clock in the mornings on his day off to check in about the office,” said Lansman, who has known Ninos for 11 years. “So I just wanted to show him that we appreciate everything he does for us.”
Lansman said they considered giving Ninos a bonus for his birthday. But they decided to on the $30,000 SUV instead.
“We thought it would be a nice personal touch, something he’ll have for a long time and to totally surprise him at an event like this, is perfect,” he said.
The car was decorated with balloons and ribbons and Maroone Ford threw in three years of free service.
“I think it’s amazing that someone who runs a small company could really take care of their employees,” said Paul Wuest, the salesman who sold Rosen the car. “Obviously the gentleman has done a lot of work for them and it shows that they really appreciate it.”