Hoogland named Boss of the Quarter

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
(Photo Contributed)) Cork It! owner Pete “Junior” Hoogland (left) was presented chamber’s First Quarter Boss of the Quarter honor by Kevin Eekoff.

LE MARS — The 2023 First Quarter Boss of the Quarter was suprised with the honor at a Chamber After 5 event on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Cork It!

Pete “Junior” Hoogland was nominated by Wanda Kneip and Cork It! staff.

Kevin Eekhoff, who coordinates the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce boss and employee awards, presented the honor.

Hoogland’s employees noted in their nomination, “Everyone at Cork It! would like honor Junior Hoogland, owner, and best customer relations person on staff as the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce 2023 1st Quarter, Boss of the Quarter.”

“Junior has owned Cork It! since 2015 and really became involved with the day-to-day operations here almost two years ago. Junior owns many businesses such as Hoogland Dairy, Woudstra Meats and Highland Post; so, the fact he makes so much time for Cork It! is unbelievable. Junior is a diligent worker and very committed in trying to make all his businesses succeed.

“The Cork It! staff loves having him around as he helps out and provides entertainment. The customers also seem to really enjoy coming into Cork It! when they know Junior is here and some are disappointed when he is not.

“Although the Hooglands were not originally planning to own Cork It! for a long time, we are glad that they have. No one here could imagine a better and more caring boss than Junior.

“For these reasons we choose to honor Junior Hoogland with the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce 2023 1st Quarter Boss of the Quarter award. Congratulations!”

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