For Kimberly Przenkop, her 20th year working at McDonalds is one she will never forget.
At a recent Mortellaro McDonald’s employee recognition ceremony, she was completely surprised by a celebrity “Cameo” video featuring actor Maurice Benard, who played Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital.
After the actor congratulated her for her two decades of service to the company, she was recognized again by her manager Tabby Keaton, as the Crew Member of the Year at the McDonald’s on 30th Street.
“She has the uncanny ability to talk to anyone and make them feel welcome and at home,” Tabby said when presenting Kimberly with her award. “She has been a vital part of our team for 20 years.”
A native of New Jersey, Kimberly moved to Licking County when she was 6, ultimately graduating from Lakewood High School and C-TEC.
She was working at a movie theater, selling popcorn, when her sister suggested she try to apply at McDonald’s.
Supervisor Anita Sawyer was the one who interviewed and later hired her.
“I’d say she definitely exceeded my expectations,” Anita said. “At first I didn’t expect her to do a lot but she grew and grew.”
Kimberly can do anything in the store, from working the drive-thru, to grilling, sandwich prep — and her favorite —working the front counter.
She’s a great mentor to new employees and a favorite among customers.
“She knows them and their families and what’s going on in their lives,” Tabby said.
Kimberly said many of the customers and staff at the 30th Street location are like family to her.
“I know their orders, and they are always nice to me,” she said.
Working at McDonald’s she’s always felt appreciated and part of the team.
“It’s a good place to work,” she said.
She said she cried when she found out she was receiving the award and cried again when she saw her “Cameo” because General Hospital is one of her favorite shows.
She received a trophy, a special pin and a necklace, signifying her years with the company.
The recognition made her think of her dad, who always attended the McDonald’s banquet to celebrate her years of service. He passed away 7 years ago.
“I know if he were still living, he’d be here,” she said.
Kimberly is a great mom to her 14 year old son Aiden and loves to knit and loom, making hats for people in need and customers in the store, Tabby said.
“She’s always happy and spunky, she’s just a really good person,” she said. “She makes time for people and for the restaurant customers.”