Viacom Thanks John Rice for 35 Years of Service

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom
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Friends and colleagues throw a surprise party for John Rice in the Lodge to commemorate his 35th anniversary with the company. From left: Yetta Banks, Carl Folta, John Rice, Tom Dooley, Scott Mills, Ellen Albert, Byron Cotton

The year was 1978. Gas was .63 cents a gallon. Jimmy Carter was President. “Saturday Night Fever” was in theaters. A young man with a strong work ethic, walked into the former Gulf and Western Building at 15 Columbus Circle to begin his new job as a Mail Clerk. Within a few years he joined the Facilities Maintenance department where he enjoyed being in service to his fellow employees.

Thirty-five years later and now at Viacom’s 1515 Broadway headquarters, John Rice is still going strong at the company, well-known in all corners of the building for his unwaveringly upbeat demeanor. Over the past three-plus decades, John has served Viacom through seismic changes – including mergers and many long hours. But his enthusiasm has not waned.

“John’s positive attitude and work ethic to go above and beyond to insure customer satisfaction inspires our whole team,” said Byron Cotton, who heads up Facilities for Viacom.

To celebrate him and his many years of dedicated service to Viacom, a group of his colleagues, including Viacom’s senior leaders Tom Dooley, chief operating officer, Byron Cotton, svp of CORE Services, Scott Mills, exec vp of human resources and Carl Folta, exec vp of corporate communications, congregated in the Lodge at Viacom’s NYC headquarter to surprise John. He was also honored with the gift of a gold hammer.

More pics from the event, which included champagne, a 1970s-themed cake and cupcakes, music and Southern food, featured in the slideshow below.

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