2023 Walter l. williams award for excellence

Jesse Cayton takes great pride in his work. He is always one to look for ways to keep busy when he is caught up with his normal duties.  You may have witnessed him cleaning windows, guard rails and whatever else needs to be wiped down. This employee is always on the look out on how he can assist others with their jobs.  He may check to see if they need materials or if they are doing okay with their duties. 

In July, he was promoted to a Receiving Clerk in the Shipping Department and has been a great addition to that team.  He always knows what we need on the production floor and he is keen to get it to us quickly.  Even though he has moved on to another team, he still takes the time to make sure the conveyor line is up to date on things that need to be done.  He is always willing to help his replacement on the conveyor line and to give advice when needed.    

Jesse is always up for the challenge to learn something new.  He always demonstrates our core values each day when he is at work. He has even volunteered each year to help out with the End of Year inventory.     

Due to his strong work ethic, dedication, willingness to help others and dependability, we were delighted to present the 2023 Walter L. Williams. Foundation Award for Excellence for Distinguished Service to Jesse Cayton. 

Walter L. Williams Award for Excellence

In February 2021, the ECVC Foundation Board established the Walter L. Williams Award in memory of Mr. Walter L. Williams, who had been an ECVC Foundation Board member since 2011. Mr. Williams developed a remarkable work ethic while working on his family farm. After a twenty-nine-year career with an oil company, he started a new gasoline and convenience store chain, Trade Oil Company. Mr. Williams believed in rolling his sleeves up and helping build and install tanks and piping where needed. 

Mr. Williams loved Eastern North Carolina and believed strongly in giving back to his community. Due to his generosity, the STEPP program at ECU was started, allowing students with disabilities to earn undergraduate degrees. He gave generously of his time serving on several boards.