"To celebrate the achievement of our goal, we wanted to reward our employees in a big way that would make a significant impact on their lives", said Edward St. John. All the bonuses totaled around US$10 million ($14,682,560).
"I believe strongly in giving back to the community by supporting initiatives that make Ludington a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family", FloraCraft owner Lee Schoenherr said. I don't even have words to properly describe how I felt, it was just awesome and incredible. "I in shock, very grateful". "I heard over and over again that night that this was a life-changing event".
Their boss, Edward St. John, founder of St. John Properties, surprised the company's 198 employees with a $10 million bonus during their December 7 holiday party.
The company has employees throughout Maryland and northern Virginia. The largest bonus was $270,000. "I'm driving the boat, but they run the boat". Everyone was all overwhelmed with emotions.
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Some employees said they were planning to use the money to pay off mortgages, take dream vacations and send their kids to college. Some were brought to tears when they found out what their bonus was. "People are now debt-free, they're paying off their credit cards, their mortgages, their tuition and student loans".
In the footage captured on Saturday, December 7, chairman and founder Edward St John revealed the huge bonus to astonished employees, who were left tearful with gratitude over the vast sum of cash.
"I was astounded by the reaction I started seeing with people around me", he said.
"We are so proud of our employees". They are the foundation and the reason behind the success of our company.