The Michael P. Duffy Leadership Award is the highest accolade an employee can receive at Celero Commerce. Guided by peer nominations, our leadership team names a quarterly winner who exemplifies Michael Duffy’s legacy of servant leadership. The Super Duffy, which is awarded just once per year, is an extra special distinction given to someone who performs at the most elite level. Given that Celero has the best team in fintech, it’s fair to say that this award is reserved for some of the best leaders in the entire industry.
We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the 2021 Super Duffy Award Winner: Ashley Faszczuk, Director of Project Management.
Since joining Celero in February 2021, Ashley Faszczuk has made a tremendous impact on Celero. She immediately stepped in with our Analytics and Engineering teams, structuring their work to increase throughput and limit concurrent projects. She quickly came up to speed on the numerous initiatives being worked on throughout the organization, and has taken ownership of our Project Management Organization and Project Committees, ensuring that stakeholders are well-informed with updates on current projects and data critical to decision-making.
“In less than one year, Ashley has managed to leave a lasting impact on our organization,” said Charlie Berard, Chief Technology Officer. “She embodies all the characteristics of a Super Duffy award winner. She’s smart, fearless, optimistic, and a natural leader. Any team would be unstoppable with Ashley on it.”
Ashley takes charge in meetings. There’s always a clear agenda, documented ownership, and due dates for follow-up items. Her meeting notes are the stuff of legend at Celero. Yet, where Ashley’s impact is felt the most is as a culture carrier. She has a gift for making her colleagues feel truly seen and heard, and her eternal optimism and energy are infectious. We could not be prouder to have her as our 2021 Super Duffy winner.
Previous winners of the Duffy Award this year were Kim Henley, Marcia Ortez, Jake Speltz, and Robert Davis. Ashley also follows in the tradition of last year’s Super Duffy Award winner, Vice President of Marketing Lea Telonis. The Duffy Award is 100% peer-nominated and driven, recognizing those who exemplify the Michael Duffy tradition of respect, excellence, open and honest communication, and performance.
“As a professional mentor to many at Celero early in our careers, including myself, Mike Duffy laid the foundation for the team-oriented, performance-driven company culture that we have today,” said CEO Kevin Jones. “The Super Duffy Award is given to those with the potential to make that same impact, shaping careers, companies, and even whole industries. I see that potential in Ashley, and can’t wait to see what her future looks like at Celero.”
Ashley will join her fellow 2021 Duffy Award recipients at Celero’s second annual Duffy Leadership Summit, scheduled for 2022 at our Nashville headquarters. The next Duffy Award winner will be named in the spring.