Infinium (NASDAQ:INFM), a provider of integrated enterprise business solutions and services,
honored Sonic Corp., which franchises and operates the nations’ largest chain of
drive-in restaurants, with its third annual Infinium Do Great Work Award. Jill Hudson,
Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and Office Administration at Sonic,
accepted the award and a $20,000 donation to a charity of Sonic’s choice at Infinium
World 2001, Infinium’s 15th annual customer conference held this year in Orlando,
Infinium established the Do Great Work Award three years ago to honor Infinium
customers whose corporate culture encourages and inspires employees to Do Great
Work both on the job and in their community. The Award is given annually to the
organization that best demonstrates innovative and effective leadership in
implementing work/life programs, such as time-off for volunteering and supporting
the community through monetary or material donations.
Infinium selected Sonic in recognition of its supportive corporate culture that
motivates its employees to excel both at work, and in their community.
“‘Doing different, special and better things to surprise and delight everyone touched
by the Sonic brand’ isn’t just one of the Company’s core values, it’s the mindset of
the more than 55,000 Sonic employees nationwide,” said Jill Hudson, Vice President
of Corporate Human Resources and Office Administration at Sonic Corp. “We’re
honored to accept the Do Great Work Award, and pleased that Infinium recognizes
the need to help give back to the communities in which they do business.”
At the Dr Pepper Sonic Games, an annual Olympic-style competition, employees
from drive-ins nationwide compete for a chance to be named one of the Top 10
Sonic Drive-Ins. The Get Caught Red-Handed F.B.I. (Fun Building Initiative) Program
rewards employees for doing great work. This Program will award employees more
than $500,000 in cash and prizes this year alone. Every month, at Sonic’s corporate
headquarters, employees gather for a luncheon with the CEO, who hands out
hand-selected work humor T-shirts to employees. Also at the luncheon, departments
take turns presenting to others what they do and how their jobs fit into the big
picture. In addition, employees can earn Sonic Stamps for going above and beyond
that can be redeemed for merchandise.
Sonic encourages its employees to Do Great Work for the benefit of the organization and the customers it serves.
Sonic in the Community
Sonic Corp. maintains a focused philanthropic policy to assist organizations that provide educational opportunities to
Oklahomans, ages four to 22. Last year, Sonic Corp. supported 35 organizations through cash or in-kind donations.
Sonic employees realize that their success depends on the success of the local community. One of the ways Sonic
maintains its educational philanthropic focus is through a partnership with neighboring Wilson Arts Integration
School. For nearly five years, many Sonic corporate employees have given one hour per workweek (paid for by the
Company) to serve as tutors and role models to students. During the holidays, Sonic throws a party for the school
and provides each student with a gift, such as a new backpack, filled with games and educational toys. Sonic also
donated more than 100 computers to Wilson and other organizations this year. And, when deadly tornadoes swept
through the central part of Oklahoma in May 1999, 350 Sonic corporate and drive-in employees donated their time
and more than 10,000 hamburgers to tornado victims and relief workers.
Sonic employees are encouraged to Do Great Work in their communities.
“Sonic is a shining example of how a successful organization can give back to its employees and the community it
serves,” said David Gutch, Infinium Senior Vice President of Sales-Americas and Worldwide Marketing. “We have
been privileged to serve Sonic since 1994, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to Do Great
Sonic, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal Carhop
service. Popular menu items include Toaster Sandwiches (Chicken Club and Bacon Cheddar Burger on thick Texas
Toast), Extra-Long Cheese Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), hamburgers, fresh-made Onion Rings, Tater
Tots and a variety of Frozen and Fountain Favorites(TM) such as Cream Pie Shakes and Cherry Limeades. Sonic
started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., and has grown to more than 2,200 drive-ins
in 28 states. Sonic is the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. More than three-quarters of a million people
eat at Sonic Drive-Ins every day. For more information about Sonic Corp. and its subsidiaries, visit Sonic on the
Internet at www.sonicdrivein.com.
Infinium is a provider of enterprise business solutions and services that include: human resources, payroll, financial
management, customer relationship management, materials management, process manufacturing, business
intelligence analytics and application service provider offerings optimized for the IBM iSeries. Infinium has 1,800
customers worldwide representing a variety of industries including: hospitality and gaming, transportation and
distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and financial services. Founded in 1981, Infinium has offices
worldwide and is headquartered in Hyannis, Massachusetts. For more information please visit www.infinium.com.