It’s hard to say goodbye. But, CMC gave a fond farewell to Yvette Brown, the former senior director, Customer Engagement and Innovation, who retired at the end of January.

A young Yvette (left), with her sister and brother.

After five years as a member of the CMC team, and more than 30 years in the energy sector, Yvette decided that it was time to explore the many things that life outside of work offers. For example, she took two trips following her retirement in February.

To salute Yvette, CMC held a dinner in February to formally say goodnight, not goodbye. Here are some of the comments that Yvette’s peers and co-workers shared.

“Thank you for the past eight years through all the ups and downs for your leadership, guidance mentorship and your sense of humor,” said Kate Harron, director, Marketing, who worked at Clean Markets with Yvette before its acquisition by CMC in 2018. “I don’t know if we could have made it without you. I’m truly grateful from the bottom of my heart for all of the time working together.”

“I wanted to take a minute to say thanks to you for your contributions and the positive impact you’ve had at CMC over the years,” said CMC President & CEO Tina Bennett. “You’ve led with a passion for helping others and a deep dedication to CMC’s mission. You’ve made deep and lasting friendships along the way. It’s been an honor working with you.”

A farewell to Yvette.

Karine Shamlian, also a former Clean Markets employee, created a Top 10 list of Yvette’s greatest attributes that included brilliant, fun, leader, baker, bling, cycling queen, strong, inspiring, devoted and loving.

“Working with you for the past 12 years has been an honor and a privilege,” said Shamlian, CMC’s Marketing manager. “You have one of the biggest hearts.”

“Yvette, thank you for all your guidance and mentorship and your friendship over all these years,” added Mike Newman, director, Midwest Program Delivery. “I wish you the best. You’ll certainly be missed.”

Adios. Sayanora. Adieu. Arrivederci. No matter how you say it, it’s hard to say goodbye to Yvette.

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