Hamilton Parker has multiple connections to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO). Starting with our CEO, Adam Lewin’s daughter Lola who made an impact on the community with her Bat Mitzvah service project. Lola’s project helped opened the door for others to notice the extraordinary abilities of people with Down syndrome.
Soon after, Hamilton Parker’s HR team was in discussions with DSACO on how to intentionally recruit, onboard, and support employees with disabilities. In turn, these employees could contribute their own unique strengths and capabilities to the workplace. This is how the connection was made with Kyle McKay.
For over a year, Kyle McKay has been a bright spot around our Hamilton Parker Columbus office. Kyle is responsible for many day-to-day responsibilities in the warehouse, “Mostly cleaning, picking up trash, and sweeping the front making sure the outside is nice.” Kyle said.
Kyle’s supervisor Mark Clotts who has his own family connections to DSACO, describes Kyle as a great employee that does whatever is asked and is eager to help. Mark adds, “I see the connections he makes with his coworkers; he enjoys learning about the people he works with and developing personal relationships.”
Kyle looks for kindness in his co-workers and says that “At Hamilton Parker, it’s not only a great place to work, but the people are kind and respectful.” McKay has made lasting connections with several of his co-workers.
Jason Jackson, IT Manager, and Kyle bonded quickly over their shared love of the Dallas Cowboys. Their bond has continued to grow over the last year. Jason got involved in the Special Olympics because of Kyle, utilizing his Volunteer Time Off by working as a Bocce Court Judge. Jason says, “Kyle is always smiling and positive, I love that he will come up and give you a great big hug! He’s an awesome addition to our team.”
“Kyle working and being successful at Hamilton Parker is based on a fundamental concept that individuals want to be productive and valued,” said Adam Lewin, CEO of Hamilton Parker. Kyle’s hobbies and interests outside of work are photography, Special Olympics, and helping care for his family dog, Coco. Kyle says his biggest accomplishment so far is just being physically active. “I like that this job makes me feel active and fit.”
“Kyle has shown that someone with Down Syndrome is a productive and valued member of Hamilton Parker.”- Adam Lewin