An Internet marketing firm in South Florida rewarded its hard-working accountant with a new SUV last week.
Last Thursday, accountant Chris Ninos, 52, thought he was going out for lunch with his coworkers. They insisted on swinging by a local Ford dealership to pick up the company's CEO, Brandon Rosen, who was getting his car serviced there.
When Ninos walked into the dealership, however, he was handed the keys to a brand-new Ford Escape.
"Some people said they thought I was going to have a coronary right there," Ninos, who was celebrating his 52nd birthday that day, told the SunSentinel. "I went to sit in the car and I almost started to cry."
The car title is in his name. It is not a company car.
Ninos, a self-described "typical CPA," has been the chief financial officer at Internet marketing firm BMI Elite for the past two years. He had been driving a 15-year-old Ford with 99,000 miles on it.
Rosen told the SunSentinel that Ninos is the first to arrive and the last to leave. Ninos even called Rosen early on Thanksgiving to tell him about business-related news.
"Chris will call me up at midnight, at 5:00 a.m., and on holidays just to talk about business," Rosen said in a statement. "He's one of the hardest workers I know."
Rosen and BMI Elite president Dan Lansman decided to surprise Ninos with a new SUV on his birthday as a huge thank you for his dedication to the company.
"That's how you build companies for the long run," Rosen said of the generous reward for good work.
"I want to find people who are serious about their careers. I'm not just here to cut them a paycheck every week," said Rosen.
"I, along with the rest of the BMI team, am very excited to be giving Chris this gift," said Lansman at the dealership's showroom. "I can't think of a more deserving person."