Amir Novini wanted to share his company’s good financial year with his employees and do so in a memorable way.
So Novini, president and CEO of Applied Vision Corp., asked Akron police officer Jeff Edsall and his K-9 partner, Bronson, to make a special delivery.
They surprised the employees at the Akron high-tech company by driving up to the building in Ascot Industrial Park with the cruiser’s lights flashing Tuesday. They walked into a staff meeting with a briefcase.
As Bronson barked — he was excited, thinking he was about to go on a pursuit because the police lights had been on, Edsall later explained — Edsall presented Novini with the company’s roughly 100 bonus checks.
Novini and his wife, Manijeh, who serves as chief financial officer, started the company in 1997. It designs and manufactures vision inspection systems for the packaging, food and beverage container and color printing industries.
Because the company is privately held, the Novinis declined to share revenue figures, but said last year’s profits were up 20 percent from 2013 and have doubled in the past five years.
Amir Novini said the company always has believed in giving some of its profits back to employees.
“There’s a lot to be proud of. We’re here to share some of that wealth with you,” Novini told the 80 employees who work at the company’s headquarters. Another 20 employees work at locations around the world, including Singapore and Brazil. The company next week will open an office in Spain.
Novini said bonuses are based on gross profit margin and a point system that includes years of service. The awards ranged from $3,000 to $35,000; employees who joined in the past six months received smaller cash gifts.
“This is just one more piece to connect our employees to our organization, and our organization’s bottom line,” he said. Being a high-tech company, Novini said, its important to offer perks and benefits to recruit talent. The average engineer makes $75,000, and the company provides free breakfast and a workout facility.
Farhad Shahamat, an accounting manager, said he was “honored to be part of a company that gives bonuses.” He said he was shocked by the dog, but thought it was a special touch.
Novini asked Edsall and his K-9 partner to help because of their relationship with the company. Three years ago, Edsall and Bronson responded to an overnight call when a door was discovered open. No intruders were found.
Applied Vision has contributed to the K-9 unit since then, including $750 Tuesday.
Manijeh Novini said the timing was perfect for the visit, given recent anti-police sentiment nationally.
Officers “work so hard, and it’s an excellent gesture of why we have police to protect us,” she said.
Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.