Cross Country Home Services Honored for Helping Veterans

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Cross Country Home Services, Inc. (CCHS), one of the country's leading providers of home warranty products and maintenance plans, was honored at the 5th Annual 2013 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards ceremony on Sept. 30 in San Francisco, Calif. CCHS won the coveted Gold award in the ‘Company of the Year in the Corporate Social Responsibility’ category for its Operation Appliance Aid: Keeping Things Running Smoothly For Our Veterans campaign.

Sheryl Cattell, Director of Online Marketing receiving the award on behalf of CCHS.

“We wanted to make a meaningful difference in the lives of veterans and their families, who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said CCHS President Sandra Finn. “These gifts of appliances can help bring them peace of mind at home.”

Cross Country Home Services, Inc. (CCHS), one of the country's leading providers of home warranty products and maintenance plans, was honored at the 5th Annual 2013 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards ceremony on Sept. 30 in San Francisco, Calif. CCHS won the coveted Gold award in the ‘Company of the Year in the Corporate Social Responsibility’ category for its Operation Appliance Aid: Keeping Things Running Smoothly For Our Veterans campaign. The Golden Bridge Awards were created to generate industry-wide recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and businesses worldwide in every area.

Through Operation Appliance Aid, CCHS has donated more than 30 appliances and helped 14 deserving families around the country. Recognizing the struggles that many veterans face as a result of the disruption caused by active duty or by an injury or disability, CCHS launched the program in 2012 to provide new appliances and major home systems to veterans and military service families in need. The company believes that providing a tangible gift in the form of a new major appliance or home system brings an immediate sense of relief and improves their everyday lives.

“We wanted to make a meaningful difference in the lives of veterans and their families, who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said CCHS President Sandra Finn. “These gifts of appliances can help bring them peace of mind at home.”

For Operation Appliance Aid, CCHS leveraged its partnerships with a large network of independent service providers and major appliance manufacturers, and formed partnerships with community organizations such as United Way of Broward County, Rebuilding Together Broward County, Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) and The Senior Source in Dallas, Texas, to identify veterans in need. Donations are typically timed to major military holidays, and in just one year, CCHS has donated more than 30 appliances and helped 14 deserving families around the country. Operation Appliance Aid has also been recognized in 2013 with the Communitas Award in the category of “Making a Difference” and with a Silver Stevie Award for CSR Program of the Year.

Finn was also honored as a Bronze winner in the Golden Bridge’s Women Executive of the Year category. Finn joined CCHS in 1999, and moved quickly from Executive Vice President to President. She oversees more than 600 employees in the company’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., headquarters and in CCHS’ Anderson, S.C., customer care facility that operates 24 hours, 365 days a year. Under Finn’s leadership, CCHS has earned double-digit revenue growth and increased its employee base significantly. She has focused the company’s attention on delivering a top-notch customer experience across every point of contact within the company; united a diverse employee base behind the company’s customer service-focused mission; and has been repeatedly recognized as Florida’s top five most prominent female executives by The Commonwealth Institute.

For more about the Golden Bridge Awards and the list of the 2013 winners, visit http://www.goldenbridgeawards.com/world/. For more about CCHS, visit http://www.cchs.com or http://www.operationapplianceaid.com.

About Cross Country Home Services

Cross Country Home Services, Inc. (CCHS) is dedicated to making home management easy by offering a full selection of hassle-free, cost-effective home solutions, including warranty products and maintenance plans. Since 1978, the company has built a reputation for excellence and today is one of the nation’s leading providers of these products and services. Consumers can buy home warranties and home maintenance plans directly from CCHS or through select affinity partners in mortgage, banking, insurance, real estate and utilities industries. Products include some of the industry’s best known brands, including TotalProtect Home Warranty, Home Protect Warranty and HMS Home Warranty. The company’s customer care staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of service. Homeowner needs are quickly resolved through a national network of over 40,000 service providers, the largest in the industry. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., CCHS is a member of the Cross Country Group. To learn more about CCHS, please visit http://www.cchs.com.

About the Golden Bridge Awards

Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring Best Companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best Products, Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about The Golden Bridge Awards at http://www.goldenbridgeawards.com.

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