Rocky Price, estimator/purchaser in Printing Services at Virginia Tech, received the university's 2010 President's Award for Excellence.

The President's Award for Excellence is presented annually to up to five Virginia Tech staff employees who have made extraordinary contributions by consistent excellence in the performance of their job or a single incident, contribution, or heroic act. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize.

Employed in Printing Services for more than 36 years, Price's current responsibilities include customer service, estimating, and procurement. His experience in the printing and mailing industry and his knowledge of estimating allows him to consistently provide accurate quotes and quality printed materials to university customers.

"His career in Printing Services has afforded him a unique skill set that allows him to understand almost immediately what the customer needs even before the customer knows what they want," said Printing Services Manager Catherine Chambers. "He is well known for his dedication to providing our customers with extraordinary customer service. His willingness to take on extra tasks outside of his regular job duties without hesitation or complaints is a testament to his commitment to Virginia Tech."

"Rocky has always demonstrated a strong commitment to service and integrity," added Lois Stephens, manager of marketing services for Continuing and Professional Education and Printing Services client. "He frequently serves beyond his role of estimator by working with his clients to negotiate solutions in these times of tight budgets and strained resources. His expertise often leads to suggestions about how we can tweak our design to optimize our print runs to save money."

"It is the little things that really make Rocky exceptional" said Holli Drewry, assistant director, Division of Student Affairs Communications and Marketing and Printing Services client. "I have never heard Rocky say, 'no, we can’t do that.' Instead, he says 'let me see what we can do.' In the end, he makes all of us at Virginia Tech look good."