Brown-Yanowitz Award of Excellence

Cardinal created the Chris Brown-Bennett Yanowitz Award of Excellence in 2014 to honor the memory of two of Cardinal’s finest. Chris Brown and Bennett Yanowitz were great representatives of the people at Cardinal. They were dedicated, hardworking, and cherished by the Cardinal family. This award honors a Cardinal employee who exhibits the attributes we miss from Chris and Bennett.

Chris Brown, Cardinal’s longtime CFO, loved Cardinal. He always did things in the best interest of Cardinal, not himself. He believed in taking care of our Customers in an efficient manner, in order to take care of more Customers. He always wore the Cardinal hat, to do what was best for the company.

Bennett Yanowitz was a Cardinal enthusiast from the very beginning of the company’s existence, and was always a great teammate. He believed in our core values, the most important of which was taking care of the Customer. Mr. Yanowitz was a longtime stockholder and believed in what Cardinal does for the industry.

This award honors the memory of these two great men who are no longer with us, but their spirits and dedication will live on.


Award Criteria:

The recipient of the Brown-Yanowitz Award each year will be a Cardinal “cheerleader,” a hard worker that drives the behaviors that support Cardinal’s need to grow profitably and perform flawlessly.

Specific activities include:
  • Growing the business
  • Performing for our Customers
  • Promoting teamwork
  • Implementing process improvement

The employee’s impact should be highly innovative, sustainable and above and beyond the individual’s job function.

The 2017 Brown-Yanowitz Award of Excellence was awarded to Sam Chuparkoff. Sam does not hesitate to make himself available to Cardinal or its Customers. He is a strong resource for brainstorming and troubleshooting, is driven to support and provide great attention to any project, and looks to excel and improve processes to better each experience for Cardinal’s Customers.

Sam exemplifies the values and traits of our friends Chris Brown and Bennett Yanowitz. Pictured below: Tim Sherwin, co-founder and CEO, Sam Chuparkoff, 2017 Brown-Yanowitz Award Winner, and Chandra Balasubramanian, Cardinal co-founder and CTO.

 2017 Brown-Yanowitz Award Winner