Boss surprises nearly 200 employees with $10 million dollar bonus
Their boss, Edward St. John, founder of St. John Properties, surprised the company’s 198 employees with a $10 million bonus during their Dec. 7 holiday party.
The employees each opened an envelope at the same time that contained the amount of their individual bonus, some of which were upward of $270,000 dollars.
“I remember opening the envelope, seeing the number, blinking my eyes a couple of times because I thought my vision was off and then hugging my coworkers,” said Melissa Alleman, the company’s payroll and benefits administrator. “I think I said a few times, ‘I can’t breathe,’ I felt a little nauseous and then just celebrated.”
“I felt like I finally lived out my own Hallmark movie,” added Alleman, who has worked for the company for 19 years.
The $10 million bonus was divided among the employees based on their years of service, so a mechanic who had been with the company for 39 years took home a little more than Larry Maykrantz, the president of the company who has been there for 38 years.
The smallest bonus was $100, given to an employee who started his job the Monday after the holiday party, according to Maykrantz.