Chamber awards Sonic employee for ‘Everyday Excellence’

Pictured from left to right during a ceremony honoring Ashanti Mitchell with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Everyday Excellence Award are Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker; Kay Walker; Sonic manager Heath Gilbert; Mitchell; Elizabeth Turnley, Chamber vice chair for Community Development; and Tami Davis, Community Development committee member and NLMC marketing Department employee. (Photo courtesy of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce)

Written by The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

An Everyday Excellence winner is a person who regularly goes above and beyond in doing their job. This person chooses to give it their all in a way that brings positivity to their fellow man.

The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce awards the 2021 first-quarter honor to Ashanti Mitchell at Sonic Drive-In on La. Highway 33.

Multiple shoutouts on Facebook left no doubt that Ashanti embodies the spirit of doing more than what’s necessary and assuring that Sonic customers have a positive experience. You may not know him by name, but you know who someone is talking about when they say “that guy at Sonic North who brings a smile to your face.”

He is spoken of as the guy with a bright personality, big smile, and soothing “radio voice;” the most pleasant person in Ruston’s service industry; and one who provides A+ service every-single-time.

Ashanti has definitely won Sonic customers over with his charming personality and his golden heart. He’s even been known to offer to help change a customer’s flat tire.

An emotional Ashanti said it’s rare that he’s speechless, but this day he was. He said that he is glad to know that his customers enjoy his service.

We don’t know what lies in store for Mr. Ashanti’s future, but the general consensus is that whatever route he decides to take, he will be successful and blessed, and go far with his amazing attitude and wonderful customer service skills.

Thanks to Sonic’s manager, Heath Gilbert, a surprise presentation to Ashanti was made on March 22, 2021. In addition to a yard sign proclaiming, “Everyday Excellence Winner Works Here” and a certificate of appreciation, Ashanti received a $50 Visa gift card from Northern Louisiana Medical Center, a $50 Visa gift card from Sonic, $25 gift card from Uptown Downtown, and a Ruston T-shirt from Experience Ruston.

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