Employee of the Year: Ted Shadding

Ted Shadding | Whelan Security Employee of the Year 2015Since joining our team in 2007, Ted Shadding has served a variety of posts throughout the St. Louis area where he has been consistently recognized for his positive attitude and professional demeanor. He currently works the midnight shift as a security officer at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, the third-largest medical center in the St. Louis metro area, where he is responsible for protecting the hospital’s people and property.

Ted’s selfless approach to service has resulted in many honors and distinctions throughout the year. In 2014, he was elected by his fellow officers to represent their team as one of five departments within the hospital responsible for implementing a new care model into their duties. Later in the year, Ted was commended by his coworkers for taking the lead when an armed intruder broke into an on-site hospice. “The safety of the clinical staff is my biggest concern,” he explains. “I want them to know that when I’m around, I’m going to try to take care of everything and keep everyone safe.”

In addition to his career at Whelan, Ted is a devoted family man who enjoys spending time with his wife, a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as their two-year-old son, Theodore Frederick or “Teddy Freddy” as his parents affectionately call him. As for his future career goals, Ted says he is already looking for new opportunities to develop his leadership skills. “As I continue to grow, I want to be more proactive and seize more opportunities. I’ve always had the ability in me, but sometimes I’ve laid back and let others lead. Sometimes you’re scared or frightened, but I’ve figured out that when you have the right intentions, you can’t really lose. You win when you just try.”

To learn more about Ted, please read his profile in Values Magazine.