Employee Ownership Month 2014 Re-Cap (Part 1)

The ESOP Association and its members celebrated Employee Ownership Month (EOM), a tribute to the tremendous spirit of employee ownership, throughout the month of October. Following is a re-cap of events shared with the Association and events shared via social media. We’ll be posting additional stories and photos on The ESOP Association Blog this week. Have EOM info to share? Email: media@esopassociation.org.

Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana held a spaghetti cook-off on the company’s campus. The company holds cook-offs every October, and this year not only featured a cook-off, but other events to celebrate the employee owners.

 Acadian Ambulance Celebrates it's Employee-Owners

AdWorkshop in Lake Placid, New York talked EOM on the company’s website.

AdWorkShop EOM 2014

Apache Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa invited employee owners in the Cedar Rapids location to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest. They also shared photos from the dessert bake-off on the company’s Facebook page.

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Apache 2014 EOM Facebook EOM photos

Big G Express in Nashville, Tennessee shared a company video on what employee ownership means to employee owners.

Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri posted a photo of their growing number of employee owners on Facebook and talked about EOM on the company blog.

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Chatsworth Products in Westlake Village, California noted it was Employee Ownership Month on the company website.

 Chatsworth EOM 2014

Cirtronics’s ESOP Committee hosted a fun game of Wheel of Fortune, ESOP was the topic of course, which they shared via Facebook. Cirtronics is located in Milford, New Hampshire.

 Cirtronics ESOP of Fortune game  FB post


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Entertainment Partners in Burbank, California, the winner of the 2014 Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest, added the poster to their Facebook header.

Entertainment Partners EOM 2014 Facebook Post

First National Bank of Bemidji (FNBB) located in Bemidji, Minnesota sent in the following: Aloha! First National Bank of Bemidji has been employee owned since 1985, and since 2006, FNBB has chosen a week in October to celebrate employee ownership. The ESOP Communications Committee began planning this year’s celebration in August, and planned a week’s worth of games, food, and ESOP education for all employee owners. The theme for the celebration was, “Hawaiian Luau.” Not only did employee owners get involved in the celebration and fun events; they took every opportunity to discuss employee ownership with customers as well. The “I’m an Owner” nametags spurred many of these conversations, as well as the Hawaiian apparel that employees were wearing all week.


FNBB’s ESOP Week Celebration began on October 2nd with a kick-off meeting to share all of the events planned for the following week. The bank’s ESOP administrative committee members and communications committee members participated in a wacky tourist relay, and “The Bank (Beach) Boys” performed, “Surfin’ USA.”


The events held during ESOP Week included luau-themed games in our courtyard, a pig roast for our luau lunch, a Hawaiian food/baking contest, and ESOP trivia. The fun-filled week concluded with performances from each department, where employees had to incorporate both ESOP and one of the Hawaiian Islands into a performance about ESOP/retirement. As usual, creativity exceeded expectations, and employees revealed some hidden talents! It was another successful year of celebrating and promoting employee ownership!

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Garney Construction in Kansas City, Missouri announced Employee Ownership Month on the company website.

Garney Construction EOM 2014

Gripnail Corporation in East Providence, Rhode Island shared some brew from a new ESOP friend, quizzed employee owners, and contributed to the local food bank. From CEO of Gripnail, Chris Ryding: We hoisted Harpoon beer in honor of a New England company joining our ranks. (Notice all the tops are still on; drinking begins at home!) Yes, that’s me in the Jimmy Buffet shark fin hat. Employee owners worked hard on the Gripnail ESOP quiz and Gripnail employees contributed $300 in cash and four boxes of food to the RI Food Bank; delivered by the employees whose team won the quiz! Gripnail matched the employees’ contribution, and the Food Bank corporate donors matched our combined donation — win, win, win!

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Tomorrow, part 2 of EOM 2014!