The following was shared with The ESOP Association by Lewis Tree employee owner, Rita Tucker; pictured at left with Congressman Reed:
“On February 24, 2015, Congressman Tom Reed visited the offices of Lewis Tree Service in West Henrietta, New York and was all smiles as he walked, talked and was led from the Palm executive conference room to the eagerly-awaiting employee owners in the company’s dining facility at the Lewis headquarters in Western New York. He had just concluded a very ESOP-spirited discussion among a small group of ESOP enthusiasts and owners. The corporate office houses just under 100 employee owners who listened intently as Congressman Reed addressed them on the importance of shared values of working hard, and creating job opportunities, in order to promote a healthy economy for our diverse generations to come.
Congressman Reed was genuinely interested in learning about the individual employee’s stories of how the Lewis ownership culture has helped employees plan and save for retirement and how ESOPs can further encourage growth and development in our economy. The originally-scheduled, one hour visit turned into a two-hour visit that left many employee owners feeling proud and positive about the future of ESOPs. Great questions and ideas were shared regarding ways to promote the presence and success of ESOP companies and in educating both our legislative officials and business communities about the ‘American Dream at Work’ — it is working!”