We thought we’d take a moment and share some Chapter and member news. Enjoy.
Northwest Chapter: Chapter Members Get Local
Over 70 members of the Northwest Chapter gathered at two separate events to learn, network, and exchange ESOP experiences in March. A leadership conference was held in Portland, OR for senior management of ESOP companies including CEOs, CFOs, and Human Resources personnel. Eight Alaskan ESOP companies met for the second year in a row in Anchorage to discuss communication strategies, corporate governance, and current legal and legislative issues. These local events offer a great opportunity to meet other employee owners in the local community and share ideas.
The Northwest Chapter plans to conduct events in Idaho, Montana, and Washington over the next several months.
Carolina Chapter and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter: ESOP Invitational Conference a Success
J. Michael Keeling, ESOP Association President, braved chilly 40 degree temps to participate in a putting contest at the 2013 ESOP Invitational Conference in Pinehurst, NC (at left). For the fourth year in a row, members from the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic Chapters gathered at Pinehurst for this regional event. Attendees bid on everything from a “Red Neck Couch Potato” Basket to a Round of Golf for four on infamous Pinehurst Course #2 during silent and live auctions which raised over $2,700 for the Employee Ownership Foundation.
Iowa/Nebraska Chapter: Chapter Talks Government Relations
Chapter President Elect and Government Relations Chair, Terry McGonegle (at left), Wright Tree Service, shared the importance of advocacy with attendees at the Chapter’s Annual Conference. A total of 130 members attended the “Make The Association Yours” Conference in Coralville, IA at the end of February. Terry, along with Ryan Ball, VGM Group, and Chapter President Rod Reinertson, Van Meter Inc., led members in visits to Senators and Representatives during the 36th Annual Conference in May.
Thanks to Chapter Administrator, Donna Walseth for sharing all of the above information with the ESOP Report.
ESOP COMPANY NEWS
Gibson Named Among Best Places to Work in Indiana
Gibson, an ESOP Association member located in South Bend, IN, was recently named as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Indiana. The statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Indiana, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses.
Gibson will be recognized at the Best Places to Work Awards Dinner in May.
Gibson is a 100% employee-owned (30% ESOP), regional insurance broker and risk management services firm with offices in South Bend, Plymouth, Indianapolis, and Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Congratulations to the employee owners of Gibson on being named among the Best Places to Work in Indiana.
Thanks to Keith Stone, Principal and Chief Financial Officer of Gibson for sharing this news with The ESOP Association.
ESOP Association Member, Your Building Centers, Named 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year
LBM Journal has named Your Building Centers, located in Altoona, PA, 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. According to the Journal, the “Entrepreneur of the Year awards recognize companies of different sizes who epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit.”
Your Building Centers employee owner, and a member of the company’s ESOP Committee, Rick Ackerman, shared the article with the ESOP Report Editor and included this short note: “Tooting our own horn! We continue to grow in value as a company and work to nurture an ownership culture.”
Your Building Centers will be celebrating 25 years as an ESOP in 2014.
Congratulation to all the employee owners, and we should say, entrepreneurs, at Your Building Centers.