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The ESOP Association Honors Members for Excellence in Employee Ownership Communications

by The ESOP Association | May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010 (Washington, DC) –The ESOP Association is pleased to announce the 2010 winners of the Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE).  The AACE Awards are sponsored each year by the Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members.  The awards were presented at the Association’s 33rd Annual Conference in Washington, DC to companies who have excelled in communicating the ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) and its meaning to employee owners. 

AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOPs and employee ownership communications.  Awards are based on: overall quality and quantity of employee owner education, contributions of employee owners, integration of the ESOP into company culture, frequency of ownership communications, involvement and/or response of employee owners, encouragement of ownership attitudes, clear explanations, creative ideas, graphic design, and technical quality.

The 2010 AACE Award winners are:

Category 1-A, Total Communications Program, 100 or fewer employees

Winner: The Onyx Group (Onyx of Alexandria, Inc.), Alexandria, VA

Runner Up: McGuire and Hester, Oakland, CA

Category 1-B, Total Communications Program, 101 - 500 employees

Winner: MidSouth Building Supply, Inc., Springfield, VA

Runner Up: Worm's Way, Inc., Bloomington, IN

Category 1-C, Total Communications Program, 501 – 1,000 employees

Winner: Entertainment Partners, Burbank, CA

Runner Up: Hot Dog on a Stick, Carlsbad, CA

Category 1-D, Total Communications Program, 1,001 – 5,000 employees

Winner: Burns & McDonnell Engineers-Architects, Kansas City, MO

Runner Up: Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., Lafayette, LA

Category 2, Audio Visual

Winner: Janotta & Herner, Inc., Monroeville, OH

Runner Up: Austin Industries, Inc., Dallas, TX

Category 3-A, Printed Materials, 250 or fewer employees

Winner: Carl Warren & Company, Placentia, CA

Runner Up: Cisco-Eagle, Inc., Dallas, TX

Category 3-B, Printed Materials, over 250 employees

Winner: Hot Dog on a Stick, Carlsbad, CA

Runner Up: Holden Industries, Inc., Deerfield, IL

Category 4-A, Educational Materials, Print

Winner: The SCOOTER Store, New Braunfels, TX

Runner Up: Holden Industries, Inc., Deerfield, IL

Category 4-B, Education Materials, ESOP Intranet

Winner: Carris Reels, Inc., Proctor, VT

Runner Up: Caltrol, Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Category 5-A, External ESOP Advertising, Print

Winner: Douglas Machine, Inc., Alexandria, MN

Runner Up: Woodward Communications, Inc., Dubuque, IA

Category 5-B, External ESOP Advertising – Website

Winner: Cisco-Eagle, Inc., Dallas, TX

Runner Up: Carris Reels, Inc., Proctor, VT

Category 6-A, Special Events, Promotions, 1 Outstanding Event,

250 or fewer employees

Winner: LeFiell Manufacturing Company, Santa Fe Springs, CA

Runner Up: Owner Revolution Inc., Adair, IA

Category 6-B, Special Events, Promotions, 1 Outstanding Event,

over 250 employees

Winner: Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., Lafayette, LA

Runner Up: CarePro Health Services, Cedar Rapids, IA

Category 7-A, Special Events, Promotions, Series, 250 or fewer employees

Winner: BL Companies, Inc., Meriden, CT

Runner Up: Sentry Equipment Corp., Oconomowoc, WI

Category 7-B, Special Events, Promotions, Series, over 250 employees

Winner: Glatfelter Insurance Group, York, PA

Runner Up: Woodward Communications, Inc., Dubuque, IA

The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership.  The core cause of The ESOP Association is the belief that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy.

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