The ESOP Association Honors Members for Excellence in Employee Ownership Communications

by The ESOP Association | May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011 (Washington, DC) –The ESOP Association is pleased to announce the 2011 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 34th 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 2011 AACE Award winners are:

Category 1-A, Total Communications Program, 100 or Fewer Employees

Winner:           Cal-Tex Protective Coatings, Inc., Schertz, TX

Category 1-B, Total Communications Program, 101 – 500 Employees

Winner:           Flippo Construction Co. Inc., Forestville, MD

Runner Up:     Carl Warren & Company, Placentia, CA

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

Winner:           Glatfelter Insurance Group, York, PA

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

Category 1-D, Total Communications Program, Over 1,000 Employees

Winner:           D&H Distributing, Inc., Harrisburg, PA

Runner Up:     CCC Group, Inc., San Antonio, TX

Category 2, Audio Visual

Winner:           Perry Corporation, Lima, OH

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

Category 3-A, Printed Materials, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner:           Mid South Building Supply, Inc., Springfield, VA

Runner Up:     The Onyx Group, Alexandria, VA

Category 3-B, Printed Materials, Over 250 Employees

Winner:           Carris Reels, Inc., Proctor, VT

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

Category 4-A, Educational Materials, Print

Winner:           The Haskell Company , Jacksonville, FL

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

Category4-B, Educational Materials, Electronic, Including ESOP Intranet

Winner:           CCC Group, Inc., San Antonio, TX

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

Category 5-A, External ESOP Advertising – Print Advertising

Winner:           Hot Dog on a Stick, Carlsbad, CA

Runner Up:     Mid South Building Supply, Inc., Springfield, VA

Category 5B, External ESOP Advertising – Web Sites

Winner:           Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA

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

Category 6-A, Special Events & Promotions, 1 Outstanding Event, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner:           Caltrol, Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Runner Up:     Cal-Tex Protective Coatings, Inc., Schertz, TX

Category 6-B, Special Events & Promotions, 1 Outstanding Event, Over 250 Employees

Winner:           Holden Industries, Inc., Deerfield, IL

Runner Up:     KAPCO, Brea, CA

Category 7-A, Special Events, Promotions, Series, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner:           ComSonics Inc., Harrisonburg, VA

Runner Up:     Vista Technology Services, Inc., Herndon, VA

Category 7-B, Special Events, Promotions, Series, Over 250 Employees

Winner:           Woodward Communications, Inc., Dubuque, IA

Runner Up:     Walman Optical, Minneapolis, MN

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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