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Congratulations 2018 Award Winners!

Company of the Year:
MSA Professionals

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Employee Owner of the Year:
Stephanie Albright
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AACE AWARD WINNERS

Hatco Corporation:  Runner Up - Special Events & Promotions

ESOP Company of the Year:  Nominate your company!

The ESOP Company of the Year has a commitment to employee ownership, as shown by its:

  • Involvement with The ESOP Association and its programs
  • Communications with employees
  • Commitment to the Vision of The ESOP Association that endorses employee participation, wealth creation, and individual dignity and worth.
  • The company should be financially solvent and have more than one or two years of ESOP sponsorship.  It is not necessary that the company have any one style of management, but overall there is an understanding that by some manner the majority of employees feel a sense of ownership or that the ESOP is important to the company and all individuals in the company.

 

The prizes:

  • Winner of the state award is automatically forwarded to the national competition.
  • One free registration to the Annual Conference in Washington D.C. and Awards Banquet.
  • A $100 voucher to use towards Annual Conference expenses.
  • Plaque to display at company.
  • Honored at Wisconsin Chapter Events and the Midwest ESOP Regional Conference.

ESOP Employee Owner of the Year: Nominate an ESOP company employee!

 

The Employee Owner of the Year should be an employee below the level of senior management.  Despite the lack of a firm rule stating the employee owner has to be an hourly or non-management employee, these two terms can be general guides for the selection process.

The individual should be active in the employee ownership activities of the company and/or activities of The ESOP Association where appropriate.  Examples for consideration are:  

  • Serves on the ESOP committee or an employee advisory committee.
  • Contributes to a company publication.
  • Helps with Employee Ownership Month (EOM) observances.
  • Leads employees to a better understanding of the ESOP and employee ownership.
  • Attends chapter meetings, helping with chapter meetings or activities.
  • Provides letters to elected officials.
  • Attends or participates in Association meetings such as the employee owner retreat and national conference.


The prizes:

  • Winner of the state award is automatically forwarded to the national competition.
  • One free registration to the Annual Conference in Washington D.C. and Awards Banquet.
  • A $100 voucher to use towards Annual Conference expenses.
  • Plaque to display at company.
  • Honored at Wisconsin Chapter Events and the Midwest ESOP Regional Conference.

AACE and Employee Ownership Month (EOM) Poster Contest!

 
The Annual Award for Communications Excellence (AACE) competition identifies companies that excel at communicating with employee owners and the larger community. Categories include: Video, Printed Materials, Intranet, Employee Ownership Marketing, One Special Event, Series of Special Events, and Total Communications. Winners are announced each year at the awards banquet in May that kicks off The ESOP Association's Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 

Click here for AACE Award information.

Wisconsin ESOP Chapter Past Award Winners

 
2017 Company of the year: Ruekert & Mielke

2017 Employee Owner of the Year: Lynette Fritz, OwnersEdge, Inc.

2016 Company of the Year: Priority Sign

2016 Employee Owner of the Year: Jenna Van Der Sande, Priority Sign

2015 Company of the Year: Hatco Corp.

2014 Company of the Year: CC&N

2014 Employee Owner of the Year: Tim Kramer, Priority Sign