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Wisconsin

Chapter Awards

See Our Chapter’s Award Winning Employees and ESOP Companies!

The following employee owners and ESOP companies have been honored by our chapter for their excellence and dedication to the values of employee ownership and their commitment to our community. Please join us in celebrating these terrific individuals and organizations!

Nominations for the 2020 Wisconsin Chapter ESOP Company of the Year and Employee Owner of the Year awards are now being accepted. Download your nomination form today to get started.

Want some help? Check out these helpful tips before putting your nomination together.

For more information, see the text below the list of award winners, or click the names of the winners below to see their applications.

 

2019 Wisconsin Award Winners

2019 Employee Owner of the Year

Employee Owner of the Year

2019

Krista Drager

Sentry Equipment Corp

Awarded to an individual in the Wisconsin Chapter who excels at demonstrating and educating employee ownership values.

 

2019 Company of the Year

ESOP Company of the Year

2019

Van Horn Automotive Group

Awarded to the most exemplary ESOP company in the Wisconsin Chapter for the year.

 

 

2018 Wisconsin Award Winners

Employee Owner of the Year

2018

Stephanie Albright

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Awarded to an individual in the Wisconsin Chapter who excels at demonstrating and educating employee ownership values.

 

ESOP Company of the Year

2018

MSA Professionals

Awarded to the most exemplary ESOP company in the Wisconsin Chapter for the year.

 

2017 Wisconsin Award Winners

Employee Owner of the Year

2017

Lynette Fritz

OwnersEdge, Inc.

Awarded to an individual in the Wisconsin Chapter who excels at demonstrating and educating employee ownership values.

 

ESOP Company of the Year

2017

Ruekert & Mielke

Awarded to the most exemplary ESOP company in the Wisconsin Chapter for the year.

 

 

2016 Wisconsin Award Winners

Employee Owner of the Year

2016

Jenna Van Der Sande

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Awarded to an individual in the Wisconsin Chapter who excels at demonstrating and educating employee ownership values.

 

2015 Wisconsin Award Winners

ESOP Company of the Year

2015

Hatco Corp.

Awarded to the most exemplary ESOP company in the Wisconsin Chapter for the year.

 

2014 Wisconsin Award Winners

Employee Owner of the Year

2014

Tim Kramer

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Employee Owner of the Year

Awarded to an individual in the Wisconsin Chapter who excels at demonstrating and educating employee ownership values.

 

ESOP Company of the Year

2014

CC&N

Awarded to the most exemplary ESOP company in the Wisconsin Chapter for the year.

 

Why You Should Enter

Winners of the chapter awards for Employee Owner of the Year and ESOP Company of the Year are automatically entered in the national competition and earn:

  • Plaque to display at company.
  • Honored at Wisconsin Chapter Events and the Midwest ESOP Regional Conference.

 

Employee Owner of the Year Criteria

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.

 

ESOP Company of the Year Criteria

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

  • Involvement with The ESOP Association and its programs.
  • Communication 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.