President
Franco Silva
Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
fsilva@prairiecap.com

Immediate Past President
Rachel Gibson
Burwood Group
rgibson@burwood.com

Executive Vice President
Julie Govreau
GreatBanc Trust Company
jgovreau@greatbanctrust.com

Vice President - Legislative
Regina Carls
J.P. Morgan
regina.l.carls@jpmorgan.com

Vice President - Programs
Paul Davidson
Lockton Companies LLC
paul.davidson@lockton.com

Vice President - Programs
John Kluth
CCMSI
jkluth@ccmsi.com

Vice President - Membership
Elizabeth Wheeler
Parksite, Inc.
ewheeler@parksite.com

Chapter Executive
Alicia Diekow
adiekow@esopexec.org

Chapter Awards

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CONGRATULATIONS 2017 CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS!

2017 Illinois ESOP Company of the Year!

West Monroe Partners

           

2017 Illinois ESOP Employee Owner of the Year!

Elizabeth Wheeler, Parksite 

 

 

 

TAKING THE TIME TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION CAN PAY OFF:
•    CHAPTER WINNER IS AUTOMATICALLY SUBMITTED FOR THE NATIONAL COMPETITION.
•    ONE FREE REGISTRATION TO THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN DC IN MAY.
•    PLAQUE TO DISPLAY AT YOUR COMPANY.
•    RECOGNITION AT ILLINOIS CHAPTER EVENTS AND ON THE CHAPTER WEBSITE.

CRITERIA FOR ESOP COMPANY OF THE YEAR:

"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.  More importantly, employees should feel a sense of ownership and/or that the ESOP is important to the company and to the employees.

CRITERIA FOR EMPLOYEE OWNER OF THE YEAR:
Nominate one of your employees!

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 are:
  • serving on the ESOP committee or on an employee advisory committee,
  • contributing to a company publication,
  • helping with Employee Ownership Month (“EOM”) observances,
  • leading fellow employees to a better understanding of the ESOP
  • attending chapter meetings, and/or helping with chapter meetings or activities,
  • writing a letter to an elected official,
  • attending Association meetings such as the employee owner retreat, national conference.
The overwhelming criteria should revolve around the person’s overall contribution as a ‘good’ citizen in the company where he or she works.
 

Sample Applications:
Company of the Year

 

Past Award Winners

 

2016:  Southern Imperial, Inc.

2015:  Shorr Packaging Corp., View Press Release

2014:  KI Industries, Inc.; Brett Moe, Holden Industries, Inc.

2013:  Holden Industries, Inc.

2012:  Parksite (View Press Release);  Bounthanh Saysongkham, Bimba Manufacturing  (View Press Release)