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Indiana ESOP Company of the Year

The Indiana Chapter of The ESOP Association held its annual Spring Conference on Tuesday, March 9, 2022. Over 140 attendees joined to network, hear presentations, and participate in roundtable discussions about various topics of interest for ESOP companies and service providers.

In addition, each year the Chapter names an Employee Owner of the Year and a Company of the year, which are both selected from nominations submitted in advance. Last year, EV’s very own Michael Rich was named the 2021 Employee Owner of the Year in Indiana. Company winners are selected based on their efforts to promote employee ownership inside and outside of the company, and the impact of the company’s culture and ESOP on its team members.

At this year’s Spring Conference, we were surprised and excited to learn that Empowered Ventures has been named the 2022 Indiana ESOP Company of the Year!

When announcing the award, the presenters noted the following:

  • Numerous highlights about our founding company, TVF, which formed our ESOP in 2010, including how TVF has built and maintained a strong culture during the challenges of recent years.
  • Our increasing participation in the wider ESOP community, sharing experiences and spreading awareness, including various contributions made by TVF’s Learning and Development Director, Lori Atone, during 2021.
  • Our creation of Empowered Ventures and the addition of our first two diversifying acquisitions: Firstar and Paramount, creating a significant number of new employee owners.

We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition from our peers in the Indiana ESOP community. This award is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all our employees to creating an ownership culture, making our companies great places to work, and supporting the broader employee ownership movement.

We remain excited about our mission to create life changing outcomes for all our employee owners. If you know a business owner considering their succession planning options and think they might be interested to learn more about Empowered Ventures, please get in touch.

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