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June 24, 2019

Illinois Employee Owner Of The Year

This year, employee-owner Michelle Riedel won Illinois Employee Owner of the Year. We are proud to have Michelle on our team!

Every year, each state’s ESOP Association receives nominations from ESOP companies for an individual who goes above and beyond their job description to win the Employee Owner of the Year. This year, a fellow Scot Forge owner nominated Michelle Riedel for Illinois Employee Owner of the Year. From a state that has more than 100 ESOP companies and thousands of employee owners, Scot Forge’s Michelle Riedel was selected as the state’s Employee Owner of the Year!

Some of the comments submitted about Michelle spoke about her selfless attitude in helping others – her fellow owners and volunteering in her community. Michelle is one of those people who helps others without seeking recognition. The internal customers she serves can always count on her to get things done on time and better than what is expected. Below are a few quotes from the nomination entry:

"Day in and day out I hear and see how her number one priority is not only taking care of our customers but just as important to her is taking care of her fellow employee owners… Michelle is a huge part of organizing our company’s ESOP communications as well as our annual visits to the Washington D.C. Conference. She makes sure our ESOP representatives are scheduled to meet each of our State representatives and have a chance to discuss our ESOP company and the importance of ESOPs to as many representatives as possible… In my opinion the most important program this year that Michelle put together for our employee owners was a “give back to the community” program. She had spoken to local schools where she was told of a need for not just food for the less fortunate but for simple items such as hygiene items for the kids at the schools. Michelle rallied the employee owners and on a volunteer basis had a shopping bag and list of items for these children. Within a few weeks over 150 bags were collected and distributed at the local schools."

Michelle – Congratulations on being the Illinois Employee Owner of the Year! We’re proud to have you on our team!