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Elizabeth Rather is Cisco-Eagle’s 2015-2016 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 8, 2016

Elizabeth Rather and Darein Gandall

Elizabeth Rather of our Dallas, Texas office is the 2015-2016 Cisco-Eagle ESOP Employee-Owner of the Year, an annual award presented by our ESOP (employee ownership) Advisory Committee. (above: Elizabeth Rather and Cisco-Eagle president Darein Gandall).

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Cisco-Eagle wins ESOP “Communications Excellence: Best Print Media for 2016”

April 1, 2016

Cisco-Eagle Employee Owners

ESOP RECORD

From left: Missy Prince (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner), Michael Keeling (National ESOP Association President), Rosemary Weiland (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner), Jim Schranz (The Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association President), Bob Hauck (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner).

In the early spring of 2015, Cisco-Eagle assembled some special work teams to complete a session of Process Improvement Training. Five employee-owners were designated to participate on the ESOP process improvement training. During six sessions, our team independently identified the need for a ‘re-branding’ of the company ESOP.

The team decided to adopt a theme to celebrate the financial upswing Cisco-Eagle has enjoyed over recent years: Rockin’ to Retirement—symbolic of the economic postwar boom America enjoyed during the 1950s—was selected to send the message that happy days are, indeed, here again. The theme logo was prominently displayed on each ESOP communication shared with employee-owners in emails, monthly company newsletter, monthly EAC newsletter, on company bulletin boards and in company meetings.

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Cisco-Eagle’s 2015 Employee Ownership Poster

November 24, 2015

ESOP poster

Cisco-Eagle runs an annual contest to design an employee ownership poster. Amanda Miller, systems design engineer with Cisco Eagle’s Systems & Design group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, created this year’s winning image. Amanda says her submission was inspired by Mike Rowe’s Facebook post Take Ownership of Even the Dirty Jobs from July 10, 2015.

Amanda wanted her illustration to portray “that, just like the things we personally own, we should treat everything involving our company/job/work like it is ours  – because it is!.” Being an employee owner to Amanda means she realizes more so that she is “an important piece of the whole. Having a ‘stake in the outcome’ makes even the smallest of job tasks seem that much more meaningful.”

Observing teamwork between employees and teams, inspires Amanda.

Joel Pason, Cisco-Eagle’s Oklahoma Manager of Systems & Design observed that “the poster is a great reminder of what it means to be an employee owner. Simply reading the words, preceded by MY, is the perfect way to re-center one’s perspective as an employee owner.”  Pason remarked that Amanda’s “personal accountability, and focus on our company, makes her a great employee owner.”

Miller’s poster will be submitted to represent Cisco-Eagle in the ESOP Associations’ annual contest.

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Cisco-Eagle Places 2nd in Southwest ESOP Association BBQ Competition

November 11, 2015

Benny Bruner and Congressman Pete SessionsDallas, TX, October 30, 2015–The Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association celebrated Employee-Ownership Month in the DFW Area on October 30 with its 8th Annual BBQ Cook-off hosted by Vermeer Texas-Louisiana. Congressman and ESOP advocate Pete Sessions of Texas was on hand as a guest judge. A few raindrops didn’t stop a great crowd from turning out to try some tasty BBQ chicken, ribs and brisket. Cisco-Eagle’s own Benny Bruner, took 2nd place with his mouthwatering brisket.

Bruner, an ace service technician from our Field Operations division, enjoys being an employee owner by watching how his decisions affect all of Cisco-Eagle. He remarked that “it’s not just a job”.

Donny Goforth, Manager of Cisco-Eagle’s service division, observed that Benny cares for his customers just the same way his cares for his brisket. Goforth acknowledged that “Benny is always eager to please and concerned each customer is happy.”

He also smokes a mean brisket!

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Cisco-Eagle Attends The 2015 Great Game of Business

October 16, 2015

great games of business

The Great Game of Business: Gathering of the Games was held in St. Louis, Missouri from September 9 through 11. The Gathering of Games is the only practitioner-led conference in open-book management and Cisco-Eagle sent 4 employee-owners this year.

Rosemary Weiland, our Education and Training Administrator wrote this summary of what we learned this year.

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Cherie Speer is Cisco-Eagle’s 2014-2015 Employee Owner of the Year

April 13, 2015

Cherie Speer and Darein Gandall

Pictured: Cisco-Eagle President Darein Gandall presents the 2014-2015 ESOP Employee Owner of the Year Award to Cherie Speer.

Cherie Speer of our Tulsa, Oklahoma office is the 2014-2015 Cisco-Eagle ESOP Employee-Owner of the Year, an annual award presented by our ESOP (employee ownership) Advisory Committee.

The award recognizes an employee-owner who has gone beyond what is expected to promote and support ownership culture. Cisco-Eagle believes that empowered, fully-invested employees who own a stake in their company is the best business approach. It allows us to provide superior customer service and engagement. This award is not selected by senior management — it is awarded directly by a committee of employees based on a nomination process that includes all employees. It is an award to one employee from his or her peers.

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Celebrating Bill Cupps: 40 Years with Cisco-Eagle

June 13, 2014

The Cupps Family

Bill Cupps, Cisco-Eagle’s Senior Vice President, reached his 40th anniversary at Cisco-Eagle this year.

We pride ourselves on the fact that people love to work here. Many of our associates have been with the company more than a decade; quite a few have been here more than twenty years. Bill joins Warren Gandall, our founder, as 40-year veterans. This is one of those days when business and family intersect – something that happens often here at Cisco-Eagle.

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Cisco-Eagle’s 2013-2014 Employee-Owner of the Year is Tammy Barnes

April 7, 2014

Tammy Barnes and Darein Gandall

Above: Tammy Barnes, Employee-Owner of the Year, and Cisco-Eagle President Darein Gandall.

Tammy Barnes has been named our 2013-2014 Employee-Owner of the Year.

The annual award is presented by the company’s ESOP Advisory Committee. It recognizes an employee-owner who has gone beyond what is expected to promote and support the ownership culture at Cisco-Eagle. This award
is distinct because it is awarded directly by a committee of  employees rather than senior management.

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Joel Pason is Cisco-Eagle 2012-2013 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 23, 2013

Joel Pason accepts the Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner of the Year award

Joel Pason has been named Cisco-Eagle’s Employee-Owner of the Year (click for more details).

The award recognizes an employee-owner that has gone beyond what is expected to promote and support the ownership culture at Cisco-Eagle during the fiscal year. Pason, a Project Manager in our Oklahoma City Systems & Design group, has been with Cisco-Eagle since 1999.

Congratulations to Joel!

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40 Years Ago – And Still Going Strong

November 15, 2010

Warren Gandall

Cisco-Eagle was founded 40 years ago in November 1970 by our Chairman, Mr. Warren Gandall in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Warren worked for an industrial supply company that specialized in material handling at the time, and realized that he wanted his own company, one where he could innovate and change the way things were done. He had a vision for multiple distribution centers and sales offices across the southwest. This during the heyday of Tulsa’s energy economy. Richard Nixon was the President. A year earlier, a quarter of a million protesters staged an anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C. But companies still needed efficient, organized, productive warehouses and manufacturing facilities just like they do today.

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