Early this October our own Public Relations Director, Bryan Simpson, won employee owner of the year at The ESOP Association Western States Annual conference in San Diego.
How cool is that?!
It you're thinking, "What does ESOP have to do with beer? Is it a form of ESB?" then it might not sound that cool.
Allow me to explain.
ESOP is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan which provides, after one year of employment, the employees of a New Belgium ownership of stock in our company. It is intrinsic to our high-involvement culture and what breeds an environment of trust and pride.
Back to Bryan.
When Bryan is giving an interview to a news crew or a magazine crew, he canât help but mention our employee-ownership status. Bryan is not one to brag, in fact, everything Bryan does is quite authentic; he is just so proud that we can call ourselves âemployee owned.â Thus, he deserves this award and we're mighty proud.
Our own Tour de Fat allstars, Chris Winn and Michael Craft, brought down the house with their keynote address at the gathering. Bryan Simpson (center) will compete for the national title in Washington DC next spring.
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