Kent Clapp

Tuesday, 29 November 2005 08:33

A continuing community commitment

Full coverage of the 2005 Pillar Award for Community Service is available in our December 2005 Cleveland edition.

Medical Mutual of Ohio is proud to be a founding sponsor, along with Smart Business Network, of the annual Pillar Award for Community Service. For the eighth consecutive year, we honor companies for their good deeds and contributions to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio.

If there is one common denominator among the 2005 Pillar Award winners, it is that they distinguish themselves through leading by example. Each company has truly helped improve the quality of life for Northeast Ohioans, and I congratulate them for their understanding of “commitment to community.”

As the leader of the oldest and largest health insurance company in Ohio, I believe that Medical Mutual has a responsibility to help improve the communities it serves. We strive to live up to that responsibility in everything we do.

I am inspired each day by the volunteer spirit and efforts of our employees at Medical Mutual. The heart of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving lies in the employee volunteer committee, S.H.A.R.E., which stands for Serve, Help, Aid, Reach and Educate. Each year, this committee helps coordinate more than 25 events through the efforts of nearly half of the company’s 2,500 employees.

They devote thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars in support of worthy organizations and causes in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Therefore, it is only fitting that one of the annual Pillar Awards is a special S.H.A.R.E. award, given to the company whose employees best exemplify the values of Medical Mutual’s S.H.A.R.E. committee.

“Improving the communities we serve” is a common theme for all of the Pillar Award recipients. Medical Mutual is proud to be in such outstanding company.

Kent Clapp is chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Monday, 22 November 2004 09:12

A continuing community commitment

Medical Mutual of Ohio is proud to be a founding sponsor, along with Smart Business Network, of the annual Pillar Award for Community Service. For the seventh consecutive year, we honor companies for their good deeds and contributions to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio.

As the oldest and largest health insurance company in Ohio, I believe that Medical Mutual has a responsibility to help improve the communities it serves. We strive to live up to that responsibility each day in everything we do.

I am inspired every day by the volunteer spirit and efforts of our employees at Medical Mutual. The heart of Medical Mutual's charitable giving lies in the employee volunteer committee, S.H.A.R.E., which stands for Serve, Help, Aid, Reach and Educate. Each year, the committee helps coordinate more than 25 events through the efforts of nearly half of the company's 2,500 employees.

They devote thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars in support of worthy organizations and causes in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

One of the annual Pillar Awards is a special S.H.A.R.E. award, given to the company whose employees best exemplify the values of Medical Mutual's S.H.A.R.E. committee.

If there is one common denominator among the 2004 Pillar Award winners, it is that they distinguish themselves through leading by example. Each company has truly helped improve the quality of life for Northeast Ohioans, and I congratulate them for their understanding of "commitment to community."

"Improving the communities we serve" are words the winners of the Pillar Award for Community Service live by. Medical Mutual is proud to be in such outstanding company.

Kent Clapp is chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Monday, 22 July 2002 09:48

The real bottom line

There is an element to a successful business that is hard to quantify but undeniably important to the bottom line.

Its impact is felt most in hard times rather than good ones. And, its greatest impact occurs when no return on the investment is sought.

What is this mysterious ingredient to a solid business? It’s simply social responsibility, a company giving back to the communities it serves through volunteerism, pro bono efforts and financial support. Its dividend is what many in the business world believe is a company’s most important asset — a good reputation.

It reflects the kind of company others want to do business with, and where good people want to work. In effect, companies that follow this line of thinking help themselves by helping others. Both win. Medical Mutual of Ohio has a strong sense of social responsibility. It should come as no surprise that many companies in the greater Cleveland area do, too.

Believing that many companies shared our commitment to community but were going virtually unrecognized, a year ago Medical Mutual and SBN magazine created the Pillar Award for Community Service. It was one way on one night to thank these companies. We weren’t sure what to expect the first time around, but it’s safe to say we were overwhelmed by the response to the program.

The most difficult challenge we faced was to limit the number of winners; everyone seemed so deserving. Eventually, we whittled the nominees down to 11 winners and celebrated their selections with a gala event at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. It was a great night.

It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed, and that the 2nd Annual Pillar Award night is upon us. With even more nominees this year, we should have expected that our biggest challenge last year would prove to be even tougher this year. It was. Facing the difficult task of selecting the 1999 winners was an expanded panel of judges.

Interestingly, they narrowed the nominees to 11 winners again. I’d like to thank the judges for volunteering their valuable time and adding further stature to the Pillar Awards.

This year’s winners represent companies large and small across the greater Cleveland region and stretching to Kent. They are manufacturers and service firms. They are from the creative fields of advertising and sports. There is a dentist and even a hair studio in the group. They are an excellent reflection of the area’s business community, and they all have one thing in common: They care about others less fortunate and they give back to the communities they serve.

They do so without the objective of attention or recognition. They know their contribution makes a difference and fosters the kind of pride within their organizations that builds a reputation that money can’t buy. Isn’t that the kind of company you’d like to do business with?

Please join me in congratulating not only this year’s Pillar Award winners, but also all companies that give back to their communities and help improve the quality of life for everyone.

Kent Clapp is chairman, president & CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio. Medical Mutual of Ohio is the title sponsor for the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service.

Wednesday, 01 December 2004 06:13

A continuing community commitment

Medical Mutual of Ohio is proud to be a founding sponsor, along with Smart Business Network, of the annual Pillar Award for Community Service. For the seventh consecutive year, we honor companies for their good deeds and contributions to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio.

As the oldest and largest health insurance company in Ohio, I believe that Medical Mutual has a responsibility to help improve the communities it serves. We strive to live up to that responsibility each day in everything we do.

I am inspired every day by the volunteer spirit and efforts of our employees at Medical Mutual. The heart of Medical Mutual's charitable giving lies in the employee volunteer committee, S.H.A.R.E., which stands for Serve, Help, Aid, Reach and Educate. Each year, the committee helps coordinate more than 25 events through the efforts of nearly half of the company's 2,500 employees.

They devote thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars in support of worthy organizations and causes in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

One of the annual Pillar Awards is a special S.H.A.R.E. award, given to the company whose employees best exemplify the values of Medical Mutual's S.H.A.R.E. committee.

If there is one common denominator among the 2004 Pillar Award winners, it is that they distinguish themselves through leading by example. Each company has truly helped improve the quality of life for Northeast Ohioans, and I congratulate them for their understanding of "commitment to community."

"Improving the communities we serve" are words the winners of the Pillar Award for Community Service live by. Medical Mutual is proud to be in such outstanding company.

Kent Clapp is chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Thursday, 20 November 2003 12:09

A continuing community commitment

At Medical Mutual, we have a distinguished history of giving back. Since our company was founded 64 years ago, we've been a dedicated partner to community organizations and nonprofits.

Much of our presence in the community is due largely to the efforts of the employee volunteer committee, S.H.A.R.E., which stands for serve, help, aid, reach and educate. Each year, the group helps coordinate more than 25 events with the support of nearly half of the company's 2,500 employees.

As a result, we help more than 200 organizations through thousands of volunteer hours and more than $1 million in charitable giving.

For the second year, S.H.A.R.E. held a number of fund-raising events, which raised $5,000 to fund the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness. To honor victims of the Sept. 11 tragedies, it organized a collection of groceries, clothing and shoes, household supplies, and office and paper products to benefit Providence House, a crisis nursery.

More than 160 employees raised $10,050 for Junior Achievement of Northeast Ohio to help expand its economic education and dropout prevention programs. Now, the committee is preparing for its annual Adopt-a-child program, through which employees will provide gifts for 200 children served by Applewood Centers.

I'm proud of my employees' commitment and dedication to the community. This same commitment and dedication is present at many companies in Northeast Ohio, which is why we, along with Smart Business Network, created the Pillar Award for Community Service six years ago.

As you read the following pages, you'll be amazed at the level of corporate philanthropy being plied in this region. Congratulations to the 2003 winners.

We thank you and the previous years' winners for your outstanding volunteerism. Your contributions do make a difference, and you should be proud.

Kent Clapp is president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, founding sponsor of the Pillar Award for Community Service.

Thursday, 20 November 2003 11:10

The power of philanthropy

Sponsor's message

At Medical Mutual, we have a distinguished history of giving back. Since our company was founded 64 years ago, we've been a dedicated partner to community organizations and nonprofits.

Much of our presence in the community is due largely to the efforts of the employee volunteer committee, S.H.A.R.E., which stands for serve, help, aid, reach and educate. Each year, the group helps coordinate more than 25 events with the support of nearly half of the company's 2,500 employees.

As a result, we help more than 200 organizations through thousands of volunteer hours and more than $1 million in charitable giving.

For the second year, S.H.A.R.E. held a number of fund-raising events, which raised $5,000 to fund the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness. To honor victims of the Sept. 11 tragedies, it organized a collection of groceries, clothing and shoes, household supplies, and office and paper products to benefit Providence House, a crisis nursery.

More than 160 employees raised $10,050 for Junior Achievement of Northeast Ohio to help expand its economic education and dropout prevention programs. Now, the committee is preparing for its annual Adopt-a-child program, through which employees will provide gifts for 200 children served by Applewood Centers.

I'm proud of my employees' commitment and dedication to the community. This same commitment and dedication is present at many companies in Northeast Ohio, which is why we, along with Smart Business Network, created the Pillar Award for Community Service six years ago.

As you read the following pages, you'll be amazed at the level of corporate philanthropy being plied in this region. Congratulations to the 2003 winners.

We thank you and the previous years' winners for your outstanding volunteerism. Your contributions do make a difference, and you should be proud.

Kent Clapp is president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, founding sponsor of the Pillar Award for Community Service.

Monday, 22 July 2002 10:01

Improving the communities we serve

We are pleased to be the founding sponsor of the Pillar Award for Community Service, which honors companies for their good deeds and contributions to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio. As the oldest and largest health insurance company in Ohio, I believe that Medical Mutual has a responsibility to help improve the communities it serves. We try hard every day to live up to that responsibility, and the accomplishments of the outstanding companies we are recognizing with the first annual Pillar Awards reveal their understanding of "commitment to community."

Judging the entrants was one of the most difficult jobs I have had. I was honestly overwhelmed by the level and spirit of giving, as well as the imaginative programs that were developed. But if there was one factor-a common denominator among the 11 Pillar Award winners-it was that those companies distinguished themselves through leading by example. Each company has truly helped improve the quality of life for Northeast Ohioans, and I congratulate them.

Small Business News should also be recognized for its leadership in developing this award program. Community service, corporate giving and volunteer programs should never be undertaken with recognition as the goal. Sadly, sometimes they are. But that doesn't mean that good deeds should go unnoticed. SBN came to Medical Mutual with the idea that an award of this nature was long overdue. Those who have given so much should be recognized in an appropriate way. We agreed, but what clinched our participation in the program was the intention to inspire others to get involved.

The concept struck a chord with me, because I am inspired every day by the volunteer spirit and efforts of Medical Mutual's 2,500 employees. They devote thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars in support of worthy organizations and causes in Northeast Ohio and beyond. I am proud of my company's volunteers, who helped the American Heart Walk to be an overwhelming success this year, who took the challenge to be a United Way "Pacesetter" company, and who turned out again this Thanksgiving to deliver food for "Meals on Wheels."

"Improving the communities we serve" are words we at Medical Mutual strive to achieve, and, by example, the first-ever winners of the Pillar Award for Community Service live by. We are proud to be in such great company.

Kent Clapp is chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Monday, 22 July 2002 09:33

The Art of SHARING

Medical Mutual of Ohio and SBN magazine created the Pillar Award for Community Service in 1998 to recognize the outstanding volunteerism and good deeds so many companies in Northeast Ohio are providing to their communities.

All Pillar Award winners have had one thing in common -- unselfish employees who give generously of their time and money to help those less fortunate.

I am proud to say this same spirit is alive at Medical Mutual of Ohio. In fact, it was the commitment of my employees that helped lead to the idea of the Pillar Award.

At Medical Mutual, we call our employee volunteers the S.H.A.R.E. committee. It is quite possible that too many acronyms are thrown about today, but the S.H.A.R.E. name really fits. It stands for "Serve, Help, Aid, Reach and Educate," and I can testify that they do all those things and more.

We turn to the S.H.A.R.E. committee to help guide our community involvement and charitable activities. After all, who is in better touch with the needs of the community?

I would like to "share" with you just a few of the activities the members of the S.H.A.R.E. group have been involved with in the past year. If your company isn't doing enough charitable work, maybe you will be inspired to get more active.

First, they Serve in a very meaningful way. Last year, more than 90 employees volunteered for the Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels program. We are proud to once again be the sponsor for this year's program.

Second, they Help. One blood drive alone for the American Red Cross produced 76 pints of blood.

Third, they Aid numerous organizations. One of my favorite activities is the Holiday in July campaign for Applewood Center. This summer, 100 employees donated $3,500 in items, then volunteered again for the Paint and Plant Day.

Fourth, they Reach. I can think of nothing more important than feeding hungry people. The S.H.A.R.E. group led the company's 2000 Harvest for Hunger Campaign that generated $2,400 and 2,800 pounds of food.

Finally, they help Educate. Employees from all levels and areas of the company volunteer in local schools as part of the Junior Achievement program.

Most of all, the S.H.A.R.E. group walks. Company-sponsored teams have participated in no fewer than 10 walks this year. More than 500 employees have walked and raised approximately $30,000 for a variety of charitable organizations, including the Multiple Schlerosis Society, the American Heart Association, the United Negro College Fund, the African American Women's Walk and the Race for the Cure. And they bowl, too. More than 300 company bowlers raised $15,000 for the 2000 Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.

Why all the boasting? It's simple. The S.H.A.R.E. committee is a Pillar Award winner this year, and we hope to perpetuate the "SHARE" idea at future Pillar ceremonies by recognizing that special company whose employees are at the heart of its effort. The "Art of Sharing" is what the Pillar Award is all about.

Congratulations to the S.H.A.R.E. committee, and to the other 11 winners being honored this year. Your contributions do make a difference, and you should be proud. Kent W. Clapp is chairman, president & CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, the founding sponsor of the Pillar Award for Community Service.

Monday, 28 November 2005 11:52

A continuing community commitment

Medical Mutual of Ohio is proud to be a founding sponsor, along with Smart Business Network, of the annual Pillar Award for Community Service. For the eighth consecutive year, we honor companies for their good deeds and contributions to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio.

If there is one common denominator among the 2005 Pillar Award winners, it is that they distinguish themselves through leading by example. Each company has truly helped improve the quality of life for Northeast Ohioans, and I congratulate them for their understanding of “commitment to community.”

As the leader of the oldest and largest health insurance company in Ohio, I believe that Medical Mutual has a responsibility to help improve the communities it serves. We strive to live up to that responsibility in everything we do.

I am inspired each day by the volunteer spirit and efforts of our employees at Medical Mutual. The heart of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving lies in the employee volunteer committee, S.H.A.R.E., which stands for Serve, Help, Aid, Reach and Educate. Each year, this committee helps coordinate more than 25 events through the efforts of nearly half of the company’s 2,500 employees.

They devote thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars in support of worthy organizations and causes in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Therefore, it is only fitting that one of the annual Pillar Awards is a special S.H.A.R.E. award, given to the company whose employees best exemplify the values of Medical Mutual’s S.H.A.R.E. committee.

“Improving the communities we serve” is a common theme for all of the Pillar Award recipients. Medical Mutual is proud to be in such outstanding company.

Kent Clapp is chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio.