Medical Mutual 2014 Pillar Awards For Community Service, Cincinnati

Medical Mutual, along with our co-founding Pillar Award partner Smart Business, welcomes you to the annual Pillar Awards.

We are honoring an outstanding group of companies and organizations of varying sizes.

While this year’s diverse group of honorees may be different in many ways, one thing that they all have in common is their commitment to strengthening the bond between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

It occurred to us many years ago that few things are more meaningful and important than investing time and resources in supporting our community, and we felt the need to honor companies and their employees who have gone above and beyond the call. While support and direction come from management, companies are only as great as their employees.

For that reason, we are quite proud to present the Medical Mutual SHARE Award. This unique award was founded to recognize companies whose employees best exemplify the ideals of Medical Mutual’s own employee SHARE Committee. SHARE stands for serve, help, aid, reach and educate and is the heart and soul of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving effort.

The SHARE committee, comprised of Medical Mutual employee volunteers, helps coordinate more than two dozen community events involving nearly half of the company’s 2,500 employees.

On behalf of Medical Mutual and Smart Business, we congratulate all our 2014 Pillar Award recipients. ●

Mike Sims
AdvancePierre Foods


Helping provide a meal

AdvancePierre Foods’ volunteers aid relief work in storm-damaged areas

Whether it’s donating thousands of pounds of food products to aid victims of storms or holding a company-wide volunteer day and donating burgers on National Burger Day, AdvancePierre Foods is committed to helping people in need.

After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast in 2012, AdvancePierre Foods donated 40,000 meals to help with relief efforts. Nearly 3,600 cases of food were delivered to Long Island’s Island Harvest Food Bank, which offered meals to people at local shelters and soup kitchens.

When tornados devastated Moore, Okla., last May, the company sprang into action to assist in relief efforts by donating more than 175,000 servings of food to feed relief workers and replenish food banks. The company also gave $10,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the recovery work in addition to matching associates’ donations up to an additional $15,000.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, AdvancePierre Foods is a leading supplier of value-added protein and handheld convenience products, including packaged sandwiches, chicken and beef products and bakery items.

AdvancePierre Foods’ associates hope to make a meaningful impact in the community, and participate in events that allow them to touch the lives of those facing hunger while providing meals to thousands of children and families across the country. Those leading the philanthropic efforts include Paul Telenson, SVP, human resources; Mike Zelkind, SVP, operations; and Lisa Gallagher, SVP, corporate marketing and strategic accounts. ●

Andy Park
Director, Cincinnati practice lead
Centric Consulting


Igniting passion

Centric Consulting encircles positive differences for the community

One of Centric Consulting’s core values that guides the company’s culture and priorities is “Ignite Passion for the Greater Good.” That includes a commitment to making a positive difference in the communities the company serves.

Centric is a founding partner of Flywheel Cincinnati along with the Leadership Council for Human Services Executives, the Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati and the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Miami University.

Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub’s mission is to be the community’s thought leader in social enterprise and contribute to the launch and sustainability of social enterprise ventures in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.

In order to facilitate this, Flywheel helps nonprofits through a process of exploration, ideation, validation, design and launch. This process is known to build more meaningful and sustainable social enterprises. Flywheel also works alongside existing social enterprises to make them even stronger and more impactful in their communities.

Another Centric Consulting project is Adopt A Class. Centric Consulting employees are beginning their fourth year as pen pals to a fifth grade class at Winton Hills Academy. They meet each September with the students and establish pen pal relationships.

Volunteers exchange letters with students once a month. In 2012, Centric incorporated the “Character Quality of the Month” in each letter and continued this in 2013. There is a follow-up visit in December as well as a spring outing to take the students to a Reds game.

The projects are overseen by Steve Bernicke, director, Cincinnati; Jeff Lloyd, National partner, strategic growth & operations; and Andy Park, director, Cincinnati practice lead. ●

Julia Poston
Office manager
EY Cincinnati


Volunteering where it counts

EY Cincinnati employees show they care by getting involved 

Volunteers at EY’s Cincinnati office have been active in several projects ranging from leadership development to helping people with disabilities on their journey to independence.

Camp Joy offers outdoor education and leadership development. Its vision and mission are to encourage participants to become better people in order to make changes in the community and create a better world by helping people grow and succeed through lifelong experience-based learning.

The Freestore Foodbank’s vision is to lead the community to help end hunger and address its causes. EY volunteers assemble food boxes for projects such as the Senior Box program and assist with components of the food bank’s upcoming events.

Stepping Stones aids people with disabilities, helping them find their way to independence by improving their lives and enabling them to fully participate in their communities. For example, EY volunteers painted a playground and built “cubbies” for a pool house.

Gorman Farms’ mission is to support the connection between the food everyone eats, the life everyone lives and the health of the community. EY volunteers performed outdoor work there, such as weeding, planting and cultivating.

The Redwood Center guides children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities to achieve independence and reach their highest potential. EY volunteers performed maintenance work and painted, while some engaged in activities with the residents. ●

Jim Waters
The Hillman Group


Here to help

The Hillman Group strives to make a difference 

Helping out in the community is a way of life for employees at The Hillman Group. Members of the company’s community involvement committee meet at the beginning of each year to lay out philanthropic plans for the new year and see what new ideas can be explored.

In 2013, the distributor added Autism Speaks of Cincinnati to the mix and volunteers participated in their first Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. The Hillman Group also partnered with Toys for Tots and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cincinnati.

One of the highlights of 2013 was the assistance the company was able to provide to two young children who have had more than their share of challenges. Volunteers used their March Madness Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser to help a 3-year-old girl suffering from spinal muscular atrophy and a 6-year-old boy with leukemia. The girl’s family wanted to do a backyard makeover for their daughter and the boy, who loves trains, fulfilled his dream to see the Rocky Mountain Express.

Employees raised $15,700 and received a thank-you video from the boy’s family. The little girl’s family had a stone made with the Hillman logo that will forever be in her garden.

The commitment to helping begins at the top with Jim Waters, the company’s CEO. Despite a grueling travel schedule, Waters gets to as many volunteers events as he can and always brings one of his own children to demonstrate the value of helping others at an early age. ●

Mary Miller
JANCOA Janitorial Services Inc.


Dream big

An empowering culture energizes employees to give at JANCOA 

It’s one thing to step out of your daily work routine and give a little of your time and talent to those who aren’t as fortunate. It becomes much more meaningful when you, as the employee, get to pick a cause to support that is close to your heart.

When employees come to work at JANCOA Janitorial Services, they have an opportunity to not only help causes that mean a lot to them, they get to chase their professional dreams as well. “The Dream Manager” is not only a program founded by Mary and Tony Miller that inspires employees to pursue their dreams, it’s a New York Times bestseller by Matthew Kelly. Through one-on-one coaching sessions and group classes, employees are encouraged to identify their dreams and take steps to achieve those dreams. JANCOA employees are each considered a valuable employee and the company wants them to recognize their value and remove the limits they place on themselves to become all they can be in their lives.

The Millers are huge supporters of the American Heart Association and are proud of their employees who formed a team of 28 walkers to participate in the 2012 Cincinnati Heart Walk. The JANCOA Dream Team completed the 5K walk, raising more than $1,200.

Mary, who is the company’s CEO, leads the way on fostering, empowering and fulfilling culture. She is very active throughout the community, including her role on the Go Red for Women Leadership Team for the American Heart Association. ●

Bob Coughlin
Paycor Inc.


Bringing the smiles

How Paycor associates make a difference in their world 

There are two guiding principles employees at Paycor Inc. follow: take care of each other and do the right thing. These principles guide both the way associates approach their work and the commitment they bring to Community Partners, an associate-led community service organization that has filled more than 4,900 volunteer opportunities since 2010.

Every community needs help and Community Partners helps to get things done and makes sure those who need support can get it.

In many cases, associates have a deep, personal connection to a cause and are able to lead their colleagues in programs that will help that cause. One of the most meaningful programs at Paycor is the Adopt A Class initiative at Oyler School. Oyler serves students from pre-kindergarten through high school in Lower Price Hill. It has been ranked one of the poorest schools in the nation.

Adopt A Class sponsors a pen pal program and special events for the kindergarten, first grade and disabilities classes such as parties for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other holidays. Paycor has a number of associates involved in the program, including seven team leaders and more than 100 pen pals.

Bev Brigner is the executive assistant to CEO Bob Coughlin and has been involved with Adopt A Class for 10 years. She has had the same child for the past five years.

“When he sees me and he jumps out of his seat with a big smile on his face and says, ‘Ms. Bev, come give me a hug!’ That makes my day!” Brigner says. ●

Bernie Stevens
PowerNet Global


Time to give

How PowerNet Global encourages employees to donate

Any successful company understands that it needs to pay close attention to its finances if it’s going to achieve success. You have to know where your money is coming from and where it is going in order to have a thriving business.

The people at PowerNet Global understand that, but they value personal time spent giving back to the community just as much as the scrutiny they give to their financial health. Bernie Stevens, the company’s president, believes the best way to give back to the community is to offer employees the chance to volunteer their time for the betterment of those communities.

To that end, PowerNet Global provides an option called Charitable PTO, which allows employees the ability to enlist up to eight hours of their time per calendar year to any charity of their choice. The belief is that this time will be a valuable, positive and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

The PowerNet Global Social Committee works hard preparing a variety of events throughout the year that provides employees with opportunities for fun and fellowship, building the camaraderie that makes them better employees and better givers in the community.

The company hosts yard sales in the spring and fall and invites employees to donate their own new or gently used items. Proceeds from this event go to Crayons to Computers.

PowerNet Global has also done a Biggest Loser Contest to help employees stay fit and raise money for the Fairfield Food Pantry. ●

Sue McPartlin
Managing partner, Cincinnati market


Valuable lessons

PwC helps kids understand the world of money 

It’s never too early to learn about financial responsibility and PwC volunteers work to help students in the Cincinnati Public Schools do just that. PwC dedicates extensive volunteer hours to the district each year through its participation in the Accounting for Kids program.

In 2013, volunteers from PwC organized Accounting for Kids Day at Mayerson Academy. The day began with a continental breakfast and an informational meeting before volunteers headed out to their assigned schools to begin the day’s planned games and activities. One of the games was created by the Ohio CPA Foundation and teaches students the fundamentals of responsibly managing their money.

Students each received a certificate to recognize their participation in the program and the day ended with a pizza party for the students and PwC volunteers.

Under the leadership of Sue McPartlin, managing partner for PwC’s Cincinnati market, the firm lives up to the tenets of its national community service philosophy: responsible business, diversity and inclusion, community engagement and environmental stewardship.

Under the umbrella of community engagement, PwC granted $160 million to advance youth education and financial literacy in the United States through the Earn Your Future initiative.

The PwC office in Cincinnati has built strong relationships with the city’s school district, as well as organizations such as Junior Achievement, Newport Primary School, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, St. Francis School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.

Local staff members are encouraged to get involved and work toward the broader goal of developing and executing financial literacy initiatives for local youth. ●

Larry A. Sheakley


Thanks from the heart

Employees at Sheakley celebrated 50 years by helping others

As Sheakley embarked on the celebration of its 50th anniversary, CEO Larry A. Sheakley felt it was critical that everyone understand how many people, both past and present, played a part in helping the company achieve success. This included employees, partners, clients, vendors, family and friends.

The decision was made that one of the best ways for team members at Sheakley to express their appreciation for 50 great years was to give back to the community. Each employee who agreed to take part in an act of volunteerism received a special commemorative 50th anniversary T-shirt.

Sheakley employees have volunteered services for nearly 70 organizations in Greater Cincinnati, including St. Joseph’s Orphanage. Donations helped this organization provide wonderful gifts for 44 children as well as hats, gloves, scarves and socks for those in need. The funds also provided food for 150 people at their Christmas party, a new big-screen TV and a $550 donation to cover holiday expenses.

Sheakley is also a big supporter of the Hoxworth Blood Drive, the Free Store Foodbank, Lighthouse Youth Organization and Habitat for Humanity. Larry has personally invested a lot of time and effort in his support of the University of Cincinnati by challenging local businesses to raise funds for the new Sheakley Athletic Center.

He also serves as co-chairman of the Cincinnati Opera Capital Campaign, which is dedicated to creating innovative programs and advancing opera as an art form. ●