Bret Keisling and Jesse Tyler (of the Owner to Owner podcast) are joined by Ron Scheese, CEO of 100% ESOP Andesa Services, author of More Than a Company, and keynote speaker at The NCEO's Annual EO Conference in Seattle, Washington in April 2022, where this episode was recorded. Ron discusses Andesa's journey from an initial 8% ESOP to now 100%, how culture needs to be consistently nurtured, how the workplace has changed during the pandemic, the importance of financial literacy for employee owners, servant leadership, overcoming a disappointing employee satisfaction survey, how EO fits in with his core values, and he shares his "EO A-ha Moment."
We have signed copies of Ron's book, "More Than a Company: Leading in a Values-Based Ecosystem" to give away to the first ten listeners who request a copy by emailing email@example.com.
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Episode 203 Show Notes
About Ron Scheese:
Ron Scheese is responsible for guiding Andesa toward its present and future goals.
Prior to his role as CEO, Scheese served as Andesa’s Chief Administration Officer and Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Before coming to Andesa Services, he worked at Phoebe Ministries, a not-for-profit network of long-term care, housing, and support services for seniors, where he was the Senior Vice President of Finance. He has also worked for three years with QuadraMed, a software and services solutions company, as the Product Line Manager in decision support services.
Scheese is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Albright College, where he now serves as chair of the college’s board of trustees. He has spoken about his leadership experience for CEOpeek and the value of employee ownership for the Kelso Workshop at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. In 2021, he released his first book, More Than a Company: Leading in a Values-Based Ecosystem, which offers guidance on how to build a business ecosystem around core values to sustain a high-performing culture and directly impact revenue and long-term success.
In January of 2022, Ron was a guest on Executive Leadership Radio, you can listen to the interview here.
About Andesa Policy Lifecycle Solutions:
Andesa is a leading 100% employee-owned provider of policy lifecycle solutions for the life insurance and annuities industry that offers modern cloud-based systems for transaction management and recordkeeping. With flexible end-to-end lifecycle management solutions, a commitment to data security, and decades of market and product expertise, we help carriers, brokers, key stakeholders, and participants pursue strategic sales opportunities and successfully navigate market change. For more information on Andesa, please visit www.AndesaSolutions.com or follow them on Twitter @AndesaServices.
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