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Rose Paving Co. CEO honored at the Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards

BY Staff Writer

Bridgeview, Ill. — Alan Rose, CEO and majority owner of Rose Paving Co., a leader in national parking lot management, has been honored at the 2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards (EEAs), sponsored by The Daily Herald Business Ledger, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Twenty business owners in total were recognized at a ceremony on Sept. 11 hosted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger. The EEAs were presented for the 14th consecutive year, and approximately 160 people were in attendance at the event.

“After 40 years as an entrepreneur, I have learned valuable lessons; perhaps the greatest of all, to hire people smarter than me. I trust my employees to do as good or a better job than I could do myself,” stated Alan Rose, CEO.

The EEAs recognized outstanding entrepreneurship in suburban Chicago. Honorees demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance, and business creativity. In order to qualify, the nominee’s company or organization must be based in, have been founded in, or have a significant presence in the suburban Chicago area. The seven categories for awards were early stage, growth, innovation, outstanding service to entrepreneurs, young entrepreneur (under age 40), regional spirit, and lifetime achievement.

Rose Paving Company provides complete parking lot management solutions to commercial and industrial properties nationwide.

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IDC bolsters management team

BY CSA STAFF

International Dispensing Corporation, a packaging research and development company that specializes and manufactures game-changing innovations for the food and beverage industry, has promoted Tom Shaver to COO.

For the past 10 months, Shaver has served on the company’s board of directors and has been intimately involved in the company’s marketing and business development activities. During that period, working side by side with CEO Greg Abbott, Shaver has been credited with helping the company deepen its bonds with strategic partners, strengthen its manufacturing processes, form a world-class industry advisory board, launch its new website and establish ongoing sales initiatives around the world.

Shaver spent seven years (2003-2010) at SIG Combibloc, a leading system supplier of aseptic carton packaging and filling machines for beverages and food, with worldwide revenues of $1.9 billion. As VP of marketing for North and Central America, Shaver developed the strategic roadmap that produced record sales for North America. He was directly responsible for all SIG Combibloc global account management sales activities for Coca Cola and PepsiCo, and executed multi-million dollar equipment and packaging contracts for Unilever and Campbell’s Soup. Prior to working for SIG Combibloc, Shaver held managerial and business development positions at Red Bull, Vitality Foodservice, Dannon Yogurt and Tone’s Spices. Shaver received a B.A. degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Tampa.

“It has been a sincere pleasure working with Tom and he has earned my utmost confidence and trust,” said Abbott. “Besides bringing positive energy and keen focus to every task at hand, Tom has proven to be a superb leader, strategist, and problem solver. His experience in marketing and aseptic manufacturing coupled with his wisdom, character, and people skills are among the reasons IDC has made so many strides in recent months and why our future looks so bright. Tom is the complementary industry person I have been waiting for, and I am delighted that he is now representing the company as COO.”

“We have accomplished a number of important things, paving the way for what I believe will be stellar success in the near future,” said Shaver. “Not only are IDC’s innovations big and game-changing, but also the management team, advisory board, strategic partners, and global customer base we have lined up are why I believe so much in what we are doing and why I am excited to make IDC a full-time commitment.”

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An unbelievable benefit for Walmart, Lowe’s employees

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With the implementation of Obamacare mired in controversy, two of the nation’s largest retailers are backing an innovative Employers Centers of Excellence Network that will offer no-cost knee and hip-replacement surgeries at four highly regarded hospitals.

Walmart and Lowe’s issued a joint statement that they and other large employers had joined the Pacific Business Group on Health Negotiating Alliance (PBGH-NA) to launch the national Employer’s Centers of Excellence Network.

“These companies are working to help make sure that their employees get higher quality care and incur lower costs,” said David Lansky, president and chief executive officer of PBGH. “The Employers Centers of Excellence Network is designed to serve as a model for delivering high quality health care with transparent and predictable costs.”

PBGH and health care management company Health Design Plus will oversee the program which includes treatment for knee and hip replacement surgeries for the more than 1.5 million employees and their dependents enrolled in the Walmart, Lowe’s and other employers’ medical plans. The only catch for employees is that they required to obtain care at one of four designated center of excellence health care organizations that include Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.; Kaiser Permanente Orange County Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif.; Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.; and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

Employees will receive consultations and care covered at 100% without deductible or coinsurance, plus travel, lodging and living expenses for the patient and a caregiver. Patients must be healthy enough to travel for the surgeries. The program is voluntary and employees or their covered dependents can still choose to receive care from local providers and incur routine costs, according to program rules.

“This national program is about providing our associates with exceptional care and reducing their medical costs so that they pay nothing out of pocket when they use one of the designated facilities,” said Sally Welborn, SVP of global benefits at Walmart. ”Each of these providers has a proven record of practicing evidence-based medicine with above average positive patient outcomes in knee and hip replacement procedures.”

According to Lowe’s vp of international human resources Randy Moon, “Under this program, employees and their dependents covered under Lowe’s medical plan have access to medical care at renowned medical facilities at no cost. This is especially important for our employees who live in areas underserved by high quality health care providers. The four health care centers are located throughout the U.S., making it easier for employees who wish to use this benefit to travel.”

The national Employers Centers of Excellence Network complements Centers of Excellence programs that Walmart and Lowe’s have and will continue to offer separately from the alliance with PBGH-NA.

In 2013, Walmart expanded its long-standing program covering transplants at the Mayo Clinic to also include treatment for certain heart and spine surgeries at five leading hospital and health systems in the U.S., including ECEN providers Virginia Mason and Mercy Springfield, for associates and their covered dependents enrolled in medical plans.

In 2010, Lowe’s began an alliance with Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, to provide its full-time employees and their covered dependents enrolled in the company’s self-funded medical plans enhanced benefits coverage for qualifying heart surgery procedures.

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