By Lee Edwards, CEO
What could make working for a successful company with homegrown roots and great benefits in one of the most beautiful places in America even sweeter? The opportunity to OWN a part of that company. That’s one thing that keeps drawing amazing people to work at The Greenery, Inc. and that’s also what makes them want to stay.
By definition, an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee-owner program that provides a company's workforce with an ownership interest in the company. And that’s just what we do for our employees at The Greenery!
And not only have our employees noticed our commitment to them – The Greenery, Inc. received the honor of being named the 2018 Employee Owned Company of the Year by the Carolinas Chapter of the national Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association for effectively meeting the criteria of communicating the benefits of employee ownership as it relates to the success of the company.
Almost 100 ESOP companies comprise the Carolinas Chapter in South Carolina and North Carolina and it is part of the national ESOP Association, based in Washington, D.C. In receiving the Carolinas Chapter award, The Greenery demonstrated that it nurtures a sense of ownership among employees. At The Greenery, we believe that every employee owner can contribute to the actual success of their company. And that is evident every day in the amazing work that each one of our employees does – from the gardens of the Lowcountry to the Garden Center and Gift Shop.
We proudly celebrate this achievement while also celebrating our longevity in the community with our upcoming 46th Anniversary in February and our 11th anniversary as an employed owned company.