In this episode we sit down with Bina Smith who is the HR Generalist and Communication Committee chair at Palmier Donavin, a 100% employee-owned company. The interview covers a wide range of areas and draws on Bina’s 8 years of experience serving on her companies communication committee. The discussion includes how to build an ownership culture at a company with multiple locations and a complex production process, general principles for approaching communication around your ESOP, and practical ideas that can be implemented at mature and new employee owned companies alike.
Bina Smith has been with Palmer-Donavin since November 2008 and is currently the HR Generalist. Since 2014, she has served as the Chairperson for the ESOP Communications Committee and handles a wide variety of human resource functions, such as benefits, insurance, onboarding, and employee relations. Bina was the ESOP Association’s Ohio / Kentucky Chapter 2019 Employee Owner of the Year. Bina received a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio Dominican University and holds a SHRM-SCP certification.
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The Owners at Work Podcast is a continuation of the biannual Owners at Work Newsletter which ran for 19 years (1990-2019). We are hoping to continue the same conversations and focus on providing updates on everything employee ownership. We plan to interview practitioners with expertise in different facets of employee ownership, academics doing new and interesting research, and most importantly, individuals who have a personal experience with employee ownership, including current and former employee-owners, mid-level to C suite management, and selling owners.
We want to produce a show that engages with relevant questions and provides practical lessons and information. We want this podcast to include the voices of those who practice employee-ownership each and every day. To that end we want to hear from you! We want to highlight what you are doing, whether you are an employee-owned company, a practitioner, or researcher.
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