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R&K Solutions receives an Annual Award for Communications Excellence from The ESOP Association.

December 16, 2020 - R&K Solutions was selected by The ESOP Association as the winner of their 2020 Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) in the Intranet Category for small businesses.  The AACE Awards are hosted each year by The ESOP Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. During a typical year, the AACE Awards are presented in the summer in Washington, D.C. during the Annual ESOP Conference. Due to 2020’s events, this year’s AACE Awards were presented virtually by The ESOP Association’s President/CEO, Jim Bonham, and The ESOP Association’s Chairman of the Board, Gary Shorman.

“A strong employee-ownership culture is one of the key strengths that sets R&K apart from its competitors. Employee-ownership means we are all working toward the common goal to improve the value of the company over time and sustain its future. Everyone - customers and employees alike - benefit from working for the greater good” said Frank Quigley, R&K President and CEO.  “As an employee-owned firm, we are committed to a level of customer-centric services and employee-engagement that sets us apart.  Demonstrating this proficiency as an AACE award winner charts our progress in our strategic goals.  R&K Solutions is thrilled with this achievement and is extremely grateful to the ESOP Association for supporting this worthy endeavor and for recognizing the efforts of our employee-owners.”

The R&K Solutions Intranet site was designed with the employee ownership aspect at the forefront.  “This is the first Intranet that our Employee Ownership Communications Committee (EOCC) had the opportunity to help design.  We wanted to incorporate employee ownership in almost every aspect of our Intranet, instead of having one tab on a page that directed you to a few educational documents”, said Michelle Williams, EOCC Chair. “We are really proud of the fact that our intranet was developed in-house by our talented team of employee-owners.”


AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee-owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOPs and employee ownership communications. Awards are based on overall quality and quantity of employee-owner education, contributions of employee-owners, integration of the ESOP into the company culture, frequency of ownership, involvement and/or response of employee-owners, encouragement of ownership attitudes, clear explanations, creative ideas, graphic design, and technical quality. There are only seven AACE awards for both the large company and small company categories - a total of fourteen – among the thousands of employee-owned firms in the country. 

The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with ESOPs and the leading voice in America for employee ownership. The core belief of The ESOP Association that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy.

About R&K Solutions:

R&K Solutions is a small, employee-owned company that provides professional consulting services and proven automated solutions that empower portfolio managers to promote governance, transition data into knowledge, gain efficiencies, and increase return on investment. R&K Solutions has been 100% employee-owned since 2005 with thus year marking its 15-year anniversary as an employee-owned company.