Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Brag of a Different Sort

I have a whole other kind of brag to share today. Last night at the Arkansas Business of the Year awards banquet, my family's business won the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award in the category of under 100 employees from the Arkansas Community Foundation. This is a special award to me as I am very proud of our company's commitment to giving back to not only the non-profit organizations that we partner with, but our communities as well.

I am part of the fourth generation in the prosthetics and orthotics business (artificial limbs, braces, therapeutic shoes, and mastectomy products). I love what we do. We get to help people, that's simply what we do. We help restore mobility and help people return to their jobs, families, and daily activities. Our patients are incredible; they can do anything without limits. They run, coach baseball, actively play with their kids and grandkids. They are welders, legislators, farmers, and police officers. And the technology is improving everyday from computer chips and CAD/CAM to lighter weight and stronger materials.

It is because of our patients that we continue to give of our time and resources to help a variety of organizations. I think it is because of the nature of our business that our employees are so willing to participate in community service activities. You have to want to serve people in this business, so it just goes hand in hand. They do everything from serving dinner at muscular dystrophy camp to answering phones at a telethon to walkathons to frying fish to visiting shut-ins to attending support groups to dog therapy visits (guess who), and so much more. Giving back and serving our community is truly a part of our corporate culture, and I would hate to be a part of a company where this wasn't second nature.

Anyway, it's just a glimpse into my work life. If you want to read more about the award, you can go here: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/people_bizofyear.asp?id=351
And, if you want to see my father's acceptance speech (complete with penguin suit), you can go here: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1431564254/bclid1433966022/bctid1433964693
Thank you for letting me veer away from dog training for a while.

6 comments:

Poodlebugs said...

Congrats to you and your family! How cool is that? It's so important to not only love the job you do, but to feel that your company gives back, and you guys do. Hugs to you and your family- tell your Dad I'm proud to know you guys!

Tyler, Kim, & Rachel said...

Congratulations! I had no clue that is what you did for a living, how wonderful! Im proud of your success and to have you as a friend :-)

Avalon said...

What a wonderful recognition for such a great business. Since I work in medicine, I realize just how valuable your services are!

Theodorable said...

Thanks Patti!! That is so nice! You are so right about how you have to love what you do. I bet you are finding that out now with your new place. I think that is why our turnover rate is so low.

Theodorable said...

Thanks Kim! You can tell Tyler that we moved our Fayetteville office recently. I know he probably didn't know where it was when he lived there, but we are now on College Ave. You can practically see the sign from the highway. Hope to see you guys soon!

Theodorable said...

Thanks Avalon!! We were very honored. I know you realize how tough it is to be in the medical field these days.