Corporate Culture – PFSbrands
Corporate Culture at PFSbrands
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A few week ago Jefferson City Magazine stopped by to visit PFSbrands and talk to our CEO Shawn Burcham about corporate culture! Check out this snippet from the full article which can be found HERE.
Put Me in Coach: PFSbrands
By: Heather Feeler
Full article at JeffersonCityMag.com
PFSbrands is the parent company to Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express. The company now markets under the PFSbrands name and distributes chicken, along with other products, to 700 locations in 37 states from its headquarters and distribution center in Holts Summit. Started by CEO Shawn Burcham and his wife, Julie, PFSbrands has 115 employees and been named one of Inc. magazine’s “Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the USA” for the last seven years.
The walls and offices at PFSbrands might look a little different than other corporate offices. They’re completely personalized. Each employee is encouraged to make the space their own, including quotes added to the walls or decorations that make them feel comfortable. The quote in the fitness center reads, “Think big, believe big, act big, and the results will be big.”
Shawn Burcham knows a thing or two about going big. He started the business from scratch in 1998, originally as a coffee business, and he’s now responsible for a multimillion dollar company with a new state-of-the-art headquarters and distribution center. While he’s been busy growing the business, he’s also been developing a corporate culture where employees are always learning.
PFSbrands, which also has an open-book management approach, hosts PFS University, a whole curriculum of classes focused on teaching employees about business financials, literacy, and leadership. In addition, the company has a Better Book Club, with free access to books and an online reporting system to share their book reviews with others on the team. New employees also have the opportunity to learn more about PFSbrands core values directly from Burcham himself. It’s a role he never plans to delegate.
“The most important and most expensive investment we make is in people. Why not invest in them?” asks Burcham. “There’s nothing like core values coming directly from the CEO. It’s a mistake to delegate the onboarding process to someone else.”
Investing in employees is something Burcham is very passionate about. So much so, in fact, that he’s willing to give them some of the company he’s worked so hard to build the last 18 years. In 2015, the company officially launched an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, which is a retirement plan where the company contributes stock to benefit the company’s employees. Burcham is investing heavily in their future.
“I want to provide everyone a stake in the outcome of this company,” says Burcham. “It’s a succession planning tool with an end goal of being able to transition this company [to employees] and keep it right here in central Missouri.”
An avid reader and a lifelong learner, Burcham has grown tremendously over the years, not only in how he approaches business, but also in how he keeps growing personally. He has some big goals on the horizon, including doubling sales every three to four years for the company and finally writing his own book.
Burcham lives what he preaches every day. Never stop growing. Win big. Be open to change. It might even be a quote on an office wall somewhere in the building…. Get the full article at JeffersonCityMag.com
Have more question about corporate culture? Check out Shawn’s business blog.