PFSbrands Honored by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Recently, PFSbrands was one of select few companies awarded the 2016 Missouri Chamber Fast Track award. PFSbrands was honored during the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Annual Meeting in Ridgedale, Mo., on Dec. 8, 2016.
Dan Mehan, Missouri Champer President and CEO said, “These are the companies that are driving economic growth in Missouri. We consider these companies the superheroes of our economy. Many have overcome significant obstacles to be where they are today, but through hard work, innovation and perseverance they are thriving and providing thousands of Missourians with good paying jobs and opportunities.”
“We believe we have a model no different than Starbucks or Subway or any other major chain,” said founder Shawn Burcham. “We can grow more nationally. We’re not anywhere near saturated in the convenience food market.”
From the announcement released by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
PFSbrands, Holts Summit
PFSbrands distributes 10 million pounds of chicken each year in grocery and convenience stores under the brand names Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express. CEO Shawn Burcham credits his employees for the company’s explosive growth, which has nearly doubled in the last three years. He puts a lot of stock in his workers, so much so he plans to sell his company to his employees through an ESOP [Employee Stock Ownership Plan] arrangement.
Burcham explained, “My philosophy has always been that if you take care of your people, your people will take care of your customers and everything else falls in line.” The ESOP will involve selling the company to the employees at no out-of-pocket cost to them.