Madison, WI November 30, 2018 – The Gordon Flesch Company was honored Wednesday, November 14 at the Conway Center for Family Business’ 20th Annual Family Business Awards program by receiving a Milestone Achievement award for reaching its 40th anniversary of business in Central Ohio. The Milestone Achievement recognizes family businesses that have reached a significant milestone during the award year.
The Family Business Awards Program was established in 1999 to recognize excellence in family business and has honored over 250 local family businesses throughout that time. Thirty-five family businesses and individuals were honored in 2018 in the following categories: Community Engagement, Family Business of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Milestone Achievement, Next-Gen, Re-Invention, Rising Star, Succession Planning, and Support of Family Business.
“Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy and are vital to the Central Ohio economy and community,” said Jill Hofmans, managing director of the Conway Center for Family Business. “Gordon Flesch, through its performance and in the marketplace, deserves this recognition of longevity."
The Small Business Association estimates that 30% of new businesses fail within their first two years, 50% within the first five years and 66% within the first 10. Only 25% make it to 15 years or more. “Being family owned is fundamental to the Gordon Flesch Company’s identity,” says Tom Flesch, CEO of the Gordon Flesch Company. “The leadership of our company has been the Flesch family and will be as we transition leadership to the third generation of the Flesch family. We believe it is the only way to preserve the ideals of our founder, Gordon Flesch, and to continue to grow as a responsible, community-minded company.”
The Family Business Awards Program is made possible through the generous support of Dispatch Media Group, First Merchants Bank, Gryphon Financial Partners, Ricart Automotive, Rider + Reinke Financial Group, Taft/, and White Castle.
The Conway Center for Family Business is Central Ohio’s resource for educational programs, resources and networking opportunities to support the growth and success of family-owned businesses. The Center celebrates the successes of family-owned businesses at its annual awards program and offers peer group opportunities for next-generation leaders, family business leaders, women family business owners, and more. The organization includes approximately 200 family-owned businesses from Central Ohio that employ more than 20,000 individuals. The Conway Center is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018.
About The Gordon Flesch Company
The Gordon Flesch Company is one of the largest independent providers of office technology solutions in the nation. Family-owned since 1956, the Gordon Flesch Company employs more than 600 people throughout 23 offices in the Midwest, with their corporate office in Madison, Wisconsin. GFC delivers unique business process expertise to solve challenging problems and help achieve organizational goals. This includes integrating industry-leading software and hardware to build custom solutions that are supported by technical expertise, customer service and flexible, in-house financial services. Follow us on Twitter at @GordonFlesch.