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Jan 31, 2019 | Written by Kristian Montenegro | Culturally Different, Social Mission, Employee Ownership

What Employee Ownership Means to Me

ESOP – Employee Stock Ownership Plan.  To some people ESOP is simply another form of a retirement plan, and that is okay.  It means many different things to different people.

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Jan 22, 2019 | Written by Ian Moldovan | Culturally Different, Social Mission, zz Service Day CT-MA

Hallam-ICS Service Day – CT/MA Offices 2018

Proud-the first word that comes to mind to describe my feelings about working for a company that pays its employees to volunteer a day of service at a local organization that betters the community in which we live and work. It’s part of our company’s Social Mission, and we call it Hallam-ICS’s Service Day.

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Aug 09, 2018 | Written by William Neuburger | Social Mission, Inspired Engineering

On the Road from Greed to Giving

Our firm’s culture has included an aspect of social responsibility since Dave Hallam started in 1981 and the successor leaders and staff have expanded it. When I joined in 2010, it was a foreign idea to me that a firm would donate company money and pay employees to do volunteer work.

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May 31, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Culturally Different, Social Mission

“Hello Old Friend” – Hallam-ICS Alumni Evening


Hallam-ICS held our first alumni gathering recently, bringing together nearly 60 former and current Hallam-ICS employees for an evening.  It was a night filled with warm embraces, reminiscing, reconnecting and lots of laughter. 

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May 01, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Culturally Different, Social Mission, Employee Ownership

Employee Owners of Vermont spend a Day in the Dirt!


In a recent blog, I shared the story of how a group of employee owned companies decided to work together to positively impact our communities.  Based upon the recommendation of Gardener’s Supply, we chose the Vermont Community Garden Network’s Day in the Dirt to be the first event where “Employee Owners of Vermont” would work side-by-side in community service.

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Apr 24, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Culturally Different, Social Mission, Employee Ownership

Starting a Movement! Employee Owners of Vermont Impacting our Communities


In early January, I was sitting at my desk and decided to send out an email.  I love to run, and on several recent outings my brain kept coming back to the same question:  How can we bring local employee owned companies together to impact our communities?

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Apr 20, 2018 | Written by Linda Kronoff | Culturally Different, Social Mission, zz Service Day Vermont

How to become an engineer

“Intellectually curious engineers never stop learning.”

By the time they enter high school many students have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, which path to follow after school and what career choices might be of interest. Participating in high school career education events will give

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Mar 30, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Culturally Different, Social Mission

Spectrum Sleep Out 2018 – Let it rain!

On March 29th, a team of six Hallam-ICS employees joined one hundred community members to sleep outside in Burlington, Vermont.  The annual Sleep Out is a major annual fundraiser for Spectrum Youth and Family Services.  A steady rain and temperatures in the low 40s brought out the rain gear, but the spirit of giving and support could not be dampened.  On their website, they describe the event as:

“Each year, adults and students join the Spectrum Sleep Out in solidarity with homeless young 

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Feb 22, 2018 | Written by Courtney Allen | Culturally Different, Social Mission, MEP Engineering

Girl Scout to Engineer

The Hallam-ICS North Carolina office recently had the rare opportunity to teach young girls what it is like to be an engineer.  We hosted Brownie Troop 803 for a morning filled with mainly electrical safety tips, tricks, and of course play dough.  Let’s be honest, electrical is the most fun anyway.

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Feb 06, 2018 | Written by Chris Font | Culturally Different, Social Mission, MEP Engineering

Krispy Kreme Challenge 2018


6:00 AM Saturday my alarm sings that familiar tune letting me know it is time to wake up. I take a look at my phone to see what the weather is like, 20°F, feels like 16°F – “perfect” I grumble to myself. As I roll out of bed I really begin to realize what is ahead of me.  People run outside year-round all over the country, some people would love 20°! 

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