EP 38: Bob Stephens & Mike Smith, "Celebrating 50 Years with Blood, Sweat, and Cheers!"
Bob and Mike grew up right here in Lincoln, NE. They have been friends since junior high school. They came together shortly after graduating high school and formed Stephens & Smith Construction Co., Inc. in 1971. In the early days, they were considered builder then they focused on concrete flatwork...which then developed into concrete foundations, gypcrete, floor coatings, water-proofing and more. Due to this expansion, it became apparent that if they wanted to realize their company vision, they needed to create a method for hiring and retaining highly motivated and talented employees. A compensation system was devised that was uncommon to the construction industry. They felt that to achieve the success that they dreamed of, they needed to allow employees the ability to not only make a good living, but also to allow for the sharing in the profits and ownership of the company itself. This was accomplished with the establishment of a company employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. So now we can proudly say, Stephens and Smith Construction Company truly has, “An Owner on Every Project”. The management style by Bob Stephens and Mike Smith, transformed the company from a relatively small Lincoln area concrete construction company into an employee owned regional company that has been ranked by Concrete Construction magazine as one of the top 100 most successful concrete construction companies in the nation. What began as two friends who decided to become business partners in 1971, is now an organization currently with over 240 employee owners. I'm sure I can speak on their behalf as they would say, "It has been a great ride" Ladies and Gentleman, allow me to introduce, Mr. Bob Stephens and Mr. Mike Smith.
A Happy Series Of Accidents....A Conversation With Mayor Bob Stephens
Former Springfield, MO Mayor Bob Stephens took some time to talk about his life, politics and his current passion: getting folks vaccinated against COVID-19. I've known him through my work in the fire service, but never got to really sit down and dive into his story. In his own words....."Be out there in the world and make it better." Mr. Stephens has done just that, and continues to demonstrate the kind of integrity we ALL wish our political leaders would demonstrate. Cheers!
The Observers Notebook- RTMC at 50 with Bob Stephens
Episode 46In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Bob Stephens, past Treasurer of the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference in Big Bear California. Bob and I discuss the past 50 years of RTMC and what the future looks like for this wonderful conference.You can contact Bob at:email@example.comFor more information on the RTMC you can visit:http://rtmcastronomyexpo.org/For more information you can visit the ALPO web site at:http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/You can join the ALPO here:https://store.astroleague.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=39You can also support this podcast at Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/ObserversNotebookListen to the podcast on Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/observersnotebookSubscribe on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/observers-notebook-the-alpo-podcast/id1199301885?mt=2I want to thank the Producer of this podcast, Steve Siedentop for his generous support of the Observers Notebook.