All-Star Case Studies

Learn from the "Best of the Best" - the Great Game All-Stars

Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc

Organization Background

Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc. is a high-end residential architecture-led design/build firm. The Anthony Wilder team has been creating award-winning projects in and around the Washington DC metropolitan and tri-state area for more than 20 years.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks (BBBSO) operates under the belief that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters, which started in 1904, is the largest donor and volunteer supported one-to-one mentoring network nationwide.  

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New Belgium Brewing

Organization Background

New Belgium Brewery was started by Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch in their basement in 1991. Today, the business operates two breweries, which has enabled New Belgium to expand its geographic reach to become a national distributor. The company has also steadily added to its stable of employee-owners over the years – with more than 50% of the workforce joining over the past four years.  

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Amy's Ice Creams

Organization Background

Amy Simmons started Amy’s Ice Creams in 1984; it’s since grown to include 15 stores in three cities: Austin, Dallas, and Houston. And from the beginning, the company has embraced the mission statement of “making people's day.” When you buy a frozen treat from Amy’s, you’re also buying an experience. Perhaps you’ll be treated to an impromptu dance performance from those making your ice cream, or you might even witness a trick like someone throwing a scoop of ice cream up onto the ceiling and then catching it on their chin.

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Be Found Online (BFO)

Organization Background

Be Found Online (BFO) is a Chicago-based digital marketing agency that delivers organic media, paid media, local search, and digital analytics solutions to medium-sized and enterprise-level businesses. BFO’s roots date back to 2009 when its two founders, Dan Golden (now President), and Steve Krull (CEO) left their big agency careers to create a more nimble and vibrant working environment. The company discovered the Great Game of Business based on its interest in the so-called “gamification” of business.

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Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinkler

Company Background

In 1978, Wayne H. Gey started Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, a subcontractor in Florida’s construction market that designs and installs fire sprinklers. The business has six locations and also includes inspection, service, underground, site, and alarm divisions.

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Fresno First Bank

Company Background

Fresno First Bank opened in December 2005 by a local group of successful business people, some of whom had experience with the successful Regency Bank, which sold at the end of 1999. In 2007, after the CEO’s position opened up, the bank brought in Rick Whitsell, an experienced banker, to fill the position. Two weeks later, the chief financial officer and chief credit officer resigned, which created an opportunity to Whitsell to bring in his own team. At the same time, the bank’s chairman, David Price, happened to be a fan of the Great Game of Business, so he suggested that the bank’s management team go to Springfield, MO, to see how the Great Game was played.

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Goodall Homes

Company Background

Goodall Homes, a residential home-building company based outside Nashville, Tennessee, wanted to run a leaner and more agile company. They also wanted to find a way to teach their team the discipline to look ahead and take advantage of downturns in the housing market.

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Induction Heat Treating Corp.

Company Background

Induction Heat Treating Corp. hardens steel products through the induction heating process for customers in the automotive, construction, agricultural, and military sectors. The company was searching for a solution to help improve profits. Dave Haimbaugh’s father started the business back in 1946. Three of his other sons and Dave, who is now 60, have played a role in its operations ever since. Dave Haimbaugh now owns the company outright after his brothers, both older, retired about a decade ago. The family legacy promises to continue as Haimbaugh says he has two of his nephews now working in the business.

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