All-Star Case Studies

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

2021 Case Study - SummitCove

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Organization Background

SummitCove is a property management company that manages several hundred vacation properties in the Keystone Ski Resort, Keystone, Colorado. The company offers a full array of vacation property management services such as marketing and renting individually owned vacation homes, and housekeeping and maintenance services that include carpet cleaning and painting.

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2021 Case Study - Ryan Lawn & Tree

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Organization Background

Founded in 1987 by Larry Ryan, the company helps thousands of homeowners in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma with a range of services provided by six business units that includes lawn care, tree pruning and removal, and pest control. The company became partly owned by an ESOP in 1998 and became 100% employee-owned in 2019.

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2021 Case Study - Rail Trail Flatbread

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Organization Background

Built up by a team of three partners on December 12, 2012, Rail Trail began as a family-friendly restaurant that serves flatbread pizza and other classic American dishes. The company has more recently expanded by opening a micro-creamery and a speakeasy-style bar.

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2021 Case Study - Pegasus

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Organization Background

Pegasus Building Services was founded in 1969 as a full-service janitorial firm serving the Southern California business community. It has since evolved into the premier facility services company with six locations in the southwestern United States.

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2021 Case Study - Menold Construction

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Organization Background

Menold Construction & Restoration specializes in disaster recovery for any kind of building or property that may have suffered anything from fire damage to mold. The company also does commercial and residential remodeling. With three locations, the business services some 27 counties in the state of Illinois.

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2021 Case Study - Malco

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Organization Background

Malco, which started in 1950 and is now 100% employee owned, manufactures high-quality, specialty hand tools that help construction contractors—including HVAC professionals who service heating and air conditioners—do their jobs better. The company also added a second manufacturing facility in DeWitt, Nebraska, that used to make the iconic “Vise-Grip” pliers—now called “Eagle Grip”—which are now available on Amazon.

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2021 Case Study - Kiolbassa Smoked Meats

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Organization Background

The company is a fast-growing food brand known for authentic, premium smoked meat products. The company’s sausages, which are often described as “the best sausage I’ve ever had in my life,” are sold across the U.S. and Mexico.

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2021 Case Study - Jenner Ag

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Organization Background

Jenner Ag, the Case IH Agriculture Application Equipment Distributor for the states of Illinois and Indiana—a consolidation of four different companies—has been serving its customers for 60 years and counting.

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2021 Case Study - Intrust IT

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Organization Background

Intrust IT, which was founded in 1992, provides information technology support for small and medium-sized businesses that can’t afford an IT department of their own. The firm boasts more than 100 customers, most of who reside in the greater Cincinnati area.

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2021 Case Study - International Cars

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Organization Background

International Cars Limited (ICL) was a single failing dealership with 22 employees when Marshall Jespersen, a former military rocket scientist, took over running the business in 1989. It’s since grown into six locations in two states selling Honda, Chevrolet, Porsche, and Audi vehicles. In 2000, the company became part-owned by an ESOP.

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