COMPANY NEWS: ECI Software Solutions, a global provider of cloud-based business management software and services, has announced the winners of its 8th annual Everyday Hero Awards, which recognize customers who are dedicated to making a difference to others and giving back to their communities.
Sven Gustafson of Stonewood, Minnesota, a custom builder, is the grand prize winner of the 2023 Everyday Hero Award for his charity work with the 141 Project, which is focused on building homes for families in need around the world. To the grand prize winner, ECI will make a $15,000 donation to the charity of Gustafson’s choice.
141 Project is a faith-based organization focused on building homes for families in need to help end generational poverty. The unique business model uses housewarming gift money to buy materials and build homes in under-resourced parts of the world. For every new home built in the United States, another is built for a family in one of the program’s global partner communities, who hire local builders to complete the project – providing safety, stability and hope as a catalyst for change.
Nominations for ECI’s annual Everyday Hero Awards are submitted by ECI employees, customers and partners and evaluated by a panel of judges. The 2023 runner-up includes:
- First runner-up: Scott Kinderman of Drewco Corp, an industrial equipment supplier in Wisconsin, won $10,000 for his work with BeLEAF Survivors, a charity dedicated to promoting hope and healing for victims of sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect. Kinderman works as a BeLEAF board member, advocate and supporter, volunteering her time in emergency rooms with survivors, promoting healing and providing empathy.
- Second runner-up: Darko Ristic of W&E Platt, a global supplier of gun carriers and ammunition systems to law enforcement and military units in New South Wales, Australia, and his wife Jenny won $5,000 to support The Silver Coin Project, a non-profit, family-run organization that leads fundraising efforts for to buy uniforms, lunches, supplies and other needs for disadvantaged students in local elementary schools. To date, The Silver Coin Project has helped thousands of students across 23 schools in the Macarthur area of Australia.
Trevor Gruenewald, CEO, ECI, said: “The housing crisis is touching every corner of the world and we are incredibly inspired by Sven and his team for the work they are doing with the 141 Project to help end generational poverty, one family at a time point in time.
“The 2023 class of Everyday Heroes demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to community service. The 141 Project, BeLEAF Survivors and The Silver Coin Project embody the core values of community engagement, and we are honored to work with clients who have a passion for uplifting and empower others.”
Nominations for ECI’s 9th annual Everyday Hero Awards will open in April 2024. For more information and to see these heroes’ stories, visit the Everyday Hero webpage.
About ECI Software Solutions
ECI Software Solutions provides cloud-based enterprise software to run end-to-end small and medium-sized businesses. Built by experts in the manufacturing, homebuilding, service management, building supply, office technology and wholesale/retail distribution industries, ECI’s industry-specific software connects businesses and customers, improving visibility, operational efficiency and profitability. With ECI, companies seamlessly integrate sales and marketing, business intelligence, CRM, data and analytics, e-commerce, mobile apps and payment processing. With more than 30 years of industry leadership, ECI is trusted by 24,000 customers in more than 80 countries globally. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it has offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia. For more information, visit www.ECIsolutions.com.
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