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2017 Distinguished Citizen - Ray Schwenk

JASPER​​® would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Ray Schwenk, who was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award at this year’s Boy Scouts DCA Banquet. 

Ray is someone who continuously lives by the Boy Scout laws and values every day and JASPER® is blessed to have him as an Associate-Owner for over 40 years. 

Congratulations, Ray! This award was much deserved.

   

Ray Schwenk is an Eagle Scout and has been for nearly 50 years. He earned Scouting’s top rank, in 1968, from Precious Blood Catholic Church, where he was a   member of Troop 183 and Explorer Post 183. As an adult, he served as Assistant Scoutmaster for the Troop.

Ray graduated from Jasper High School in 1970 and attended Indiana State University, where he earned a teaching degree and a business minor. He taught school in Vincennes, IN, for three years before joining Jasper Engines & Transmissions.

Ray has been employed by Jasper Engines and Transmissions for over 40 years. He has helped JASPER® grow from a regional company with 12 branch locations into a nationally respected organization with 45 branch locations, two distribution centers, five remanufacturing facilities and multiple divisions. Ray was actively involved in the 2010 transition to a 100% Associate Owned Company. He currently serves as the Treasurer and Plan Administrator for the JET 401(k) Plan.

Over the years, Ray has served the Boy Scouts of America in numerous capacities. He is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Buffalo Trace Council and was an Executive Board Member of the Council for 10 years. He also served as a District Committee Member for the Lincoln Heritage District for two years and as a Council Member at large of Buffalo Trace Council for one year. He has played an instrumental role in providing Scout Handbooks to new Boy Scouts in the spring, courtesy of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, and has lent his support to the last two Jamboree Committees for the Council, as well as assisting the Buffalo Trace Council in a number of other ways. In 2010, he made a trek to Canada with Holy Family Church Venturing Crew 185 and served as Chaplain Aide. All of the boys with him on the trek earned their Duty to God Award. In 2011, the Buffalo Trace Council honored Ray with a Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it.

Outside of Scouting, Ray has served on the Jasper Junior Achievement Board and currently serves on the boards of Dubois County Community Foundation, Providence Home/Cathedral Health, and Anderson Woods, Inc. He is a Religious Education Teacher and Hospitality minister for Precious Blood Church and has served on various church committees.

Ray says, “My father, mother, and family set an example for me to give back to the community. Endowing our community’s future is the responsibility we have for the future of our children and youth.”

 

 

Automotive Trivia 10/13/17

Friddle: In what year did Jasper Engines & Transmissions open its Nashville, TN, branch?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
Which German automaker offered the V8 powered 928?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Porsche
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

 

Automotive Trivia 10/06/17

Friddle: Which German automaker offered the V8 powered 928?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
Chrysler offers fuel-saving MDS technology. What does
the acronym MDS stand for
?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Multi-Displacement System
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner
 

Automotive Trivia 9/29/17

Friddle:  Chrysler offers fuel-saving MDS technology. What does the acronym
MDS stand for?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
What does the automotive-related acronym BTDC stand for?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Before Top Dead Center

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

Do You Need a Quick New Idea That Will Give You a Competitive Edge?

 
 
When your business is running at peak performance, take a look back at all the hard work it took you to get there. It takes years to become an overnight success! You got there by making big improvements early on and now you are making small tweaks that continue to build your differentiation in the marketplace.
 
In a recent Town Hall Academy, we provided tips and ideas that would give your shop an edge. There are many simple, tried and true ideas that shop owners have implemented that will continue to build your business into the preferred service center in your community.
 
Many of the ideas shared on the Academy focus on the customer experience. No argument that clean restrooms are a must, but a super clean, ala the Ritz, restroom would be taking differentiation to a new level. Smart phone charging stations for your customers, and fresh baked cookies, may make your shop the talk of the town.
 
Becoming a certified child seat installer, offering free car washes, wiping off the dash and cleaning windows are opportunities that will create loyalty from these unexpected services.
 
This Academy has twenty-one tips on giving you an edge. Warning: Don’t just listen to them without making a commitment to take at least one idea and implement it. You’ll create a trend of differentiation that your people will help continue.
 
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75 Years – An Anniversary worth Celebrating

 

This year we are celebrating our 75th anniversary! Jasper Engines and Transmissions was founded in 1942 through the vision of Alvin C. Ruxer. We have been remanufacturing quality products since 1942 and today we are the nation’s largest remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines, transmissions, differentials, rear axle assemblies, marine engines, stern drives, performance engines, and electric motors.

In true JASPER tradition of, “Doing it Right… And Having Fun,” we had an anniversary celebration earlier this month for Associates and their families. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the great success of the past 75 years. We were graced with a beautiful day and many events such as a 5k, Car Show, Health Fair, Magic Show, Bounce Houses/Inflatables, Games, Bingo, Food, Concerts, and more! 

Thank you to all Associates and their hard work in getting us to the 75 year milestone! It is truly an anniversary worth celebrating.

   

    

    

 

 

 

Automotive Trivia 9/22/17

Friddle:  What does the automotive-related acronym BTDC stand for?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
What color did Porsche paint 911 Nr. 1,000,000?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Irish Green

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

A Culture of Servant Leadership and Employee Ownership

JASPER’s Doug Bawel, Chairman and CEO, and Zach Bawel, President and COO, were recently guests on a podcast and cited in a blog by Kyle DeFur, President of TrueU. They discussed how servant leadership and Associate (employee) ownership has affected JASPER’s culture.
 

JASPER® has worked to create a culture of servant leadership over the past 75 years. This leadership began with Alvin C. Ruxer when he founded the company in 1942, and continued throughout the years with the leaders that followed. It is servant leadership that helped the executive team make the decision to become 100% Associate Owned through an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company in 2010.

 

So what exactly is servant leadership, and what does it mean? A servant leader is someone who makes decisions that benefit their Associates before themselves; someone who looks at how they can make their Associates’ jobs easier, safer, and someone who helps their Associates grow to their fullest potential. The decision to become an ESOP company was made to protect the Associates, the community, and the brand. It was a decision to benefit others and not for personal gain. This is the epitome of servant leadership.

 

Becoming an ESOP has enhanced the servant leadership culture at JASPER. It has given all Associates, not just those in management positions, the desire to be servant leaders. Work days are no longer only about clocking in and out. Associates now have a vested interest in the greater good of the company. Associates take ownership and pride in everything that is done here at JASPER. They are continuously looking for ways to improve. It has created a culture where it is normal to receive 18,000+ improvement ideas annually from Associates. It is a culture where Associates care. They care about their coworkers, the company, and the product.

 

Here at JASPER, we are proud to say that each unit that leaves our facility was built by an owner of our company. Our Associate-Owners have a vested interest and care to be sure that each unit is built perfectly for you.

 

Podcast: https://trueu.com/resources/trueu-mobile-app/
Blog: https://trueu.com/leader-serves-servant-leadership-perspective-kyle-defur/?platform=hootsuite

 

Automotive Trivia 9/15/17

Friddle:  What color did Porsche paint 911 Nr. 1,000,000?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
In what year was the Pontiac Firebird introduced?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1967

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

 

Automotive Trivia 9/08/17

Friddle:  In what year was the Pontiac Firebird introduced?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  I
n what year was the Ford Motor Company founded?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1903

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced