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CEO Mike Mallaro accepts the Business of the Year Award.

CEO Mike Mallaro accepts the Business of the Year Award.

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber presented their Annual Awards on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The VGM Group received the Business of the Year Award for companies with 51+ employees.  PDCM Insurance sponsors this award.

View the presentation video about the VGM Group, produced by Pyke Studios,  here.

With 25 years of success, The VGM Group includes more than 20 business units. The most recent $20m expansion adds 70,000 square feet of new offices to the San Marnan Ave. corporate campus and will be home to 300 employees.  The $2m renovation of the Alexandra Drive location accommodates growth of new tech based jobs.

VGM is a 100% owned by its 650+ employees through Employee Stock Ownership Plan “ESOP”, keeping wealth in the Cedar Valley and creating an employee focused culture and unique employment brand. VGM is one of Iowa’s 2015 Top Workplace in the Large Company category selected through an independent survey by Workplace Dynamics.

VGM’s annual Heartland Conference contributed an economic benefit of $1.1 million in the Cedar Valley in 2015 alone.

To help develop, strengthen, and retain talent in the company and the Cedar Valley, VGM participates in Iowa’s STEM Student Internship Program and has developed an internal professional development program for emerging leaders with in their company.


View a video of the entire event, including acceptance speeches, produced by Cedar Falls Cable is here.


Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Business Awards

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is hosting the second annual Diversity & Inclusion Summitt, a networking event for professionals on Thursday, October 5, 2012. Diversity & Inclusion Summit, sponsored by Allen Health Systems, will be held at the Allen College, 1990 Heath Street, Waterloo, from 8:00pm to 12:30pm. The Summit provides attendees a concentrated and focused experience with multiple activities to include a keynote speaker, authoritative workshop panel discussions and a stimulating multi-cultural mixer.
Keynote Speaker for the event will be Shirley Davis Sheppard, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion and Workplace Flexibility, and leader in The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Dr. Davis’ presentation is titled, “Leading an Inclusive and Engaged 21st Century Workforce: The Competitive Advantage.” Other local guests will share their experiences including Reverend Abraham L. Funchess, Jr., Human Rights Director for the city of Waterloo and Human Resources Executive Progressive Insurance, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Robovsky, Iowa Army National Guard. Other local business professionals will lead workshops and provide feedback to attendees questions in a panel discussion.
Also during the Summit, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber will announce the call for nominations and application processes for the Diversity & Inclusion Awards to be presented at the 2013 Annual Celebration, March 7, 2013 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo.
These awards will be given for outstanding contribution by a business or organization for leadership in creating and strengthening an environment of diversity and inclusion in the workplace culture, business practices and in the community. Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2012.
Participants will receive the book- Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested no later than September 28th by going to the Events Calendar at www.cedarvalleyalliance.com. More information about the initiative and the awards can be found there.

The Diversity & Inclusion Initiative helps the business & institutions of the Cedar Valley region recognize and act on the business case for adopting and implementing inclusive practices in hiring, employee development, marketing and environment.
For more information about the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Diversity & Inclusion Partnership, Summit or awards call Bob Justis at (319)232-1156 or email bjustis@cedarvalleyalliance.com.


Be part of something greater - The Cedar Valley of Iowa

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is a regional economic community development corporation working to increase economic vitality and wealth in the Waterloo / Cedar Falls area and surrounding economic region. The Alliance & Chamber has approximately 800 members that represents over 40,000 employees