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Platinum Potato Sponsor Spotlight – Hays Companies


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It all started with a potato. 20 years ago, RDO Caters Taters for Charity launched as a potato luncheon that would give back to the community. Today, the event continues to be an opportunity to raise funds and enjoy a delicious potato. The event also continues to be a successful fundraiser and enjoyable event because of the generosity of sponsors. This year, a new sponsorship level was added for companies that wanted to contribute at a higher level: the Platinum Potato. Here’s a look longtime RDO Caters Taters sponsor and one of this year’s Platinum Potato sponsors, Hays Companies. Spotlight on Hays Companies Hays Companies is one of the nation's leading property, casualty, employee benefits, and private client consultants. In November 2018, Hays was acquired by Brown & Brown and is now part of the sixth-largest insurance brokerage in the United States. Hays continues to operate autonomously, with the exception of additional resources provided by Brown & Brown. Barry Bremer, Senior Vice President in Account Management, has been part of the R.D. Offutt Company and Hays partnership since it first began. He appreciates the shared values and traits between the two companies and was eager to give RDO Caters Taters fans a look at a few of them. Proactive Approach Giving back is important to R.D. Offutt Company, and the Leadership team takes a proactive approach to efforts, ensuring team members have ample opportunities to volunteer and donate. When it comes to supporting RDO Caters Taters, Hays also took a proactive approach – not waiting for R.D. Offutt Company to present the event as an opportunity to support the Fargo-Moorhead community, but instead seeking it out. “We wanted to support R.D. Offutt Company in more than just the business, so we asked if there was an organization or cause important to the company that we could support,” Barry said. This was back when RDO Caters Taters was just getting started and Hays has been supporting the event ever since. An Entrepreneurial Spirit One of the hallmarks of the R.D. Offutt Company culture is an entrepreneurial spirit instilled by founder, Ron Offutt. This shines through at RDO Caters Taters, where all team members are empowered to step up and do their part to grow the event and make it a success. Hays shares a similar approach in its company, a culture that values and rewards innovative and independent thinking. “Hays Companies was built in the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Jim Hays, and partners,” Barry said. “This continues to be reflected in our Core Values and our culture.” Widespread, Local Focus R.D. Offutt Company is located in numerous cities and states across the company and has a global presence and reach as well. The same is true for Hays. Yet, with such a wide reach and operation, both companies have been and continue to be very community-focused, extending beyond the areas their teams live and work to also include where they do business. In fact, the desire to spread the spirit of giving back beyond their own company footprint was the reason Hays became involved in RDO Caters Taters. “We want to support the communities where our partners live and work,” Barry explained. “RDO Caters Taters continues to amaze me, the way the R.D. Offutt Company team gets behind the event and makes it successful. Seeing how those people support their community makes us especially eager to support it, too.” Visit Hays Companies' website to learn more about the company and services it offers: ---------- Join us for RDO Caters Taters for Charity, Tuesday, November 26 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo. 100% of proceeds benefit PATH. See event photos and special updates by following RDO Caters Taters on Facebook and Instagram .




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