Thank You to Our Sponsors – Hays Companies


RDO Caters Taters for Charity is possible because of the goods, services, and dollars donated by generous companies that support the event year after year. We’re pleased to highlight our Hot Potato sponsors with a special feature here on the blog. Read to find out more about one of our Dining Room sponsors, Hays Companies, including the unexpected way it became a sponsor of RDO Cater Taters. Hays Companies Founded in 1994, Hays Companies is now one of the fastest-growing risk management, insurance, and employee benefits consultancy firms in the country. It has more than 30 offices, including its headquarters in Minneapolis, where the company got its start. Barry Bremer, Senior Vice President in Account Management, first became familiar with R.D. Offutt Company in 1997 while doing consulting work with another company in Grand Forks, ND, after the city’s historic flood. Shortly after, he joined Hays Companies – and not long after that, Hays Companies and R.D. Offutt Company began a partnership, one that is still going strong today. Hays Companies was built on the entrepreneurial spirit of its founder and leaders. It’s a company with global partnerships. It’s a company committed to giving the best to customers, employees, and communities. In other words, it’s a company that has a lot in common with R.D. Offutt Company. Another thing the two have in common, like many companies with a widespread footprint, is a commitment to giving back, not only in their own communities, but also those where they do business. After nearly two decades of partnership with R.D. Offutt Company, Hays Companies’ continued support each year of RDO Caters Taters isn’t surprising. What is surprising? How Hays Companies came to be a sponsor of the event. Seeking a Sponsorship Most charitable events put in the time and effort each year to proactively seek out sponsors – not an uncommon practice. In the case of RDO Caters Taters, securing a sponsorship from Hays Companies came the opposite way. “We wanted to support R.D. Offutt Company in more than just the business, so we went looking for a charitable cause close to the company that we could support,” Barry explained. He reached out to Loren Stahl, R.D. Offutt Company’s Director of Risk Management, to find out if there was an organization or cause important to the company, something that Hays Companies could support, too. That’s when Loren mentioned a new event the company was hosting, a potato luncheon called RDO Caters Taters for Charity. Hays Companies got behind the event then and has been ever since. Barry makes it a point to attend RDO Caters Taters almost every year and has enjoyed the event experience throughout the years. He also shared one of, what he feels is the most impressive things about the event – and it’s not the growth, variety of benefiting charities, or even the selection of tasty tater toppings most might think. “It’s the people,” Barry said. “The way R.D. Offutt Company employees get behind the event and make it happen every year, it’s just amazing.” Barry says the Hays Companies team is excited to support the event again this year, with the Great Plains Food Bank as the benefiting charity. “It’s another great community charity.” He added, “Our Minneapolis team supports a food bank in our city so there’s that little extra tie for us.” Visit Hays Compananies' website to learn more about the company and services it offers. ---------- Join us for RDO Caters Taters for Charity, Tuesday, November 20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo. 100% of proceeds benefit Great Plains Food Bank. See event photos and special updates by following RDO Caters Taters on Facebook and Instagram .

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