Business briefs: Pecka named business service advisor for Carson City’s United Federal Credit Union |

Business briefs: Pecka named business service advisor for Carson City’s United Federal Credit Union

James Pecka

Pecka named business service advisor

James Pecka has been appointed to the position of Business Service Advisor at United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) in Carson City. In his new role, Pecka will use his business lending expertise to provide financial counseling and product awareness to credit union members regarding their business needs and growth objectives.

Pecka has a background in both the financial and real estate industries, and a track record for adapting to ever-changing market conditions and unforeseen challenges. His banking career has included both agricultural and manufacturing lending.

Prior to joining UFCU, Pecka served as a district business specialist, U.S. Bank, Reno; business banker at PNC Bank, Kokomo, Ind.; branch manager, Regions Bank, Lafayette, Ind.; and real estate broker, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Clarksville, Tenn.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Austin Peay State University.

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D & D now owned by employees

The subject of raising a national minimum wage has been a hot topic in the news lately and even an issue raised by both presidential candidates.

Ken Dillon of D & D Roofing and Sheet Metal decided he would do something even better for his employees. He would make them all owners of the company through an ESOP or Employee Stock Ownership Plan. So today D & D Roofing and Sheet Metal is 100 percent owned by its employees.

So what exactly is an ESOP program and what does it mean for the employees at D & D? It works like this. The company sets up a trust fund and gives every employee stock in the company at no cost to the employee. The amount of stock given is according to a pre-established formula based on salary, and time of service. A new hire must wait a year to start receiving stock.

The value of the stock is determined annually by an independent appraiser to comply with federal regulations. So the value of the stock fluctuates according to how the company is doing financially like any company’s stock. Obviously employees would seem to have a little more incentive to push a little harder since they feel they have a vested interest in the success of the company.

Each employee at D & D can truthfully say they don’t just work at D & D they are an owner of the company.

Then each year, like a bonus, every employee at D & D receives additional stock, again at no cost to them, based on the same formula of salary, and time of service. They are fully vested after six years of continuous employment.

When an employee leaves, the company is obligated to buy back that person’s stock at the current market value of that stock.

Management and the Board of Directors, however, still maintain the overall control of the operation and decision making of the company.

Does an ESOP have an effect on the performance of a company? For example, a national survey has shown that such ownership firms grow as much as 2.3 to 2.4 percent faster after setting up their ESOP than without it, and some have reported as much as 8 or 10 percent.

D & D Roofing and Sheet Metal is Nevada’s leading roofing company with headquarters in Sparks, and an office in Carson City. It also offers serves portions of northern Nevada and California. The company handles both residential and commercial roofing projects, and holds seven Contractors Licenses in Nevada, California and Utah and obtained an Asbestos Abatement license in 1989.