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​Misty Rogers Honored with 2018 STEP Ahead Award

by Todd Steimer


We have many outstanding employees here at ESCO, but it is important to recognize the unsung heroes—those whose contributions often take place behind the scenes. Misty Rogers, our North American systems manager, is one of those unsung heroes.

Misty recently returned from a weekend in ​Washington, D.C., where she accepted the Manufacturing Institute’s 2018 STEP Ahead Award. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award recognizes women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. This year Misty was honored alongside 100 other women in her field and 30 emerging leaders—a deserving recognition among peers, supervisors and industry leaders!


At ESCO we are proud of the steps we have taken to mentor, support and recognize our female employees. Each year we provide an opportunity for those within the organization to nominate their female colleagues for this national award. While there were several ESCO women who were deserving of a nomination this year, Misty was nominated by her peers before being selected by ESCO leadership and then the Manufacturing Institute. The humility Misty showed when recognized for her hard work and leadership skills exemplified the approach she has taken to her job for 20 plus years.

She embodies the values of respect and continuous improvement we hold here at ESCO. In her two decades with the company, she has worked her way up from a bookkeeper at the first ESCO-owned retail facility to systems manager for the entire North American region. A key pro blem solver, Misty has streamlined our processes, from the point of order entry to job completion; she has played a key role in opening our retail locations across the U.S. and Canada; and she served as a global process leader for our ESCO supply & service locations. Misty is an invaluable member of our team.


All the while, Misty has served as a mentor, a friend and an inspiration to ESCO employees at all levels across the globe. She enjoys building people’s skills within our organization, helping to develop the less experienced members of our group, and contributing to our team environment and culture. In her own words, Misty  wrote in her application materials, “In business, there are always challenges. I have always tried to instill confidence and a can-do attitude into all of my co-workers when they are facing challenges with their careers.”

She has also worked to develop and expand the ESCO Women’s Network to remote sites within North America, involving approximately 10 locations and 60 women at ESCO. This is instrumental work to continue the important conversations of confidence, development and growth for female employees.

Those of us at ESCO who work with Misty every day are happy to share with the rest of the country what an incredible colleague, leader and individual she is. Misty has represented ESCO well and will continue to do so for many more years.

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