GHA’s Annual ESOP Fully Vested Bobblehead Reveal


Every year at Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA), a special event marks the journey for co-owners who become fully vested in the company: the Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) Fully Vested Bobblehead Reveal. This unique tradition not only celebrates the dedication of our team members but also adds a personal touch to our company culture. An ESOP is a specialized retirement plan that allows team members to become vested stakeholders in the company. This unique structure awards company shares to employees, directly linking the company’s success with the contributions of its co-owners.

The event kicked off with CEO Todd Gordon expressing his gratitude toward the ESOP Advisory Council for their tireless efforts in organizing events throughout the year, particularly during ESOP month. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the ESOP advisory council for their incredible work. It’s also wonderful to see the expansion of our Wall of Fully Vested, a testament to the growing family of vested co-owners here at GHA,” said Todd.

The Wall of Fully Vested is a unique display featuring hexagon-shaped shelves arranged in a honeycomb pattern. Each shelf holds a custom bobblehead representing a fully vested co-owner, capturing not just their likeness but also their individual passions and interests.

Reaching full vesting status at GHA is more than a financial milestone; it’s a symbol of one’s commitment and contribution to the company’s collective success. This momentous occasion represents years of dedication, passion for the work, and integrity in every project undertaken. It’s a rite of passage that not only acknowledges an individual’s role in the company but also strengthens the sense of community among all co-owners. The annual bobblehead reveal serves as a celebration of this significant achievement, immortalizing each fully vested co-owner’s unique personality and role within the GHA family.

This year’s bobblehead reveal was as unique as the individuals it celebrated. For instance, Ross Haseman, P.E., PTOE, opted for a bobblehead donned in a Hawaiian shirt, reflecting his own fondness for wearing them. The bobblehead also features a turtle, a nod to his daughter’s love for the creature. Sporting a guitar and a Mythosaur shirt, Assistant CAD Manager Zach Wallsten’s bobblehead pays homage to his long-standing passion for music and his fandom of the Star Wars universe.

Kent Justus was particularly impressed by the attention to detail in the bobbleheads. “They’ve captured the gray in my beard perfectly. It’s incredibly realistic,” he noted. Art Penn, P.E., COO, also chimed in, saying, “It’s amazing how everyone’s bobblehead looks just like them,” before adding “I really am turning into my dad.”

The Annual ESOP Fully Vested Bobblehead Reveal is more than just a company event; it’s a celebration of the unique individuals that make up GHA. It serves as a reminder of the solutions we provide and the community we build, both within and outside the company. As we look forward to another year of growth and success, the newly revealed bobbleheads stand as testaments to the talent and legacy of each co-owner that continues to enrich our firm.