Beth Dailey is named one of this year’s 25 Women in Leadership. Beth is an outstanding CFO and has superior knowledge of accounting and financial management. She is a lifelong learner who never misses an opportunity to enhance her skills for the company’s success and the lives of our employees.
Beth is an inspiration and role model for her four children, the community she serves, and the 175 employees of Peoria Production Shop. She is an inspiration as she juggles a demanding job, family commitments, and community volunteer activities.
She is truly a servant leader in everything she does. She has embraced our mission of serving individuals with disabilities and is always looking for opportunities to improve their lives.
For the past several years, Beth has partnered with METEC to provide hundreds of onsite free tax returns for our past and present employees and EPIC employees. She also completed tax returns for immediate and extended family members of EPIC and PPS employees. She has coordinated PPS volunteers, as well as other tax professionals to provide onsite tax returns saving thousands of dollars for our employees and others.
In addition to completing over a hundred tax returns every season, while doing her very demanding job at the same time, she also prepares free tax returns on the weekends at METEC and in her hometown of Canton.
Beth’s way of serving has rubbed off on her employees. They will keep their ears open for employees who may be struggling and problem-solve to help them along the way.
On any given day, Beth may communicate with the IRS for an employee in trouble and another she will make arrangements for weekly deductions so an employee’s rent will get paid on time. Her staff volunteers to help with employee needs and are always willing to help in other departments as needed, just as she does.
Where there are difficult decisions to be made, her first statement will be, “Is this what is best for our employees?” This has been particularly evident as we have tackled the business issues that have come from dealing with the pandemic we are facing.
Dan LaTurno had big shoes to fill as Dick Peplow retired after 46 years as President of Peoria Production Shop. The new president came from a textile and for-profit background, therefore PPS was a fresh start. Not to mention, Dan was also able to bring new ideas to the company from past experience.
Dan required all of his management team to participate in a Leadership Management Course to ensure all employees are on the same page. The 11-week course touches on time management, delegation, motivation, problem solving, and maximizing people’s potential.
In his first year as the CEO, LaTurno made sure to create meaningful relationships with his employees. All throughout the week, each day, employees flood his office with important information and to simply ‘catch up’. Also, several of the employees who work in the plant make sure to stop by and say hello. Dan has made an effort to help out the employees outside of the typical work week by helping individuals move into their own apartments.
LaTurno wants to make a difference at PPS. He encourages open discussions and new ideas. Although this first year has been quite difficult regarding a pandemic, Dan is sure to learn from this experience and create more opportunities for the company.
Cheers to more years! PPS wants to thank you for a great first year.