Originally created 09/17/06

Loaned executives help United Way



Some companies are donating more than money to help the United Way of Aiken County during this year's fundraising campaign.

Employees of five companies are serving as loaned executives, continuing a long-standing tradition of helping the charity during its campaign.

The loaned executives started their new jobs Aug. 21 and will work at United Way through Oct. 27, said Chris Slaughter, the marketing director for the agency.

"They do anything, just about," Ms. Slaughter said. "Their main purpose is to work on the industrial accounts. They meet with employee campaign managers at all of those businesses to help them run their internal United Way campaigns. Each of them has 40 or 50 accounts."

United Way couldn't function without the loaned executives, she said.

"It's actually a system to keep administrative costs low for United Way, which, of course, means more dollars going toward services and programs," she said. "We speak to companies throughout the community about providing a loaned executive."

This year's executives are:

- Matthew Bramlett, of Security Federal Bank

- Anthony A. Corriero, of Parsons

- Lynn Burkes, of Washington Savannah River Co.

- Jerry Gibbs, of Publix

- Sharon Cormier, of Wackenhut Services Inc.

Mr. Gibbs said in a statement that working for the agency is giving him a unique experience. "It really makes you feel good inside to think you are a part of a mission that helps the less fortunate get what is needed for them in the community."

Ms. Slaughter said that though some of the companies are repeat loaners, this is the first time these executives have served with United Way.

"The company benefits because they actually get an informed employee who's more community-oriented," she said. "They interact with people outside of their regular business contacts. They enhance their professional skills, whether it's public speaking or whatever - and so it really is a win for the sponsoring company, a win for United Way and a win for the individual who was selected to be the loaned executive."

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or sandi.martin@augustachronicle.com.