Andy Shirk with ESI E1
This could not have been a better start to the launch of the new CCAZ Podcast- People and Profit- Elevating Humanity through business. Andy Shirk, the Executive Vice President of ESI, was an absolute delight to have on the show. Not only do the listeners have the chance to learn about ESI and what the company does, but we have the opportunity to learn about Andy Shirk and his connection and growth.
Andy has had many years advising with a few companies in the valley before leading to his current role. We had the chance to learn about Andy and the journey that he has had with Conscious Capitalism and how that journey let him to his role with ESI. ESI is about more than just placing substitute teachers in needed roles. Through the conversation, as well as the Conscious Capitalism Stakeholder image in the background of Andy’s office, we are able to gain an insight on the company and how they align with the CCAZ movement.
Educational Services Inc. (ESI) is the leading provider of employee staffing solutions for Arizona school districts, as well as assisting governments and colleges. Founded in 1999 by three educators, ESI has a passion for helping people and making a positive impact in education.
ESI’s featured services include Arizona’s premier return-to-work program known as RetireRehire, its SubSource program, the largest substitute staffing program in the state, and International TeachAlliance, an innovative teacher cultural exchange program.
Andy Shirk is the Executive Vice President of ESI, delighted to lead a company aligned with the principle of Conscious Capitalism and supporter of Local First Arizona.
Prior to joining ESI, Andy lead TrueRoots Development for 7 years advising business owners throughout the Valley.
Kindness, curiosity and wisdom are his core values. His greatest joy is serving people with warmth and compassion which is the bedrock of his career. Whether as a business leader or playing upright bass in the local music scene, Andy genuinely loves to create the setting for others to shine.
About Our Co-Hosts
Sarah McCraren is an Arizona native with a strong sense of community. Sarah spent many years in the corporate finance world specializing in the operational analysis, measurement and accountability systems, project management and software implementations. However, Sarah wanted to do work which was meaningful and would positively impact her community.
She found that saving lives and reducing injuries through comprehensive safety programs fit that bill. Sarah currently leads the McCraren Compliance team by keeping everyone focused on their primary purpose, creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other, and balancing the needs of all their stakeholders.
Sarah serves on the Boards for Conscious Capitalism Arizona and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Tucson Chapter, and is also active with the Arizona Builders Alliance, Arizona Rock Products Association , Arizona Transportation Builders and Women in Mining Az.
Part of an Awesome Team
Creating Workplaces Where We All Watch Out for Each Other
Jeremy Neis is an Investment Advisor with Retirement Evolutions and a small business operator fueled by the desire to enrich the life experience. He grew up in the Chicago area and chased the sun to get a degree at the University of Arizona in human and organizational communications. After doing so, he returned to Illinois where over the next 15 years he would find joy in co-launching and growing a technology solutions company and establishing a family.
In 2014 he returned to the desert to join his current venture, Retirement Evolutions, where his focuses are: (1) Conduct planning with individuals and families so that they can maximize the likelihood of leading secure and comfortable retirements. (2) Through the business services arm, Resourceful, empower business leaders to care for the people that they will rely upon to be thriving, sustainable organizations.
Jeremy is a proud contributor to the Conscious Capitalism movement as he views it as a powerful vehicle to bring about greater prosperity and reduced suffering for our human family. Over his career he has had the privilege to work closely with hundreds of different enterprises across many markets and industries. A common theme emerges among those firms that he’s seen excel and that is to be great not just with what they are bringing to market, but also with the manner in which they are doing so.
About Our Sponsor – Conscious Capitalism Arizona
Business has the potential to be a powerful force for good.
Free enterprise capitalism has served to lift more people out of poverty than any other socio-economic system ever conceived – empowering social cooperation, human progress, and elevating humanity.
Good business is the answer to many of the global issues that humankind is facing. This is what we will dive into on the show.
We are working to change the capitalism narrative by shining a bright light on good business – telling the stories of conscious Arizona companies and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.