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Phoenix-based M Culinary Concepts is now an employee-owned business

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Founded by Brandon Maxwell and Chef Michael DeMaria in 1999, M Culinary Concepts’ key to success starts with hiring the right employees with an obsessive commitment to excellence. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
M Culinary Concepts eyes employee wealth growth with ESOP Designation
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Phoenix-based M Culinary Concepts is announcing it is now a 100% employee-owned business.

Founded by Brandon Maxwell and Chef Michael DeMaria in 1999, M Culinary Concepts’ key to success starts with hiring the right employees with an obsessive commitment to excellence, representatives there tell the Digital Free Press.

After more than a quarter-century in business, Mr Maxwell and Chef DeMaria have repositioned the company to directly benefit employees as a “thank you” for their ongoing commitment to the team, a press release states. Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are a near-anomaly in the hospitality industry, in which high employee turnover is the norm. Only 2% of U.S. businesses are ESOPs.

Today M Culinary joins the 6,500 American businesses that proudly tout this designation, the release states. “When you have a vibrant, team-centric culture like we’ve built at M Culinary, it doesn’t make sense to be selfish,” Mr. Maxwell, CEO and co-founder, said in a prepared statement.

“By giving our employees a stake in the company, they become the CEO of their own position, furthering the business and fostering a healthy culture that leads to even more success.”

All full-time M Culinary Concepts employees are now eligible to participate in the ESOP plan. For each employee, contributions will be made to their ESOP account based on their compensation.

Over time, each employee’s account will be allocated more shares and increase in value. Upon retirement or end of employment, employees have the opportunity to monetize their account. The benefit is in addition to M Culinary’s pre-existing full-time benefits, including a 401K plan.

M Culinary will continue to 100% match the first 3% of the employee’s 401K contribution and match an additional .5% when the employee contributes 4-5%.

Additional M Culinary benefits include 100% company-paid dental, life and disability programs, vision insurance, pet insurance, virtual doctor visits on demand, flex spending accounts (FSA), wellness programs and daily lunch prepared its award-winning culinary team.

“The foundation of M Culinary’s success has always been our incredible team,” Mr. Maxwell said. “It is our honor to give back to our employees in a way that builds wealth for their families in this generation and beyond.”

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