Curious about: Generational growth
From an early age, Jim Doty, CEO of Expert Crane, was curious about following his own path. Now his children are finding new ways to take the company forward. As Jim explains: "After graduating high school, I worked for a company as a machinist and moved my way through various departments. I didn't care for their business philosophy, so in 1977, I started Expert Crane when I was 22 years old."
"We're an overhead crane and hoist manufacturer, service company and distributor. There are four main components to the company. Our own proprietary product line for the medium to heavy-duty market. Products for the medium to light-duty market (like powerful car-lifts; magnets), our service arm and our distributed products that we buy from others and resell."
Jim's strategy to diversify has been a success. But, as he says, "After about 30 years I had built the business as far as I could handle it personally. That's when my kids came in and took it to the next level." Jim's two sons and daughter share his curiosity for finding growth and they're guiding Expert Crane along several new paths. "We started hiring new people, we broadened our marketing and we're expanding the sale of our in-house product nationwide."
It appears that success runs in the Doty family: "From 2010 to 2011 we doubled in size and we grew another 50% last year. We're looking to expand another 50% over the next three years." Jim has another son in college waiting in the wings. "So there will be even more growth and opportunities."
It was important for Jim that his bank could fit in – like an extension of the family. "Fifth Third Bank didn't tell us what we wanted to hear. They told us what reality was. They're promoting our business, helping with networking and advising us on how to move forward with purchasing a machine shop. All of this seems above and beyond what a bank would normally do."BACK
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CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE IN OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. You have not yet won a prize. There are three (3) prizes being awarded in this Contest. The time of drawing and type of prize is as follows:
1. September 2013
Winners will be selected on September 30, 2013. To be eligible to win a prize, the participant must have their story featured on the contest website www.53.com/curiosityatwork on or before June 10, 2013. Each story is subject to open voting by the public (anyone accessing www.53.com/curiosityatwork). The top three participant stories based on the number of votes received during the contest period will win one (1) of three (3) prizes:
Odds of winning depend on number of participant stories featured on www.53.com/curiosityatwork and number of eligible votes received. THE SPONSOR OF THIS CONTEST IS: Fifth Third Bank, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Attention: Marketing Department MD 1090BN, Cincinnati, OH 45263 (Attention: Curious Customer Contest ("Sponsor")).
WINNER MAY BE REQUIRED TO EXECUTE A PRIZE ACCEPTANCE RELEASE AS MORE FULLY DETAILED BELOW. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU MUST AGREE TO THESE "OFFICIAL RULES", WHICH CREATE A CONTRACT SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, SUCH CONTRACT INCLUDES GRANTS OF RIGHTS AND INDEMNITIES TO SPONSOR FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.
The Curious Customer Contest (the "Contest") begins on June 10, 2013. All eligible participants must have their story featured on the Contest website, www.53.com/curiosityatwork. To be eligible to win a prize, the participant's story must have been the first, second, or third place vote getter based on tabulated votes received during the contest, beginning June 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM (ET) through September30, 2013 at 5:00 PM (ET) (the "Contest Period").
To participate in this Contest, eligible contestants (see Section below entitled "Who May Enter" for eligibility requirements) must have their story featured online at www.53.com/curiosityatwork for voting on or before June 10, 2013. All stories are subject to review and approval by Fifth Third Bank, in its sole discretion, prior to placing the story online for voting.
Sponsor will not use personal information obtained through your story, except in connection with this Contest.
Only one (1) story will be accepted per entrant. By submitting a story into the Contest, all entrants are affirming their agreement to the Official Rules. Those who do not follow all of the instructions, provide the required information in their release form, or abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of Sponsor will be disqualified.
Each story is subject to open voting by the public (anyone accessing www.53.com/curiosityatwork). The top three participant stories based on the number of votes received during the contest period will win one (1) of three (3) prizes. Limit (1) one vote per story and per email address per day. Votes using macro, robotic, script or other forms of automatic voting will be disqualified. Alternatively, votes can be received by sending a 3x5 card labeled "Attention: Curious Customer Contest Mail-in Vote" with the sender's full name, complete address, home and daytime telephone number (including area code), e-mail address and date of birth (all of which must be legible) and name of the company featured in the story and mail it with proper postage to: Fifth Third Bank, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Attention: Marketing Department MD 1090BN, Cincinnati, OH 45263. To protect your privacy, please send the 3x5 postcard to Sponsor in an envelope. Only one (1) mail-in vote per envelope will be accepted. Sponsor will not use personal information obtained through your mail-in vote, except in connection with this Sweepstakes. All mail-in votes for First, Second and Third Prizes must be received by September 30, 2013.
Sponsor may run multiple campaigns, contests, or other promotions simultaneously. Entry into one campaign, contest or promotion does not constitute entry into any other. All votes that are in excess of the stated limits, late, illegible, incomplete, received with postage due, damaged, destroyed, forged or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules may be disqualified from the Contest at Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to void all votes made through any robotic, automatic, mechanically programmed or similar voting duplication method and to disqualify any individual using such a method.
Sponsor and affiliated entities are not responsible for lost, misdirected, misplaced, stolen, tampered with, deleted, or invalid votes. Assurance of delivery of votes is the sole responsibility of the entrant. All votes become the physical property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify from this Contest any person it believes has violated these Official Rules.
WHO MAY ENTER:
The Contest is open to all U.S. residents who are at least 18 as of their entry date and are the principal owner and/or signer of the business associated with the story they are submitting. Employees of the Sponsor and each of its parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies or promotional partners associated with this Contest, and relatives of and those living in the same household of such employees (whether legally related or not) are not eligible to enter or win a prize. For the purpose of this Contest, relatives are defined as spouse, mother, father, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children and grandchildren. Void where prohibited.
By participating in the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that he or she meets these eligibility requirements and has read, accepts and will comply with these Official Rules and each entrant acknowledges that any violation thereof may disqualify entrant from the Contest.
SELECTION OF WINNER(S):
On or about, September 30, 2013, eligible votes cast for the entrant during the Contest period will be tabulated and the Prize Winners will be notified in accordance with these Official Rules. Any votes received after the Contest Period will not be considered. Votes will be tabulated by a marketing manager ("Manager") appointed by the Sponsor. The entrants selected in this Contest will be "Winner(s)" subject to confirmation of eligibility and full and timely completion and return of Prize claiming requirements described below. Sponsor and Manager will have complete discretion over interpretation of the Official Rules, of administration of the Contest, and of selection of the Winners. Decisions of the Sponsor and the Manager as to the administration of the Contest, interpretation of the Official Rules, and the selection of the Winners will be final. If, for any reason, more bona fide winners come forward seeking to claim the Prize(s), the Winner(s) may be selected in a random drawing from among all persons making purportedly valid claims for the Prize(s). Inclusion in such drawing shall be each entrant's sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances.
Odds of winning a Prize will depend upon the total number of eligible votes received during the Contest Period.
Sponsor will be awarding 3 Prizes in this Contest. The "Prize(s)" to be awarded in this Contest each consist of the following:
1. September 2013
Drawing to be held on September 30, 2013. To be eligible to win a prize, the participant must have their story featured on the contest website www.53.com/curiosityatwork on or before June 10, 2013.
To claim a Prize, you may be required to provide your correct full-name, mailing address, telephone number and/or e-mail address, and proof of ownership of the business for which the story was submitted. Sponsor will not replace any stolen Prize(s). Prizes are non-transferable, with no substitutions except at Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change, and in the event that Sponsor is unable to provide the Winner with the Prize(s), the Sponsor may elect, at the Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion, to provide Winner(s) with the approximate value of such item in the form of a check, gift card or award an alternate prize of comparable or greater value. All Prizes are awarded "AS IS" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).
Winner(s) will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the Prize(s) they receive. The total approximate retail value ("ARV") of all the Prize(s) awarded in the Contest is listed above and the value of any Prize awarded to a Winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. The Winner(s) must provide Sponsor with a valid social security number before the Prize will be awarded for tax reporting purposes. An IRS Form 1099 may be issued in the name of Winner(s), or if a minor in the jurisdiction in which s/he resides, in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, for the actual value of the Prize(s) received. Unclaimed Prize(s) will be forfeited.
WINNER NOTIFICATION AND PRIZE CLAIMING:
The potential Winner(s) will be notified by e-mail and/or telephone and/or mail on or about September 30, 2013. Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending of an e-mail, placing of a phone call, one (1) day after sending via a delivery service or two (2) days after mailing. A potential Prize Winner who provides a P.O. Box may be required to provide an alternative address and this may cause a delay in notification and acceptance so use of a P.O. Box is discouraged. Each potential Winner of the Contest may (in Sponsor's sole discretion) be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability/prize acceptance agreement (the "Prize Acceptance Release") and return the Prize Acceptance Release before being eligible to receive his or her Prize. If any potential Prize Winner fails or refuses to sign and return such Prize Acceptance Release within three (3) days of the first (1st) notification attempt or if the Prize or Prize notification is returned as rejected, faulty, unclaimed or returned as undeliverable to such potential Prize Winner, such potential Prize Winner (in Sponsor's sole discretion) may be disqualified and an alternate may (in Sponsor's sole discretion) be selected. If any potential Prize Winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules, he or she may be disqualified in Sponsor's sole discretion, and an alternate potential Prize Winner may then, in Sponsor's sole discretion, be selected from all remaining eligible votes. The Prize Acceptance Release is subject to verification by Sponsor.
Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, damaged, intercepted misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the potential Winners. When a potential Winner is contacted, he/she will have a stated period of time within which to respond to the notification, or he/she will be disqualified and his/her Prize forfeited, and an alternate potential Winner may be selected. If a potential Winner changes his/her e-mail address or other contact information after he/she registers, it is his/her sole responsibility to update his/her registration information notifying the Sponsor. Failure to update such registration information may affect a potential Winner's ability to receive a Prize. Winners may be required to submit to a background check in order to accept Prizes. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual whose background check reveals information that is inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate (which may be determined by Sponsor, at their sole and absolute discretion).
Subject to applicable law, Winner(s) irrevocably grant Sponsor and its licensees, and its and their successors, assigns and sublicensees the right and permission to use their name, voice, likeness and/or biographical material for advertising, promotional and/or publicity purposes in connection with the Contest, in all forms of media and by all manners (now and hereafter known), and on and in connection with related products, services, advertising and promotional materials (now known or hereafter developed), worldwide, in perpetuity, without any obligation, notice or consideration except for the awarding of the Prize(s) to the Winner(s). Entrants agree not to issue any publicity concerning Sponsor.
TAMPERING WITH CONTEST:
Sponsor is not responsible for the actions of entrants in connection with the Contest, including entrants' attempts to circumvent the Official Rules or otherwise interfere with the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, or whom Sponsor believes to be causing malfunction, error, disruption or damage may be disqualified. Additionally, any attempt to cheat the Contest, as determined at the sole discretion of Sponsor, may result in immediate disqualification of the entrant, as well as other possible consequences, including disqualification from any and all existing and future Contest. ANY ATTEMPT BY A PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE CONTEST WEBSITE) OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK ALL LEGAL AND EQUITABLE REMEDIES FROM AND AGAINST ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any individual who is found to be, or suspected of, acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike, obscene, immoral or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Additionally, if, in the Sponsor's opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Contest, or if a computer virus, bug, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical difficulties, or failures compromise or corrupt or affect the administration, integrity, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Contest and conduct a random drawing to award the Prizes using all non-suspect votes received as of the termination date.
WAIVERS, DISCLAIMERS AND RELEASES:
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor (including, without limitation, regarding qualification of entrants and Prize Winners and interpretation of these Official Rules). By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor and each of its parents, and each of its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, distributors, licensors, licensees, representatives, attorneys, Prize providers and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, successors and assigns ("Released Parties"): from and against any and all claims, liability, costs, losses, damages or injuries of any kind arising out of or related to entrants' participation in the Contest and/or related to any Prize (including, without limitation, losses, damages or injuries to entrant's or any other person's equipment or other property, or to their persons, related to participation in the Contest; or arising out of any violation of rights of publicity or privacy, or claims of defamation or portrayal in a false light; or based on any claim of infringement of intellectual property; or from any typographical, human or other error in the printing, offering, selection, operation or announcement of any Contest activity and/or Prize). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, entrants agree that Released Parties: (A) have neither made nor will be in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, in connection with the Contest and/or with respect to Prizes, including, without limitation, to any Prize's quality or fitness for a particular purpose; (B) maintain no control over the personnel, equipment or operation of any entity furnishing services, products or accommodations ("Suppliers") as a part of the Prizes provided in connection with the Contest; and (C) will not be responsible or liable for any injury, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or other irregularity that may be caused or contributed to: (1) by the wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of the Suppliers or any of their agents, servants, employees or independent contractors, (2) by any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, instrumentality, service or product that is owned, operated, furnished or otherwise used by any of those Suppliers, (3) by the wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any other person or entity not an employee of the Released Parties, and (4) by any cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the control of the Released Parties. Entrants agree and that the Released Parties shall have no responsibility or liability for discontinued Prizes; human error; incorrect or inaccurate transcription of registration and/or account information; any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer dating mechanism, computer equipment, software, or Internet service provider utilized by Sponsor; interruption or inability to access Contest Website or Sponsor or affiliated entities' respective websites, or any online service via the Internet due to hardware or software compatibility problems; any damage to participant's (or any third person's) computer and/or its contents related to or resulting from any part of the Contest; any lost/delayed data transmissions, omissions, interruptions, defects; and/or any other errors or malfunctions, even if caused by the negligence of the Released Parties. Each entrant further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Released Parties from and against any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to release all rights to bring any claim, action or proceeding against Released Parties and hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to a Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by a Supplier that may be sent along with a Prize. Sponsor is not responsible for the actions of entrants in connection with the Contest, including entrants' attempts to circumvent the Official Rules or otherwise interfere with the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest. By participating in this Contest, entrants hereby agree to irrevocably release and hold the Released Parties harmless from and against all losses, damages, liabilities, claims, actions, proceedings, or judgments arising out of or relating to entrants' story or participation in this Contest or in connection with (including any use or misuse) of any Prizes awarded hereunder. Entrants further understand and agree that all rights under Section 1542 of the Civil Code of California ("Section 1542") and any similar law of any state or territory of the United States that may be applicable with respect to the foregoing release are hereby expressly and forever waived. Entrants acknowledge that Section 1542 provides that: "A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR." The releases hereunder are intended to apply to all claims not known or suspected to exist with the intent of waiving the effect of laws requiring the intent to release future unknown claims.
SUSPENSION / MODIFICATION / TERMINATION:
Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to extend the Contest Period by posting notice on the Contest Website. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Contest by any event beyond its control, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, communications or equipment failure, utility or service interruptions, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared), interference with the Contest by any party, or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor's control (each a "Force Majeure" event or occurrence) Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest. Sponsor additionally reserves the right, in its sole discretion: (1) to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest should anything corrupt or interfere with the administration, integrity, operation, security or proper play of the Contest (including, without limitation, holding an alternative drawing of entrants Sponsor believes to be eligible that it does not determine should be disqualified); or (2) to disqualify any entrant found to be, or suspected of: (a) tampering with the voting process or the operation of the Contest; (b) acting in violation of these Official Rules; or (c) acting in an un-sportsmanlike manner. Entrants agree to check the Contest Website prior to the end of the Contest Period for any changes, and to ensure that there is no need to re-enter.
GOVERNING LAW / LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (1) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (2) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY) NOT TO EXCEED TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS' FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (3) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TWO HUNDRED 7 FIFTY DOLLARS $250.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (4) ENTRANTS' REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules or the Prize Acceptance Release will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Rules or the Prize Acceptance Release is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. Entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Official Rules. Headings are solely for convenience of reference and will not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of the documents or any provision hereof.
IDENTIFICATION OF SPONSOR:
This Contest is produced and sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Attention: Marketing Department MD 1090BN, Cincinnati, OH 45263. Reference to third parties in connection with Prizes and/or third party websites or services are for reference and identification purposes only and not intended to suggest endorsement, sponsorship or affiliation with Sponsor or the Contest.
LIST OF CONTEST WINNER(S)/OFFICIAL RULES REQUESTS:
To receive a list of Winner(s), send a stamped self addressed envelope to: Contest Winners List, Fifth Third Bank, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Attention: Marketing Department MD 1090BN, Cincinnati, OH 45263 – Attention: Curious Customer Contest. Please indicate which Contest Winners List you are requesting. A Winners list may also be posted on the Contest Website for sixty (60) days after Winner(s) are selected. For a copy of these Official Rules, send a legal-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Contest Official Rules, Fifth Third Bank, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Attention: Marketing Department MD 1090BN, Cincinnati, OH 45263 – Attention: Curious Customer Contest prior to the end of the Contest Period. Vermont residents may omit return postage with Official Rules requests.
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