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In fact, over the years, more than 30 organizations have profited from Winder’s service as a board director. In addition to Alsco, he is currently a director for EnergySolutions, Inc., GE Capital Bank, Savage Services, National Association of Corporate Directors, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, the Utah Sports Commission and Utah Symphony Utah Opera—an eclectic mix of publicly held companies, private companies and nonprofit groups.
“My board positions have influenced my approach to business by emphasizing ethics, duty to the shareholders, financial stability and growth, and strategic planning including enterprise risk management,” says Winder.
It’s this thoughtful, strategic approach that executives at Alsco have found so valuable. Winder serves as the chair of the audit committee for Alsco, and he has helped the company take its corporate governance to the next level.
“Dave’s helped our board become a little more professional,” says Bob Steiner, co-CEO of Alsco, a privately held textiles company with operations on several continents. “He’s come from a larger background than just our company’s experience. And he’s brought with that a lot of advice and techniques for us to become a better board. He’s brought more attention to governance, to self-evaluation, to benchmarking our organization against what public companies do … so it’s a very professional, serious level, and he’s contributed a lot to that.”
Winder has served on Alsco’s board for about 10 years, and Steiner says he is continually amazed at Winder’s unflagging energy and thirst for knowledge. He is also very hands on and interested in the daily workings of the company. “He goes out of his way in his travels—which are always extensive—to drop in where we have an operation,” says Steiner. “He sees what they are doing and learns about the opportunities and challenges that people in our foreign locations, particularly, have.”
On the board, Steiner says, Winder has a way of keeping the discussion serious and focused. “He excels in the art of gentle persuasion. He’s not trying to score points—he’s just trying to help build a great organization. We find that Dave can build consensus very well; and we don’t always know that we’re being brought together into a consensus … but he’s very good at leading us that way.”