EXAIR celebrates Founder’s Day each year on February 22nd (or the closest working day) in order to commemorate the birthday of our founder, Roy Sweeney. He founded the company in 1983 and drove EXAIR to become the strong, successful and innovative company that it has over the years. Roy led EXAIR for 33 years. Today would have been his 88th birthday.
We choose to make this day a celebration and a day to mark our ongoing commitment to the service of others in keeping with the values that Roy and his wife Jackie felt (and feel) very strongly about. Their humble approach to helping others provides a lasting lesson for us all. We continue to look outside our company, outside ourselves and outside our immediate surroundings to do what we can to improve the world around us.
This year, we have selected these organizations to receive donations as part of our Founder’s Day celebration:
Supporting disabled American veterans and their families
- Freestore Foodbank
Supplies 33 million meals per year to those in need
- Lighthouse Youth and Family Services
Supporting their Safe and Supported program for LGBTQ youth
- Best Point Education & Behavioral Health
Specializes in education, behavioral and therapeutic health services and autism services for vulnerable, at-risk youth, their families, and caregivers
- Cincinnati Works
Partners with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment
- SPCA Cincinnati
Offers programs including animal adoptions, animal cruelty investigations, spaying and neutering shelter animals, companion animal and wildlife rescue
- Bethany House
Helps homeless and at-risk families with solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency
- The Ion Center for Violence Prevention
Supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse
- Wounded Warrior Project
Supporting American veterans and their families
- Aitana North American Children’s Association
Supporting children diagnosed with cancer and their families
In addition, EXAIR has also established an Employee Volunteer Program that enables every full-time employee with at least 90 days of service to volunteer with organizations of their choice during the normal work week with full pay by EXAIR. As we see further normalization regarding COVID, we expect that we will see more and more of our team members collectively working with organizations in our community to improve the lives of those in need.
So, as we celebrate Founder’s Day today, we wish Roy a happy birthday. We miss having him here. We remember what he did for all of us and for countless others. And we pledge to continue his commitment to helping those who need it.
Happy Founder’s Day 2022 from everyone at EXAIR!