#BehindTheRibbon: Meet Ellen Cameron of Overhead Door of Northwest Indiana

ohd-ellen-cameronTo Ellen Cameron, community means family participation. When her husband bought Overhead Door of Northwest Indiana in 2004, they knew they wanted to be a business that gets involved.

“Communities always have something people can be out contributing to,” Cameron explained. “We are a small business in Indiana, which is important because of the jobs we bring to the community. Also the reach out programs that we do. We decided that these were the venues we wanted to help out with.”

Overhead Door gives back by hosting food drives and Toys for Tots. They try to raise awareness for their causes as much as they can.

“We always have a huge turn out. It shows a lot of caring in the community.”

Their employees are all involved in volunteer work, local athletics, and other community organizations. Ellen herself likes to keep busy. She was a hockey mom when her kids were growing up, along with softball and basketball.

She also ran her own basket weaving business before joining Overhead Door full time. Ellen taught classes at night, and sold her creations at craft shows.

“Running my own business helped me learn financial responsibility. Everything from ordering product to the manufacturing,” said Cameron.

Ellen came in to Overhead Door as an office manager so she could learn the ropes. She and her husband knew she would one day be the Chief Financial Officer - and now she has been in that role for 5 years.

As CFO, Ellen is in charge of finances for both of her family’s offices. Her job entails a wide range of responsibilities, including human resources manager, payroll, accounts payable, and financial planning. Her co-workers, most of whom are her family, challenge and support her.

“I love the fact that everyone has so much pride in their job,” Ellen said. “I can’t tell you why it clicks but I can tell you our family appreciates having good jobs and being able to go out in the community and prosper. It’s such a great place to work. Each and every employee really can’t go on with our daily tasks without each and every other person.”

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