A Responsibility to Give Back
As the retired CEO of Dicor Corporation, Gary Adamson has had many opportunities to support various nonprofit organizations over the years. He and his partners built Dicor from less than 10 employees in 1983 to more than 130 employees operating four facilities — Dicor Products, United Shade, Vixen Composites and Seal Design.
The success of his business has made it possible for him to give back in ways that naturally fit the areas he and his wife, Connie, value most in life.
Helping Others Prosper
One of Gary’s proudest career accomplishments has been seeing Dicor advance and improve to a level where shareholders and other key employees have been able to prosper, build new homes and educate their children.
“That has been very rewarding to me,” he says.
Making Education Possible
Gary and Connie place great value on education.
They first became acquainted with Bethel through accounting firm Hamil, Lehman and England (Brian Hamil ’82 is the chairman of Bethel’s Board of Trustees), which served Dicor. Through that association, Gary was invited to a golf outing and shared a cart with then President Steve Cramer, Ph.D. ’75. Later, on a campus tour, he met Pete McCown, then vice president for institutional advancement, and learned more about Bethel and its students.
“To see young adults be educated in a faith-based, nonpolitical environment is rare in this day and age. I was impressed with that … I still am!” Gary says.
Raising a Family
The Adamsons consider their greatest success to be their family.
“To see our three children and our three grandchildren become successful, caring individuals … and to have had the ability to assist in their education … has been our proudest accomplishment,” he says.
Giving for the Future
Gary and Connie have a deep desire to contribute toward higher education for the next generation. They have continued their faithful support of Bethel College because they believe in its mission and values. They have focused their giving primarily on the Annual Fund, which supports student scholarships and areas of greatest need.
“It’s a natural thing to want to give. If we’ve been fortunate, we have a responsibility to give back,” Gary says.