(MCT) After 17 years as CEO of Empac
, a Wichita-based employee-assistance program provider, Gordon Rogers
is preparing for retirement.
, who turns 65 on Friday, will retire Aug. 28.
"We have some children in Kansas City and grandkids and ... we're going to move up there," he
"I really enjoy the job here. (But) I'm ready to slow down some."
Rogers has been with Empac for 21 years.
He originally joined the organization as a counselor and therapist, and worked in that capacity for four years, he said.
"Our mission is to help employees and help employers," Rogers
"A lot of times people's behavior or performance is not good in the workplace because they have issues or concerns (outside the workplace)."
provides a number of services, including counseling and therapy on marriage and family issues, grief and substance abuse.
It also provides critical incident stress debriefings and training to employers and employees on topics such as positive ways to work with negative people, he
"We have (employees) who are licensed, clinical marriage and family therapists, people who are licensed clinical counselors and people who have master of social work degrees," Rogers
Some of the clients for Empac's
EAP have included Beech Aircraft, Gates Learjet and Pizza Hut.
Some of its employer-clients also govern Empac
said its board comprises representatives of four client companies based from each of three categories: large, medium and small employers.
"Everybody works together," he
"It's a good arrangement."
is based on the ninth floor of the Garvey Center
at 300 W. Douglas, where it has 15 employees.
said that over the years, Empac
has grown to serve 162 companies with employees in 42 states.
Some of its largest local employers include Spirit AeroSystems, Intrust Bank
and Bombardier Learjet.
board is in the process of selecting a new CEO.
Rogers said Jo Lynn Bright will serve as interim CEO.