Accuchex Payroll Management Services
NOVATO – The core business of this 20-year-old, family-owned operation is providing integrated payroll, human resources, benefits management and insurance services to employers throughout 50 states.
Yet owners Jim and Leslie Ruhland believe the company’s success is shaped by the staff as much as the products and services, if not more.
“We strive to be accessible to our staff and consistently provide our commitment to the health and welfare of our families by respecting and supporting individual needs.”
In addition to providing continuing education and skills training for employees, the company provides monthly staff appreciation lunches and shares client accolades companywide.
The company culture of respecting and valuing diversity while promoting personal and professional growth creates “the ability to be myself and to participate in making this a great company,” notes one employee. “We take great pride in what we do here and try to live everyday in an effort to provide 100 percent satisfaction to all of our clients.”
Audubon Canyon Ranch
STINSON BEACH – This nonprofit has managed not only to sustain but even to expand its reach during a tough economy due to an active board of director, committed staff and hundreds of volunteers who are united in their dedication to the mission.
That mission is to preserve wild lands and open spaces such as Bolinas Lagoon Preserve in Marin County and Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma County through education and research.
More than 800 trained volunteers provide guided nature walks and educational programs to 7,000 schoolchildren each year, connecting future generations of Bay Area residents to the natural world.
The volunteers’ devotion and the hours they put into delivering programs, the history of land preservation, the continuing efforts to provide quality experiential education and lifelong learning, and the focused efforts in conservation science are all factors in a sustained employee longevity that averages 11 years and ranges up to 34 years.
ACR staff members enjoy other morale-boosting benefits such as mileage reimbursement for work-related bicycle use, a flexible telecommuting policy, work environments located in beautiful locations and the availability of on-site staff housing.
“Audubon Canyon Ranch is a great place to work,” notes one employee. “The staff and volunteers all work toward the same goals to ensure ACR's mission is accomplished!”
Bank of Napa
NAPA - Despite the duress caused by the economy to the overall banking industry, locally owned and operated Bank of Napa has continued to grow by staying focused on the community it serves.
"We are all working together to make Bank of Napa the best place to bank in the valley," says Frances Reyes, Bank of Napa's customer service manager. "Our clients can see that and they tell their friends. That is why we are growing while most of the banking industry is really struggling."
Founded in 2006 by local investors, Bank of Napa offers a menu of financial services on par with larger corporate banks yet fuels its growth through reinvestment in community businesses and families. The bank and its employees are heavily involved in the community, supporting the local high schools, Queen of the Valley Hospital and many youth oriented nonprofit organizations.