NOVATO – The employees at Circle Bank’s five-branch network are proud of the 20-year-old company’s mission to support local businesses and local communities as the real financial engines of this country.
“I have worked for big banks in the past and without question Circle Bank really builds its business around its communities,” says an employee.
Circle Bank has announced plans to open a new location in Corte Madera in 2011 and is building a new headquarters building in Novato, to be completed in 2012. The bank has been profitable every quarter since 1997.
“Our culture is based on providing for our community, supporting each other and working as a team toward common goals,” says the bank’s President and CEO Kimberly Kaselionis. “We focus on retention and rewards.”
In addition to competitive compensation and benefit packages and bonus awards, employees appreciate the bank’s strong leadership that actively engages them and encourages their participation in community nonprofits.
“Our leaders have a clear vision of where they want our company to go, and they do a great job of sharing that vision,” one employee notes.
At the same time, “the company strives to listen to feedback and implement ideas of staff.”
Coast Landscape Management
NAPA – Coast Landscape Management provides landscape maintenance and enhancement services to commercial, industrial and homeowner association clients throughout Northern California.
The 53-person company has avoided wage cuts while maintaining full employee benefits and company events during a difficult economy.
The company’s success and stability is due to “the passion for the work, dedication to quality and customer service, a strong and stable position in our industry and great people who get the job done without taking themselves too seriously,” according to one staff member.
CEO Kelly Solomon co-founded the company in 2005 with Lebo Newman and Rob Solomon, all veterans of commercial landscaping.
“Coast Landscape Management is committed to being a leader in our industry while providing an enriching work environment for our employees,” Ms. Solomon says. “The company is as good as its employees. We have a team atmosphere that is held together with honesty and integrity in everything we do.”
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
GREENBRAE – The 90-person staff of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Greenbrae office appreciate the cohesive team environment and the company’s good management during the difficult housing market of the past few years.
“The company has been ahead of the pack, cutting costs when we knew the market was in a decline,” one employee says. “That has helped many more people keep their jobs.”
The Greenbrae office is part of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s San Francisco-Peninsula Region, the second-largest residential brokerage in the North Bay with 354 agents, led by President Rick Turley.
“We are in a unique situation in that our employees’ ‘clients’ are our sales associates and their clients,” Mr. Turley explains. “We work hard to support them and help them succeed. Our company culture is a fun, supportive environment in which we all delight in the accomplishments and successes of others.”