Bank of Marin
NOVATO – Incorporated in 1989, Bank of Marin is the fourth-largest bank in the North Bay and the eighth-largest public company, with 13 locations and 216 employees.
“We also hold the position of number one business bank and number one community bank in Marin County,” says bank President and CEO Russ Colombo.
In the midst of economic upheaval that has brought about the failure of other banks, Bank of Marin employees appreciate the company’s steadfast adherence to conservative practices.
“The executives of BOM have communicated very well with all employees regarding the challenges we face,” one employee says. “We never got into the first mortgage lending business. BOM is about relationships and knowing our customers. Because of that, we have a loyal customer base. We are not facing the problems that other banks are facing.”
Mr. Colombo credits the united efforts of executive leadership and employees that enables the bank to achieve its fiscal goals while continuing to support community causes.
The bank contributes to more than 250 local nonprofits, and bank employees serve on more than 70 boards while volunteering thousands of hours annually.
“Bank of Marin's efforts in the community make it a great company,” says an employee. “Its commitment to local nonprofits shows the bank's true mission to make our community a better place. If the community is successful, the bank will follow.”
As the last remaining privately held partnership among the large New York Stock Exchange securities firms, the company culture of Edward Jones is a blend of entrepreneurship and ownership.
All of Edward Jones' 30,000 associates globally are either owners or potential owners in the company, says Scott Holder, the company’s top local executive who also runs his own office.
“The firm has proved wrong those who believe a company can grow only by going public. Edward Jones’ growth is among the best in the industry and the firm hasn’t had an unprofitable year since 1970.”
The company supplies financial services and products to individual investors. Edward Jones offices in the North Bay employ 110 people.
“The culture of the company makes Edward Jones a great company to work for. The branch office structure allows you to feel that you are running your own practice, yet you have the support of our home office,” says one associate. “The company really encourages each employee to think like an owner and values each and every person’s opinions and input.”
A distributed, responsibility-based management structure has served the company well during challenging economic times.
“Because EDJ was early to reduce costs in 2008 and 2009, they never laid off any employees,” says an associate. “Our firm has done everything possible to help us achieve our individual goals and the firm's goals at the same time.”
Embassy Suites Hotel
SAN RAFAEL – A sense of teamwork and support keeps employees of the Embassy Suites Hotel motivated to provide guests with the best possible hospitality service.