SANTA ROSA – Improving the lives of people with disabilities unites and motivates the 317 staff members of Becoming Independent.
It was formed as a nonprofit in 1980, but the nonprofit’s roots reach back into the 1960s when a group of parents organized a community-based program for their adult disabled children.
“BI is so unique because it came from total grassroots beginnings but still retains the same ethics and management style,” says a staff member. “The same emphasis that the organization places on serving persons and helping them to achieve their potential without focusing on their limitations is applied to the staff.”
Because the heart of BI’s mission is human service, CEO Cami Weaver says the organization endeavors to provide a supportive, inspiring work environment and culture. Ms. Weaver and the chief of services conduct quarterly town hall meetings at BI’s four locations to foster communication and exchange ideas.
Despite major cuts in the organization’s primary funding source, the state of California, “BI has a strategic focus to be the very best service provider in the state,” Ms. Weaver says, “and the entire organization is working toward that mighty vision.”
Bradley Real Estate
SAN RAFAEL – Agents with Bradley Real Estate get all the benefits of working as independent contractors and all the support of a strong, successful company.
Owners Melissa and Rob Bradley manage to keep bureaucracy to a minimum while providing plenty of training, resources and, most of all, leadership to their agents, who greatly admire the owners’ vision and ability to adapt the company to a completely new real estate market and flourish.
“We are given all the necessary tools of the trade and much more. We have the best of equipment, advertising and management,” says one agent. “We are greatly rewarded for our hard work in these difficult times. I have been in this business for 35-plus years, and I have never been appreciated as much as I am here. We are consistently given leads and advice.”
With nine offices and 330 people, Bradley Real Estate is the fourth-largest residential real estate brokerage in the North Bay.
Nevertheless, “Melissa Bradley is never too busy to give of her time, thoughts and experience to her agents. Her focus is on her team of agents and helping each and every one achieve their personal goals and success,” says another agent. “Melissa and Rob are a very inspirational and motivational team inspiring success and teamwork in all of us.”
SANTA ROSA – As the third-largest bank in the North Bay, Exchange Bank is community bank in the truest sense. The bank has been in business since 1890, and founder Frank Doyle ensured that the bank would remain locally owned. This has provided a tremendous sense of pride and job security for the bank’s 407 employees through one of the bank’s most difficult periods ever.
“This is a caring, giving company that has a long-standing culture of taking good care of employees, customers and giving back to the community,” says an employee. “The company's commitment to community, employees, shareholders is balanced.”