2012 Best Places to Work winner profiles: 101--250 employees

Bank of MarinSIX-TIME WINNERA year of milestones; how the winners were chosen; facts and figures of winners over the yearsBest Places to Work 2012 winner profiles20--50 employees51--100 employees101--250 employees251--500 employees501--1,000 employees1,001-plus employees101--250 employeeslisted alphabeticallyBank of MarinColdwell Banker Brokers of the ValleyCommunity Child Care Council of Sonoma CountyEmbassy Suites Hotel - San RafaelFirst American Home Buyers Protection CorporationIDEX Health & ScienceLa Tortilla FactoryPetaluma Health CenterREACH Air Medical ServicesSequoia Senior SolutionsSonic.netW. Bradley Electric, Inc.

NOVATO -- "Our mission is to provide legendary service, both to our customers and each other," said President and CEO Russell Colombo.

"We foster a sense of trust and accountability in all of our relationships. During the downturn, some of our customers had more challenges than we had. We worked closely with them, particularly from the loan side, to be flexible and accommodating. Their success is ours."

In the words of one employee, "What makes us great is the fact that all offices, branches and employees work in harmony. Managers keep us updated and informed."

Bank of Marin partners with hundreds of local nonprofits, schools and civic organizations and proudly reports that its employees volunteer over 8,000 hours a year.

"The bank takes a high-road approach by investing in employees, which may cost a little more in the short term, but will bring a much greater benefit in the future -- as well as increased employee satisfaction in the present," an employee said.Coldwell Banker Brokers of the ValleyTWO-TIME WINNER

NAPA -- Satisfied employees stay with a company for the long term. More than 55 percent of the Coldwell Banker team has been with the company for more than 10 years -- about 63 of the firm's 130 agents.

"During the recession, broker-owner Carolyn Roberts and I carefully monitored and reduced expenses without cutting support services to our agents," said General Manager Robin Rose. "At the same time, we enhanced in-service education for sales associates enabling them to continue to be the best in this challenging market."

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