The next four big companies

The company posted $317 million in revenue last year, despite the pandemic, which “completely changed the way we work, more than anything in our 58 years,” Kendrick said.

“The company has gone from having absolutely no one working remotely to having 85% of its team working remotely,” she said.

The company’s annual kick-off meeting, training workshops, new hire training, and team check-ins were largely done via video conferencing. Communication has also been greatly enhanced, Kendrick said.

“We communicated A LOT. We were transparent and open about all things COVID related. We did weekly video messages and gave the Arrow family updates on how things were going, the number of positive cases and details on available resources,” she said. “We also provided COVID pay and caretaker pay for two years to our team to relieve the stress of not getting paid during quarantine times.”

The company has a team dedicated to personally contacting each person who tests positive to provide advice and resources from Arrow’s insurance company, Kendrick said.

“We loved our people,” she said. “Communication throughout the pandemic from March 2020 has been exceptional. From vaccination information to CDC guidelines on shortened quarantine periods, we’ve been open and candid. »

Learn more: www.arrowexterminators.com.

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Metro Atlanta’s Woodward Academy, with 2,525 students and 638 employees on two campuses, lives by its motto: “Excellence, Character, and Opportunity.” Its mission is to intentionally bring together students from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to create a richer learning community with exceptional academic opportunities.

Enrollment at the academy has been on the rise since fall 2020 thanks to its spacious campus, small class sizes, and ability to safely offer in-person learning. The biggest increase in enrollment was in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, where parents were deeply concerned about the impact of virtual learning on their young children.

President F. Stuart Gulley said Woodward is one of the most diverse private schools in Atlanta and the country.

“With the gift of this diversity, we are committed to practicing a deep respect for difference, where everyone feels valued and appreciated,” he said. “When we don’t succeed or don’t do it well, we constantly acknowledge our failures and reaffirm our commitment to working hard to develop empathy for those who are different from us, so that our students will be more expert and reflective critical thinkers. .” ethical problem solvers in a world that desperately needs leaders who can inspire unity rather than sow division.

Academy employees receive the professional development and tools to succeed, as well as the freedom and space to use their skills and talents for the benefit of students, he said.

“Trust is important,” Gulley said. “We often hear teachers thanking us for the freedom they have to approach teaching in the way they find most effective. Woodward Academy operates with a culture of transparency. We keep our employees informed on key issues, and we encourage them to carry out our values ​​of excellence, character and opportunity every day.

Recent accomplishments include implementing a Compassion Capstone graduation requirement for all seniors, he said. Each Capstone course requires a substantial student-chosen project that will tie the class topic to compassion and empathy in our world.

The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams have won state championships in 2020 and 2021, respectively. For the men’s team, it was the academy’s first state championship victory. The women’s team last won a championship in 1999.

Additionally, Woodward opened a new digital lab at the Carlos Library on the graduate school campus. This provides a space for students with a technology interest to connect and explore advanced web ideation, filmmaking and digital content creation, Gulley said.

The lab was funded by a commitment from the Pechter Family Foundation in combination with grants from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, the Beck Foundation, the Goizueta Foundation and individual donors, he said.

Learn more at www.woodward.edu/.

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Founded 20 years ago by Wes Hunt, Homestar is a full-service mortgage banker headquartered in Gainesville with more than 90 branches nationwide.

Steve Lovig, Homestar’s Director of Human Resources, also affectionately known in the company as “Captain HR”, attributes the organization’s success to Hunt.

From the start, Hunt set the company’s standards of trust and friendliness at all levels of the organization, Lovig said, adding that Hunt also made it clear that the company had broad career opportunities and a caring attitude that permeates every decision.

“Because we ask, management understands how every change, every decision can impact our people, and we use that knowledge to help improve and maintain a high-level work culture,” Lovig said.

The company prides itself on the knowledge and experience of its 728 Metro Atlanta area employees and still has three of its first employees 20 years later.

Homestar’s leadership emphasizes the importance of giving back to the communities it serves, with a focus on homelessness and food insecurity. Its employee wellness initiatives include on-site health fairs, biometric screenings and chiropractic services.

Like other businesses, Homestar has been transformed by the pandemic. Prior to March 2020, Homestar’s workforce was almost entirely stationary; which went to nearly 100% overnight.

“Today we’re still about 75% distant/hybrid,” Lovig said. “Technology and communication challenges had to be overcome, and we are still ensuring that leaders are communicating with their teams on a daily basis.”

Homestar has allowed employees to use as much paid time off as needed to manage their own and their family’s COVID-related health needs.

“We implemented paid parental leave and provided wellness tools for all employees,” Lovig said.

Learn more at www.homestarfc.com.

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A private healthcare staffing agency in Alpharetta, LocumTenens.com was founded in 1995 and employs 536 people. According to the company, its mission is to improve the quality of healthcare by providing patients with access to quality medical care through innovative staffing solutions.

Keith Newport, the agency’s senior vice president for corporate administration, said LocumTenes.com is “truly a mission-driven organization.”

“It’s a great place to work because of the people,” he said. “Our associates are strong teams that work hard for the greater good and fulfill our mission. Every day, our associates see the good that comes from their work, both from the perspective of the clinicians we employ and the clients we serve. They all know that the work they do has an impact.

He said the agency also supports his associations professionally and personally.

The company supports each associate’s professional growth by offering classes held during the workday that allow them to develop their skills, Newport said.

Its campus has amenities — car washes, hair salons and more — that employees can use during their work day instead of away from family, he said.

In addition to traditional health and dental insurance, the company offers pet insurance, discounted legal services, a college savings fund, access to a student loan refinance tool, help with adoption and tuition reimbursement programs. LocumTenens.com also operates an on-site daycare, Newport said.

“We also have several associated networking groups, such as the Women’s Network, People of Color Network, and the PRIDE Network, as well as our Inclusion Advisory Council,” he said.

LocumTenens.com has received several awards, including Inavero’s Best of Staffing Award in the talent and customer categories over the past three years. He supports Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Foster Care Support Foundation, Open Hand Atlanta, and North Fulton Community Charities, among others.

Learn more at LocumTenens.com.

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