Published May 17, 2016
Volume 24, Number 5

Business Bits


  • Kimley-Horn Recognized in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For     

    Kimley-Horn, a design and planning consultancy with 2,500 employees and over 80 offices nationwide, was ranked at number 7 in the 2016 edition of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. .
    “Employees reap top rewards from this design consulting firm, where engineers, planners, and environmental scientists work on projects ranging from bridges to sewer systems to airports. and transit systems,” wrote the magazine. “Combined profit sharing and 401k match was over 17 percent of salaries last year. The firm's retirement compensation was four times more than larger-sized firms in their industry. Kimley-Horn also goes to great lengths to thank employees — of which 300 of them actually own it — from passing out Honeybaked Ham gift cards during the holidays to giving out gift cards and bonuses.”
  • Ellie Mae Named to HousingWire's HW Tech100 for Third Consecutive Year  

    Ellie Mae, a software and service company headquartered in Hacienda which serves the residential mortgage industry, has been recognized as one of HousingWire’s HW Tech100 for 2016. Ellie Mae also won the Growth category for increase in clients and revenue. The Tech100 represents the housing economy’s 100 most innovative technology companies. Ellie Mae was nominated for Encompass, its all-in-one mortgage management solution that enables banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders to originate and fund mortgages and improve compliance, loan quality and efficiency.
    “The companies in the HW TECH100 are providing innovative solutions to the traditionally hide-bound mortgage finance industry,” said HousingWire editor-in-chief Jacob Gaffney. “In the face of rising costs to originate and service loans, a still-volatile housing market and multiplying regulations, these innovations are crucial to the survival and profitability of those in our industry.”
    “We are honored to once again be named to the HW Tech100 and be recognized for our continued commitment to providing our lenders with innovative solutions that help them grow their businesses while efficiently producing high-quality and compliant loans,” said Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae.
  • Gap Inc.’s Commitment to Equality Recognized with 2016 Catalyst Award   

    Gap Inc. has received the prestigious 2016 Catalyst Award at an event held in New York City. In selecting Gap Inc. for this year’s Award, Catalyst, a leading nonprofit organization accelerating progress for women, recognized Gap Inc.’s culture of equality and dedicated efforts related to the advancement of women, including employees, customers, and within the broader community.
    Today, women make up more than 70 percent of Gap Inc.’s worldwide employee base, including a similar percent of its store managers and the CEO’s senior leadership team. Additionally, women currently lead four out of five Gap Inc. brands. In 2014, Gap Inc. became the first Fortune 500 company to announce that it pays female and male employees equally for equal work around the world.
    “Gap Inc. is committed to a culture of equality, where everyone has the opportunity to stand as equals and thrive,” said Art Peck, chief executive officer of Gap Inc. “This tradition was established by our co-founders Doris and Don Fisher, who opened the first Gap store in 1969 as equal partners. We are honored and grateful to receive the 2016 Catalyst Award, and we remain committed to the values of equality and inclusion, which unlock new possibilities for our company and the people touched by our business around the world.”

Stories compiled by Jay Hipps


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