Attaining Our Goals and Exemplifying Our Mission: SVG All-Company Meeting

“We’re linked together in every aspect. You pull out one department and we all fall. Everyone’s contributions are equal. We couldn’t be where we are without the right people here today,”

– Jeffery Anderson, COO

Corralling almost 250 employees for an all-company meeting in the middle of the day isn’t an easy task. So, why do we still do it? Because we believe that company goals are for everyone to set and attain. Our best results come when we work together through collective determination and encouragement.

Since our founding, we’ve held tightly to our core values of accountability, authenticity, and innovation. It’s been the cornerstone of who we are. Everything from the goals we set, who we hire, how we’ve developed our culture, and how we make daily decisions revolve around these core values. We’re far from the “startup” we used to be, but our mission remains close and unwavering. So when it came time to set our 2017 goals, we made sure our mission and values were still at the center of it all.

“I believe our goals are a testament to how we live by our mission and values every day. We’re all accountable for the results at SVG and should be very proud of our 2016 performance. We have an incredible team here and I'm extremely confident we can multiply that success in 2017,”

– Chris Giuliani, CEO

Check out the pictures from our annual goals meeting below.

SVG Wins Business Insurance Magazine's Best Companies Award

We are proud to announce our selection as one of Business Insurance Magazine’s Best Places To Work 2016. Best Places to Work in Insurance is an annual feature by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group that lists the agents, brokers, insurers and other providers with the highest employee engagement and satisfaction.

The 2016 award, given to 75 high-performing companies throughout the country, highlights the best of the insurance industry and emphasizes those companies that show a strong commitment to employee benefits and other programs that their employees value.

A few members of SVG’s leadership team provided insight into what this award means to us:

“I am especially proud of the fact that employee surveys and satisfaction determine winners of this award. We consider awards to be a great source of motivation for years to come. I’m consistently impressed by our teams and this award is an indicator that we are doing things the right way.”
- Chris Giuliani, CEO

“Our positive environment is rooted in the authentic connections we make with each other, and our people take on the responsibility of not only preserving but enhancing our culture.  We recognize the contributions our people make every day to the company we are, and the one we're becoming, together, and we'd like to thank them for their efforts.
- Jeffery Anderson, COO

"At SVG, it's all about the people - our people drive our business and our success. We want to create an unmatched employment experience for them so they are proud and excited to join, stay, and grow with us."
- Leslie Shea, VP, Human Resources

Click Here to view the full list of honorees and to read more about the process.

 

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SVG Releases Employee-Only Website

If you’re a savvy social network user, you may see our employees using #SVGKC across many platforms. This past month we released an employee-only internal website with the same acronym: my.SVGKC.com. This site is a one-stop-shop for our employees with company news, recognitions, social updates, and more!

We believe in investing in one another just as much as we invest in our clients and businesses. Therefore, one of the most prominent features on my.SVGKC.com is the ability to recognize coworkers. Employees can nominate a coworker for anything, but mostly for living out our three core values of authenticity, accountability, and innovation.

Traffic to the site, only accessible on SVG’s network, has already exceeded expectations. To gain access to the site, get a job Spring Venture Group! Check out our careers page for current openings.

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Inside SVG: Cady Walter

In this month’s Inside SVG, we chatted with semi-pro baker, QuikTrip fanatic, and Talent Acquisition Specialist, Cady Walter.

What do you do here at SVG?
I’m a Talent Acquisition Specialist within the Recruiting Department. My goal is to bring in the best quality talent and help give applicants a great first impression of SVG!

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love meeting and connecting with our future employees. Having built that initial connection with our new employees, I get to have a relationship with them before they even step foot in the office. As these people come on board, I love watching their journey all the way from their first day to seeing them find success here!

How do you have a hand in preserving and enhancing our culture?
People who engage me really well on the phone are applicants I think will not only succeed here, but mesh with our culture. Part of our culture here at SVG is that we genuinely like people, so when I get that “vibe” from someone, I know they’ll fit in here with the culture we’ve already established.

How do you think SVG stands apart in terms of how we recruit?
Our culture sells itself, but we want to convey who we are at our core from the start. We want to have clear, prompt communication with potential new hires. We don’t let applicants sit around not knowing how the hiring process is going. It’s already a stressful process, so we try to ease that for applicants through consistent updates.

During your time at SVG, what have you learned about yourself?
I’ve learned that I’m much more confident than I thought I was. I’ve learned so much by engaging with clients over the phone, so as I engage applicants, I’m much more calm and confident when picking up the phone.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I absolutely love to bake! My most recent adventure was making a rainbow unicorn cake for my niece’s birthday. It was complete with layers of fun-fetti cake and rainbow merengue and icing!

If you had a billboard in KC, what would it say?
“Travel does for the soul, what education does for the mind.”

When you think of success, who comes to mind?
It’s cliché, but definitely my parents. From an early age, they engrained the concepts of working hard to find success in me. Life is not about monetary success, but genuinely finding ways to be happy.

What is something you can’t live without?
Quiktrip. The drinks, the snacks, just everything about it. Quiktrip never lets you down.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I took a Buzzfeed quiz and I got a turtle! I think it’s accurate for me because I can be very chill and slow-paced when making big decisions, but I can also be a fast thinker and quick on my feet when I need to. I think that translates well to the difference of when a turtle is on land or in the water. I think Buzzfeed nailed this one!

Lightning Round:
Something on your Bucket List:
Learn how to longboard
Fun fact: I was almost born at a KU March Madness basketball game
Place you want to travel: I’ve taken Japanese art history classes, so I'd love to see Japan one day!
Weird talent: I’m insanely good at Mario Kart
Last song you listened to today: “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
Most random item in your purse: A book of crossword puzzles
Favorite spot in Kansas City: The Nelson Atkins Museum

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