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How Culture Drives Success at LBA Ware

LBA Ware was recently awarded TWO Top Mortgage Workplace awards – both of which cited our company culture as a factor in our inclusion on their list. Our culture is something we are extremely proud of because we invest time and energy into creating the environment that we feel makes LBA Ware the best place to work. To reinforce this, we recently held our annual LBA Ware Summit retreat, which brings all our employees in town for two days to reconnect and participate in team building activities.

To kick off this year’s summit, our entire team converged at our company headquarters in downtown Macon for our annual group photoshoot, which has become a tradition to visually mark our growth each year.

The next day, we headed to a lodge for some offsite team building. In the morning, Ellie Byrd, a serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker, gave a fun, informative, and thought-provoking hands-on presentation on communication and teamwork, including a team alignment personality assessment.

My favorite part was splitting into different groups for each exercise. It gave me the chance to get to know people who I don’t interact with on a regular basis.”

Casey Dean, Strategic Sales

LBA Ware time capsule items 2019At the end of the presentation, Ellie broke us up into groups, with each group deciding what item best represented LBA Ware to put in a visionary time capsule to be opened in 100 years. Funnily enough, every item chosen for the time capsule was a representation of the company culture and the people who make it so special.

We wrapped up the retreat with a hike to an authentic tipi where we engaged in a Native American ritual, followed by reflecting on the day over a bon fire, roasting marshmallows.

I really liked how everyone squeezed into that space and cleansed each other with the sage, smoked the peace pipe and drank the elixir! Then several people spoke at length about what they felt was right with LBA Ware. It was a unique experience that I never would have expected to have at work.”

Robert Harrison, Software Developer

LBA Ware Tipi fun

Relationships form the core of LBA Ware – not just our relationships with our clients, but also our relationships with one another. Our annual summit retreat allows us to nurture those internal relationships that have helped fuel LBA Ware’s success. If you’re looking to make a move or ready to kick-start your career at a company that values its culture just as much as its products, then check out our current career opportunities.

My favorite was the time we spent in the tipi. It was great to have no electronics (other than some priceless selfies), everybody talking about what they enjoyed from the summit. Each person took away something different, so it was interesting to see the many impacts the morning activities had on our group. It was a time that I felt we all sat back and discussed positives from the prior 2 days and made us think how we can improve aspects of our own lives.”

Diana Sheffer, Solutions Consultant
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