Company Profile

Nina Hale

A data-mining, search-optimizing digital marketing agency. Specializes in business growth using data, insights, and media strategy.

Industry
Advertising & Marketing
Year Founded
2005
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Leadership
Donna Robinson
Company Size
51-200 employees
Twitter
Facebook
Data as of Publication on May 24, 2017
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

Nina Hale is one of the largest digital marketing agencies in the Midwest. Because we're employee-owned, our people are serious about getting it right every time. We put our people first, and place great importance on supporting employees, both professionally and personally. Our shared PTO policy allows employees to gift each other PTO days in situations where coworkers simply need more time for personal matters. One of the most significant things that Nina Hale offers is the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), which makes the agency 100% employee-owned. The agency offers a three-year cliff-vesting schedule to ensure that employees don't have to wait years to benefit from this plan. Voices are heard, whether to celebrate a promotion or to register a complaint about fridge space. We celebrate each other's achievements both professionally (during our weekly recognition awards during the all-staff meeting) and personally (during our office-wide events like baby showers and bridal celebrations). To say our company culture is unique is an understatement, and we foster this spirit every chance we get. At least once a month we sponsor an all-company field trip or event to give employees the chance to unwind and get to know each other outside of work.

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Inc. 5000
No. 4852 (2019), No. 4988 (2018), No. 3549 (2017), No. 2974 (2016), No. 3426 (2015), No. 2405 (2014), No. 2244 (2013)

Squaremouth

A travel insurance comparison site that helps travelers search, compare, and purchase travel insurance policies online.

Industry
Insurance
Year Founded
2003
Location
St. Petersburg, Florida
Leadership
Jessica Burns
Data as of Publication on May 24, 2017
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
We operate with two core goals: to be the best place to buy travel insurance and the best place to work. Despite a 90 percent decrease in sales, we kept our entire staff working full hours, at full pay, with no layoffs through the pandemic. We require all employees to take at least 10 vacation days per year, not including sick days, personal days, or birthdays, which come with a $200 beer bonus. Prior to the pandemic, employees would gather for fun events and happy hours.
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Inc. 5000 Regionals: Florida
No. 161 (2021), No. 130 (2020)
Inc. 5000
No. 2505 (2020), No. 2292 (2019), No. 3204 (2018), No. 3306 (2017), No. 3821 (2016), No. 2703 (2015), No. 3924 (2014), No. 2321 (2013)

Davenport Group

Delivers IT solutions to commercial customers and government agencies nationwide, specializing in data center modernization.

Industry
IT Services
Year Founded
2001
Location
Lewisburg, Tennessee
Leadership
Sonia St. Charles
Data as of Publication on May 24, 2017
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2021, 2020, 2017
To care for our customers and their needs, it is essential to take care of ourselves. We offer unlimited PTO and encourage each staff member to use their time off to disconnect, gain perspective, and focus on their overall well-being. Biyearly, we gather all 50-plus employees at a single location to connect, problem-solve, and brainstorm. If we reach our goals for the year, the entire company is rewarded with a trip to the beach. Some companies celebrate their sales representatives; we work hard to appreciate everyone’s contributions to our success.
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Inc. 5000
No. 3791 (2020), No. 4788 (2019), No. 3433 (2018), No. 2154 (2017), No. 2351 (2016), No. 1889 (2015), No. 2773 (2014), No. 2330 (2013)

Executech

Offers services such as outsourced IT management, network design and implementation, hardware sales, security consultations, disaster recovery, web hosting and network cabling.

Industry
IT Management
Year Founded
1999
Location
South Jordan, Utah
Leadership
DJ Dorff
Company Size
51-200 employees
Twitter
Data as of Publication on May 24, 2017
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

We focus on our employees, most of whom work remotely. We really try to make it a team atmosphere, even though 80% of our workforce works outside of our corporate office.

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Inc. 5000
No. 1419 (2020), No. 2538 (2019), No. 3457 (2018), No. 2088 (2017), No. 1501 (2016), No. 1284 (2015), No. 1468 (2014), No. 2569 (2013)

Outer Banks Blue

Owns and operates a family-owned and operated vacation rental management, property management and real estate services company

Industry
Travel & Hospitality
Year Founded
2005
Location
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Leadership
Tim Cafferty
Company Size
11-50 employees
Data as of Publication on May 24, 2017
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

This is a very subjective question. This is a question I ask of my employees each year, and this year I decided to enter this contest as a result of their answers. When I asked this year I got answers such as "This place is like family"; "I've never felt so valued as an employee before"; "The culture here is amazing"; "I feel that my opinions count here"; and "I don't see myself ever working anywhere else." These are what I feel are qualities of a "Best Place to Work," and they describe my company to a tee.

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Inc. 5000
No. 3923 (2019), No. 3307 (2018), No. 4481 (2017), No. 4685 (2016), No. 4801 (2015), No. 3929 (2013)