Avitus Group exemplifies Business Excellence award winners’ characteristics of having a heart for service, for their staff and for our community.
Billings, Montana (PRWEB) March 19, 2015
“Avitus Group has been awarded Employer of the Year from among more than 7,000 businesses in Billings,” said John Brewer, Billings Chamber of Commerce's President/CEO. “Avitus Group exemplifies Business Excellence award winners’ characteristics of having a heart for service, for their staff and for our community.”
The chamber's award is part of the annual Business Excellence Awards, which recognizes top local leaders of commerce in the community. The chamber is set to present the 2015 Employer of the Year award at its Enter The Tank Chamber Breakfast 2015. The chamber noted several qualities in Avitus Group that led to its selection, including open communication, team building, employee advancement practices, boosting the local and state economy and commitment to the community.
"We're truly honored and humbled to be selected as the 2015 Employer of the Year, as we work with so many excellent businesses," says Avitus Group Public Relations Manager, Dianne Parker. "This wouldn't be possible without top notch employees who are committed to the community, our clients and our company."
Avitus Group started in 1996 with only a handful of employees. Today, the company has nearly 180 internal employees with nearly 140 of them in the Billings Operations Center. Through the company's co-employer relationship, Avitus Group is also one of Montana's top 10 largest employers. "Avitus Group's internal staff has more than doubled in the past two years. That is impressive growth. It is a reflection of our high quality service to clients, commitment to our staff and commitment to the communities we live and work in," says Avitus Group Public Relations Manager Dianne Parker.
Avitus Group leaders Ken Balster, President of Avitus Business Services, Inc., Don Reile, President of Avitus, Inc., and Steve Bentley, Senior VP of Finance, have steered the company through a changing economic climate to become a top Montana employer as well as an employer that serves the entire United States through 12 regional offices in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado, Indiana, California, New York and Florida.
Reile explains, “We want this to be a nice place to work, a fun place to work. We are engaged with our employees. We treat them well and, we give them a say in what they are doing.”
“The number one reason employees are happy is they like who they work for; the number two reason is they like what they do. We work hard to find our employees’ best skill sets and manage to their strengths, not their weaknesses,” said Balster. “I say this every day of my life: Surround yourself with people who are smarter, more talented and better than you, and life is good at work. Our team is exactly that.”
Avitus Group simplifies, strengthens and grows businesses by providing 'back office' support. Things like bookkeeping, taxes, payroll, IT and marketing. “We’re providing resources and assets to our clients. Our employees are those resources and assets, and they are the very best they can be," says Bentley. "Because of our employees, our clients in the business community can free up their time to grow their business.”
Avitus Group believes in giving back to the community and focuses on three main giving pillars: veterans, education and wellness. This past year, Avitus Group has been involved with numerous giving campaigns, including the Big Sky Honor Flight program, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program, an IT donation of Google Chromebooks to a non-profit school, Relay for Life, the Chase Hawks Memorial, a partnership that highlights community through communication with Community 7 Television, the St. Vincent Healthcare Saints Ball, the Pink Tie Affair for the Ramsey Keller Memorial and the Rocky Mountain College Community Fund and Black Tie Blue Jeans event for student scholarships.