Travel Company La Macchia Enterprises Wins Kolbe Award for Conative Excellence

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Kolbe Corp recognized La Macchia Enterprises (LME) as the 2017 Enterprise Award winner for Conative Excellence on Oct. 26, at Conation Nation Symposium in Scottsdale Ariz. LME is a Milwaukee-based travel company and winner of this year’s award for consistently demonstrating organizational leadership focused on instinctive strengths.

Photo of David Kolbe with La Macchia representatives Shawn Gulyas, A.J. Kruse and Rebecca Rachoner

David Kolbe presents Kolbe Corp Enterprise Award to Shawn Gulyas, A.J. Kruse and Rebecca Rachoner of La Macchia Enterprises

La Macchia stands out for celebrating team members’ unique gifts.

What do knitting circles, talent assessments and laughter have to do with team member engagement? For La Macchia Enterprises (LME), these are all part of a company culture focused on the unique strengths of each team member. LME was recently recognized for their strengths-based culture by Kolbe Corp – an authority on company culture and talent assessment. Kolbe Corp awarded LME the 2017 Enterprise Award for Conative Excellence on Oct. 26 at Conation Nation Symposium in Scottsdale Ariz.

Shawn Gulyas, LME’s Vice President of Human Resources, knows how to bring out team members’ strengths. “We want each of our team members to understand their unique abilities, which is why we introduce Kolbe assessments in the hiring process. Then we encourage everyone to work with their natural strengths to get the best business and personal results.”

Since 2006, LME has worked closely with Kolbe Corp to understand those instinctive strengths. More than 4,100 LME team members and candidates have taken Kolbe assessments, including the signature Kolbe A™ Index. The Index identifies an individual’s MO, and facilitates job fit, team success, productivity and engagement. Every team member at LME knows the four numbers that comprise their Kolbe A Index result. Then they share this information with colleagues as a fingerprint of their unique strengths within four Action Modes®, such as Fact Finder and Quick Start.

David Kolbe, CEO of Kolbe Corp, is proud to honor LME for excellence in applying conative theory. “LME stands out for celebrating team members’ unique gifts. We’re thrilled to know that Kolbe Theory has helped them develop and share a deeper understanding of each employee’s instinctive strengths.”

Another way LME celebrates employees’ uniqueness is through its wellness program. Gulyas shared these initiatives as a speaker at Kobe Corp’s Conation Nation Symposium last Thursday. Each week a company leader or team sponsors a wellness activity that can cover a variety of topics. Past activities include knitting lessons, an elderly care workshop, and a laughter workout session. Team members are encouraged to bring their interests into work to support one of La Macchia Enterprises’ core values – “Be Unique.”

About La Macchia Enterprises

La Macchia Enterprises’ vision is to create an extraordinary end-to-end vacation experience for each customer. La Macchia has under its umbrella The Mark Travel Corporation, which owns and manages respected vacation brands including Funjet Vacations, United Vacations and Southwest Vacations and a technology company, Trisept Solutions, the developer of leisure travel technology and distribution featuring VAX VacationAccess and Xcelerator.

About Kolbe Corp

Since 1977, Kolbe Corp’s mission has been to help people succeed by having the freedom to be themselves. More than one million individuals have completed Kolbe assessments to better understand their conative strengths – natural instincts that govern action and achievement. Thousands of employers use Kolbe Corp’s assessments and consulting services to build and grow more productive, effective and engaged teams.

Kolbe Corp’s flagship online assessment, the Kolbe A™ Index, is used by individuals and organizations in the US and 34 other countries around the world to understand their natural strengths. It is the most powerful assessment of its kind with proven reliability and validity. Its diverse users include academic thought-leaders, organizational theoreticians and practitioners in the business, non-profit and public sectors.

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