The Crescent Employee Retreat took place at the start of the year, with employees from all 5 branches in attendance. Mixing and mingling, employees got the opportunity to connect face-to-face while comfortably lounging in a beautiful estate in Palm Desert.
Employees have been looking forward to this yearly event for months now, as it proves to be as fun as it is informative. Since this was COO Bob Steuernagel’s first retreat, he was especially eager to take it all in. CEO, Brian Fischbein, kicked off things this year with his State of the Union address. Michael Chiang spoke on zombie survival, the COO discussed metrics, Brian Burns introduced the Creative Division, and Jeff Thompson introduced the Allied Division. Tony Miranda updated everyone on the progress of the Enterprise Division, while Laura Cooper discussed the perm division process, and Sonia Petkewich reminded everyone about the importance of setting goals. To round things out, the Finance Team gave a speech about “numbers” and our Director of Ops, Stephanie Le, presented the newly rolled out manual with policy and procedure updates. Quite the jam-packed weekend on the informational front, however there was a lot of fun had as well.
Employees took turns playing corn hole, beer pong (with water), and putt putt golf, while others participated in role-playing exercises with Rich Kahn, and Positivity Notes exercises with Stephanie Le. There was a Murder Mystery Dinner and even a movie theater room for everyone to use! But what retreat is complete without competition? Enter the “Crescent Olympics”. Hosted this year to showcase the camaraderie, athleticism, and competitive nature of the Crescent crew, the Olympics went off without a hitch. Teams were completely jumbled so that everyone worked with people from different departments and different branches, creating an incredible bonding experience for all.
The weekend proved to be a truly exciting kickoff to what will be a remarkable and successful year for Crescent. Everyone left having gained a lot of company insight, and feeling revved up and ready for 2014 to be the best year to date.