Location: Woodbury, NY
Vanderbilt Financial Group
Vanderbilt Financial Group is housed in Long Island’s first LEED Platinum-certified office building, “making us the greenest building on Long Island,” says Stephen Distante. “Members of the Vanderbilt team are encouraged to live our values of bettering our environment and community. People don’t just come to work to make money … at Vanderbilt; they come to work to do good.” This commitment to good works also has helped Vanderbilt attract talented millennials, he adds. In 2015, Vanderbilt helped two of its financial advisors establish the John Brower Jr. Foundation, which aims to spread awareness about the opiate abuse epidemic in Long Island. The company supported the co-founders in their first 5K, with more than 400 people in attendance and $40,000 raised.
“The most important aspect of building a great company culture is to have a vision that is bigger than ourselves, a reason to be in business to benefit others.”