President and CEO
Location: Mount Laurel, NJ
“Many of our culture-building efforts have been directed toward making all of our branches, no matter how geographically distant, feel like part of the team,” says Joseph Panebianco. “We send out company-wide videos, accessible by email, that welcome new branches aboard and spotlight their accomplishments.” AnnieMac Home Mortgage has more than 900 employees scattered across 30 states, which can make culture-building a challenge, but the company works at it with a twice-monthly employee newsletter and charitable fundraisers throughout the year. AnnieMac employees have participated in chili cook-offs, charity balls, athletic events, Habitat For Humanity builds and blood drives. “We want our people to inspire each other to do their best work in a supportive environment that recognizes and rewards excellence,” says Panebianco.
“As a businessperson, I see little point in expending time, effort and expense to acquire a valuable resource, then letting it go to waste. In our case, the valuable resource … is a skilled and talented workforce.”