By Dan Vollmer | Sr. Sales Executive
I first heard of Akili through a few employees that I’ve been happy to call friends for almost 20 years. Even before I really knew about Akili, the passion and joy the employees shared with me about their work, colleagues, and clients were apparent. So when I was approached with the opportunity to support Akili clients and expand the Akili brand to the east coast, I knew I had to learn more about this company that has multiple awards as “one of the best companies to work for in Texas.”
When I interviewed with our CEO, the executive team, and employees, the reoccurring theme was a cohesive culture. It emphasized the importance of a good work/life balance, and how it positively affects an individual’s and company’s performance. As a remote employee in Atlanta, I do not get to enjoy the office spoils every week like happy hours, ping-pong tournaments, hoverboard races, etc. And that’s OK. I am still able to have a sense of inclusiveness through active message boards, company meetings, and even being flown out for a number of company events each year.
An organization’s culture is crucial in today’s connected economy, but unfortunately, many organizations lose sight of their core values for the better of a few, not the many.
But not Akili.
In my opinion, culture is what makes Akili a unique place to work and a great company to do business with. I continue to see a presence of the 12 core values of which Akili was founded on. Not every company or employee is perfect all the time, but I continue to see every employee hold each other accountable, work with integrity, and deliver great results to our clients, while having fun along the way.
I am overly impressed by the client reference and retention rate, which confirms to me the quality of work our team consistently provides.
Looking forward, I am most excited about my impact on Akili’s growth on the east coast. My mission is to ensure current east coast client successes as well as support new clients in obtaining their business planning goals. In 5 to 10 years, I want to look back at this post about my first 90 days at Akili and not only see that I have accomplished these goals, but also that each new employee feels the same pride and passion as we do today!