Through growth, adversity and achievement, entrepreneurs wear many hats. To successfully scale a company, business leaders need to make the transition from “entrepreneur” to “professional,” and from an entrepreneurial company to a professional company.
Often, a singular leader leads in a singular fashion and it’s all about one person’s goals. As a leader of a growing group of talented individuals, I have discovered the value of thinking and leading more globally. There’s a saying: “Human beings hallucinate when not communicated to.” As a company grows, a leader needs to, early and often, address any undertones or rumblings that take place culturally within an organization. Our leadership team developed a weekly company-wide, interactive video conference to connect the hearts of our team. We talk about what’s working, share information and ideas, and address challenges to gain genuine perspective and rapport. It’s a time to ask transparent questions and it allows the organization to be authentic. This provides the whole group access to leaders and creates trust. It reminds every one of our company’s purpose and the principles that enable our customers to enjoy doing business with us. Continue reading the rest of this story >>
Hayes Barnard, CEO of Paramount Equity® (www.paramountequity.com) speaks on a panel with the top CEOs in the Sacramento area. In this clip Hayes discusses what it takes to be a leader in a growing business and how to invest in your employees and not to see them as just a number.
Company Anticipates 20 Percent Increase in Employees by 2012
For the past eight years, Paramount Equity® has been successful in helping families across the nation significantly reduce their mortgage, insurance, and electricity bills. In the process, the company has completed more than $9 billion in loans throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, and Virginia. The solar division has been growing rapidly and hit a major milestone last May with the sale of its 1000th PV solar panel system. The insurance division, on average, saves clients $200 a year. According to Hayes Barnard, founder and CEO, the desire to create “meaningful savings” for its clients has been the company’s mission since its formation. (more…)
Wow! What a spectacular Wellness Fair for Paramount employees in Roseville. Thirty vendors displayed and explained their services throughout our lovely 5 acre property. A Velcro bounce house and a hoopla hoop contest added to the fun. Lots of great raffle gifts from our vendors were given away to winning employees who answered several trivia questions about the attending vendors. The grand prize of a bike was donated by AFLAC. Of course we fed everyone too; have to eat to keep up your strength!
Paramount is committed to helping their employees live healthy lifestyles by events given through our FIT U wellness program. Kaiser Permanente offered free screening for cholesterol levels and blood pressure while offering all participants a $50 gift card just for participating in the screening.
Special shout out to our Vendors, thank you for making our 4th Annual Wellness Fair such a huge success!
We recently let our employees know about our intention to partner with Guthy-Renker at our annual company event (Huddle 2011). With news coverage and even Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson stopping by, the atmosphere was electric! Check out the video and head on over to the press room to read the full press release.