Image Above : Tony Golobic (Founder of GreatAmerica Financial Services), Stan Herkelman (President), and 9 other GreatAmerican Leaders at Annual GreatAmerica Leader Retreat 2019.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a day-and-a-half offsite retreat with Tony Golobic (Founder of GreatAmerica Financial Services), Stan Herkelman (President), and 9 other GreatAmerica Leaders. This is an important annual tradition for GreatAmerica Leaders to participate in when they are newer to their role.
As leaders, it is critical that we continue to make our people the #1 priority by opening doors for those we see potential in, and enabling them with further growth opportunities.
During our time together, we heard Tony’s background story in great detail to understand the foundation of the company, why and how GreatAmerica was started, its purpose and also focusing time together discussing how to become even better leaders.
By embracing these traits and identifying the potential in our people as leaders, we will continue to successfully grow as a company.
"Our GreatAmericans, empowered by our culture, are the only difference between us and our competition, between our success and our failure!" - Tony Golobic
Tony credits his success to the people throughout his life who have seen potential in him that he himself did not see, and who have opened doors for him and encouraged him to walk through them. He pointed out to us that as leaders, we will have the privilege to be able to do the same for others and make a difference in their lives.
My biggest takeaway from our time together is that we work for a one-of-a-kind company who truly cares about their people and their customers. Together, we will be more successful than as individuals. As a leader, I believe putting our people first and sticking to our beliefs that made us successful in the first place, we will preserve our strong company culture, maintain our tenure, continuously increase our customer satisfaction and fuel steady growth of our company.
Hannah O'Donnell, Director of Sales, is responsible for building the strategic vision for sales and marketing while providing business planning, education, training, and sales assistance to partners. She is also responsible for originating new partnerships for Collabrance. She was recognized as one of 2019's Women of the Channel by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company. Hannah started at Collabrance in 2013 as a Strategic Business Advisor. In 2014, Hannah was nominated by her peers and won Rookie of the Year, and in 2015 became a member of the 100% Sales Achievement Club at GreatAmerica. Hannah earned her business degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from the University of Iowa.