Triumph Lands a Spot on the Best Companies to Work for in Texas List

Aaron P. Graft

April 15, 2015

On March 31, three members of Triumph’s team travelled to Austin for the celebration of the 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The Best Companies program is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas SHRM and the Best Companies Group. It is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Texas, which benefit the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.
“In order to be considered for award, companies must undergo a comprehensive employee survey and an external evaluation of employee engagement, workplace policies, overall work environment, philosophies, practices, and demographics,” said Tom Shaw, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Triumph. “This was our first year participating in the evaluation program. The event was quite exciting because we had no idea where in the rankings we would place.”

“As they called each company, it was interesting to hear the special benefits highlighted for each of the other companies,” said Jan Bellah, Senior Vice President of Operations for Triumph Business Capital. “It was an honor to be among some of the best companies in the state of Texas.”

In the end, Triumph Bancorp ranked 21 on the list of medium-size companies. “I think our well-digging trips to El Salvador were one of the most original special benefits mentioned that evening,” said Amanda Tavackoli, Vice President of Marketing and Communication. Triumph’s paid birthday PTO day, events for team members including the family picnic and Christmas party, 24 paid hours away from work to volunteer, matching gifts program, team member competitions including the chili cook off, foosball tournaments and Halloween costume contest, as well as the TEXAS and recognition programs were also highlighted at the event.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition. It’s a greater honor to be part of a team where people feel valued,” said Aaron P. Graft, CEO of Triumph Bancorp. “I enjoy coming to work because I get to be alongside people who want to be here and believe in our mission.”

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