Kick Off Parties
All work and no play is…no fun! At Venterra, we work hard but we make time to have fun at work & celebrate individual, team and company success. As a result, customers enjoy doing business with us, employees want to work for us and stay with us and overall morale and productivity improves which lead to great business results!
Every year at our annual Kick-Off Parties we get an opportunity to give back for all the hard work our teams put in the previous year. Appreciation is shown through awards of all types for individuals and teams, through heartfelt speeches from our executive team, by giving out tons of prizes, and by just having a chance to enjoy an all around amazing time!
Kick-Off is just one example of how we follow through with our Leader Promise of ‘making the time to have fun and celebrate Success!’ In 2022, we took the event online for virtual celebrations for a second year, but we made sure to not miss out on any of the good times that come with the annual tradition!
Teams got in on the festivities from their respective communities watching the live event, celebrating virtually with folks across our portfolio, and partying with their own co-workers. Each community had a chance to get creative by selecting their own theme for the 2022 event, and we saw some great ideas! Themes ranged from Wild Wild West to Pajama Parties and everything in between. Tons of fun surprises, games, food, and goodies were enjoyed during the 2022 Kickoff Party and our regional and portfolio-wide award winners were kept secret until they were announced, leading to some touching surprise moments.
Venterra Leadership Conference
Each year our annual Leadership Conference allows our Community Managers, Maintenance Managers, and corporate teams to connect with one another and others to learn, celebrate, and have a great time! Although the format was a bit different than in previous years, Venterra Leadership Conference 2021 still resulted in these individuals expanding their knowledge, growing their skills, and putting what they learned to use, helping build a stronger Venterra.
2021 was the first time that the event was held in a virtual format, and, instead of our typical 3-day event in February, we spread the festivities out across the whole year. VLC 2021 kicked off in March with our annual tradeshow and speeches from our Sr. Vice President of Property and Asset Management, Bryan George, and our CEO, John Foresi. Things rolled on in April with our Employee Learning Manager, Jessica Shaw, presenting leadership lessons learned from the popular Canadian sitcom, Schitt’s Creek, a technology and innovation series from our VP of Technology, Andrew Basso, and our VP of Property and Customer Innovation, Stephanie Gonzalez, and John Foresi returned to allow our leaders a chance to pick his brain during an interactive Q & A session.
The summer months held more VLC action with Community Manager and Maintenance Manager breakout sessions, a presentation about employee financial wellness program, SmartDollar, and a keynote from a guest speaker, author Michael Bungay Stanier, who shared practical ways to foster autonomous, accountable teams. Venterra leaders would later hear from more Venterra Leadership Conference 2021 guest speakers. In September, Kevin Karschnik, taught our leaders about communication, listening, conflict styles, and empathetic responding. And in October, we learned about the “customer of the future” from author, Blake Morgan.
Even though VLC 2021 was a little different than others, we still had a blast learning, interacting, and growing together. Our leaders have already been putting what they’ve learned to use and we’re looking forward to seeing the results in the years to come. Check out some VLC 2021 highlights from our event closing video above!