2016 News

Dec

2016 at PCG

2016 at PCG

What a fantastic year we’ve had!  In the Spring we celebrated our 13th anniversary with a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with employees, clients and friends.

We also celebrated some key employee anniversaries including on our HR team – Kayla with 2 years, Kim with 3 years, and Carolyn with 6 years of service while in accounting we had Eric with 4 years, Veronica with 3 years and a whopping 9 years of service for Ike! We are so appreciative to have all these amazing dedicated team members.

New to the PCG team are Mercedes (HR), Melanie and Ryan (both accounting).  All three are amazing additions to our ever growing and developing production lineup!  We are so proud of the amazing core team we are building at PCG who continue to provide excellent accounting and human resources departments to our clients. It was through the hard committed work of all our awesome employees that we were recognized by Inc 5000 as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US.

Our extended family continues to grow as well. We had a super fun joint baby shower for Kayla & Jamie.  We had great fun with some hilarious baby shower games including baby food tasting/guessing and trying to figure out what kind of candy bar had been melted in a diaper! We’re excited to announce that Kayla’s bundle of joy arrived and we all enjoyed meeting her new little one in a recent office visit. We can’t wait to meet Jamie’s in the New Year! 

We do like our parties so of course we had a Halloween Mac-n-Cheese cook-off. Kayla’s spicy Mac-n-Cheese was the unanimous winner.  A number of employees got into the spirit and were sporting some creative costumes that day as well.

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PCG once again was involved in a number of community events. In particular, as a founding member we helped support the 4th100 Marin event in September to help raise money for non-profit community development organizations in Marin County. This event raised $40,000 for Defenders, a Marin City Health and Wellness Center behavioral health program for teen boys.  The Marin Humane Society, Enriching Lives Through Music, Beyond Differences and the Ceres Community Project were runners-up, receiving $1,000 each. For more information on the program please see the Marin IJ article.

TJ & Franka continued their work with the Entrepreneur’s Organization including leading the organization of a phenomenal anniversary event for the San Francisco chapter’s 25th anniversary, attending the Arizona Alchemy learning event and the EO Strategy Summit where they joined with fellow entrepreneurs on working towards building a strong strategy for developing the organization. Much fun was had by all!

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As we head into the end of another great year we of course kicked it off with an Ugly Sweater picture day (here’s the goofy one that didn’t make our annual holiday card) and are looking forward to our annual holiday party. 

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Dec

Wrapping up 2016!

Hey all! We wrapped up 2016 in typical PCG style — with a holiday party! We started the evening at Rickey’s in Novato with a fireside hosted cocktail hour and appetizers.  After the appetizers (which were amazing by the way) we moved to our reserved tables. We ended up taking up half the restaurant! We then relaxed with some great food, wine and live music
November and December were also great months for employee anniversaries. We had a number of employees celebrate their 3rd year at PCG including Jehanne, Adrienne, Brad and Katrina.  2013 was a busy hiring year as will be 2017. We just hired Gail Esh who is working with our accounting teams and are excited to have two new bookkeepers starting in January. We are also actively looking to expand the HR team as well. 2017 is going to be a phenomenal year for PCG!

Oct

Fall/Winter 2016

The end of 2015 and start of 2016 have been full of activity at PCG but we still made sure to incorporate some great fun employee events! Of course, Oktoberfest could not go by without a little beer sampling put together by our very own Eric Reinacher, our resident brewing hobbyist, and a whole spread of German treats including homemade German pretzels. We switched things up a bit for our holiday party this year and hosted our own private party sponsored by the Katrina Fehring at the Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club. We used our client, Big4 Party Rental for our rental needs and employees all pitched in to help decorate. Then we sat back, enjoyed the water view, time visiting getting to know each other’s guests and partaking in a scrumptious dinner catered by xxx, our employee Jamie’s father’s business.

Fall/Winter 2016

We welcomed some new staff members to the PCG team. Annette Lopez-Lamott is our newest HR Associate to our ever expanding HR team and Lindsay Stolarczyk joined as an Accounting Associate to support the newest accounting team at PCG. Exciting news for Gail Merz who decided to stretch her wings after 9 years with PCG by moving out on her own. She’ll continue to work for PCG in an agent role, providing seamless support to our mutual HR clients.

We are also excited to announce that TJ Van Voorhees while be serving as the 2016 President of the San Francisco chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 11,000 influential business owners, enabling leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. Exactly what we strive every day to provide our clients through our services! Both TJ and Franka attended the EO Global President’s Conference in Park City, Utah recently.

Pacific Crest Group continued its community involvement and sponsorship of both the Marin Business Forum and 100Marin. Following are upcoming events:

  • Marin Business Forum – A community where like-minded business owners can share valuable information to improve business practices and productivity by leveraging the power of collaboration. Our next quarterly event will be Thursday, March 24, 2016, 5-7pm at Drake’s Landing Community Room in Greenbrae, CA. Our speaker will be Attorney Lester Rosen presenting real-world case studies and expert advice on safe hiring and pre-employment background checks. Please visit MBF Events.
  • 100Marin – An evening of food, wine, and philanthropy at which within 1 hour, 100+ people will collectively select one deserving Marin County non-profit and gift them well in excess of $10,000. Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6-8pm at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA. For more information and to RSVP please visit 100MARIN.

Both our employees and clients enjoy and benefit from attending these events and we hope you can join us too!

Spring 2015
We are excited to welcome several new members to the PCG team this Spring. David Ibarra is a new accounting associate hired in March and we are awaiting the start date of two more new team members: Peggy Ridge for accounting and Michelle Feeney for human resources starting at the end of April. Also, we are thrilled to announce the promotion Jehanne DeWalque, one of our Accounting Operations Managers to her new role as Production Manager for PCG.

Spring 2015To continue our team building and family oriented culture, PCG hosted a beach weekend out at Stinson Beach! We had lots of food and lots of fun in the sun!

We are celebrating a couple milestone anniversaries this season … Gail Merz, our Director of Business Consulting and Employee Development has been with PCG for NINE years now and Jamie Sandeen, one our advanced accountants, has been with PCG for THREE years.

To close out, don’t miss our next Marin Business Forum event on June 11, 2015 titled “Leading at Mach 2.” This hard-charging, high-impact keynote offers your leaders the straightforward, critical tools that U.S. fighter pilots employ to lead their wingmen into the demanding environment of aerial combat. Learn how the best fighter squadrons and the best businesses in the world hire future leaders, how they then properly train those individuals, and continually promote a process of continuous improvement to stay one step ahead of the competition. Looking forward to seeing you there!