This is the second time the company has been honored by Seattle Business Magazine.

KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON (August 16, 2013) – What makes at great company to work for? Fantastic benefits? Generous compensation? Inclusive workplace culture? Outstanding leadership? All of these qualities and more, according to Seattle Business Magazine, which has named Image Source as one of the 100 Best Companies To Work For 2013. The company was also recognized with the honor in 2011.

To be considered, thousands of employees from participating businesses submitted anonymous data about their employers. From there, research firm Fieldwork Webwork used the detailed responses to determine each company’s score in 12 categories, including such vital areas as communication, executive leadership, corporate culture and workplace environment.

2013 08-16 Image Source Named To 100 Best Companies To Work For 2013
Image Source Vice President of Marketing Jeff Holt and President Tom Goos accept the award as one of the 100 Best Companies To Work For 2013 from Seattle Business Magazine.

The nominated companies were separated into five classifications: small firms (30 or fewer employees), midsize (31 to 100 employees), large (more than 100 employees), nonprofits and firms headquartered outside Washington. The judges then made the final decisions based in part on the submitted data and overall research scores. Image Source was ranked No. 24 in the small firms category.

“As a business owner, one of the biggest and most important honors you can receive is being named a ‘Best Place to Work,’” said Brian Haner, CEO. “As we all know, we are only as good as our people. And if our people love working at Image Source, then we’ve done a good job giving them the tools and resources to grow professionally and be successful.”

Image Source leaders work very hard to create a culture where people love coming to work, from the CEO greeting employees every morning in the kitchen when filling their coffee mugs to the president providing treats for the popular “Donut Friday.” Every month, employee birthdays are recognized with a themed party, a personalized collage and a paid day off. And quarterly morale events organized by The Culture Club.

In addition to morale boosters, celebrating success is a big part of keeping a sales force motivated and there a numerous ways achievements are marked. Employees have the opportunity to earn iPads, plasma TVs, front-row parking spots, days off and more by winning quarterly sales contests. Each month, teams generating more than $100K in sales become members of the “Century Club” and are rewarded with a trophy at a monthly celebration. The top producing sales team each month receives the “Super Star” award, which is kept—and flaunted—for the month by the winning team. Both account executives and sales support staff receive bonuses based on quarterly sales figures.

There’s also peer-to-peer recognition and motivation through the “Kudos Board.” When someone in the organization wants to recognize another employee for going above and beyond, he or she writes it on the board for all to see.

But the best part of working at Image Source is the family atmosphere, according to Jen Vacanti, marketing manager. “When collaborating with people 40 hours (or more!) every week, truly caring for each other makes all the difference in how we treat each other and our clients,” she said. “And it’s working—more than 10% of company’s employees were hired in the last 12 months to accommodate business growth. That’s why Image Source is the greatest company to work for!”

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About Image Source:
Founded in 1997, Image Source, Inc. is a promotional merchandise agency that provides Fortune 500 and small businesses alike with customized solutions to their promotional merchandise and apparel needs. The company specializes in sales promotions, incentive programs, apparel and uniforms, online stores, marketing and fulfillment services, and celebrity appearances.

Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, Image Source works with a number of recognized brands—including Boeing, Expedia, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nordstrom, Seattle Mariners and University of Washington—as well as firms in the auto, education, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, marketing, retail and tech markets. The company is in the top one percent in overall sales volume in the promotional products industry and is ranked No. 49 in Promo Marketing Top 50 Distributors 2012.

Image Source has been recognized multiple times as a top employer, including Counselor Best Places To Work 2008-2011, Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For 2011 and 2013 and Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Best Workplaces 2008 and 2009.

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