Birmingham, MI United Shore Financial Services will receive the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s inaugural Thrive Award during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting Dec. 7 at the Iroquois Club in Bloomfield Township.
The Thrive Award was created by the Chamber to recognize a member company that incorporated Conscious Capitalism into its business practices and promotes “profit with purpose” throughout its organization.
“We could not think of a better company than United Shore to receive the Chamber’s first Thrive Award,” said Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber President Joe Bauman. “The Chamber’s board of directors adopted a new, five-year strategic plan last December, and one of the four strategic priorities is to spread the message and practices of Conscious Capitalism throughout our membership and our six communities.”
Mat Ishbia, United Shore’s president and chief executive officer, will accept the award on the company’s behalf, and will also participate in a discussion with Crain’s Detroit Business Editor and Publisher Ron Fournier on his company’s unique business practices.
Founded in 1986 as a family owned, local mortgage company, United Shore has grown to become the largest wholesale mortgage lender in the country.
“United Shore has experienced unprecedented growth and success in its industry while at the same time putting its employees first and supporting a host of community organizations,” said Bauman. “The company is a shining example of the main premise of Conscious Capitalism that caring for your people, customers and the community actually improves your financial bottom line because consumers are drawn to these types of businesses.”
Among United Shore’s many unique initiatives are its “Firm 40” program that discourages employees from working more than 40 hours per week, and its Pay if Forward program that allows team members to earn points and exchange them for a company donation to a charity of their choice. Team members also were given the opportunity on company time to coordinate a bottled water drive following the Flint water crisis and a building project for Habitat for Humanity.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s annual meeting is open to the public and is scheduled for 8-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Iroquois Club, 43248 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Township. Tickets are $25 and includes a full, plated breakfast.
For more information, please visit the Chamber’s web site at www.bbcc.com, or call the offices at (248) 430-7689.