Our team is good at what we do. But clients also appreciate that we do good in our communities. That’s part of the reason we reward Warren Averett team members who contribute personal time to charitable and community causes. But the main reason we’re so committed to the communities in which we live and work: It feels good to give back.
Warren Averett and our employees support numerous charitable, civic and community organizations. Many of these organizations are leading efforts, impacting causes and touching lives that hit close to home. A few of those stories are below.
Warren Averett’s Holiday Community Efforts
Over the 2014 holiday season, our offices went “above and beyond” to help our communities with over 156 hours of “Sharing Our Success” throughout our Southeastern footprint.
In addition, there were the toys purchased, food collected, money donated, and families sponsored. It feels good to give back, and we thank our employees for “Sharing THEIR Success” and living out the Firm’s culture and values. Click on the infographic to learn more about the ways Warren Averett “Shared Our Success” throughout the holiday season.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate
At 13 years old, Kim Hartsock witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of breast cancer on families when her maternal grandmother succumbed to the disease. Kim and her family began volunteering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure then and continued their involvement as other family members were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Upon joining Warren Averett’s Atlanta office ten years ago, Kim first got involved with the Komen Atlanta affiliate as a race team captain for the firm. She has since served as a member of the Komen Atlanta board of directors, and in 2013, became the board president. Through her involvement, Kim sees how Komen Atlanta makes it possible for women to detect and survive breast cancer. Women like her paternal grandmother, who is now a 40-year breast cancer survivor.
“Seventy-five percent of all funds raised by Komen Atlanta stays in Atlanta, and the other 25 percent supports national research grants” Kim says. “I often hear from survivors that a Komen Atlanta grant paid for the mammogram that detected their breast cancer or helped cover their rehab. I know that we are making a difference right here in our community.”
Kim and her colleagues at Warren Averett raise money throughout the year for Komen Atlanta and participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure.
“Many companies say they value community service,” Kim says. “I’m proud to be a part of a firm that demonstrates its commitment to community service by encouraging its employees to give of their time, talents and resources.”
Deciding to take a leap of faith, Josh Reidinger, President of Warren Averett Asset Management in the Birmingham office, and Jim Warren, a Warren Averett founding Member, made a plan to expand their commitment to Compassion International, a faith based organization that focuses on meeting the needs of children in poverty stricken countries. Together they identified a corner of the world where they would focus their efforts – Rwanda. Their efforts uncovered, for many at Warren Averett, an outlet by which they could impact children and connect the Firm with opportunities to Share Our Success across the globe. Through Compassion International Josh, Jim and others from Warren Averett sponsor individual children with monetary support and sharing letters with the children. In addition, staff members and even clients have also made several trips to the small community of Nyamata, Rwanda – taking donations collected by the Firm, and visiting the families of children Warren Averett has helped to sponsor. “I’m not sure that we haven’t been more impacted by the children, than they have been by us,” Josh says. In Fall 2014, two young men, sponsored by Warren Averett employees, graduated from college and Compassion’s LDP (Leadership Development Program). These young men were born into abject poverty in Rwanda during or just after Rwanda’s horrific genocide. Through a four year sponsorship commitment from Warren Averett employees the “impossible” was made possible for these young men as they both received a fully paid college education (at no cost to them), intensive leadership training and graduated with a college degree (one with an Accounting degree). Stories such as these make Sharing Our Success that much better. The support for this cause, continues to flourish, with 70 children being sponsored by individuals in the Firm, and even our clients and friends of the Firm.
Warren Averett Connections – A Place Where Women Connect
Successful women know a strong network is essential to achieving their career goals. Exchanging ideas with other women who are willing to share experiences and offer advice for overcoming obstacles is essential when working towards your own success.
Warren Averett Connections is a women’s initiative designed to foster the professional development of women as leaders. Inviting other women business leaders in the local community, the women of Warren Averett host events that provide a consistent forum for women of the Firm to “connect” and develop business relationships.
Warren Averett Connections has expanded to include events hosted across the Southeast in cities including Atlanta, Tampa, Birmingham, Montgomery and the Gulf Coast region. Attendees are invited to attend luncheons and networking mixers to enjoy speakers who focus on various personal and professional developmental topics. This intimate environment is the perfect occasion to not only share your success, but make meaningful connections with like-minded women.
Armed with knowledge to make a difference in their companies and community, our hope is that guests leave Warren Averett Connections meetings feeling empowered, enriched and inspired.
Pensacola Maritime Park
After Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf Coast in 2004, Mort O’Sullivan, founding Member in Warren Averett’s Gulf Coast Division, along with other city leaders focused in on how to pull together the community after the devastating storm. After much discussion, plus 30 acres of downtown waterfront property combined with the dream of a baseball stadium and an idea for a Maritime Museum, the concept of the Pensacola Maritime Park was formed. Knowing this would be a great opportunity for the city, Mort jumped in feet first helping develop strategic financial plans, leading negotiations and shepherding bond approval. Today, the community has a minor league baseball stadium on a beautiful 30 acre waterfront park. “The thrill of watching a group of leaders come together with a vision to try to make an asset out of what had sat idle in our community for so many years, I’ll never forget,” Mort says. From speeches at Rotary Clubs to televised debates, Mort was on the ground trying to drum up support to turn the dream into reality. Mort volunteered time serving as a pro bono financial advisor for the nonprofit board that was established after passage of the referendum to build, operate and manage the park. “Today, when I walk into the baseball stadium and see the breathtaking views of the Bay, it makes me proud to have played a small part in its success,” Mort says. “The whole area in Pensacola’s downtown is going to be fascinating to watch over the next 10 years.”