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Support, family environment help Berkshire Hathaway succeed

From the Employees call these St. Louis-area businesses the best places to work series
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties has been named a Top Workplace. The company has moved into new offices in Des Peres, and part of it is still under construction. Angie Ignatowski, growth and development manager, left, and Abby Huber, marketing specialist, look at the new space, Friday, June 10, 2022. 

ST. LOUIS — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties once again earned first place among large-size employers in this year’s Top Workplaces survey.

Employees say the real estate firm’s dedication to providing resources and support make it an easy company to work for, especially as it navigated the coronavirus pandemic and a frenetic home market over the past year.

“We have more of an emphasis on culture to make sure everyone is happy,” said Matt Bruns, managing broker. “I don’t think you’re going to find as much resources and support at other companies.”

Bruns joined the company in 2014, where he worked alongside his grandmother and her business partner. He learned from them as well as other coworkers who provided help and insight over the years, including Select Properties President and CEO Maryann Vitale Alles.

“She could have told me no or pushed me off,” Bruns said. “She accepted a lunch with me and she didn’t know me at the time.”

That meeting eventually led to Bruns joining the company’s leadership program, one of the many training opportunities available for its more than 500 employees to grow in their careers.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties has moved into new offices in Des Peres. Maryann Vitale Alles, president and CEO, left, looks at color and design samples for the space still under construction with Deborah Colburn, business partner and broker, Friday, June 10, 2022. 

Alles co-founded the company in 2002 when two of the region’s biggest real estate firms, Gundaker Realtors and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, merged. Alles wanted to provide another option for homebuyers and sellers and build a company that could help her employees and agents advance.

The company helped Bruns obtain his real estate license when he first joined. He was promoted to his current title in 2017 and now manages the south St. Louis County office for the company.

“I learned from everyone,” he said.

Angie Ignatowski was one of the co-founders with Alles in 2002. She left in 2017 but came back and now serves as Select Properties’ growth and development manager where she helps employees, new and experienced, grow their careers.

“The benefit of the leadership team is that each comes with different traits,” Ignatowski said. “Everyone shares their own skills.”

Beyond training and support, Select Properties offers 401(k), savings plans, memberships to Life Time Fitness in Frontenac, a flexible work schedule and hybrid working environment, the latter a result from the pandemic.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties has been named a Top Workplace. The company has moved into new offices in Des Peres, and part of it is still under construction, Friday, June 10, 2022. 

The pandemic inspired a few changes for the company’s offices: Select Properties will move into a new home office and West County branch and open a new office in Benton Park in St. Louis in July. The company also recently opened its new St. Charles County office in O’Fallon, which features a lake (where Select Properties will soon hold a kids’ fishing tournament) and barbecue and fire pits.

“I believe if you make it a better place for people to work, the end result is a win-win,” said Alles. “If we build something cool, they’ll want to come in.”

Large category

Rank Name Size Band Year founded Ownership Primary sector U.S. headquarters Global employees
1 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Large 2002 Private Real estate St. Louis 541
2 Daugherty Business Solutions Large 1985 Private Management and IT consulting St. Louis 2,000
3 CarShield Large 2005 Private Other St. Peters 978
4 Charles Schwab Large 1973 Public Financial services Westlake, Texas 30,000
5 Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles Large 1994 Public Entertainment St. Charles
6 St. Louis County Library Large 1946 Public Public library St. Louis 602
7 Edward Jones Large 1922 Private Financial services St. Louis 48,803
8 National Information Solutions Cooperative Large 1964 Nonprofit IT Lake Saint Louis 1,242
9 Graybar Large 1869 Private Electrical distribution Clayton 8,700
10 Cushman & Wakefield Large 1917 Public Real estate Chicago
11 Keeley Companies Large 1976 Private Construction St. Louis 1,244
12 Abstrakt Marketing Group Large 2009 Private Advertising St. Louis 523
13 Pattonville School District Large 1930 Government Education St. Ann 971
14 Penn National Gaming St. Louis | Argosy, Hollywood & River City Casinos Large 1972 Parent company Entertainment Wyomissing, Pa. 40,000
15 Missouri Baptist University Large 1964 Private Education St. Louis 869
16 MilliporeSigma Large 1668 Private Life Sciences St. Louis 52,000
17 Aldi Large 1976 Private Retail Batavia, Ill. 160,000
18 /Lindbergh Schools Large 1949 Government Education St. Louis 1,031
19 First Community Credit Union Large 1934 Nonprofit Financial services Chesterfield 583
20 School District of Clayton Large 1880 Government Education Clayton 542
21 Lou Fusz Automotive Network Large 1952 Private Auto dealership Earth City 920
22 ADB Companies Inc. Large 1995 Cooperative/Mutual Utilities and telecommunications Union 1,380
23 SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Large 1996 Public Health care Mechanicsburg, Pa. 1,539

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