Lakewood, Colo., Nov. 16, 2021 — FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” recently announced the winners of its Good Business Contest. Seven of the ten winners are based in Colorado: Imprint Events Group, Landwise and TJC Real Estate and Management Services in Denver; Mann Method Physical Therapy and Fitness in Arvada; J&K Roofing in Golden, Building One Consulting in Lakewood and VERT Sites in Silverthorne. Three businesses in Arizona were also selected as winners (Envision Painting, Ground Control and Social Spin, Inc.).
The Good Business Contest was designed to give back to companies who have continued to make a positive impact on their customers, communities and employees, despite challenges caused by COVID-19. An internal judging panel selected ten winners to receive $5,000 in prize money and $1,000 to be donated to a nonprofit of their choosing.
“Each of these companies has gone above and beyond to care for their people, and they share the FirstBank mission of inspiring a new way of doing business that benefits the greater good,” said Kevin Classen, President at FirstBank. “We feel privileged to play even a small part in helping support their continued efforts, and look forward to seeing how the Good Business grant money expands their impact in the communities they serve.”
Throughout the pandemic, Imprint has launched multiple initiatives. Among them, Imprint provided lunches and food for front line workers, gathered over 80 iPads for COVID-19 patients in hospitals to communicate with families, supplied resources for teachers when their financial outlets were running low, supplied Christmas trees for families that did not have the financial means to do so, and more.
In May of 2020, Landwise launched “Shrubs for Scrubs” to gift first responders and healthcare workers with trees to build morale, giving away over 200 trees. The Landwise team spent Saturdays delivering trees to the doorsteps of workers in the Denver area. Though offered their regular wages, most employees who helped out volunteered their time. “I like to imagine those trees growing around the city as a symbol of our resilience, fortitude and continual growth as a nation and a culture,” said Jesse Young, President at Landwise.
TJC Real Estate and Management is a full-service property management company that brought a “Kindness Campaign” to life in 2020. Each member of the staff conducted an act of kindness in the community, as well as volunteered weekly, providing free yard work and leaf cleanup for seniors, delivering food to families in need and more
Mann Method Physical Therapy and Fitness works with individuals with Down syndrome (Ds). Because individuals with Ds have a higher risk for respiratory infection, Mann Method took dramatic steps to protect patient well-being by adding HIPAA compliant telehealth to their care delivery model, minimizing the risk of COVID and providing increased access to PT and OT services to their patients. Additionally, they were able to support Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association with virtual telehealth visits for the families in rural areas who rely on RMDSA for supported access to specialty care.
J&K Roofing is a roofing company, driven by the goal of not letting the COVID-19 pandemic change how they work in the community. J&K has donated money, time, and their expertise to 15 different charities ranging from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program to Judi’s House, and installed three roofs for Habitat for Humanity. They also recently hosted an outdoor Bunk Bed Build Day to build over 40 beds for kids who were sleeping on the floor.
In 2020, Building One made a commitment that no employees were going to be laid off and salaries were not going to be reduced during the economic downturn. They also continued to promote a business model that includes working on a few low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects. Building One is currently donating consulting time to DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts), to help them understand problems with and plan for capital expenses for their facility in Aurora.
VERT Sites is a 100 percent woman-owned materials management service and waste diversion consulting firm. To date, they have helped mountain communities keep over 8,600 pounds of materials out of landfills. VERT Sites has been resilient in finding ways to support local and neighboring mountain communities, nonprofits, and businesses these past 18 months by collecting litter, providing waste composition reports, donating waste equipment, conducting recycling education and more.
FirstBank began providing banking services in 1963. Today, it’s known as an industry leader in digital banking and has grown to be one of the largest privately held banks in the United States, maintaining more than $25 billion in assets and 110 branch locations across Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank offers a variety of consumer deposit accounts, home equity loans, mortgages, rental property loans and a full range of commercial banking services, including business financing, commercial real estate loans, treasury management and more. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a top corporate philanthropist, contributing nearly $75 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The company is also unique in that a large portion of its stock is owned by management and employees, giving employees a financial stake in the bank’s success through its Employee Stock Ownership Program. MEMBER FDIC