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First Rate's Inaugural International Company Retreat: A Journey of Growth and Connection

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First Rate's Inaugural International Company Retreat: A Journey of Growth and Connection

Kathryn Stone • May 22, 2024

We kicked off Quarter 2 with a transformative experience: our first ever international Company Retreat in the vibrant city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! But why embark on such an adventure, you might ask? At First Rate, we believe that investing in our employees and nurturing our relationships through shared experiences is key to building a thriving company culture.

Our four core values—Love, Give, Serve, and Enjoy—are the cornerstone of how we interact with our co-workers, clients, and communities. These retreats embody the spirit of Love and Enjoy, providing a unique opportunity to work, learn, and play together outside the office. Our theme for the week, ‘U.N.I.T.E. To Capitalize on Investments,’ encapsulated our commitment to unity and growth.

Retreat Highlights: U.N.I.T.E

  • Understand Each Other Better: Engaging sessions helped us deepen our understanding of one another, fostering stronger interpersonal connections.
  • Navigate New Markets and Goals: We explored strategies for entering new markets and aligning with the company’s future objectives.
  • Invest in Human Capital: Interactive workshops emphasized the importance of investing in our team’s development and well-being.
  • Trust in Leadership: A live Q&A session with our leadership team reinforced trust and transparency.
  • Educate Each Other: We shared personal stories and experiences, highlighting the value of every individual’s journey. Our individual stories and our company stories are worthy to be shared!

The Heart of First Rate: Our People

Our Chief Administrative Officer, Deniqua LaCour-Hill, reflects on the retreat:

"At First Rate, we pride ourselves on fostering a culture that prioritizes relationship building, outstanding benefits, and an amazing coworking experience. This retreat was a testament to our commitment to these values. We believe that when our team is happy and connected, it translates into exceptional service for our clients and a thriving work environment."

The retreat was not only a time for professional growth but also for personal enrichment. We are incredibly grateful for the team back home who ensured smooth operations, allowing us to fully immerse in this experience. The bonds strengthened and the knowledge gained during this retreat have energized us to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2024 and beyond.

A Culture of Connection and Growth

Amazing co-workers are the foundation of an amazing culture and work experience. Our retreat in Puerto Vallarta reaffirmed this belief, offering a blend of learning, bonding, and fun. We encourage other companies to take their teams outside the traditional office space to learn, work, and enjoy time together. It’s an investment you won’t regret!

By prioritizing such enriching experiences, we continue to build a supportive and dynamic work environment where everyone can thrive. Here's to many more such adventures.