Six years and counting. Every year the Dallas Morning News publishes a list of the top companies to work for in Dallas-Fort Worth, and Service First has been named as a recipient for the sixth year in a row. This year, Service First rose to #5 based on nominations and votes. “Our employees tell us they love working at Service First for a variety of reasons. The open-mindedness encourages different points of view where employees’ voices are heard. Teamwork is everywhere with people willing to help where they are needed, support their peers, and share their knowledge. The culture is welcoming, inclusive, positive, and professional. Managers are approachable, genuine, and take a personal interest. The environment is flexible, adaptive, and agile. We are a company of growth stories where you have the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way, to make a difference, and to be challenged.” -Mark Resmini, Executive Director of HR Much of Service First’s success is tied to its strong commitment to its team members. With the entire company working remotely and not able to see their teams in person, that did not hinder Service First’s ability to provide coaching and company engagement opportunities. The Service First Culture Committee started multiple initiatives to support the team while working from home from virtual races to keep everyone active to forming a tutoring program to help those with students stay strong in their classes. “SFMC is a top 5 employer because we take care of each other first. “If you want to change the world, go home, and love your family.” This is one of my favorite quotes. How can you take care of others if you do not take care of your house first? So many companies get this SO wrong, but this is the first company I have worked for that takes care of its own first so that we have the capacity to help others. So, SFMC is a top 5 employer because our leadership knows the value of things—the value in investing in its own.” -Lauren Stolen, Production Associate-Branch One According to the Dallas Morning News, Top Places To Work nominations are solicited each spring. Anyone can nominate a company — a worker, the CEO, even someone outside the company. Each firm must have at least 50 local employees to enter. Local workers are defined as those in 10 counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Wise. To qualify as a Top 100 company, at least 35 percent of a firm’s workers must fill out an anonymous survey. Firms with 85 employees or fewer must have at least 30 responses. Energage analyzed the answers from 74,500 employees at 289 participating Dallas-Fort Worth companies this year to determine the rankings. What are other team members saying about Service First? “Service First Mortgage is a Top 5 Employer because employees are treated like more than a number. Work/Life balance is valued and leadership makes sure we know we’re appreciated daily for all our hard work.” -Alex Jenkins, Appraisal Coordinator “Service First is a top five company to work for because our leadership values integrity as much as I do.” -Kevin Copher, Loan Officer-Arlington “Growth opportunities and training were very important to me when I was job searching. I started in the Junior Processor program a year and a half ago with no mortgage experience. Since then I have promoted to a Processor and I carry my own loan pipeline. Service First provides the opportunity for anyone to learn more and advance. Every person I work with puts forth their best effort and strives for excellence and Service First rewards that. I appreciate the growth mindset at Service First.” -Chelsea Schwartzkopf, Processor “Service First is a Top 5 Employer because of the culture. They go out of their way to make sure each employee feels like they are important and not just a warm body filling a seat.” -Jennifer Sword, Closing Team Lead “Commitment to their employees and the culture that surrounds them has landed Service First on the Dallas 100 again this year. This commitment is so authentic and enthusiastic that the employees can’t help but share it with the clients and lending partners of Service First.” -Stephen Cunningham, Loan Officer-Branch One Congratulations to our team members and leadership for helping us earn this distinction again this year!