Best Place to Work in Vermont

Posted on April 9, 2014

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Pennie Beach and Sarah Morris,
Fourth and Fifth generation Basin Harbor hosts
with Governor Peter Shumlin.

On March 27th, I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Best Places to Work Reception and Awards Ceremony at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.  We were joined by our peers from all over Vermont, all of us winners of the Best Places to Work title.
We were also joined at the reception and awards by Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Peter Shumlin and Lt. Governor Phil Scott.  It was just another reminder of how lucky we are to live in Vermont, where our politicians are close enough for a handshake and a conversation about whatever is on your mind.
The evaluation for each company included a consideration of their policies, practices, and demographics, but the majority revolved around employee responses to a survey on how great their company really was.  The fact that Basin Harbor Club was nominated and won is due to the beliefs of our employees, and that’s a great feeling.  A common thread that came out as each company was announced and highlighted was good food.  If you feed them well, they will be happy.  As members of the Vermont Fresh Network, and supplying three staff-meals per day during our operating season to 300+ employees, we couldn’t agree more.
Basin Harbor Club is often mistaken as a “large” business since we have over 300 employees at the height of our summer season, but in fact we’re “small to medium” with approximately 30 year-round employees. (That we manage such a crescendo each year makes our operation that much more impressive, in my eyes.)
In total there were 18 small/medium sized companies and 9 large companies.  Congratulations to the other winning companies and, more importantly, thank you to our employees for honoring us with this award.  We won’t let you down.    ~Sarah Morris, Director of Sales and Fifth Generation Host.

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“Any company would like to think it is the best place to work, so the public recognition is very meaningful.
We’re thrilled to be in the company of this group of high profile awardees!” ~Pennie Beach, Fourth Generation Host