Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Griffin, our Project Coordinator, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  1 year this month!

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  That pretty much everything we had talked about in interview about the culture of the company – that everyone really practiced what they preached.  We do what we say we will do – and everyone cares about what they do.  And that I had never seen so many people so happy to come to work.

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  Our database – once you learn that you have everything else available to you!  But understanding a work flow was important.  I liked learning the process, and how I fit into it. Everything in the process led to everything else.

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  When we work together there is nothing we can’t do.  Every issue we have had, we have come together as a team to resolve it.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  I think it is because it is tied to what I chose to do in my spare team, being a volunteer fire fighter.  I like helping people.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Optimism – because a lot of what we deal with is looking at a glass half empty, and it is our job to help them see it is actually half full.   That we are going to get them back on their feet.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  Our outings are so fun!  We work so hard, when we get together and have a good time it is really delightful.  We also get to see more of each other’s personalities – it is so great!  We are a fun group!

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Andy, our Senior Director of Client Services, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  Will be 12 years in the summer.

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  I thought that what we did was fascinating because I wasn’t from the industry.  I was impressed with the longevity with the employees, and the feeling of being part of large family.

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  The inner working of the industry, the flow of work, who was responsible for what.  When I started here I didn’t know what an adjuster was!  So I had to learn everything!

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  I think that even though in your heart you strive to be everything to everyone all the time, that sometimes you can’t just do that.  And that it is painful at times when you have to let a friend down, either personally or in business.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  Because I care about people and we are in a caring industry.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Sincerity.  Because it exemplifies being caring to people and I have always told my clients that I am the guy you want in a foxhole with you!

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  I believe that being one of the first public responders to the disaster of 9/11 and being part of the  company that cleaned the Great Seal of the United States and other national landmarks and treasures I something very few other people can say.  And that fills me with a lot of pride.

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Evan, our NJ Regional Manager, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  Just over 20 years.

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  It was a fast paced environment, but very welcoming, I had balloons in my office on my first day!  At the time we were only about 8 people and it was exciting!  It was fun to work in NYC and I enjoyed it.

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  I already had been in the business when I came to Maxons, so I had a head start.  But I had to learn the programs we used.  At first I thought it wouldn’t be as good as what I had been using, but it was even better!  And the way the company used it made things easier!

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  I have learned a lot of things about myself, I have learned what is important, I have learned from everyone I have worked with here.  I have been here a long time, it is hard to pick one!   I used to carry a lot more anxiety about the day to day operations, and problems cropping up, now I don’t as get stressed out about problems that may crop up, because problems are what we handle!  I feel I have learned to deal with problems better, because there is always a solution.  You may have to work to figure out the solution, but there is always something to work on.   And sometimes I am lucky and have the experience and can solve problems really quickly.  Dealing with adversity has calmed me down.  It doesn’t mean I am stress free, but things that used to be stressful are not anymore.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  I love when you go to see a customer and they answer the door, and you are there to solve their problem.  I love having the ability through my years of experience, to help people with problems they wouldn’t be able to solve on their own.  That gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Sincerity – I have always believed when you say something you need to do something.  Our words are not hollow.  Whether it is setting an appointment, negotiating, or just planning, back up your words.  It is how you get a great, consistent, reputation of people being able to count on you.  When it comes to our customers we give the same benefit and service to everyone because we approach each job with sincerity.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  During 9/11 I had an appointment with a tenant to review their apartment.  While in the lobby I had 8 -10 other tenants run up to me for help.  It was really early on in the process and people just needed help and we were able to be there for them.  It was an unbelievable the amount of calls that came in and needed help.  I was so proud to be a part of helping them get back on their feet.

We also did some things outside our scope of work during 9/11.  We usually just work inside buildings, but because of the volume of debris on the roofs of buildings we had to dedicate crews to that clean up effort.  We would spend days cleaning the roofs of buildings to make sure their HVAC units and building systems were clean and safe to use once the building turned things back on.  It was out of the ordinary for us, but made a big difference in the clean up efforts in the area.

Listen to Damon Gersh on the radio!

We are proud to announce our CEO, Damon Gersh, has recently been featured on The Art of the CEO with Bart Jackson!

We met Bart Jackson through CEO Report’s Tristate Culture Awards, and he was so intrigued by what we do he awarded us with his Annual Community Contributor Award.

See the link to their discussion below!

http://www.theartoftheceo.com/

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Greg, a Senior Project Manager, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  3 years

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  The company was full of very motivated, driven and they were a tight knit group of people.  A group of people who try to enjoy themselves as hard as they work!

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  Use of Xactimate.

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  That you don’t have to ever feel like you are alone in something.  There is always a person or a resource available for support.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  Enjoy the opportunity to help people on a daily basis.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Sincerity.  Because I think the ability to go above and beyond is generated from a genuine sense of compassion and desire to help others.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  I can’t think of a specific story – but I have an example of why Maxons is so special.

Damon always talks about making this company the best place he and his employees have ever worked. I think this is accomplished by having maintained the personal touches of a smaller company, while doing the work of a larger company. We handle some really large scale losses up into the 6 and 7 figures, and do it really well, making us have a great reputation in the industry. But internally we still maintain a small, mom-and-pop sense of individuality and attention to each other.

I see the difference with my wife’s employer (big financial firm), where employees are just a number. I remember as early as my first week when flowers were sent to my home welcoming me to the Maxons family, and as recent as last week, when gifts for my wife’s baby shower arrived at the house. These, and so many gestures in between, along with the summer outing, holiday party, and multiple celebratory gatherings in between, let employees know that their hard work is recognized, and that they are appreciated and valued. And that’s a pretty good story if you ask me.

Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Gregg, a Client Services Associate, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  I started in 2001, and stayed for six years.  Then I can back in 2015, altogether almost 8 years.

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  Having been at other places, here you can see the commitment to culture and it is one of the best things about this place.  It is practiced and given attention.  We care about maintaining healthy information and database as well, that is easy to let slide, but it make all of our jobs so much easier.

Upper management is really emotionally healthy and that filters through the entire organization and there is a large level of transparency, and everyone has an equal opportunity to learn grow and succeed and, it is really unique and wonderful to find.

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  Had to learn what the business was in the very beginning.  And I happened to join the company after one of the largest disasters and tragedies this country had ever seen, so I had to learn quickly.

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  Communication and mutual respect go a long way.  Don’t over promise and under deliver, it is not only a great rule for business, but a great rule for life.  And that our core values are not only business values, they are personal values.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  I think it is truly a business where you are helping people.  Whether you are actually out in the field or not, someone calls and they have a real need for our help.  It’s a wonderful feeling to either help get someone get back on their feet, get their home or business back together.  Whether we are dealing with the end user or other professionals in the industry, it is nice to hear our work is appreciated.  By doing a good job we make sure everyone looks good.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:   I really like responsibility, and enjoyment!  I think if you take responsibility for something the rest of it will all fall into place.  No one here can say “it’s not my job” everyone takes ownership of anything that may come their way.  By doing this it touches on all our other values.

I also think a lot of people don’t enjoy where they work, and I love that here it is a major tenant of our company.  People spend a lot of time at work, and if you don’t enjoy it, you can’t do your job well.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  One of the reasons I love this company so much is that I started during 9/11 and it was an intense, full on experience.  There was a sense of us all pulling together.  I have never had an experience like that.  Where dealing with something so tragic, yet I felt like I was contributing and making progress.  In the midst of all that I made great relationships with coworkers and it was a foundation of my young professional live.  It speaks to the character of this place, that despite what seemed like an impossible task we pulled together and cared about each other.  This part of the company has lasted, even when we deal with catastrophes still, we pull together and have an intense focus on the needs of our customers and clients.  And it is why I am so happy to be able to come back.

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Meeting Maxons!

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Sarah, a Senior Project Coordinator, about her experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long been with Maxons?

A:  5 Years.

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  I remember my first initial impression!  I instantly knew it was going to be a different company than I’d ever worked for before.  Before I started I got flowers delivered to my apartment!  It was a relief to be going to a company that appreciates employees, a place that was just excited to have me starting as I was.  Everyone was friendly and welcoming.  I could tell everyone was close knit, and everyone truly cared about each other, inside and outside of work.

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  Goldmine!  How to navigate in the program.

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  One of the big things I have learned is to have more confidence in my work, and in general in the office.  A lot of my job is holding my Project Managers accountable – I have gained the courage to speak up and keep them in line when they need it.  When I first started I wasn’t confident enough to do that.  Now that I am leading some regional meetings I have become more outspoken.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  I like it because I am always dealing with a new situation.  Each day is always different, I get to interact with so many different customers.  Sometimes people are frantic when they call, and I like being able to talk them through it and calm them down.  I explain that we are there to help them.  It is also nice to see the start and the end of project – and how quickly we can make a difference to our customers and clients.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Teamwork- I think our company revolves around that.  I have seen how important that is over this last summer.  We had stretches of time where we were short handed.  We didn’t skip a beat – we came together to get everything done and provide awesome customer service.  It seems like it comes natural to everyone here, to pitch in when needed.  We don’t have to put work towards teamwork, we just do it.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  Participating in Tough Mudder with a group from Maxons was such an amazing experience and accomplishment!  We really bonded – working towards the goal for so long together in training.  We all completed the course and could celebrate that night together and it brought us closer together as a group.

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