Around a decade ago Echo Pacific Construction Inc. (www.echopacific.com) took itself through a significant corporate shift. The first part was to completely redirect the business focus from dollars earned to clients satisfied. The idea was in fact to not just satisfy our clients, but to leave them with the sense that the value they received in the process of capital improvements could only have been achieved with Echo Pacific at their side.
"Our thinking is that if we over perform at all possible levels for our clients, the natural by-product would be increased earnings and sustainability in the market, in essence the dollars would take care of themselves," said Chris Rowe President of Echo Pacific.
Second and perhaps most important part of the shift was to instill and constantly reinforce a mindset of philanthropy and civic responsibility.
When you've decided to share your treasure you want to know it's going to make a difference, we like to get as close to dollar for dollar impact the last thing you want to have happen is for 60 percent of your gifts to go to the administrative costs of the an organization.
Another "must" when considering a cause for Echo Pacific is trying to keep as local as possible.
"So often we search the globe for the right places to stand in the gap only to find it is right here under our noses, many times on our own streets and in our neighborhood schools," said Rowe.
Many would say the toughest part of giving away hard earned dollars is the initial decision to part with them in the first place, not so according to Rowe.
"I am a very blessed man. I have an incredible family, I have assembled the finest group of people in the industry all of whom I am truly humbled to have the chance to lead. I love my job, I live in the greatest county on earth, and I have all I could ever want. So, to me the hard part where you focus your efforts to make the most impact on someone's life," said Rowe. While we are very involved with some great organizations, it's the one-on-one stuff that really brings it home.
At Echo Pacific Construction we know there is so much required of all us to give back to the wonderful communities we are blessed to live in.