Companies with Shelby offices among states top places to work

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By Steve Doyle

Four companies with outlets in Shelby County have been identified as among the best places to work in Kentucky.

In the category of Large Companies, Edward Jones, Hosparus Inc., J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC. and Sun Tan City are among the 32 such companies that are said to be the state’s best.

That’s based on the rankings released by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, in conjunction with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, in its sixth annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky competition.

Edward Jones, Hilliard Lyons and Hosparus are located in downtown Shelbyville, and Sun Tan City is just west of the city on Midland Trail.

Kamron Terry, a financial advisor in the Shelbyville office of Edward Jones, said he believes it’s his company’s philosophy that sets it apart.

“It’s about the culture,” he said. “Every effort on the firm’s part goes to support branches in field to help us be successful and to help clients be successful.”

Edward Jones is a privately held company, which allows representatives such as Terry the opportunity to grow.

“We have the opportunity to become partner in the firm,” he said. “That’s the ultimate goal. Nothing is given to us. We have to earn partnership. And we have the opportunity to earn bonuses and travel awards. All of that is based on our clients’ portfolios.”

Helping clients is what employees believe sets apart Hosparus, too. The Shelbyville office has about 20 employees who work in the Louisville division of this national hospice company.

“Our organization is filled with people with a strong commitment to what we do,” said volunteer coordinator Kathy Ising. “There is a great passion for the mission that is shared all around.

“We have a common goal, and that makes people work hard and to want to be there. We’re also constantly striving to be the very best, looking at best practices.

“That makes our company very vibrant vs. stagnant.”

They also appreciate all those who help with the sensitive and caring mission of their organization. Today, Ising, said, Hosparus is having a celebration at the Shelby County Health Department to honor about 20 volunteers for their contributions.

“We just want to say thanks,” she said.

"Our employees believe people deserve to live fully for all of the days of their lives,” said Stephanie Smith, director of communications for Hosparus in Louisville. “They daily embrace this sacred philosophy by word and through their caring deeds.

“Being named a 'Best Place to Work in Kentucky' is a testament to their unwavering commitment to those who need us most."

Sun Tan City is based in Elizabethtown and has 113 stores nationally that employ about 1,100.

In the best-employers competition, winners are broken down in two categories: small/medium-sized (companies of 25 to 249 Kentucky employees) and large-sized (companies of 250 Kentucky employees or greater).

The company has had its store in Middleton Plaza for the past couple of years, but employees there declined to comment on why their company may have been included on the list.

Like Edward Jones, Hilliard Lyons also is a wealth-building, financial company and its roots date back to 1854. The version you know today was the product of a merger in 1965. Its Web site says it has been providing singular insight for its clients from generation to generation ever since.

Best Companies Group evaluates each company’s employee policies and procedures and conducts an employee survey.

The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and creating a good place to work. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky initiative is based on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” list.

There will be an awards dinner in April in Lexington to celebrate the winners.

The KYSHRM has as its members more than 2,500 human resources and business professionals across all industries.  The Kentucky Chamber represents 2,700 member businesses of all sizes.

To learn more about the competition and see a full list of winners, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.