Giveback Homes Build Day – San Francisco

 

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On July 30, 2016, Giveback Homes, a real estate professional volunteer and donation network, partnered with Habitat for Humanity, an international organization driven to build homes and communities for those in need, to volunteer for Build Day in San Francisco. 

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PlanOmatic was happy to be the first to ever sponsor and provide photography at the event. Our long-time photographer and account manager, AJ Canaria, had the pleasure of capturing this momentous day which brought volunteers together to work on Habitat Terrace, the largest development of it’s kind in the San Francisco area.

AJ says, “I just absolutely love telling a story through pictures. It was fun following around each one of these groups, getting to know each person as I moved from one building to the next, and capturing them in action doing their specific task. Everyone had a smile on their face and really had a great energy to them. It was a rewarding experience being part of something bigger than myself and taking part and doing something for social good.”

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PlanOmatic is proud to sponsor events such as these, which focus on providing everyone a stable home to live in. Working with Giveback homes was a great experience and we can’t wait to see the success they have with future Build Days all across the country and in Nicaragua. We fully support the mission and goals of Giveback Homes and Habitat for Humanity, and we are happy to contribute to such a wonderful cause.

For more information about the San Francisco Build Day, click here.

Denver Business Journal Small Business Award

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We are pleased to have won the Small Business Award in the category of 20-29 employees presented by the Denver Business Journal at the first annual Small Business Award Luncheon on April 19, 2016 at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Denver.

PlanOmatic ranked #1 in revenue growth over a three-year period between 2012 and 2014 among companies headquartered in the metro-Denver area in the category of 20 to 29 employees, as of March 1, 2015.

“We are honored to have received this award which is a reminder of the accomplishments we have achieved over the years. It keeps us motivated to continue improving our company and our services for the future of business in the real estate industry,” says CEO Kori Covrigaru.

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Ten nominees were selected for each of the five categories chosen by The Denver Business Journal, based on revenue and number of employees as of March 1, 2015. The categories were 46-75 employees, 30-45 employees,  20-29 employees, 11-19 employees and 1-10 employees. From the nominees, the top three ranking from each category were honored on stage at the Small Business Awards Luncheon. You can view photos here.

The winning companies of each of the five categories are featured in an article that was released on April 22, 2016. This specific publication also discusses how small businesses are performing nationally over a given period of time.

We are blessed to have recognized for this award due to the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the continued loyalty and support from our clientele. Thank you, and we look forward to continuing to serve the real estate industry in the best way we know how, story telling through online marketing.

The Colorado Courage Classic

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Over the weekend, PlanOmatic donated $600 and had the pleasure of participating in the 2016 Courage Classic, a biking event that strives to raise money for sick children through Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The charity ride took place at Copper Mountain in Colorado and hosted around 2,000 riders with 300 volunteers. The two day bike tour offered a couple different route options each day, offering a 40 mile ride and an 80 mile ride.

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CTO, Arie Covrigaru, and Operations Coordinator, Avi Covrigaru biked 40 miles from Copper Mountain, to Vail and back. The ride took about 4 hours in total, not including a lunch break in between. The route was a combination of upward peaks, and downward slopes.

“The most difficult part of the ride for me was the steep incline in the dead center of Vail Pass. I struggled to keep peddling on my lowest gear while I watched people dismount and walk. At certain points I had to stop and stretch in order to keep my legs fresh. As grueling as the ride was at this stage, it was moments like this that gave me the sense of accomplishment I felt upon completion,” says Avi.

Though the trail was difficult at points, the PlanoTeam also enjoyed moments of peace and beauty which made it a success. Arie claims, “There was a lot of excitement about this ride. Most riders were CU Children hospital employees and their families. The village at Copper was as full, as colorful and as lively as I have seen it during snowboard season. In addition, the landscape was majestic and I enjoyed it tremendously, when I was not busy paddling uphill.”

PlanOmatic had a great journey and we intend on participating again next year! To learn more about the Courage Classic, visit their website:

http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/courage-classic/

 

Get to Know – Alex McRitchie

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1) Who is your favorite comedian?
Dave Chappelle, because he does my favorite white guy impersonation.
 
2) If you could leave today, what country would you visit?
Costa Rica! The food, culture, and weather is amazing on the pacific side of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
 
3) What was your favorite game to play as a child?
Oregon Trail. I’ve only made it a few times, but it was my life for quite awhile.
 
4) Do you have any hidden talents?
No one has ever beaten me in speed walking.
 
5) Do you prefer cereal, or an eggs, bacon and toast type of breakfast?
EBT all the way.  Extra points for sourdough toast!
 

What Millennial’s Value in a Home – the Neighborhood

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An interview segment where we find out the details of what our PlanOmatic millennials value in their homes. In this questionnaire, we find out what Production Assistant, Stephanie Smith values about her homes Cole neighborhood in Denver, CO.

What neighborhood/ area do you live in and what drew you to that area?

“I live in the RiNo neighborhood in Denver. More specifically, Cole. I became familiar with the neighborhood when my boyfriend at the time moved to Denver. We immediately fell in love with the area.  For being only 7 minutes away from Downtown Denver, it feels secluded and separate from the city. The area is older so there are more houses than apartment complexes. You can rent a house with a yard and patio for much cheaper than an apartment in a lot of other Denver neighborhoods. Having an outdoor space for entertaining was a huge plus for me. The area is also very ‘up and coming’ with restaurants and bars opening up in the area regularly. Obviously, a neighborhood can have all the perks in the world, but it has to be affordable. Price was a huge deciding factor for me in choosing where to live. My neighborhood happened to have everything I was looking for. I could not be more happy living where I live.”

How do you commute to work?

“I usually drive to work because I am always running late. If I was responsible and woke up in time, I could take the light rail to downtown. I also try to wake up early enough to walk when the weather is nice.”

Are their shops/ restaurants/ bars within walking distance of your home? If so, do you find yourself visiting them often?

“Downtown is about a 20 minute walk from my house, which is amazing during the summer. More and more bars and restaurants are opening closer to my house every day, which is extremely exciting!”

Do you grocery shop locally?

“Unfortunately, my neighborhood is in what is referred to as a “food desert.” The nearest grocery store is about ten minutes away, but I choose to drive further.”

Do you attend events near your home?

“There is a lot of neighborhood pride in the Cole/ Whittier area, so neighborhood events/ festivals are pretty common. I love attending these and it is amazing that they are so close to my house. Welton Street has a few concert venues that regularly have shows that I attend as well.”

Do your spend your weekends/ free time near or far from home?

“I spend majority of my free time around my house. In fact, my house is usually the meeting point for my friends since it is so conveniently located.”

How many hours would you say you spend in your neighborhood (within a 5 mile radius of your home) per week (not including time spent inside your home)?

“I would say that I spend 50% of my week in my neighborhood. I would not consider our office a part of my neighborhood, even though it is very close. There is so much to do in my neighborhood that I don’t find myself venturing very far too often!”

Get to Know – Zach Sinks

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1) Where is your favorite place to order Friday lunch from?
Bubu because it’s healthy and extremely customizable.
 
2) If you had your choice, would you be a water, land or air animal?

Air animal, because the ability to fly would be amazing.

3) What is your favorite feature at PlanOmatic HQ?
The office dogs. Sometimes you just need to get a little K9 lovin’ in when you’re having a hard day.
 
4) What is your astrological sign? Does it hold true to your personality?
Virgo is pretty true. I feel as though I am relatively modest, reliable and loyal. However, I do not feel as pessimistic as Virgo’s are generally believed to be.
 
5) If you could own a beach house, where would it be?
Varkala, India because the Kerala state of India has always been very high on the list of places that I would love to visit and live.

PlanOmatic Looks Back on 2015

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PlanOmatic looks back upon the 2015 year – one that was full of relationship building, teamwork and growth. It is the lessons learned from 2015 that will help shape our 2016 year, which we anticipate to be a great one!  See what we accomplished in 2015 with your help, and what we have to look forward to this year.

PlanOmatic Celebrates 10 Years In Business, Achieves More Than 50 percent Revenue Growth in 2015