As we continue to grow, Interwest remains at its core a family-oriented company. One of the ways we uphold that value is through our annual family retreats during which our employees and their loved ones get a chance to escape to a scenic location and reconnect with their colleagues.
Over the last few years, our company has grown exponentially to include more than 500 professionals; still, our culture remains personal and family-focused. One of the most unique ways Interwest employees stay connected is by attending our annual weekend retreats. This tradition that started as a single, small gathering has grown to encompass three events, one for Northern California, another in Southern California, and a third at our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Hundreds of Interwest staff come with their families to enjoy two nights at a hotel in a scenic location to spend as they wish, with one planned dinner that all attend. At the banquet, we welcome new hires of the previous year and get the chance to catch up with those we don’t see often, meet our colleague’s families, or even have a s’more with the president of the company!
This year the Colorado retreat took place in Estes Park, CO. The company dinner consisted of a chuckwagon supper and western show at The Lazy B in the historic Elkhorn Lodge. During the intermission, our team was visited by a huge bull elk and a few of his lady cows in the parking lot. Never a dull moment!
Our SoCal retreat was at the Mission Bay Hilton in San Diego, where 173 of our employees attended with their families for a grand total of 458 at our banquet out near the fire pits and surf! One of our musically-gifted engineers even brought his jazz band to serenade us throughout the evening.
Our NorCal retreat was held at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Rohnert Park, CA. We had almost 200 join us for dinner in wine country and luckily, though it was the first weekend that PG&E had a planned outage, we had electricity all weekend!