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Carousel30 Wins Washington SmartCEO Award

by | Oct 20, 2015

Carousel30 was awarded one of the coveted 50 Corporate Culture Awards from Washington SmartCEO. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrates companies in Greater Washington that exhibit an exemplary performance-driven culture that is developed by working with employees to form a good working environment centered in a productive and performance-driven culture.

Founder and CEO Greg Kihlström reinvigorated the culture of Carousel30’s workplace in the past two years after taking full ownership of the agency. Looking to keep the company culture collaborative, success-driven, and enjoyable to work in were top priorities. “Time and time again, clients tell us we understand them better than any of our competitors have. This not only means a lot to a company whose chief value is greater understanding of our clients, our work, and each other, but it also means we have a culture that is client-centric and focused on working together to solve challenges in the best way possible,” said Kihlström, “This award says that Carousel30 is on the right track.”

Additionally, Carousel30, a Capitol Communicator sponsor, created and practices a clear set of five values that include understanding our clients, using technology to help humanity, encouraging a collaborative environment from every team member, among others. Carousel30 also has implemented several office-wide policies that include an open office for easy communication, regular volunteer opportunities within the industry and within the community. Employees foster camaraderie by participating in quarterly retreats to foster team growth, which has included outings to Nationals games and painting studios, where each team member illustrated a company value through art. Employees are consistently rewarded for great work through company lunches, happy hours, and a flexible work schedule.

SmartCEO created this award to raise awareness on the need for a healthy work environment. “The leaders of the companies named to the inaugural Corporate Culture Awards have realized that running a company is more than head count and the bottom line. It’s about creating a place where creativity, energy and ideas are cultivated,” said Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events, “through this they are able to not only enhance performance and sustain their companies’ competitive advantages but also enrich the lives of those they employ and sustain their companies’ competitive advantages but also enrich the lives of those they employ and inspire them to make a greater impact on the world. We’re honored to celebrate with the leaders of Washington’s top company cultures and recognize them for building true performance-driven cultures.”

SmartCEO is an established publication for business executives and a business organization that provides opportunities for professionals to learn and interact. They are known for having their ‘finger on the pulse’ of the local business communities in which they work.


About the Author

Greg Kihlström

Greg is an award-winning digital strategist, creative director, author and speaker. He is currently SVP Digital at Yes& (a Capitol Communicator Sponsor) as of Fall 2017 when Carousel30, the agency he founded, was acquired. He has worked with brands such as AARP, AOL, Booz Allen Hamilton, Choice Hotels, GEICO, Howard University, Marriott, MTV, The Nature Conservancy, Porsche, Toyota, United Nations and others. His work has won awards from the ADDYs, Webbys and others, been featured in books by HarperCollins and Rockport Press, publications such as Advertising Age, Communication Arts, Web Designer and Website magazine. He currently serve as VP of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 2, and as a Board Member of the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Marketing Industry Mentoring Board (MIMB). He is Past President of AAF DC, and served on the National Board of AAF, Board of Trustees of the Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway, the Board of AIGA DC, and the Trust for the National Mall's National Advisory Board.


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