GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO (Mon Aug 06, 2007) — Andavo Travel has been selected as a finalist for ColoradoBiz Magazine’s 2007 Top Company Awards in the Tourism/Hospitality category. Finalists are chosen by Deloitte and a panel of judges comprised of Colorado business and civic leaders, and undergo a rigorous evaluation process. Andavo, the second largest woman-owned business in Colorado, maintains its leadership position by consistently focusing on sustainability, a lesson learned during the aftermath of September 11th.
After 13 years with Brenda Rivers at the helm as president and CEO, Andavo Travel was thriving. And then September 11th struck. Estimates show that because of this national tragedy, tens of thousands of people in the travel industry were laid off. Within two weeks, Rivers was informed that her company was spending more than it was receiving and the company would be forced to close within a few months or be forced to layoff more than one-third of its employees. One year later, Andavo Travel celebrated that it had made it through the year without any layoffs, without losing any customers and with 25 percent revenue growth.
The company attributes its success to two factors: 1.) Phenomenal leadership, Rivers was honest, courageous and always positive and encouraging around her employees. She instilled a feeling of stability even at the darkest hour which gave employees a no fail, can do attitude. 2.) A collaborative team effort in which every employee was willing to work more for less for the sole purpose of sustainability.
Andavo’s continued focus on sustainability has not only benefited the company but its surrounding communities. Andavo established a company-wide charity program, Andavo Cares, that is dedicated to supporting the communities in which Andavo Travel conducts business. As part of this program Andavo volunteers and provides financial support to Very Special Arts Colorado, Special Olympics, Colorado AIDS Project, Alternative Homes for Youth, Community Anti-Drug Coalition, Colorado Centers for Battered Women and Children, Leukemia Society of America, National Sports Center for the Disabled, Habitat for Humanity, D.A.R.E., the Darwin Foundation and the Conservation Corporation in Africa. Additionally, each year, company management, staff and their families participate in the annual AIDS Walk and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In 2006, Andavo Travel employees volunteered more than 100 hours to the community, and CEO Brenda Rivers donated countless hours as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, of which she has been a member for 13 years.
Our ongoing contributions support many communities and non-profit organizations, and continue to create cohesion company-wide as employees rally together to support causes of personal interest, said Rivers. Understanding what it means to be a sustainable company has enabled us to hire smart, service our customers with superior support, and ultimately achieve year over year growth that has allowed us to maintain leadership status nationwide.