Hefren-Tillotson Step Challenge Takeover!

By:  Hefren-Tillotson Team

Hefren-Tillotson is taking over! We’re back to defend our title as top Medium Size Company for the SparkPittsburgh 2nd Annual Company Step Challenge. Last challenge, participating employees took 16,058,430 (almost 7,603.5 miles)!

Our company values play a large part in our culture.  We believe in respect for the individual, integrity in thought and action, teamwork supported by a family oriented culture, and a relentless commitment to excellence.  We strive to provide our employees the same level of care and concern we give to our clients.  The health and wellbeing of our employees is a top priority, without them our firm would not be the same.

Since 1948, our family-owned firm focuses on providing clients with unbiased advice relating to all aspects of their financial situations.  Founder Willard J. “Bill” Tillotson had the foresight to recognize that in order for clients to achieve their long-term financial goals, they’d need a step-by-step, detailed plan.  And as such, the MASTERPLAN® approach was born!

Hefren-Tillotson is one of the oldest and largest full-service wealth management firms headquartered in Western Pennsylvania.  We were recently named among the “Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania” by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2011, 2015 and 2017.

We are proud supporters of numerous charitable, arts, and cultural institutions throughout the Pittsburgh region, spawning our dedicated community outreach program HT Cares.  Our employees serve and work together to make lasting contributions to the lives of others in our community through volunteering and community service.

One way we seek to achieve this is by offering a wellness program with events and challenges that address specific concerns and interests of our employees.  Some of our wellness opportunities include health fairs, flu shots, biometric testing, lunch and learn presentations on various topics, and physical fitness challenges.  In each of our branches we have wellness captains who help promote the wellness program, answer questions, and encourage employee participation.

We are fortunate to have a workforce of active and health conscious individuals, so the SparkPittsburgh challenge was of great interest to us.  The activity allowed our firm to work together, encourage each other to get in daily steps, and also have a fun and friendly competition.  Understanding the health benefits of physical activity encouraged employees to participate in the step challenge.  We saw groups going out on walks together during lunch time, heard conversations comparing steps achieved, received inspiring emails to keep stepping, and watched the total steps continue to climb for our group.

Our employees are excited to participate in the SparkPittsburgh challenge again this year and ready defend our title for the medium company category.  We are confident our employees will “step” up to the contest and hope to beat our total steps from last year.  We would like to wish the best of luck to all the participating companies.

Happy stepping!

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Happy Social Media Day!

In honor of Social Media Day, we wanted to introduce to you our marketing team, the dynamic duo that creates all of the entertaining content for all of our marketing and social media outlets.

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Kaylee Kirsch is our fearless Marketing Manager.  A creative master, Kaylee designs all of our internal and external marketing materials and is devoted to elevating Babb’s brand recognition.  She has an M.S in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Communication, Public Relations from Slippery Rock.

Tip for social media: Things change so quickly that it’s important to stay current with trends. That being said, social media can become consuming. I always encourage people to step away from time to time.

Sami Melaragno is our Group Benefits and Marketing Assistant and Social Media Coordinator.  She works tirelessly to keep our social media accounts updated with important information and current events happening throughout the company and Pittsburgh area.  A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in History and Political Science, the social media and marketing world is fairly new to her, only becoming an integral part of the team 2 years ago.

Tip for social media:  Be open, honest, and relatable.  People value authenticity and transparency from companies which are easily shown through posts that reflect what your company culture looks like, whether that’s a company picnic, an in house event, or just the day to day activities that make your company a great place to work.

#SMDay