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|Sunday, March 01, 2009|
MARCH 2009: THE 2009 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON
BY ROBIN DOUSSARD
When you walk into the office of Rose City Mortgage, it has the warm embrace of home. CEO Renee Spears pads around in her socks and sweats, good-luck Buddhas are sprinkled about and dogs are nearby. The kitchen is right off the light-filled office and everyone has free use of the fridge. Spears even vacuums the floors every morning before her loan officers show up.
When the business took off, she moved first to a small office and then four years ago into 5,000 square feet on Macadam Boulevard that cost her $8,000 a month. At its height, the company had 25 employees and closed $258 million in residential home loans in one year. This past fall, as the housing sector crumbled and the economy tanked, the CEO downsized her company and brought it back home.
It’s a tight-knit group, easy with one another and their boss. Spears even gets described as “mom,” though at 44, and 10 to 20 years older than her staff, she seems more best friend forever or cool college RA. She is low-key and laughs easily and if she carries any tension around, it must be stuffed deep inside the pockets of her comfy sweater. When someone is troubled, Spears knows when to talk. When it’s rough going, she finds ways to focus on what matters. Before a staff meeting in the doom of last September, she asked everyone to write something positive about one another. Then at the meeting those warm words were showered over the team.
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