Greetings to all, and a warm welcome to our annual special segment dedicated to recognizing this year’s recipients of the prestigious North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work awards. It is with great pleasure that I direct your attention to the companies singled out for these accolades. Their distinction stems primarily from the viewpoints of their employees and the exceptional workplace culture they foster.

Lorez Bailey, North Bay Business Journal publisher
Lorez Bailey, publisher

The North Bay Business Journal’s ability to celebrate these remarkable achievers is made possible through the unwavering support of our local business community. We reaffirm our commitment to serving businesses across the core counties we reach through both print and online platforms, namely Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano.

Our dedication to providing pertinent business news encompassing regional trends, events, and influential personalities remains resolute. Our team of reporters and event coordinators is dedicated to keeping you well-informed, connected, and jubilant in your successes. This brings us to the heart of this special edition.

Our esteemed company awardees emerged following an exhaustive process that involved analyzing over 7,600 employee surveys. The journey commenced in March, and from those efforts, we identified 105 distinguished winners. The selection process was predicated on the results of the employee surveys, their active participation, insightful comments, and comprehensive employer submissions.


This extensive process unfolds over several months, spanning from March until August, culminating in this grand presentation and an in-person awards gala on Sept. 13 at the Graton Resort and Casino. This marks the 18th installment of the Best Places to Work program. In the inaugural year, 24 exceptional entities were recognized. Contrastingly, this year’s iteration boasts a roster of 105 honorees. This remarkable growth is a testament to the outstanding employees, commendable workplace practices, nurturing culture, as well as adept management and ownership.

As you delve into each company’s profile, you’ll observe that employee feedback remains anonymous. The significance of these candid appraisals is invaluable. Organizations can glean insights into their strengths, pinpoint areas for enhancement, and assess their readiness for the future workforce.

Anticipation is high as we look forward to convening at our forthcoming Best Places to Work celebration on Sept. 13, generously sponsored by Exchange Bank and BBSI. This occasion presents a splendid opportunity to honor the business community, renew connections, and extend well-deserved congratulations to the winners..

Company profile: DesCor is one of the largest general building contractors in Northern California. It has completed over 1,200 projects during its 18 years in business.

What the CEO says: “Our mission is to empower people and create a meaningful impact on those we serve,” said Tyler Ganyo, president and CEO. “This starts with attracting and retaining the right people. We see it as a priority to create a world class work environment, benefits, and championing the careers of our employees. We believe that if we do the right things and take care of our people, the business will thrive.” He said this starts with every co-worker living DesCor’s core values, while maintaining a family-centric atmosphere and creating career paths for employees. Regular training and workshops are provided along with a mentorship program, with manager check-ins and reviews. “We are relationship builders. To project positive relationships with our customers, we must first take care of internal customers — our North Bay employees and their families.”

What makes it a “Best Place to Work”: DesCor’s culture includes maintaining an environment of open communication and enthusiasm that is fun and where people know management truly cares about them. Company sponsored events include 6-to-10 DesCor Date Nights a year, Christmas parties, summer family picnics, paintball, fishing trips, milestone anniversary celebrations, bonuses, tuition reimbursements, 401(k) and 529 college saving plan matches, flexible work hours, and charity events generating full company involvement. The biggest nonprofit event is the annual Octoberfest supporting Stanford Sierra Youth and families, which places foster kids into permanent family homes through adoption, mentoring and coaching.

What employees say: “Relationships are the number one priority at all levels of the company. DesCor puts a lot of effort toward creating great relationship with our families as well as clients and communities.” [back to the winner list]

Link to Article: WINNER