Louisville, Ky.—Louisville Tile Distributors held its first-ever company-wide team building and recognition event earlier this fall. More than 80 Louisville Tile employees gathered together for a week-long conference here at the Galt House Hotel. Members of all 13 branches attended five days of seminars on self-growth, client-oriented learning and collaborative activities. Sessions covered everything from sales strategy to marketing to new in-house technologies. Every day’s seminars built toward the primary goal of better serving clients and customers.
“The event was about sharing what we’ve accomplished in 2022, where we are going and what are our plans to accomplish just that,” said Crosby Hall, executive vice president of corporate resources. “Celebrating what we’ve done and empowering our team to elevate themselves; empowering them to think strategically and not just be order takers.”
Sales teams, branch managers and warehouse managers worked hand-in-hand to hone their management skills and develop market-specific plans. According to the company, all team members focused on the company’s vision of working together to identify individual goals and challenges and to acquire technical training to advance the mission of making Louisville Tile the most technologically advanced company in the industry.
In addition to team building activities and continuing education, the event included an awards dinner celebrating Louisville Tile staff and branches and acknowledging their many accomplishments in 2022.
2023 and beyond
A week later, Louisville Tile held an Executive Strategic Retreat at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana. Both executive and senior management teams gathered together to plan for the 2023 strategic plan. With the assistance of a professional leadership coach, Louisville Tile announced that next year’s strategic plan will focus on strengthening internal communications, enhancing collective cohesion and creating an even stronger overall spirit of teamwork.
“Our executive retreat focused on not only getting to know each other personally and creating bonds, but helping our team create total alignment of vision and mission,” said Matthew Saltzman, chief executive officer. “The teams were able to identify their individual roles as well as move forward by recognizing the high priority and high payoff items for 2023. This strategic retreat ensures a most successful future for our company and for our leaders themselves. Helping each team member to understand how one department’s priorities impact other department priorities gets everyone on the same page and, ultimately, on the critical path to success. Our goal is to have all departments, all branches and all employees work closely around Louisville Tile’s annual goals and tasks, and in doing so, unite as one to achieve our corporate objectives. Our plan is to work hard, play hard and persevere in elevating to 2023 and beyond.”