Friday, October 19, 2007

Rio Salado Partners Win ASTD Best Awards!

Rio Salado is proud to announce that two of its education partners, Equity Residential and Gables Residential, have been honored with global “Best Awards” from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). The ASTD Best Awards recognize organizations of every size and from every sector that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development.

Both partners are property management companies. Headquartered in Chicago, Equity Residential, which placed #7, has won a Best Award every year since 2003. As part of a new integrated business information system, Equity’s national education group, working under the direction of Senior Vice President Tony Pusateri, developed a program to teach or remediate computer skills to employees. Rio Salado converted Equity’s existing training into a format that would remediate deficiencies through college-level classes with credits awarded.

This was the first win for Gables Residential, which is headquartered in Atlanta and placed #33. For Gables, Rio Salado developed customized courses that would bolster the timing and quality of its response to inquiries. Within a few months, these courses contributed to a 200% improvement rate in Gables’ customer response time.

Congratulations, partners, on this significant honor!