ARLINGTON, VA, August 16, 2022 –  PhoenixTeam ranks in the top half of Inc. magazine’s 2022 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the third year in a row! The Inc. 5000 List is determined by percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021 in U.S.-based, private companies. PhoenixTeam saw a 236% three-year growth and ranked #2450 on the list. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by Inc. as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the nation for the third year in a row,” said Tanya Brennan, managing partner and CEO of PhoenixTeam. “Our continued growth is a testament to our talented team that continues to delight our clients and deliver value by finding innovative ways to address their most difficult challenges in the mortgage technology and software development spaces. PhoenixTeam is fortunate to continue to help federal housing agencies and commercial sector clients deliver better business solutions through technology design, delivery and implementation excellence resulting in better outcomes for veterans, farmers and homeowners.” 

View the full list of honorees at  https://www.inc.com/inc5000/2022. 

Contact  

PhoenixTeam
Melanie Lewis
904-868-5828
melanie.lewis@phoenixoutcomes.com 

About PhoenixTeam
PhoenixTeam is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the consumer lending and financial services space. Partnering with government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers, PhoenixTeam brings top-tier talent and expertise to deliver the best mortgage loan experience for our clients and those seeking homeownership. As a full-stack product company that emphasizes a continuous learning culture, PhoenixTeam leverages unique and creative methods to develop and deliver on our client’s strategy and vision. For more information, visit us www.phoenixoutcomes.com. 

ARLINGTON, VA, August 8, 2022 — Minority and woman-owned mortgage software development company PhoenixTeam is an honoree on Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine’s 2022 Best Medium Workplaces. PhoenixTeam is ranked #53 on its first time named to this prestigious list.  

“Our first-time recognition on the 2022 Best Medium Workplaces list reflects our continued focus on our people,” says Tanya Brennan, Managing Partner and CEO. “We are dedicated to helping our team members become the best versions of themselves inside and outside of the workplace. Our company growth echos the growth of the individuals who drive change within the mortgage technology industry and allows PhoenixTeam to bring joy and purpose to software development.” 

PhoenixTeam received its first Great Place to Work Certification in February of 2022 and was ranked #29 on the Fortune and Great Place to Work Best Workplace for Millennials in July 2022. The company now holds additional recognition on the 2022 Best Medium Workplace List. 

Great Place to Work measured over 200,000 employees survey responses in companies with 100 to 999 team members in America’s largest ongoing annual workforce study from companies that represent more than 6.1 million U.S. employees in the Trust Index™ survey. The survey allows team members to share anonymous quantitative and qualitative feedback on company culture through 60 statements measured on a five-point scale and two open-ended questions. These statements assess “employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie” as stated by Great Place to Work.  

100% of PhoenixTeam employees who participated in the Trust Index survey agree that: 

  • The company celebrates people who try new and better ways of doing things, regardless of the outcome. 
  • People here are treated fairly regardless of their sexual orientation, race, or age. 
  • Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders. 
  • When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride. 
  • PhoenixTeam is a great place to work. 

Great Place to Work selected the Best Medium Workplaces list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is. 

View PhoenixTeam’s full Great Place to Work profile and recognitions at https://www.greatplacetowork.com/certified-company/7039913.

Contact
PhoenixTeam
Melanie Lewis, Partner
904-868-5828
melanie.lewis@phoenixoutcomes.com  

About PhoenixTeam:  

PhoenixTeam is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the consumer lending and financial services space. Partnering with government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers, PhoenixTeam brings top-tier talent and expertise to deliver the best mortgage loan experience for our clients and those seeking homeownership. As a full-stack product company that emphasizes a continuous learning culture, PhoenixTeam leverages unique and creative methods to develop and deliver on our client’s strategy and vision. For more information, visit us at www.phoenixoutcomes.com. 

About the Best Medium Workplaces™ 

Great Place to Work selected the Best Medium Workplaces by analyzing the survey responses of over 200,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies with 100 to 999 U.S. employees. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work Trust Index™ survey. Great Place to Work determines its lists using its proprietary For All methodology to evaluate and certify thousands of organizations in America’s largest ongoing annual workforce study, based on over 1 million survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million employees, this year alone.  

 

ARLINGTON, VA, July 18, 2022— PhoenixTeam is an honoree for Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine’s 2022 Best Workplaces for Millennials. PhoenixTeam is ranked 29th place out of 100 Small and Medium companies on its first time named to this prestigious list.  

“Our first-time recognition on the 2022 Best Workplace for Millennials list reflects our continued focus on our people,” says Tanya Brennan, Managing Partner and CEO. “Our millennial team members are instrumental in driving change within the mortgage technology industry, allowing PhoenixTeam to bring joy and purpose to software development.” 

PhoenixTeam received its first Great Place to Work Certification in February of 2022, and now holds additional recognition as an honoree on the Fortune magazine Best Workplace for Millennials list. Great Place to Work measured the differences in over 413,000 Millennials’ survey responses to those of other generations taken from America’s largest ongoing annual workforce study of over 1 million employee survey responses and data from companies that represent more than 6.1 million U.S. employees in the Trust Index™ survey.  

100% of PhoenixTeam employees that participated in the Trust Index survey agreed that: 

  • We celebrate people who try new and better ways of doing things, regardless of the outcome.
  • Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders. 
  • When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride. 
  • PhoenixTeam is a great place to work. 

Great Place to Work selected the Best Workplaces for Millennial list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is. 

View PhoenixTeam’s full Great Place to Work profile and recognitions at https://www.greatplacetowork.com/certified-company/7039913.

Contact
PhoenixTeam
Melanie Lewis, Partner
904-868-5828
melanie.lewis@phoenixoutcomes.com  

About PhoenixTeam:  

PhoenixTeam is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the consumer lending and financial services space. Partnering with government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers, PhoenixTeam brings top-tier talent and expertise to deliver the best mortgage loan experience for our clients and those seeking homeownership. As a full-stack product company that emphasizes a continuous learning culture, PhoenixTeam leverages unique and creative methods to develop and deliver on our client’s strategy and vision. For more information, visit us at www.phoenixoutcomes.com. 

About the Best Workplaces for Millennials 

Great Place to Work selected the Best Workplaces for Millennials by gathering and analyzing over 1 million confidential survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million U.S. employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work Trust Index™ survey. Read the full methodology. 

About Great Place to Work® 

Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, it has surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Its employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything it does is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All.   

Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

This article originally appeared on Washington Business Journal and was written by Tristan Navera. It has been given minor edits before re-posting.

For countless businesses in Greater Washington, 2020 was a chance to step back and reflect on what their mission was and how they were doing it.

PhoenixTeam’s leaders had time for soul-searching, too.

Arlington-based PhoenixTeam is still a relatively new business, having formed in 2015 so its culture remains malleable. At the same time, it has grown to 140 employees, so the systems put into place now have an outsized impact on how it continues to grow. So when it began thinking about diversity, the company found it wanted a more ingrained way to measure how it was doing.

“Financial technology and housing are some of the least diverse sectors, but we need to reflect the diversity of the customer base,” said Tela Mathias, managing partner and COO.

PhoenixTeam’s “IDEA” initiative — Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access — was its all-encompassing strategy. The program relies on a four-pronged approach that includes education, policies, open dialogue, support, and understanding to educate its workers and ensure the workplace is empathetic and inclusive.

And so, it’s a holistic approach, Mathias said, because it requires employees to understand the moral and business need to build a diverse workforce so that they can support the initiative. The ultimate goal is “a culture of support and understanding” as its employees are more aware of one another’s business and personal challenges and how to help. Three activities a month ranging from discussions of emotional intelligence, empathy, prejudice, discrimination and celebration of heritage and holidays across a diverse community, with a few focused on Pride, pronouns and stronger allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Doubling down on that investment, the company built a relationship with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to hire a chief diversity officer, draft a $75,000 budget and continue training and implementation of its IDEA initiative. After an audit with JustUs Health, the company also removed gendered language from its employee handbook and restrooms, added conscious inclusion training and updated its website with information about the LGBTQIA+ community and substance abuse. This year, the company plans more workshops to target recruiting, bias, leadership and emotional intelligence, with a goal to work more with the HBFF to determine what other resources to offer the LGBTQIA+ community.

“These things don’t come into your understanding naturally,” Mathias said. “You have to make room for them.”

The company’s recruitment efforts had to fall in line too, as it posts open positions on diverse job sites and has a single recruiting, interviewing and hiring experience for all candidates. Once people are aboard, they’re now included in one of eight employee resource groups, including one for LGBTQIA+, each a private channel that allows them to connect with others of similar life experience and background.

That’s because the company’s customer base has had to contend with these struggles, too. PhoenixTeam has many customers in the federal government, for instance, including veterans working with the Department of Veteran Affairs to stay in their homes. It’s meaningful work, but it requires understanding people with a wide range of life experiences.

It’s not just that the woman-owned business benefits from a broader array of perspectives as it tries to go to market in a diverse world. But these kinds of teams are turning out to be more resilient in the long run, too. The company landed on Inc. Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list for the second time this year after a survey put 99% of team members engaged with “high favorability, advocacy, intent to stay and discretionary effort” and 96% feeling leaders put people first.

Analyst Jaedri Wood, reflecting on the past two years, summed it up in her comments. “People want to work for a company that has a positive impact and prioritizes the quality of their work over the quantity,” she wrote. “Team members are more invested in delivering positive change than solely improving the company’s bottom line.”

Marcia Carter-Griffith has been with PhoenixTeam for six months now, thriving in her roles as Data Analytics Consultant and Senior Functional Analyst. She has already utilized our Continuous Learning opportunities to take a course in Agile Methodology and received her Scrum Master Certification! Marcia also appreciates how our Village “takes the time to discuss important issues that affect our lives outside of work like mental health, our communities, and the people around us.”

Her top bucket list item is to see the Egyptian pyramids and if she could have coffee with a historical figure, Marcia would choose Dr. Mae C Jemison, an engineer, physician, and the first Black woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Leaders and companies are recognized for programs, practices and policies that advance LGBTQIA+ equality and leadership in the workplace throughout the Greater Washington Area and beyond. 

ARLINGTON, VA, May 20, 2022 – PhoenixTeam is a Washington Business Journal Business of Pride in the Greater Washington area honoree! The award recognizes companies and business leaders for outstanding practices in advancing LGBTQIA+ leadership and equality, and blazing the trail for diversity and inclusion in the corporate world.  

“As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so famously reminded us, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ This award reminds me that when we have power and privilege, it is our responsibility to use it to bend the arc towards justice,” says Tela Mathias, Managing Partner and COO. “To create access where it did not exist previously and invent a new way of doing business, one that realizes fairness and a commitment to the core values we practice at PhoenixTeam. It’s in our blood as a company and a community.” 

PhoenixTeam’s commitment to diversity and inclusion sits at the core of our company as a minority and woman-founded business in the overwhelmingly male and white-dominated financial technology and housing industries. In alignment with our dedication to representation, PhoenixTeam launched the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) initiative in 2020 to empower our village members to reinforce the appreciation and acceptance of all through education and empathy. PhoenixTeam is also home to eight Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), including a LGBTQIA+ group, where team members may share, listen, and learn about and within their respective communities. In conjunction with I.D.E.A. and ERGs the Phoenix Way aims to educate Phoenicians and ensure a compassionate workspace where people of all identities feel safe and accepted.

PhoenixTeam has also led external diversity and inclusion efforts alongside the Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) to make high-quality substance-use healthcare accessible to all, with an emphasis on the LGBTQIA+ community. Through the partnership, several initiatives were launched within the HBFF including continuous I.D.E.A. training and implementation, and an LGBTQIA+ audit alongside JustUs Health, a nonprofit by the Minnesota AIDS Project and Rainbow Health Initiative dedicated to health equity for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

To learn more about PhoenixTeam company culture and the values that lead the Phoenix Way, visit https://phoenixoutcomes.com/who-we-are/culture/. 

View the complete list of Business of Pride honorees and more information regarding the Awards Event here.


Contact

PhoenixTeam
Melanie Lewis, Partner
904-868-5828
melanie.lewis@phoenixoutcomes.com 

About PhoenixTeam: 

PhoenixTeam is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the consumer lending and financial services space. Partnering with government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers, PhoenixTeam brings top-tier talent and expertise to deliver the best mortgage loan experience for our clients and those seeking homeownership. As a full-stack product company that emphasizes a continuous learning culture, PhoenixTeam leverages unique and creative methods to develop and deliver on our client’s strategy and vision. For more information, visit us www.phoenixoutcomes.com. 

ARLINGTON, VA, May 10, 2022 – PhoenixTeam has been named to Inc. magazine’s 2022 Best Workplaces list for the second year in a row. The list is the result of a comprehensive measurement of American companies that have excelled in creating exceptional workplaces and company culture. From thousands of applicants, Inc. selected 475 honorees this year based on management effectiveness, benefits and perks, fostering employee growth, and overall company culture. These categories were assessed via an employee survey conducted by Quantum Workplace. 

“PhoenixTeam would like to thank Inc. for recognizing us as one of the best places to work two years in a row,” says Tanya Brennan, CEO and Managing Partner. “Our vision is to bring joy and purpose to software development within the mortgage industry. This means delighting our clients and giving our team members opportunities and tools to achieve their goals and make an impact on the world. Seven years later, having grown to almost 140 people, we continue our journey to inspire our team to be their very best.” 

What put PhoenixTeam on the Best Workplaces list:   

  • 99% of team members are engaged with “high favorability, advocacy, intent to stay, and discretionary effort” 
  • 96% of team members feel that “senior leaders of the organization value people as their most important resource” 
  • The top word that best describes the PhoenixTeam environment according to the survey respondents is “supportive”  

For additional information on what makes PhoenixTeam a Best Workplace, visit https://phoenixoutcomes.com/rise-with-us/benefits-and-perks/. The full Best Workplaces list is featured online at https://www.inc.com/best-workplaces/2022 and will be in the May/June 2022 issue hitting newsstands on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. 

Contact 
PhoenixTeam 
Melanie Lewis 
904-868-5828 
melanie.lewis@phoenixoutcomes.com 

About PhoenixTeam
PhoenixTeam is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the consumer lending and financial services space. Partnering with government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers, PhoenixTeam brings top-tier talent and expertise to deliver the best mortgage loan experience for our clients and those seeking homeownership. As a full-stack product company that emphasizes a continuous learning culture, PhoenixTeam leverages unique and creative methods to develop and deliver on our client’s strategy and vision. For more information, visit us www.phoenixoutcomes.com.  

ARLINGTON, VA, April 1, 2022 – PhoenixTeam is a 2022 Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work in the Greater Washington area honoree!  

Nominees are selected from feedback collected in employee surveys that evaluate company communication and resources, individual needs, manager effectiveness, personal engagement, team dynamics, and trust in leadership. Award winners are chosen based solely on survey results, so this honor is granted to PhoenixTeam by our team members themselves and makes this recognition even more special. 

“Being recognized as a Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work honoree validates our continued focus on our people,” says Tanya Brennan, Managing Partner and CEO at PhoenixTeam. “They are the special forces who solve the hardest problems in mortgage technology and help realize the PhoenixTeam vision to bring joy and purpose to software development.” 

View the complete list and more information regarding the Best Places to Work in Greater Washington Awards Event here: https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/event/167564/2022/best-places-to-work 

PhoenixTeam ranks at No. 41 with two-year 244% growth rate.

ARLINGTON, VA, March 15, 2022 –  PhoenixTeam places No. 41 out of 131 companies on the Inc. Regionals fastest-growing private companies in the Mid-Atlantic! Ranked within the top rising businesses, PhoenixTeam boasts a two-year median revenue growth rate of 244% and is one of 50 repeat honorees. The Mid-Atlantic region includes Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

The 2022 Inc. Regionals serves as an extension to the Inc. 5000 list and includes six major U.S. areas: Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest, with the Mid-Atlantic region averaging a growth rate of 161%.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the Mid-Atlantic region two years in a row,” said Tanya Brennan, Managing Partner, and CEO of PhoenixTeam. “We are humbled. We are grateful. We are excited for what we have planned to help even more federal housing agencies and commercial sector clients deliver their mission and business goals resulting in better outcomes for veterans, farmers, and homeowners.”

Additional Inc. Recognitions:

  • PhoenixTeam made the 2021 Regionals Mid-Atlantic at No. 52, raising the ranks by 11 spots since then.
  • Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies has featured PhoenixTeam twice before as No. 911 in 2021 with a three-year company growth of 242% and revenue increase of 532% and as No. 1160 in 2020 with a three-year revenue growth of 389%.
  • Phoenix received recognition as an Best Workplaces in 2021 in honor of our continuous efforts to create a workspace that cultivates growth, value, and offers flexible work hours, affordable health insurance plans, and unique benefits.

Contact

PhoenixTeam
Melanie Lewis, Partner
904-868-5828
melanie.lewis@phoenixoutcomes.com

About PhoenixTeam:

PhoenixTeam is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the consumer lending and financial services space. Partnering with government agencies, financial institutions and technology providers, PhoenixTeam brings top-tier talent and expertise to deliver the best mortgage loan experience for our clients and those seeking homeownership. As a full-stack product company that emphasizes a continuous learning culture, PhoenixTeam leverages unique and creative methods to develop and deliver on our client’s strategy and vision. For more information, visit us www.phoenixoutcomes.com.

Practitioner Leigh Moos’ favorite thing about her role at PhoenixTeam is delivering clients value at scale within the mortgage industry. “We care about having an authentic impact for the people who matter most. It is great to influence positive change and advocate for opportunities that result in happier, healthier, more equal, and more knowledgeable communities, team members, and clients.”Leigh holds that the best professional advice she has received is to maintain a work/life balance. She accomplishes this with support from PhoenixTeam leadership, friends, and family. Outside of work, Leigh enjoys watching her son play college baseball and her daughter perform. She also loves to travel, take day trips, or long vacations. Her favorite destinations include Disney, Key West, New Orleans, and New York City.