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1st Global Wins National Award for Employee Engagement

May 21, 2014

Dallas – 1st Global, a research and consulting partner to select CPA and wealth management firms, has been recognized by Quantum Workplace, a national leader in workplace assessment and leadership assessment, as a recipient of a 2014 Employee Voice Award™ Honoree. The company has increased its number of engaged employees by 35 percent since conducting its first survey in 2012.

"This process began when we decided to be intentional about improving engagement, listening to our employees and taking action," says David Knoch, President and Chief Operating Officer of 1st Global. "Measuring where we succeed and where we need to improve is critically important to creating the intentional living culture we strive for."

The improvement in scores has been driven by a modern, upgraded employee workspace, reformatted feedback sessions, intentional relationship-building and restructured benefits. The payoff is significant – More than 90 percent of 1st Global’s workforce speaks highly of, goes above and beyond for, and intends to stay at the organization. Those are the metrics which Quantum Workplace uses to measure engagement.

Quantum Workplace recently detailed the company’s employee engagement journey in a Success Story.

Two years ago, Knoch established four objectives to guide the company into its next chapter. In addition to making employees the top priority and providing excellent service to affiliated partners, the leadership team at 1st Global made becoming a “Best Place to Work” in Dallas a top-objective.

"Becoming a best place to work in Dallas, even America, is not a destination, it’s a journey," says Knoch. "While there is still a lot of work to be done, these results are a strong indicator that we’re heading down the right path.

Established in 2008, the Employee Voice Award (EVA) honors Quantum Workplace s most successful clients for outstanding work in employee engagement. When employees are engaged and actively contributing to steering an organization in a positive direction, they create a healthy buzz, a rhythm, a pulse. Employee Voice Award recipients recognize the value of their employees’ voices and demonstrate excellence in translating feedback into results. The EVA was awarded based on results from a survey conducted in 2013.

About 1st Global

1st Global was founded in 1992 by CPAs who believe that accounting, tax and estate planning firms are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive wealth management services to their clients. 1st Global is a research and consulting partner that provides CPA, tax and estate planning firms the education, technology, business-building framework and client solutions that make these firms’ leaders in their professions through dedicated professional client relationships built around wealth management.

More than 400 firms have chosen to affiliate with 1st Global, making us one of the largest financial services partners for the tax, accounting and legal professions.

1st Global Capital Corp. is a member of FINRA and SIPC and is headquartered at 12750 Merit Drive, Suite 1200 in Dallas, Texas, 214-294-5000. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc., an SEC-Registered Investment Adviser. Additional information about 1st Global is available via the Internet at

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