Dave O'Brien leans into each week with the mantra, “Around here, Mondays never suck.”
That saying is among the most coveted at Zywave Inc., a Wauwatosa-based computer software company that creates technology to inform and serve more than 3,800 insurance brokers across the world.
It is also the foundation of a “work hard, play hard” culture that has helped the company accelerate its growth in the 20 years it has been evolving its software offerings, according to O'Brien, chief executive officer of the company.
As of June 30, the company's employee base stood at about 310, up from 273 at the end of 2014, spread among the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition to those hires, Zywave welcomed 27 employees through the acquisition of Warwick, R.I.-based insurance agency digital marketing firm Intygral in July. All told, the company experienced 23 percent growth over the first six months of 2015.
Soon, Zywave's office space will accommodate its growing headcount as the company prepares to relocate and consolidate its headquarters inside a brand new four-story building currently in development by Milwaukee-based Irgens. Zywave will become the anchor tenant of the 85,000-square-foot office building – which will be located in Wauwatosa's Milwaukee County Research Park – as it will occupy about 70,000 square feet, with additional office space available for its future growth needs.
The company currently occupies more than 44,000 square feet among three buildings in the Milwaukee County Research Park, with plans to tack on another 5,000 square feet in December.
Among the elements at the core of Zywave's affinity for growth is a “backbone” of talented employees, according to O'Brien.
“They really can make or break your success,” O'Brien said, adding that much of the company's talent is bred in the Wisconsin school system.