Center of Excellence took home the Exceptional Employer Award at the
20th Annual Mira Awards, which honor “The Best in Tech in Indiana.”
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GEICO Center of Excellence (CoE) Director Katie Sauls accepts the ‘Exceptional Employer’ Mira Award as CoE Managers Justin Buford (left) and Eric Distler look on. Photo by Paul D’Andrea Photography
The Exceptional Employer Award celebrates a company for its commitment
to “hiring and developing talent, cultivating workspaces and workplace
culture, and deliberately increasing diversity.”
A panel of judges—including CEOs, CTOs and start-up founders who
reviewed more than 100 nominations to select a winner in 14 different
for its efforts in all of those areas and for its economic investment in
Central Indiana and the area’s talented workforce.
“The Mira Awards judges think GEICO has demonstrated remarkable faith in
Central Indiana as an emerging tech hub as well as in the available tech
talent in the community by establishing its Center of Excellence and
through its subsequent support in the growth of the tech ecosystem
through employee training and community engagement,” reads a statement
from TechPoint, the nonprofit accelerator that presents the Mira Awards.
A state-of-the-art innovation hub focused on developing software that
will transform the GEICO customer experience, the Center of Excellence
opened less than a year ago with a hiring blitz that saw 167 new
associates brought onboard in 167 days. Hiring continues at a steady
pace, with a goal to add
an additional 400 associates in the next few years.
The Center of Excellence nurtures developing local tech talent through a
growing number of partnerships with 15 area universities and nonprofits
like IWiT (Indy Women in Tech) and the tech boot camp Eleven Fifty
“We are so incredibly honored to have been recognized by our peers in
the Indianapolis tech arena,” Center of Excellence Director Katie Sauls
said. “The Exceptional Employer MIRA Award epitomizes who we are at
GEICO and solidifies our focus on our first operating principle, a
principle that puts our associates at the forefront of everything we do.
To be recognized by our industry peers in less than a year of opening
our Indianapolis office is truly remarkable and a testament to the
phenomenal team we’ve built.”
to read more about what judges had to say about GEICO.
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