GreatAmerica Financial Services

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GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
Private
IndustryFinancial Services
Founded1992
Headquarters
Number of locations
Marshall, Minnesota
Kennesaw, Georgia
Moberly, Missouri
Key people
Tony Golobic, Chairman and CEO
Number of employees
500+ (2018)
Websitegreatamerica.com

GreatAmerica Financial Services is a national commercial equipment finance company that provides financing and consulting services in the United States, and some of the U.S. Territories.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1990. In 1992, the company relocated from Michigan to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and became GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation. At that time, there were only four employees, which included founder Anton (Tony) Golobic, his wife Magda, and two others.[1] In November 2012, the company adopted the new trade name GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation.[2]

Façade of GreatAmerica Building in Cedar Rapids

In 2004, an investment group including GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation and CEO Tony Golobic purchased the GreatAmerica Building for $16 million.[3] During the Flood of 2008, the company activated their disaster recovery plan and relocated staff and resources to pre-arranged recovery sites. Staff did not return to the GreatAmerica building in downtown Cedar Rapids for 68 days.[4]

In late 2009, GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation surpassed $1 billion in assets.[5]

In 2009 GreatAmerica launched the Master Managed Services Provider subsidiary company, Collabrance LLC[6], as a value-add service to their Strategic Solutions Group.[7][8][9]

In June 2011, the company purchased the GreatAmerica building from River Cedar Properties LLC for an undisclosed amount.[10] GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp. now has a staff of more than 500 employees at its headquarters in Cedar Rapids, and offices in Georgia, Minnesota, and Missouri.

Lines of business[edit]

Photo of IT Support, inside GreatAmerica

Through seven core business units, GreatAmerica Financial Services serves partners in the following industries:

  • Document and mailing solutions
  • Telecommunications, or Telecom
  • Light Industrial/Construction Equipment, Survey and GPS
  • Information Technology, or IT
  • Automotive aftermarket
  • Medical equipment (includes physician medical equipment, laboratory and diagnostic)
  • Brokers dealing with essential use equipment
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Third-party, back-up, and successor servicing

Awards[edit]

  • In March 2011, Monitor Leasing News ranked GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. as the largest U.S. private independent leasing company.
  • In September 2011, The Des Moines Register ranked the company as one of the best places to work in Iowa.[11]
  • In 2011, listed on the INC 5000 as one of Iowa's fastest growing companies.[12][13]

Corporate Culture[edit]

GreatAmerica Financial Services routinely ranks as one of the best places to work in the state of Iowa.[14][15] The organization chart places the customer at its center, surrounded by teams supported by senior leadership. The idea was to establish teams of cross-trained individuals with intimate knowledge of their customers and who were responsive to their myriad needs. The scalability of the team structure also preserved the intimate, small-company feel as GreatAmerica expanded. Teams of empowered individuals rising to their potential and making informed decisions continue to benefit the company and its customers today. Everyone at GreatAmerica participates in a bonus structure that integrates personal and company goals that help grow GreatAmerica and reward individual team member accomplishments.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patterson, Maureen (June – July 2004). "The Time of Her Life: Polish immigrant Magda Golobic achieves the American Dream". The Woman Today.
  2. ^ "GreatAmerica Announces New Trade Name". Monitor Daily. Xander Media Group, Inc. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Ford, George C. "GreatAmerica buys downtown C.R. building". SourceMedia Group News. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Derraugh, Murray. "How Business Resumption Planning Can Help Your Company" (PDF). ABF Journal. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "GreatAmerica Leasing Surpasses $1 Billion Mark in 2009: The Strategy Behind the Growth". Monitor Daily. Xander Media Group, Inc. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "Collabrance | Master Managed Services Partner | Master MSP". www.collabrance.com. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Collabrance's "White Glove" IT Service for MSPs: A Closer Look - ChannelE2E". ChannelE2E. May 11, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "GreatAmerica, Collabrance: A New Master MSP?". Channel Futures. October 27, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cedar Rapids' GreatAmerica Financial Services expands IT services unit". The Gazette. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Ford, George C. "GreatAmerica buys downtown C.R. building". SourceMedia Group News. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  11. ^ http://data.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/top-workplaces/
  12. ^ Kenyon, John. "Corridor companies fare well on Inc. 5,000". Corridor Business Journal. Corridor Media Group, Inc. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  13. ^ "The 2011 Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies". Inc. Mansueto Ventures LLC. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  14. ^ http://data.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/top-workplaces/
  15. ^ Iowa Association of Business and Industry and Stonehand Publishing Group (March 2010). IA.biz. 15: 6. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Iowa Association of Business and Industry and Stonehand Publishing Group (March 2010). IA.biz. 15: 6. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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