Ally Antis is our wellbeing guru! She is helping Antis employees find their center in her role as Corporate Yoga Instructor. Ally is also daughter of our Founder and CEO, Charles Antis! We sat down with Ally to learn more about her childhood (which is amazing), journey through yoga, her work helping others and how she hopes to impact the world.
Tell us about yourself, where did you grow up?
My name is Alexandra Tiare Antis and I grew up in beautiful southern California. My childhood was filled with many adventures, from building sand castles on the beach to visiting third world countries with my family. I attended a public school in Mission Viejo called Capo Valley High school, which is in the top 2.5% of US high schools.
Tell us about your dad and what you've seen him go through as a business owner?
My dad has always worked hard to have a stable and successful business. Even when times were tough, I remember him persevering and always looking for the next step. He definitely had his ups and downs with the company, but always went through it with an optimistic attitude. As a child through to now, I watched him turn his business into his dream job.
What do you think about the company's take on doing what's best for people?
If you’re always giving back to the people and community, then only good karma can come back your way. This company is transforming lives because it is based on giving back to the community and its employees.
How has the company impacted your life's purpose?
This company has given me a positive outlook on life. It reminds me you can achieve anything you set your mind to by living your life with a positive attitude and persevering through the hard times.
How did you get into yoga? Where did you learn about yoga?
I got into yoga when I was fifteen years old after suffering a knee injury. Before yoga, I would run miles without stretching. I was in physical therapy for three months until someone introduced me to yoga class. After my first class, I was hooked. About a year after practicing yoga, I became a certified yoga instructor at 16 years old. Yoga has taught me to live a happy and authentic life. Yoga holds a very special place in my heart and has molded me into the young women I am today.
You have been Corporate Yoga Instructor at Antis for some time now, how did that come together? How long have you been running sessions?
After completing my 200-hour Life power yoga teacher training, I needed somewhere to teach and begin my yoga career. I talked about it with my dad and we came across corporate yoga. He then gave me the opportunity to teach yoga at Antis campus, in the creative space. I have been teaching yoga at Antis for over two years now.
Thinking back on when you first started running the sessions, how did Antis employees react to yoga?
Yoga is typically taught at a yoga studio or fitness club; but not normally in an office space. In the beginning the employees seemed a little hesitant, but soon after they began to enjoy the benefits of yoga.
Was it difficult to get people to take part?
It was a little bit challenging. Social media updates/posts encouraged many employees to come.
Bringing everything to present day, have you found an improvement in the wellbeing of staff?
I believe yoga helped created a positive energy and brought employees closer.
What does wellness mean to you?
In my own words, wellness means to be happy with yourself and to live a purposeful life driven by love and the connections you have with others.
Should companies explore different ways of increasing the physical and mental wellness of their employees?
Yes, they should. Increasing employee’s well-being will help create a better culture at other businesses.
You have also been involved in Habitat home and international builds, can you tell us more about these?
I did my first global village build when I was 14 years old with my dad and brother. This build was in Mongolia, a very beautiful third world country. This global village build gave me a new perspective on life and left me filled with gratitude. A couple years later, when I was 17 years old, I did another global village build in Macedonia. Taking the step to go on this build alone at such a young age helped ease me into adulthood. I went in with no expectations and came out a new person. I met some amazing people through habitat for humanity that I keep in touch with today. Some of the habitat staff even comes to the office to enjoy a yoga class at Antis campus.
How have these builds shaped your life experiences? Can you share a story or experience?
Going on these builds at such a young age helped shape me into the person I am today. In Mongolia, when we were done building the family’s home, the family was filled with so much gratitude and love. I can still remember the smile on the families face when we gave them the key to their new home. Seeing their reaction changed me to know when people come together, they can make such an impact on someone else’s life. It helped me discover that I love helping others.
Do you think the journey to building a home is as important as the end result?
Yes, I believe the journey is the most important part. You start out working with strangers and come out with lifelong friends. Because of the experiences you share together, the relationships you make on the builds are never lost.
How have these experiences prepared you for your life's journey?
These experiences help better prepare me for my life journey by showing me the secret to life, which is to give back to your community. When you give your time and effort to a community, you leave a more better fulfilled person.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
Visit all the seven wonders of the world, teach yoga out of the country, do more third world humanitarian builds.
Our Antis champion for this week is Ms. Teri Jo Cherry.
Teri Jo or TJ as we like to call her, is the engine of our company. Having spent over 20 years working in production and operations roles, TJ has been with us for the past three years as Business Operations Manager. Working closely with the senior team, she (like most of our team) wears many hats. As someone who has a wealth of knowledge and experience, she is invaluable to the continuity of our company.
“I enjoy my job but I enjoy the people even more.”
It was when she was looking for a career change when TJ came across Antis. While working as a property manager, she saw Antis (one of her vendors at the time) as a company that she wanted to work for. From the outside looking in, TJ saw potential and possibilities with us that she couldn’t find elsewhere. Our company culture is what attracted her the most.
TJ previously worked for companies with similar goals, structures and ethoses. The working environments were often tense, and focused more on individuals rather than collaborating as a team. Given her experiences working for traditional companies that focus on turning a profit, TJ valued our focus of turning a profit while making a difference in the local community.
“When I speak with people who ask me what I do for a living, I tell them proudly I work for Antis, which is not just a roofing company, but a company that gives back to many great charities. Then I list them off! Most people say what a great company and it must be fun to work there, and they’re right, It is!”
Looking to the future, TJ hopes to get more involved in our social efforts.
“I have been to two Habitat for Humanity OC events. The second time I made sure to take my young niece and nephew. Because we (Antis) installed the roofs over homes that were dedicated by Habitat, I felt extremely humble and proud that the company I work for gave such a great gift to several well-deserving families.”
No two days are the same for TJ, things are constantly moving and her willingness to learn and adapt to situations has helped us tremendously. She finds structure in our sometimes unstructured world.
Shauna Levine, Senior Campaign Manager at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), stands at the forefront of efforts to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. Beyond its focus on providing critical funds to develop advanced treatment methods to challenging illnesses, the organization, through its Light The Night campaign, serves a compassionate partner and resource to patients and their families. After learning of the Light The Night campaign and meeting with Shauna, we are determined to help this critical human fight. We have committed time and effort to the campaign, focusing on how best we can support survivors of these diseases.
Shauna welcomed the opportunity to work with us as a traditional sector company with modern approaches to corporate social responsibility. We’ve always tried to lead by example with our community efforts, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has helped us diversify our portfolio of partners.
“Antis showed me and my organization that you do not have to be a large company to make a significant difference in the lives of others.” - Shauna Levine
Shauna and the society continue to educate us on the importance of advocacy in cancer research. We realize and understand the impact blood cancer has on patients and their loved ones. As our partnership continues to blossom, we hope to have staff members and other partner organizations volunteer their time to support the campaign.
In Conversation with Shauna
Give us a bit of background into you, the Light the Night campaign and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
At Light The Night, it is our aim to bring light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures. Light The Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting the society’s funding of research to find blood cancer cures. We bring hope instead of despair by working to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. We bring communities together to celebrate those who are fighting the disease and to honor those we have lost.
How did you discover Antis Roofing and Waterproofing?
I met with Antis Roofing through one of their partners, Cardinal Property Management. Charles and I connected on a deeper level at the very first meeting. His earnest commitment to leverage his business standing and company to advance the quality of life of all who come across his path was inspiring!
How has the company supported your organization in its endeavors?
They have donated money and time to the organization and also support survivors, who often struggle to get back on their feet after fighting these diseases. Charles and the team have also used creative solutions to help us expand our network of support. As an example, Antis donated tickets to their suite at the Honda Center for us to offer as incentives at Light The Night fundraisers. Beyond participation, we have structured a variety of cause marketing campaigns that advance both of our missions.
What role do you see Antis playing in the growth or development of your organization in the future?
The awareness they bring to our organization by talking to their clients about us is amazing. Beyond these traditional aspects of support, Antis and its team has helped me as a professional incorporate even more innovative solutions to our model and programs. They really get it.
To learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Orange County please visit: http://www.lightthenight.org/events/orange-county If you have any thoughts or ideas on how to help support the Light The Night campaign, Shauna is all ears! Feel free to email her: [email protected]
The next Orange County Light The Night Walk event takes place on September 23, 2017 at Angel Stadium. Make sure your mark it in your calendar! We’ll be there! We hope you will too!
Our Antis champion for this week is Mr. Dave Bernardy
A skilled carpenter by trade, Dave began his tenure with Antis as a field technician. After distinguishing himself as a committed team member and highly trained worker, Dave quickly moved roles within the company mastery many different responsibilities. Initially, Antis was an employer more than a path, but he quickly realized that Antis provides more than just a job.
Antis’ numerous career developing opportunities helped Dave realize his full potential. In a competitive job market, building and using transferable skills and experience are critically important for security. Beyond, provided employee growth opportunities, Dave thrived with a company culture that celebrated skilled labor and community engagement. Dave's willingness to adapt to sector changes and embrace the company culture has won the appreciation of management.
“I’ve witnessed Dave grow and mature, becoming a man with quiet confidence and tremendous dignity. He now sees the greater good in everything and works to play his part.” - Charles Antis, Owner and CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing
Dave cites the working environment at Antis as integral to his development. Failing and learning by working in various positions allowed him the space to amass a broad background of skills that lead him to a key position within the company. Dave’s transferable knowledge allows him to assist the Office Manager, give advice to an Estimator, and tend to his own job. This startup type mentality pushes Antis forward. Dave says of the company culture:
“Antis takes care of their people more than any other employer out there. You become part of the family, you are accepted for who you are and support unconditionally.”
The social good values of the organization also create a sense of broader importance for everyone at the company, who feel valued not just for their ability to contribute to a business but also for their ability to fundamentally improve communities.
“Giving back to the community is something I’ve made a part of my own family values because of what we’ve learned here with Antis. Here you’ll find a very genuine and authentic group of people that truly care about what’s going on around them. I’m always excited about the future of Antis Roofing.”
Dave aims to continue being a conduit for Antis’ social causes while progressively building his capabilities to support the company for years to come.
We’re always on the lookout for talented, socially driven people. If you share Dave’s desire to grow and give back, click here to explore job opportunities at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing.
As a testament to its leadership in the industry and philanthropic contributions, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was honored to receive numerous awards at the National Roofing Contractors Association's (NRCA) 130th Annual Convention and the International Roofing Expo. Antis swept the ceremony, receiving the prestigious 1st Place CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award and the Best of the Best Award. The awards were presented March 2 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
In addition to serving as a premier learning event for the industry, the annual convention allows NRCA to honor top roofing professionals for outstanding contributions, service and dedication to the industry. Antis was particularly honored to receive the 1st Place CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award, a collaboration between NRCA and CNA Insurance Cos, which recognizes charitable acts completed by an NRCA contractor member.
"Antis has truly elevated the bar for philanthropic excellence in the roofing industry," said Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA. "They are a company relentlessly committed to giving back, making a difference and seeing communities thrive. In turn, they inspire others to do the same. We are pleased to applaud their efforts."
Deeply committed to charity and social responsibility, Antis is dedicated to giving back and donates hundreds of hours of time and financial support toward non-profit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House.
"Philanthropy is the core of our company's story and mission," said Charles Antis, founder and CEO of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing. "We are deeply honored to receive an award that celebrates our positive impact in the community, at this significant event with our peers in the industry. In addition, we are excited to do even more good with the generous prize money awarded to the Antis Foundation."
Antis will continue to pay it forward by donating the entire $7,500 cash prize awarded to the Antis Foundation for earning 1st place to the Ronald McDonald House charities. The companies are aligned in their vision to provide safe and dry homes for families across the nation.
Of the 10 outstanding roofers recognized at this year's convention, Antis is proud to report that two were members of the Antis team. Narciso Alarcon and Manuel Cortez were recognized with the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards which recognizes an employee for outstanding on-the-job performance, safety, contributions to a team effort, and dedication to community service and volunteerism. Narciso Alarcon was also named Professional Roofing's Best of the Best and will be featured in the May edition of Professional Roofing magazine.
As we head into summer after one of the driest winters on record, most California homeowners and Homeowners' Association (HOA) property managers are probably not thinking about rain-related roof and deck troubles.
The sun is shining, the temperatures are warm - it's time to sit back and relax.
While we may have avoided the hassle of leaking roofs and associated damage last winter, this dry spell could just be the calm before the storm - El Nino, that is. If so, now is the time to inspect that roof and repair any potential leak points, because those in the know predict that if El Nino does hit next winter, it could dump rain in quantities not seen in nearly two decades.