“We want to help out the whole company . . . and help people become better individuals so that they can, in turn, help out others. It’s a conscious thing.”
On the weekends, Dan Tran can be found relaxing and meditating next to his two outdoor ponds, where a family of 50 koi fish live, all varying in size, color, and pattern.
“I raise koi fish,” Dan proudly states, like a father bragging about the successes of his kin. He points out their distinct beauty and individuality. “There is no one fish that is like any other. They’re a mix of different carp—river carp, wild carp…” Dan’s love for koi fish sprang from his affinity for the water. Born in Vietnam, Dan came to the United States in 1985, bringing what he calls his “obsession” with him.
His passion for koi fish is not dissimilar from his passion for VMBC. Dan is the second most tenured employee of VMBC, having joined the organization nearly 13 years ago. After years of working as a management information system analyst at Bank of America and as an accounting analyst at Nissan, Dan has said an official goodbye to the large corporate life. At VMBC, a smaller and more intimate organization, Dan feels he can help the whole organization, not solely carry out duties for one division.
Dan is a finance and accounting manager in VMBC’s finance department and simply states that his day-to-day responsibilities are to “make sure everything is good.” If you ask him what that means, exactly, he delivers a more traditional response: “To make sure the payroll and receivables are accounted for and our financials are in good standing.” But then he switches to the other big part of his responsibilities, those that are less typical of a finance and accounting manager. “I help all the non-financial teams gather the financial information they need to carry out their duties successfully.” Dan explains that his involvement in pre-client development isn’t necessarily the norm in the typical large organizations. Then again, VMBC isn’t the typical organization—in practice or deliverables.
Dan confidently and quickly points to VMBC’s reputation in the tech industry as a company that delivers high quality products with great speed. Their high quality solutions could be tied back to their conscious work with one another—referred to as a setup that’s “a lot of love and care, and a little bit of tech.” The conscious lifecycle at VMBC is also one that creates opportunities for personal growth and development, and high quality and thoughtful product delivery.
Like the koi fish species, VMBC and its employees adapt well to climate changes, the most recent of which has included a cultural shift to more intentional practices of conscious capitalism. “We are more conscious about helping our employees get the resources they need at the front end rather than the back end,” Dan says. “We want to help out the whole company . . . and help people become better individuals so that they can, in turn, help out others. It’s a conscious thing.”
VMBC’s adherence to conscious capitalism came from its founder and CEO Jesse Crowe, whom Dan calls his mentor and longtime friend. Dan’s love for the company’s mission and his work is why he’s still with VMBC after more than a decade. “It’s my family,” he says. “We ‘get’ each other.” At VMBC, Dan feels he can have a real impact.
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