'Best of Troy' award for outstanding office space goes to USFS


 United Shore Financial Services has been named a “Best of Troy” award winner for 2013. The recognition, the first for USFS, was given Dec. 18 during the Troy Chamber’s annual Holiday Luncheon at the Detroit Troy Marriott.

USFS moved its 1,200 employees to Troy early in 2013 combining many offices into one national headquarters. The building reflects the company’s culture. Inspiring collaboration and innovation in an open floor plan, the building was designed as an “abstract neighborhood” to stay true to USFS’ business of residential lending. The 140,000-square-foot space features many contemporary elements in the exposed duct work and beams, lounge furniture, and a vibrant color palate to encourage team work, communication and innovation. Street signs identify departments. There are also sidewalks complete with manhole covers and 23 conference rooms named after surrounding cities including Troy, Birmingham, and Detroit. 
“We wanted to create an amazing place for our people that would excite and inspire them,” Mat Ishbia, USFS President and CEO, said. “Great people in a great location is a formula that’s tough to beat. We’re honored to earn the recognition as a Best of Troy.”
USFS headquarters features many amenities to retain and attract talent including an expanded cafeteria, state-of-the-art workout fitness center, dry cleaning pick-up/drop-off services, Starbucks, valet parking, 24-hour self-serve convenience store, and modern designs normally associated with a high-tech Silicon Valley company. 
For more than 40 years, the Troy Chamber of Commerce has recognized the outstanding physical investments made by businesses in the city. “The Best of Troy awards recognize completed projects that best exemplify financial investment and aesthetic enhancement within the city of Troy,” explained 2013 Best of Troy Chair Tom Krent, Aflac agent. “We all know how vital these investments are to the continuing prosperity of our city.”
According Krent, the judging committee reviewed 46 properties to come up with eight honorees for 2013. Criteria included function, use of space, uniqueness, aesthetics and an overall “wow” factor.
The “Best of Troy” award adds to a recent string of awards recognizing USFS as a “Best” place to work. In addition to being named a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press and one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For for the second consecutive year including an Elite Award for Employee Achievement and Recognition, USFS has been recognized as one of the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and is ranked first for Elite Award Winners in the Large Business category.
Founded in 1986, USFS is one of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the United States. It operates three brands: United Wholesale Mortgage, Shore Mortgage and Capital Mortgage Funding. Together, the company employs more than 1,200 team members and is projecting year-over-year origination growth for 2013.


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