HUDSON -- On April 6, AKHIA was honored to be selected by Smart Business Magazine as a 2017 Smart Culture Award recipient. This award recognizes Northeast Ohio organizations where culture plays a crucial role in the company's success.

"We believe that a smart culture is one that happens organically and since day one, AKHIA has built a culture through our employees that is friendly, welcoming, supportive, inclusive, and fun," said Ben Brugler, president of AKHIA. "We're thrilled to be honored for the culture we've worked so hard to uphold."

AKHIA was chosen for the way in which the company lives its values. Every employee is expected to demonstrate company values in the work performed, the service provided and how teams collaborate internally. In fact, in an internal survey completed in 2016, 100 percent of AKHIA employees said they believe AKHIA lives by its values and vision.

AKHIA's successful culture has also been good for the company's bottom line. By not wavering on its commitment to preserve culture and service-focused founding principles, AKHIA has enjoyed 12 percent average growth over the last five years. This has earned the company recognition in the Weatherhead 100 list of the fastest-growing companies for the past three years, along with two Plain Dealer Top Workplaces Awards.

"Our culture is a vehicle to showcase the people we have by simply encouraging them to be who they are," Brugler said. "For us, there is no initiative more important than preserving and enhancing the culture we've created."