The ReachLocal Star Award is an annual recognition of one individual within the company that transforms and inspires the lives of his or her colleagues, in both their personal and professional lives. The award was initially conceived as a tribute to the late Justin Brookes, a passionate member of the ReachLocal community, whom we lost suddenly in 2010, and continues to celebrate those who go above and beyond day after day.
Exuding the same commitment and zest for life as Justin, the ReachLocal Star is someone who unconditionally demonstrates three key qualities: Team First, Servant Leadership, and Customer Focus. The ReachLocal Star has become central to our company culture, with employees anonymously nominating their peers, five deserving finalists chosen from hundreds, and the winner ultimately announced to the entire global community. The ReachLocal Star receives a beautiful crystal award, a $5,000 cash prize, and a $5,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice.
Vinayak Joshi is a Finance Executive in our ReachLocal India office and has been with ReachLocal since 2012. In each of his roles at the company, Vinayak has loved both being responsible for creating and growing a team as well as taking an established team to new heights. Vinayak would like his charity donation award to go to an organization that focuses on helping underprivileged or differently-abled children receive an education. Vinayak has said of his recognition, “We don’t come to work. We come to our second home to better our careers, grow the company, and have fun while doing that! It’s rare to have an organization honor an outstanding employee. I am very proud to be even close to the stature of others who have received this award.”
A member of the ReachLocal team since 2009, Chris Kligora serves as the Regional Sales Manager (RSM) in our San Francisco office. Chris previously served as an Internet Marketing Consultant in Denver and as Interim RSM in our St. Louis and Minneapolis offices. Chris has chosen to donate to Special Olympics Colorado, an organization that helps intellectually disabled people build friendships and self-esteem. In Chris’ words, “to be nominated for and to win an award that represents the spirit of such an amazing individual is a great honor…I believe this award is a testament to the culture we have established at ReachLocal, where we are continually teaching and learning from each other.”
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Ken Leicester is Director of Learning and Performance Systems. In this role, Ken manages a team that designs and delivers product, sales, and technical training to all of Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this role, Ken served as a Sales Performance Manager in the Sydney office. He has been with ReachLocal since 2007. Ken’s chosen charity is environmental organization Greenfleet, which will offset the carbon footprint of ReachLocal Australia’s offices for 12 months. Ken’s favorite part about working at ReachLocal is “being surrounded by talent. Whichever way you tip the pyramid, the talent is rich and deep, top down or bottom up. Whatever way you look, it’s simply a great place to be.”
Asta Reklaityte serves as a Sales Operations Manager in our Amsterdam office. She is responsible for the on-boarding, training, and development of Client Services Consultants as well as the creation and implementation of new sales processes. She began her ReachLocal career as a finance intern and has held many roles over her past three years with the company. Asta’s charity choice was childhood cancer fund Regute, based in her home country of Lithuania. According to Asta, “ReachLocal is not just a job for me, it’s a place with lots of opportunities and I just want to grab all of those and not let any of them pass by.”