Austin Chamber honors large businesses with outstanding company culture

On August 21st, the Austin Chamber hosted the 19th annual Greater Austin Business Awards. With more than 125 nominees across 12 categories, we wanted to share some of the great things each of our honorees are doing. Today, we are focusing on large business honorees for the Texas Capital Bank Company Culture award.

Posted on 10/09/2019 by Austin Chamber of Commerce

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Diverse, adventurous, fun, and socially-conscious: Kerbey Lane Cafe embodies what is best about Austin. You can see and feel the culture from the moment you step through a Kerbey Lane Cafe door. The largest independent restaurant group in the area aims to employ fun, enthusiastic, passionate individuals to reinforce its culture. The company also emphasizes training and education, rewarding results and offering the opportunity for continued advancement to motivated team members who demonstrate a desire to grow and take on greater responsibility. Kerbey Lane Cafe also practices an open-book management philosophy where all employees are privy to financial knowledge of the company.


Kasasa has four core values; Interdependence, 5-Star Leadership, Love, and Badassitude. Kasasa's values extend outside the organization. The company offers its employees opportunities for professional development, an open PTO policy, 12 weeks of income-protected maternity leave and three weeks of income-protected paternity leave, confidential resources for employees, gym reimbursement, on-site meditation classes, lunch and learn discussions hosted by many different teams and groups, free lunch f once a month, stocked break-rooms with coffee, snacks, cereal, and plenty of healthy options, and $2000 for employees who get a Patch tattoo.

National Instruments

National Instruments focuses on three key areas in order to help drive a supportive and a unique culture by developing a diverse/inclusive environment, creating a meaningful employee experience, and inspiring employee passion/well-being. NI's culture is uniquely fun and helps make the day-to-day experience at NI an enjoyable one. There are numerous opportunities for career growth and advancement at NI. In each major business function, NI has a dedicated training professional who works with supervisors and employees to drive development and career growth opportunities. Over the last few years, the company has made strategic organizational changes to its business that has created numerous upward moving career and development paths for employees.


Opcity's values, investment in culture, and diversity make Opcity's culture unique. Growing from 0 to 600 employees in 3.5 years, the company has maintained a strong culture built on a set of shared values. Opcity knows that culture is something to invest in and its Head of Culture focuses on creating a positive working environment. Having a person dedicated to this has been critical to sustaining Opcity's culture through growth. The company holds quarterly Town Hall meetings and sends weekly company newsletters to keep everyone on the same page. Opcity is 40% female, and 45% non-white. The company has a mix of people from all walks of life.

Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Texas Mutual Insurance Company promotes positive work-life balance, honors employees' time out of the office, and provides opportunities for team building both at work and after-hours. TXM for Texas, the company's community affairs program, helps build camaraderie and supports volunteerism at an organizational and individual level. Employees have access to community service opportunities with Texas Mutual's nonprofit partners, including United Way, Ronald McDonald House and Capital Area Food Bank. Employee appreciation events are held throughout the year, including potlucks, ice cream socials and football spirit days. In October 2018, Texas Mutual moved to a new headquarters in Mueller. The brand-new building was built with collaboration in mind, so employees have ample space to spread out or work together as needed. Employees were part of the development of their new building, helping choose the carpet design, ergonomic desk chairs and more.

Hilton Austin

Hilton has a cultural program named Blue energy and it is made of Team Member Relations, Community Relations and Sustainability. Its culture is made up of a lot of wonderful events that recognize and engage team members through different forms of appreciation. The company listens to what team members' interests are and act on them. Team member feedback is how the company decides who to partner with in terms of organizations that are supporting a cause that are impacting their lives. The Hilton Austin has almost 200 engagement events with team members per year from celebrating citizenship, graduations, years of service, promotions, excellent service and appreciation for hard work. Hilton encourages team members to go to other hotels across the country to learn how other hotels do business. This gives them an opportunity to learn different approaches and different steps that can be taken to accomplish their job.