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Creating “Hughes Marino Family” is Bond That Company Builds On

Caring Translates to Better Customer Experiences

Hughes Marino has proven time and again that employees are their most treasured asset. This is the fourth year for the company’s acknowledgement as a Best Places to Work winner.

“We believe that if our team members are happy, fulfilled and motivated, then their output will in turn yield great results for the company,” said President, COO, and co-owner Shay Hughes.

To that end the company built out its innovative downtown workspace as a contemporary model for a relaxed but engaging and supportive office space. It boasts a comfortable “living” space, including a large room with a flat screen TV, billiards, shuffleboard and Ping-Pong tables, gourmet kitchen, a putting green in the entertainment area, and an on-site gym with shower facilities.

Hughes Marino encourages music within the workplace, with a guitar and baby grand piano on-site for the musicians on the team.

The office itself is LEED certified as a green building.

“While perhaps unconventional, we have always led with the idea that our team members are an extension of family,” Hughes said. “When you start from that standpoint, and combine that with our 10 Core Values that everyone on our team embodies, it’s a pretty simple recipe for a happy, tight-knit team and strong foundation to build on. It encourages them to deliver quality service to our clients and our company. As a result, our programs allow individuals the opportunity to be happy, fulfilled and ultimately successful in both their personal and professional lives.”

This article originally appeared in the San Diego Business Journal, which can be read here.

Shay Hughes is president, COO and owner of Hughes Marino, an award-winning commercial real estate company specializing in tenant representation and building purchases with offices in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Seattle. Shay writes about business leadership and company culture on her blog, Lead from Within. Contact Shay at 1-844-NO-CONFLICT or shay@hughesmarino.com to learn more.



  • Bill Waris

    Shay and Jason….Maureen and I want to personally thank you for helping us in our time of need when we realized that our daughter Briana, and her friends Elizabeth and Michelle were in the concert crowd in Las Vegas when the shooting started. You offered your Hughes Marino Company Van and driver (William) to take us to Las Vegas and bring our girls home. We are so grateful for your kindness and it made our ability to get to them so much more tolerable. You certainly practice what you believe in implementing your Core Values and Family Values. We will never forget kindness

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