Location: Kilmarnock, Va.
Assets: $687 million
Chairman, president and CEO: Jeffrey Szyperski
Popular among employees: "Power meetings" ensure that each week has a focus at Chesapeake Bank. Small gifts and prizes are given for winning ideas expressed at the meetings. In addition, employees share success stories to inspire one another.
Activities to reduce stress/promote fun: Chesapeake encourages employees to go together as a group to patronize area stores and restaurants on the third Thursday of each month, as part of a shop local initiative. The employees wear their bank T-shirts (which read "Buck Stays Here") and take pictures to post to their social media accounts.
Sustainability initiative: All of the bank's computer equipment and electronics get recycled at ARC of the Peninsula. This e-recycling program creates jobs for people with disabilities and helps the environment by keeping tons of waste out of landfills.