Creating workplace cultures — Harnessing the energy of inspired employees
Chairman, Rackspace Hosting Inc.
Creating workplace cultures and harnessing the energy of inspired employees is not just talk for Graham Weston. As the chairman of Rackspace Hosting, Weston has created a company where human capital is the most important asset. The list of perks at this San Antonio-based managed hosting services company is long. It starts with stock options, spot bonuses and the company’s highest award — the Straight Jacket Award for Fanatical Support. Other quirky perks include team outings and annual companywide celebrations such as Racktoberfest, a holiday party and impromptu gatherings to celebrate milestones
Rackspace Hosting is the world leader in hosted computing, including cloud computing. The firm has 3,000+ employees and serves over 100,000 customers globally.
Graham was born to a ranching family in the San Antonio area, where he saw entrepreneurial opportunities in everything around him. While at Texas A&M, he launched a business inspired by his successful appeal of his father’s property tax bills.
While serving as CEO, Graham was named a 2006 “Best Boss” by Fortune Small Business magazine, and was recognized as regional Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. In 2005, Graham was honored by the City of San Antonio for converting one of his vacant properties into a temporary shelter for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nicknamed the “Hilton of Shelters,” by the Denver Post, it housed more than 2,500 refugees.