Company inspires through lively, health conscious work environment; STGnews Videocast

WASHINGTON CITY—Sunwarrior is a company new to Southern Utah, bringing its modern style of business and health-conscious ethics to its office location in the Coral Canyon area of Washington City. Its mission: illuminate body, mind, and planet through plant-based superfoods and supplements. CEO Russ Crosby and Chief Marketing Officer Ryan Blad have worked hard to create a work environment that reflects the company’s mission.

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Vegan friendly food offered at Sunwarrior open house, Washington, Utah, Nov. 13, 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The office is a hub of activity, used for all aspects of business from distribution to sales and marketing. A healthy lifestyle is encouraged but not required of employees. Members of the office take part in an annual juice cleanse and some participate in marathons and other events in the Southern Utah area.

Vegetarian and vegan-friendly food is available in the kitchen 24/7 and there is a soft rule that meats and sugary foods should be left at home. A full gym, complete with top-of-the-line equipment and an infrared sauna, is available for use at any time. In essence, Sunwarrior is a company that strives for its staff to practice a lifestyle that is reflective of the company mission.

“We understand the need to be authentic as best we can,” Crosby said. “We want to make sure that as a headquarters and an employee base, we ourselves are living that mission.”

The general consensus among the office staff is a resounding love for their jobs. Employees are happy to come to work and to be a part of a group that takes pride in creating their own unique culture, as well as supporting each other on the journey to health.

Employees converse at Sunwarrior open house, Hurricane City, Utah, November 13, 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Employees converse at Sunwarrior open house, Washington, Utah, Nov. 13, 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

“The culture is awesome, it’s killer, it’s a great place to work,” sales support assistant Allen Fabbi said. “I’m able to be open with my creativity and my ideas … it’s a great place to grow.”

The positive energy and supportive relationships among workers are highly valued in the office. Employees can stretch their arms with a friendly match of ping pong or get their blood circulating by bouncing on one of the many mini trampolines located throughout the office. Any activity that relieves stress and gets the creative juices flowing is encouraged.

Sunwarrior’s clientele has been growing and expanding at a rapid rate since 2009. It has been recognized in Inc. magazine a handful of times as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. And with over 353,000 likes on Sunwarrior’s Facebook, it’s safe to say that people are getting behind the Sunwarrior mission.

Inc. 5000 award, Washington, Utah, November 13, 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Inc. 5000 award, Washington, Utah, November 13, 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The company also advertises in various health and wellness magazines, helping its product reach international levels. Sunwarrior is currently in over 40 countries and available all over the U.S. at major health food retailers like Whole Foods. Sunwarrior wholesales its products with retail partners all over Utah as well.

“We try to source our ingredients from wherever they’re best grown,” Emerson Carnavale said, “all the ingredients that are not local are then brought into Utah.”

Sunwarrior’s new office grand opening in Coral Canyon was held Nov. 13. In attendance were Washington City Mayor Kenneth Neilson along with other city officials, representatives of various media outlets, friends and family, company partners, and loyal Sunwarrior customers. Visitors were offered a tour of the office, delicious vegan-friendly food and drinks, and various prizes that ranged from yoga mats to supplement packs.

Videocast by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News




  • Sunwarrior | Web Store | Facebook |Telephone: 888-540-3667 | Address: 2250 N. Coral Canyon Blvd., Washington, Utah
  • The office space is not a retail outlet and products are not available for direct sale at their new address.
  • Visit these local retailers to find Sunwarrior products: Complete Nutrition, Dixie Nutrition, GNC, and Real Foods.

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  • My Evil Twin December 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Tell you what Mr. Employer. I won’t try to tell you how to conduct your business. You don’t tell me how to take care of my eating and lifestyles. In other words, an employee is an employee. And an employer is an employer. It is not a parent/child relationship.
    Now take your big nose and put it back into your business where it belongs.

    • Rory T December 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      If the objective of the company is to bring health to their customer, wouldn’t it make sense that the employee knows something about health. What better way than to live it. If I’m purchasing an iPhone, I don’t want the sales person to be my great grandma…rather it be some pimple faced tech teen!

  • Brian December 5, 2014 at 9:19 am

    “A healthy lifestyle is encouraged but not required of employees.” Everything in this sounds perfectly reasonable to me. As Mr. Employer, he has the right to create the workplace he wants. If you as Mr. Employee don’t like it, work somewhere else or start your own company where everyone eats nothing but meat and plays video games all day. Ain’t freedom great!

    • Zonkerb December 5, 2014 at 11:23 am

      BRIAN I agree with you 100 percent great comment I couldn’t of said it any better…

  • Free parking December 5, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is great news that an employer to go to these steps to care for the employees. I wish them the best of success… And if Mr employee doesn’t like it go find another job

  • koolaid December 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Ever see that commercial about a company showing employees doing yoga,eating healthy food, skateboarding through the office and dressing like super models? The next scene showed a customer calling the business and muttering how the idiots never answered their phones.

  • My Evil Twin December 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Yeah, I think I would go find another job if I worked there. Should I need an “employer,” I sure wouldn’t need a “parent.” We already have the government interfering in our lives to the point of it being sickening. The employer has the right to expect the employee to show up when he should, and do what he is paid to do. The employer does not have the right to stick his nose into the employee’s personal life.

    • muffin man December 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      I got a job here and I love it. My employers do not tell me what to do in my personal life at all. They just ask that we eat healthy while we are in the building. If you really can’t go a couple hours without eating meat or processed food then feel free to run down and get some fast food on your lunch. If they were telling you what to do at home I would understand your point, but asking you to eat healthy in the office is no big deal at all.

    • muffin man 2 December 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      You wouldn’t work at Sunwarrrior because they are encouraging you to stay fit and Eat healthy so that you can live a long good life? They definitely do not tell you what you can’t eat, they just encourage it. Nothing’s wrong with eating fruits and veggies for your work day instead of processed junk.

  • Ron December 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    This employer ought to be commended for what he is doing. A healthy lifestyle keeps medical and insurance costs down for all of us.

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