Hundreds of Arizona’s best and brightest business leaders gathered Thursday at Chateau Luxe as Az Business magazine presented the 2016 Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards.
Presenting sponsors for the ILoA Awards were Arizona Central Credit Union, Clark Hill, CRESA, Lovitt & Touche’, RSM and Teladoc.
The Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards recognize the contributions and impact of Arizona‐based companies on both the economy of Arizona and in the communities they serve.
Winners were selected is five key industries: Healthcare, hospitality, logistics/distribution, retail and staffing companies. In addition, three special awards were presented.
Photos: Mike Mertes and Anita Richey
STAFFING COMPANIES: Govig and Associates. In the 50-year history of Management Recruiters International, only two franchises of the more than 500 franchises in the network have exceeded $10 million in revenue. Govig & Associates is one of those two franchises. Govig’s methods help companies develop their own internal talent as they plan for growth and succession as well as creating a brand on the college campus to allow for continuous flow of the best and brightest new talent.
LOGISTICS/DISTRIBUTION: OnTrac. Celebrating its 25th year in business in 2016, OnTrac has grown to become a top choice for e-commerce and companies looking to speed up delivery without the cost of express shipping. As the third-largest overnight company in the United States, OnTrac continues to innovate and provide shipping solutions. In 2014, OnTrac launched DirectPost and became the first regional carrier to offer a USPS package consolidation service. Through DirectPost, OnTrac is able to service 92 percent of its market areas with DDU injection from DirectPost.
RETAIL: DriveTime Automotive. Over the past 14 years, DriveTime distanced itself from the status quo by changing its company culture to separate itself from its competition. DriveTime’s eighth-generation proprietary credit scoring model it to offer financing to individuals that are turned down elsewhere. DriveTime isn’t just a used car dealer. It is a bank and a 131 dealership-strong network. In the past three years, DriveTime has spun off three new companies that now operate under their own merit.
HOSPITALITY: PRO EM Party and Event Rentals. PRO EM is the combined talent and assets of the former Arizona Tents and Events, Gorilla Companies, Distinctive Tents in Denver and Party Concepts in Tucson. Its team has produced more than 25,000 events and maintains Arizona’s largest tent and structure inventory. PRO EM achieved a 99 percent diversion rate at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest attended golf tournament in the world.
HEALTHCARE: Phoenix Children’s Hospital. With a medical staff of more than 1,000 specialists, PCH provides the most comprehensive and complex pediatric care in Arizona with access to more than 70 subspecialties. For the fifth consecutive year, PCH was Arizona’s only hospital named a U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital. PCH’s six Centers of Excellence have grown in size and expertise to place them on par with some of the most prestigious of their kind in the U.S.
INNOVATION: Global Tranz Enterprises. GlobalTranz is a technology based, software and logistics company, that has created a one-stop-shop providing innovative solutions to more than 18,000 shippers. GlobalTranz specializes in LTL, FTL, supply chain logistics and warehousing. Customers nationwide engage in state-of-the-art technology, CarrierRate.com, which optimizes the flow and storage of merchandise as the goods move within, and throughout, the customers’ supply chain. GlobalTranz hwas named one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing companies list.
COMMUNITY IMPACT: Jewish Family and Children’s Services JFCS touches the lives of more than 37,000 individuals each year; 97 percent of whom live at or below the federal poverty level. Responding to an ever-changing healthcare environment, JFCS has lead the fight against child abuse, is a major provider of behavioral health services, and a leader in adopting new health information technology and promoting integrated health services.
FOUNDERS AWARD: Southwest Human Development. Southwest Human Development was founded in 1981 by Ginger Ward with a $150,000 budget serving just 175 children and families. Today, Southwest Human Development serves 135,000 children and their families with a $62 million budget and more than 850 staff. The agency operates more than 40 programs and services in five core areas: child development and mental health, Easter Seals disabilities services, early literacy and Head Start, child welfare, and professional development and training for early childhood professionals.