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Michael Gossie

About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.

2016 Most Admired Company: Vanguard

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Vanguard Most Admired Company: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Bridget Olesiewcz, principal What it does: Offers mutual funds, ETFs, financial advice and related services. Admirable quality: Vanguard employees can search and sign up for any one of the company’s 12 service programs, which range from drives for blood and canned food to… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Laster Spine Institute

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Laser Spine Institute Most Admired Company: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Heidi Lenderking, executive director What it does: Helps patients with chronic neck or back pain. Admirable quality: Since 2005, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 60,000 patients. The Laser Spine Institute business model streamlines the healthcare process, resulting in… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Plaza Companies

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Plaza Companies Most Admired Company: 2011, 2013, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Sharon Harper, president and CEO What it does: Full-service real estate firm specializing in the management, leasing and development of commercial properties and senior housing communities. Admirable quality: Plaza Companies actively identifies new industries, such as research and biotechnology, where it can play a… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Kitchell

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Kitchell Most Admired Company: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Jim Swanson, CEO What it does: Handles all aspects of the construction business, from concept through ribbon-cutting and beyond. Admirable quality: Kitchell’s Interactive Virtual Tours (IVTs) draw viewers into the finished space before construction is complete, letting them envision furnishings and flow. It takes the best… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: JE Dunn Construction

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JE Dunn Construction Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Ben Strobl, vice president of Southwest operations What it does: Commercial construction company. Admirable quality: JE Dunn’s employee on-boarding program, Dunn from Day 1, partners new employees with seasoned employees to help foster a comfortable working relationship and to learn about corporate culture, norms and expectations… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Fennemore Craig

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

Fennemore Craig Most Admired Company: 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Stephen Good, managing partner What it does: A full-service law firm for businesses. Admirable quality: Through the firm’s involvement in Arizona’s water law, tax policy, telecommunications services, and mining and transportation industries, Fennemore Craig has played an instrumental role in moving the region’s economy forward. The… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Equity Methods

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Equity Methods Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Takis Makridis, president and CEO What it does: Provides valuation, financial reporting, and human resources advisory services. Admirable quality: Every year, Equity Methods’ CEO undertakes an in-house survey called “How to Improve EM” to solicit ideas for improvement and to provide a safe outlet for employees… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Edward Jones

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Edward Jones Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Dave Long, principal What it does: Financial services firm that serves investment clients. Admirable quality: A sports committee was formed to provide opportunities for all associates to get to know each other better. It organizes sports teams to play in city leagues. In the first year,… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Cresa

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Cresa Most Admired Company: 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Gary Gregg, managing principal What it does: Corporate real estate advisors specializing in tenant representation. Admirable quality: The Watkins Survey, a survey of real estate decision-makers that measures how companies are perceived by clients and prospects, measured 10 factors deemed critical for effective client service.… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Charles Schwab

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Charles Schwab Most Admired Company: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Bernie Clark, executive vice president and head of Schwab Advisor Services What it does: Provides help with financial planning, investments, retirement planning and more. Admirable quality: All Schwab employees receive eight hours of paid time off each year for community service and the… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: CBRE

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CBRE Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Craig Henig, senior managing director, Southwest Region and Arizona market leader What it does: CBRE is  a full-service real estate services company. Admirable quality: CBRE’s workplace culture stems from its RISE values — respect, integrity, service and excellence — which are… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Bankers Trust

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Banking

Bankers Trust Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Patricia F. Rourke, Arizona market president What it does: Full-service bank. Admirable quality: In 2015, Bankers Trust employees gave more than 14,000 volunteer hours in support of their communities. Every year, Bankers Trust allocates more than $1.3 million in sponsorships and charitable contributions. In the… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Arizona Diamondbacks

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks Most Admired Company: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Derrick M. Hall, president and CEO What it does: Major League Baseball team that won the 2001 World Series. Admirable quality: Yahoo! and Forbes have recently tabbed the D-backs among the best workplaces in sports and last year the D-backs were named… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Arizona Charter Academy

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Arizona Charter Academy Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Melissa Holdaway, CEO What it does: ACA is a Valley-based, coeducational, public charter school. Admirable quality: Celebrating is part of ACA’s DNA, from kicking off each year with party at a high-end bowling alley, hundreds of hours of paid training,… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: American Express

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Banking

American Express Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: John Standring, senior vice president What it does: American Express is the largest credit card issuer by purchase volume. Admirable quality: American Express employees donate thousands of hours of service to nonprofit organizations all over Arizona. The company uses an… Read More →