Four companies take the spotlight among Most Admired Companies in Arizona
On Sept. 5, AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ honored 40 of the most innovative and exceptional companies in Arizona at the third annual Most Admired Companies Awards at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix.
In addition to being honored with MAC Awards, four companies were singled out as spotlight winners in the categories of leadership excellence, social responsibility, customer opinion and workplace culture.
Social Responsibility: Biltmore Bank of Arizona
Biltmore bank CEO Jeff Gaia says, “Our commitment to our community is an integral part of our business strategy,” and the bankers put their money where their mouths are. Founder Richard J. Lehmann serves on the Knight Transportation Company Board, the TGen Foundation Board, and the Mayo Clinic Advisory Board. Senior Credit Officer John T. Byrd has served on the boards of the Valley of the Sun YMCA, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley of the Sun Communities in Schools, Midtown Rotary Club, and he has been active in Junior Achievement, and Friends of Mexican Art. For more than a decade, CFO Paige Mulhollan has volunteered nearly 40 Saturdays a year to Habitat for Humanity of Arizona and even brought the entire office out for weekends of volunteerism to experience giving back. Managing Director Greg Lehmann is a member EC70, a group devoted to raising millions of dollars for children’s organizations, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs and UMOM New Day Centers.
Video by Cory Bergquist
Biltmore Bank of Arizona
Arizona base: Phoenix
Arizona leadership: Jeff Gaia, chairman and CEO
Years in Arizona: 9
Employees in Arizona: 50
Fast fact: For more than a decade, CFO Paige Mulhollan has volunteered nearly 40 Saturdays a year to Habitat for Humanity of Arizona.