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On April 11, the 2013 Best of the Best Awards celebration was held at The Venue Scottsdale where Ranking Arizona recognized the companies that Arizona’s public ranked as their favorites to do business with.
Congratulations to the 2013 Ranking Arizona Platinum Hall of Fame inductees:
Category: Best fusion/eclectic restaurant
Principal: Razz Kamnitzer, executive chef
Reaction: “It is very special. It means a lot to know that our perseverance paid off and we have great support from our patrons. We couldn’t have done it without our employees and it is gratifying to know our hard work is appreciated.”
NATIONAL BANK OF ARIZONA
Category: Large-size banks
Principal: Keith Maio, president and CEO
Reaction: “On behalf of all NB|AZ employees, I can say that it is an honor to be voted the No. 1 bank in Arizona for the 10th time and to be inducted into the Ranking Arizona Hall of Fame. This recognition serves to validate the hard work and dedication of our employees as they continually strive to deliver financial products and services to our clients, with the highest level of customer service. It reinforces our commitment to give back to the communities in which we live and work through philanthropic, economic development, educational and lending activities that continue to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of Arizonans. And, it confirms our belief that Arizona is a great place to do business.”
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ARIZONA
Principal: Rich Boals, president and CEO
Reaction: “The honor of being named No. 1 in the PPO category for 10 years and being added to the Ranking Arizona Hall of Fame is an accomplishment made possible through the dedication and hard work of the BCBSAZ employees. As an Arizona business since 1939, we’re honored by the award and look forward to serving local communities throughout the state for years to come.”
Category: Mechanical contractors, staff of 130 or more
Principal: David Jones, CEO
Reaction: “It is an enormous honor to be recognized for 10 years by our customers and the business community. I am so proud of our employees who day in and day out serve our clients. This honor is a direct reflection of the fantastic job they do every day.”
WOOD PATEL & ASSOCIATES
Category: Civil engineer, 14 engineers or more
Principal: Darrel E. Wood, CEO
Reaction: “Wood, Patel & Associates is very proud of our induction into the Hall of Fame based upon our 10th consecutive year of being ranked as the No. 1 civil engineering firm in the state of Arizona. Our team of professionals is humbled by and appreciates the support of our clients in recognizing Wood/Patel. This honor is achieved through the diligence of each team member and establishes a legacy we are proud of and look to sustain as an integral component of our community.”
MICHAEL POLLACK INVESTMENTS
Category: Retail owner/operator
Principal: Michael A. Pollack, president
Background: Specializing in refurbishing commercial and industrial properties, Michael A. Pollack is one of Arizona’s largest privately held shopping center owners and operators. Pollack’s desire to build pride back into run down communities is a catalyst for many of his real estate ventures with the goal of bringing occupancy rates to 100 percent on finished projects while similar local projects hover around 80 percent or lower.
Category: Pest control services
Principal: Bert Putterman, president
Background: Opened in 1936, Arizona Exterminating has flourished by providing quality solutions to Arizona’s unique pest problems. Its commitment to quality service includes the continuous use of new cutting-edge programs, products and technologies. The quality of training and the longevity of its employees is unmatched in the industry.