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Wells Fargo Hiring to Fill Jobs across Arizona

Wells Fargo, the third largest corporate employer in Arizona, today announced it will be participating in a job fair hosted by Arizona Department of Economic Security and Arizona Workforce Connections Expo at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on March 20.

The company has more than 200 positions available throughout the state.  Recruiters will be available to help qualified applicants explore available employment opportunities.  Opportunities are available for full- and part-time positions with a comprehensive benefits package including medical, vision, and dental plans; 401(k) plan; paid time off (PTO); disability plans; life insurance options; tuition reimbursement; and many more benefits.  Candidates must be 18 years of age or older. Compensation is based on experience– and many of the positions are eligible to earn quarterly incentive pay based on performance.

“Wells Fargo offers a great working environment for our team members along with many opportunities for advancement,” said Pam Conboy, lead regional president for Wells Fargo Arizona.  “Our team members are essential to achieving our vision of satisfying our customer’s financial needs and helping them succeed financially and we welcome to the opportunity to strengthen our workforce as we help put Arizonans back to work.”

Wells Fargo was recently named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine.  In Arizona, Wells Fargo employs approximately 14,000 team members and has 261 banking stores.

Applications, including complete job requirements, are available by going online to www.wellsfargo.com/careers.

New York Giants

The New York Giants: The Giant's History

Credited with introducing the city of New York to football, the New York Giants have a history that is nearly as big as the team’s name.

Wellington Mara, at only the age of 14, along with his 21-year old brother Jack, took ownership of the five-year-old team in 1930 only to become the world’s youngest football team owner. Their father Tim Mara was the first owner who bought the team for a reported $500.

One of the first notable games, dubbed the “Sneakers Game,” was in 1934 where the Giants beat the Chicago Bears 30-13. The game was played in nine-degree weather, and the players were given basketball shoes to increase traction on the icy field.

Six years later, World War II comes and brings along with it many challenges for most National Football League teams. Losing many players to military service, many teams had to take desperate measures to keep the sport alive, including merging two different teams into one. The Giants, however — as their name implies — were bigger than these challenges and managed to not only survive through the War years, but also make it to three NFL championship games.

The next decade, the 1950’s, looked even more promising for the Giants as they recruited Tom Landry, Frank Gifford, Sam Huff and a few other players who would redefine the team, the NFL and football at large. Coached by Hall of Famers, these and other players also landed Hall of Fame recognition for their performance for the Giants.

Gifford, who played for the team from 1952 to 1964, holds the Giants team record of 788 touchdowns. He played in seven Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL four times. In 1953 and for the first (and only) time in the NFL, he was named to the Pro Bowl as both a defensive back and an offensive back in the following year. During his career, the Giants caught up to the NFL Championship five times and won the world championship in 1956.

The team lost many of their key players in the 1960’s, a decade that marked a turning point for the Giants. A series of repeated injuries and retirements left the team weary and uncertain through the decade and well into the 1970’s. During the ’70s, the Giants finished in last place or next-to-last eight times. This long history of losing, however, ended in 1986 with the team’s first appearance on the Super Bowl since 1956.

Four years later, the dramatic 20-19 score won the Giants their second Super Bowl over the Buffalo Bills, and three years later, in 1993, the team now had a co-owner, after 60 years of sole ownership by the Mara Family. The co-owner, Preston Robert Tisch, was a native of New York City and a lifelong fan.

Dan Reeves, hired in 1993 as head coach, brought back the Giants to the Super Bowl. The 1990′s started the team’s yet existing success with the NFL’s most promising coaches, like Jim Fassel, and the Pro Bowl players, like Eli Manning.

The Giants continue to keep Americans on their toes with their more recent Super Bowl Victory last weekend. The team scored 9 points in the first quarter, none in the second and 6 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, leaving them only four points ahead of the defeated New England Patriots.

To see who the Giants will be playing against and where, see the Spring Training Schedule. 

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Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards 2010

The 2010 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards, held at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix on Sept. 14, 2010, was a hit with almost 500 people gathering to celebrate excellence in the Arizona business community. The night honored 43 companies in Arizona that are outstanding in the areas of customer opinion, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture.

Emcee Brahm Resnik, news anchor with 12 News, recognized the companies and handed the mic off to our four presenting sponsors, who announced our Spotlight Awards. Sundt Construction, American Express, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center and BeachFleischman were the night’s Spotlight Award winners.

Along with celebrating Arizona businesses, attendees feasted on scrumptious desserts. Here are a few photos from the celebration, but there’s more photos of the 2010 MAC Awards in our MAC Photo Album.

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2010 Most Admired Companies Winners – Social Responsibility

The Social Responsibility category recognizes companies that excel in corporate giving, volunteerism, philanthropic efforts, and/or “green” initiatives.

Winner: St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
Category:
Social Responsibility
Headquarters:
Phoenix
Year Est.:
1895
No. of Employees in AZ: 5,342
Recent Award: Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 10 Hospitals in the nations for neurology and neurosurgery – 2010-2011
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St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center participates in outreach programs that touch local and global communities. By donating medical equipment that can no longer be used at the hospital to Project C.U.R.E., St. Joseph’s helps citizens in more than 120 countries. This program also is one of the many ways St. Joseph’s is a good steward of the global environment. Also, the hospital’s Commuter Options program offers incentives to employees who carpool, bike, walk or use the bus or light rail to get to work. Several recycling programs are in place at St. Joseph’s, and eco-friendly materials, such as automatic faucets and low-impact lighting, are used in the hospital.

St. Joseph’s provides care to the un- and underinsured in Maricopa County through several programs. The hospital helps uninsured patients by running a clinic for students at Crockett Elementary School, and the MOMobile gives prenatal care to uninsured pregnant women. Physicians at St. Joseph’s support a clinic at St. Vincent de Paul that provides medical services to underinsured patients.

In addition, each year St. Joseph’s employees contribute about 25,000 cans of food to the St. Vincent de Paul holiday food drive. About 450 employees participated in the 2010 American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Walk and raised more than $40,000. St. Joseph’s also hosts seven blood drives annually, and each year these drives maintain or surpass the gold standard goal set by United Blood Services. These programs are only a few examples of the approximately 100 community partners St. Joseph’s works with to bring care to Arizonans in need.


Wist Owners

Finalist: Wist Office Products
Category:
Social Responsibility
Headquarters:
Tempe
Year Est.:
1955
No. of Employees in AZ:
60
Recent Award:
Ranking Arizona’s Best of the Best award – 2010
www.wist.com

Wist Office Products is committed to giving back to the community and the environment. The company has converted more than 70 percent of its customers to using e-bills in order to reduce paper usage. Wist’s truck fleet has been upgraded to a higher emission standard, and a carpooling and ride-sharing program is available for employees to take advantage of. Wist is committed to sustainability not just within the company. It also created the Blue Bin Recycling Program so customers can recycle toners free of charge.

The company also has several structured programs that encourage employees to give back to the community. Ian Wist, the general manager of the company, started Phoenix Forty, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Phoenix youth. In addition to Phoenix Forty, the company has provided the Phoenix Boys & Girls Clubs with backpacks and office and school supplies for members. Also, Wist and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits have a three-year partnership through which Wist gives local nonprofit organizations rebates on Wist’s products.


Lifelock

Finalist: LifeLock
Category:
Social Responsibility
Headquarters:
Tempe
Year Est.:
2005
No. of Employees in AZ:
479
Recent Award:
Arizona Business Leadership Association’s ABL Leadership Award  – 2009
www.lifelock.com
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LifeLock’s companywide belief, “Do what you should, not what you can,” has led the company to create several programs designed to support and educate the community. Every LifeLock employee receives 24 hours of paid volunteer time off. LifeLock strives to provide volunteer opportunities in a variety of activities in order to include all employees’ interests. In 2010, LifeLock aligned with Junior Achievement and HomeBase Youth Services, both designed to help local youth.

LifeLock also donates time and effort to educating law enforcement officials on new ways to protect citizens against identity theft. In 2009, the company partnered with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association to create a series of free Identity Theft Summits. The summits provided law enforcement officials with an arena to share information about preventing the growing crime of identity theft. The success of the events in 2009 led to LifeLock initiating 36 events in 2010.



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2010 Most Admired Companies Winners – Customer Opinion

The Customer Opinion category recognizes companies that deliver exceptional customer service.

Winner: American Express
Category:
Customer Opinion
Headquarters: New York
Year Est.:
1850
No. of Employees in AZ:
7,073
Recent Award:
Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies – 2010
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American Express prides itself on understanding and fulfilling the customers’ needs, and then using the knowledge gained by each interaction to improve the company. One way American Express does this is by calling employees at their service centers “Customer Care Professionals.” They aren’t just service representatives; they are professionals who are the face and voice of American Express. The employees understand that when they take a call, they aren’t just providing cards for payments — they are helping customers achieve their goals, live out their passions and get through tough situations. American Express has delivered customer care from medical evacuations to replacing stolen cards anywhere at anytime to creating unique experiences for customers.

American Express welcomes customer feedback to help create a better, more customer-friendly company. At American Express, a call is not a transaction; it’s an opportunity to create a better relationship with the customer. Customer relationships also have been strengthened by American Express’ hiring technique. The company attracts employees from the retail, sales and hospitality industries who know how to create an environment that fosters strong customer service.

In its 160 years, the company’s core values have instilled a sense of pride in its employees. The employees’ pride in what they do transfers to the customer during their conversations. For three consecutive years, from 2007-2009, J.D. Power and Associates has named American Express highest in customer satisfaction among credit card issuers. American Express also was one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies.


Grant Thorton

Finalist: Grant Thornton
Category:
Customer Opinion
Headquarters:
Chicago
Year Est.:
2004 (in AZ)
No. of Employees in AZ:
73
Recent Award:
Arizona Women’s Top 25 Workplaces for Women – 2009
www.grantthornton.com
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The “Grant Thornton Client Experience” demonstrates the company’s commitment to professional excellence. Employees strive to understand and exceed clients’ expectations, deliver high-quality service, provide valuable ideas and recommendations, show a personalized focus, and provide value. All branches of Grant Thornton strive to exceed their clients’ expectations, but the Phoenix office exceeded the company’s expectations in 2009. Grant Thornton uses a third-party vendor to ask its key clients to evaluate the company’s performance and the client’s service experience. In the audit and tax sections, the Phoenix office scored more than the 8.5 out of the 10 mark the company set as its target goal.

In addition to the Phoenix office exceeding the company’s goal, Grant Thornton has won national honors, including being on the Companies that Care Honor Roll from 2005-2009.  In 2009, Grant Thornton was on Working Mother Magazine’s Top Ten Companies list.


Sonora Quest

Finalist: Sonora Quest Laboratories
Category:
Customer Opinion
Headquarters:
Tempe
Year Est.:
1997
No. of Employees in AZ:
1,750
Recent Award:
Arizona Corporate Excellence Award – 2009
www.bannerhealth.com

Sonora Quest Laboratories’ vision is to be “the trusted leader in diagnostic testing and information services.” This vision shows the company’s focus on the customer, whether it be patients, health care professionals or payer groups. The Patient Care Gold Standard, a poster with 17 standards of care, hangs at each service center to reinforce excellent patient care.

Patients are surveyed by a third-party vendor at patient service centers, and this information is shared with employees to improve the patient experience. In the first quarter of 2010, Sonora Quest Laboratories achieved a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating from patients served at the patient service centers. Employees must commit to putting patient care first by signing the Phlebotomy Code of Conduct and the “Our Promise to Our Patients” packet. Sonora Quest Laboratories also shows its commitment to providing superior service and timely, accurate information to its health care clients by using quality tools and principles that improve productivity.


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2010 Most Admired Companies Winners – Leadership Excellence

The Leadership Excellence category recognizes that great companies have great leaders who share knowledge and inspire employees and the community.

Winner: Sundt Construction
Category: Leadership Excellence
Headquarters: Tempe
Year Est.: 1890
No. of Employees in AZ: 850
Recent Award: Associated General Contractors of America’s Excellence in Education Award – 2009

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The leadership of Sundt Construction is familiar and long standing. Sundt is 100 percent employee owned, its board has just three outside directors, and Chairman and CEO, J. Doug Pruitt, has been with the company since 1966.

Within the past decade, Sundt has developed two leadership development programs for employees. Started in 2000, LEAP, or Leadership Excellence Accelerates Performance, has graduated more than 150 employees. Most of the graduates of the LEAP program are now in middle- or senior-management positions at Sundt. START, or Sundt Talent Recognition and Training, began in 2004. Since then, it has provided leadership development for almost 80 “early career” employees.

Sundt’s Strategic Management Committee includes representatives from all operating divisions and support departments. This committee has several important tasks, including the annual development of a tactical plan for each department and operating unit, and quarterly progress reporting on each unit’s tactical plan. The committee involves employees from all over the company in the decision-making process for all units and departments.

Sundt has won the Association for Strategic Planning’s Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award for large, for-profit companies. The company won for its efforts in strengthening the importance and performance of strategic planning, and for fostering continuing excellence in the field.

In addition to its in-house leadership, Sundt employees give their time and energy to several local and national organizations, including the Associated Minority Contractors of America, the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Institute of Contractors.




SCF Arizona Tower

Finalist: SCF Arizona
Category: Leadership Excellence
Headquarters: Phoenix
Year Est.: 1925
No. of Employees in AZ: 531
Recent Award: Equality Arizona’s Corporate Citizen of the Year – 2008

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The leadership at SCF Arizona has stood up to the tough economic times, which has proven be a powerful asset to SCF’s employees. SCF has made budget cuts to ensure that the company wasn’t forced to lay off a single employee.

SCF’s President and CEO, Don Smith, is a major part of this leadership. Smith joined SCF Arizona 10 years ago, and has been the driving force behind changing SCF’s workplace culture for the better. Smith stresses to employees that SCF is a vital economic engine to Arizona, and its employees are vital contributors to the quality of customer service SCF provides. Smith tells employees that being active members of their community is important professionally — and he leads by example. Smith has served on the boards of several Valley organizations, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross.




McMurry

Finalist: McMurry
Category: Leadership Excellence
Headquarters: Phoenix
Year Est.: 1984
No. of Employees in AZ: 103
Recent Award: Great Place to Work Institute and Society for Human Resource Management’s Best Small Company to Work for in America award – 2009

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McMurry’s leadership excellence started with Preston McMurry Jr., founder of McMurry, but it hasn’t ended there. Preston McMurry’s dedication to the values he started the company with is evident in his position as “Corporate Values Shepherd.” He speaks to employees four times a year about the values-based system the company runs on, so all employees can understand the importance of McMurry’s values.

Preston’s son, Chris McMurry, is now CEO and takes his leadership role just as seriously as his father did. Chris has taken the company from custom publishing to a full-service marketing communications firm. He also makes sure that his employees are satisfied with the company. He surveys the staff with the Best/Worst and Teamwork surveys. He also solicits staff opinions through his blog, “Conversations with Chris.” Through McMurry’s leadership, employees are invited to be innovative and are rewarded for their efforts.



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Arizona's Most Admired Companies Awards

What Is The “Most Admired Companies” Award?

Most Admired Companies Award is presented by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ LLC!


What is “Most Admired Companies”?

Arizona’s Most Admired Companies is a new statewide awards program designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring to our great state. This will become the most prestigious awards program in the state, as they will be looking at companies that excel in the following four areas:

1.    Workplace Culture (as voted on by employees)
2.    Leadership Excellence (reputation of leaders in the community creating good will or having a positive economic impact in the community)
3.    Corporate & Social Responsibility (involved in giving back to and/or supporting the community and the environment)
4.    Customer Opinion (Solid reputation for delivering superior customer service as assessed by customers)

What are the benefits of participating?

As this program will be the most prestigious for Arizona, it will provide award-winning companies significant exposure and increased visibility on a statewide and national level as one of Arizona’s Most Admired companies. (see FAQs for additional details on the benefits of such award programs).

Who can participate?

This program will focus on highlighting companies with more than 50 employees across the state. These companies can be for-profit, nonprofit, private, public, subsidiaries or business units, government or state agencies, or charitable organizations. (see FAQs for more details)

Is there a fee?

It’s free to participate! It only requires responding to five open-ended questions.

How will winners be announced?

The winners will be announced annually at an awards reception, and an editorial report published in a fall issue of AZ Business Magazine and online at bestcompaniesaz.com. The next awards ceremony will take place September 6, 2012.

How do we nominate our company?

There’s a 2 step process:

1.    Complete a “Pre-Registration” form – Section 1 of the Application Form here.
2.    Complete Section II and III of the Application Form by June 30, 2010 (access the form at the link above).

Need more information:

If you’d like more information or for complete program details, FAQs and application forms, visit bestcompaniesaz.com or call a member of the BestCompaniesAZ team at 480-545-5151.

 

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2010 Most Admired Companies Award Winners

Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ are honored to unveil the winners of our inaugural Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards.

With 43 winners, we think you’ll agree the awards selection committee has done an outstanding job in determining some of the most admired companies in our state.  Our primary goal in developing this program was to find those organizations that excel in four key areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, social responsibility and customer opinion.  This list features the most prestigious companies in our state, providing us the opportunity to learn from the best.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Year Est.: 1991
No. of Employees in AZ: 69
Recent Award: AIA Kemper Goodwin Award – 2009
WEB: www.a-p.com

AlliedBarton Security Services
Headquarters: Conshohocken, Penn.
Year Est.: 1957
No. of Employees in AZ: 1,047
Recent Award: Brandon Hall Research Award for Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management – 2009
WEB: www.alliedbarton.com
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American Express
Headquarters: New York
Year Est.: 1850
No. of Employees in AZ: 7,219
Recent Award: Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies – 2010
WEB: www.americanexpress.com
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Arizona Charter Academy
Headquarters: Surprise
Year Est.: 2001
No. of Employees in AZ: 61
Recent Award: Elks Lodge Community Partner of the Year – 2010
WEB: www.azcharteracademy.com
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Banner Health
Headquarters: Phoenix
Year Est.: 1999
No. of Employees in AZ: 27,528
Recent Award: Gallup Great Workplace Award – 2009
WEB: www.bannerhealth.com
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BeachFleischman PC
Headquarters: Tucson
Year Est.: 1991
No. of Employees in AZ: 104
Recent Award: Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For – 2009
WEB: www.beachfleischman.com

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