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2009 HR Industry Leader Of The Year Finalists

Denise GredlerName: Denise Gredler
Title: President and Founder
Company: BestCompaniesAZ

Years with company: 8
Years in current position: 8
Company established: 2001
No. of employees in AZ: 2.5
www.bestcompaniesaz.com

Eight years ago, Denise Gredler had a vision that great places to work should be recognized for providing an environment in which employees thrive and grow.

Gredler founded BestCompaniesAZ and has realized her dream through an annual competition that fosters a competitive spirit in Arizona’s business community. Those companies that are recognized as best places to work are promoted on Gredler’s Web site and through the news media. Underlying all this effort is a desire by Gredler to help Arizona employers attract and retain talented employees.

The first competition attracted 100 applicants and 20 were selected as winners. Today, about 300 companies participate in the competition and 100 are recognized as outstanding places to work. 
But Gredler doesn’t stop there. She provides a mix of human resources, public relations, marketing, branding and award-consultation services to winning companies and those that aspire to win. She also sponsors a variety of programs, workshops and events to give employers cost-effective tools to improve the workplace and help them reap the benefits associated with being named an outstanding place to work. Gredler visits member-based organizations to promote the financial rewards and benefits of employee engagement and best-place-to-work programs.

Gredler also reaches out to job seekers. For example, she recently introduced the Arizona’s BEST Give Back Campaign, a program designed to help mid-level career professionals find employment. Gredler and her staff also conduct free weekly workshops for the unemployed. Job hunters can go to her Web site to identify and research Arizona’s best places to work.


Cindy JonesName: Cindy Jones
Title: Vice President of the Human Resources Division
Company: Synergy Seven

Years with company: 7.5
Years in current position: 7.5
Company established: 2002
No. of employees in AZ: 75
No. of employees in HR dept.: 6
www.synergyseven.com

As vice president of the human resources division at Synergy Seven, Cindy Jones draws upon a strong background and 20 years of experience to keep the firm at the forefront of human resources consulting.

Combining her skills as a behavioral analyst, trained mediator and human resources veteran, Jones has extensive experience in helping managers implement effective people practices that engage employees, while maintaining compliance with employment regulations. She is described as a results-oriented consultant and strategist with a proven track record of helping organizations manage the human side of their business.

Jones also leads Synergy Seven’s human resources consulting practice. She and her team of professionals shape the company’s services by combining results-oriented business practices with certified expertise in a variety of areas.

Jones is certified in senior professional human resources and is a certified professional behavioral analyst, certified attributes index analyst and certified professional values analyst. In addition, Jones serves on the board of a nonprofit charter school, leading their rewards and compensation committee. She is sought out by companies throughout Phoenix as a featured speaker on human resources regulations and trends.

All of Jones’ experience is brought to bear on her responsibilities at Synergy Seven, a certified woman-owned Phoenix firm that is a national provider of human resources consulting, technological contract and direct-hire staffing services. Synergy Seven provides expertise in training and development, regulatory compliance, benefits and compensation, administration and records, recruitment and selection, risk management, and employee relations. Its clients include startup companies and Fortune 50 firms.

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2009 Medium Business HR Director Of The Year Finalists

Anthony NardiName: Anthony Nardi
Title: Director of Employee Services
Company: Roskamp Sun Health

Years with company: 13
Years in current position: 13
Company established: 1998
Employees in AZ: 450
Employees in HR dept.: 4
www.rshaz.com

What does a carrot named Garrett have to do with attracting and retaining quality employees? Quite a bit at Roskamp Sun Health, a Surprise-based company that operates senior residential-care communities in northwest Phoenix.

Realizing that not all managers praise staff members for a job well done, Anthony Nardi — Roskamp’s director of employee services — developed a program called Carrot Culture. Employees who excel in their performance are praised and presented with a small stuffed carrot named Garrett that they can wear. Employees who receive the honor are given the opportunity to award a Garrett to another employee, who is singled out for recognition. Employees who receive a Garrett are inducted into the Carrot Culture Club. All Roskamp employees, from management to entry level, are eligible for the recognition.

Community residents, visitors or other employees also may nominate staff members for performance recognition in a Caught In the Act program. Employees are honored with a quarterly customer-service award, as well.

Among his many responsibilities, Nardi also gets residents involved in employee development. He coordinates a program in residents tutor employees in English and U.S. citizenship testing. Roskamp employees from Iraq, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, Jordan and Russia have benefited from the tutoring. Web-based training also helps employees grow professionally.

Roskamp visibly demonstrates work force diversity in the high number of women and minorities it employs. Diversity is celebrated in Food From Around the World events in which employees wear native dress, enact country dance themes and share their ethnic cultures.


Elizabeth ToshName: Elizabeth Tosh
Title: Human Resources Generalist for Arizona and New Mexico
Company: Diamond Resorts International

Years with company: 4
Years in current position: 4
Company established: 1994
No. of employees in AZ: 430
No. of employees in HR dept.: 2
www.diamondresorts.com

As a global hospitality company, Diamond Resorts International has a diverse customer base. That’s why diversity in its employee ranks is vital to providing quality customer service.

With Elizabeth Tosh serving as human resources generalist in Scottsdale, the Las Vegas-based company can boast a truly varied work force in Arizona. For example, an employee at one resort gift shop is more than 80 years old. She happily works alongside employees in their 20s. One of the company’s Arizona salespersons is deaf. She not only interacts efficiently with her co-workers, she also conducts sales tours in sign language for deaf guests.

With duties covering both Arizona and New Mexico, Tosh plays an active role in recruiting and retaining talented employees. She holds classes for managers and supervisors on how to effectively advertise, interview and retain high-quality staff. Knowing that great employees usually know other outstanding employees, Tosh makes sure Diamond Resorts’ staff members are aware of the company’s international employee referral program. She also directs employees to a variety of training programs offered by the company and conducts in-office training on a variety of topics.

Tosh works diligently to help employees understand they can grow professionally with Diamond Resorts and that she will assist them with changing positions or applying for a promotion.

Tosh also leads classes on the company’s benefits options and how employees can determine which package is best for them. In addition, she empowers managers to work with employees at times of illness or family-related issues when a leave of absence is needed.