BestCompaniesAZ names 100 Best Companies in Arizona

AZ Big Media events | 2 Mar, 2017 |

It is the purpose of BestCompaniesAZ and our calling – and has been for 15 years. We knew that better workplaces would create better lives, better communities, and more profitable businesses.

Although it wasn’t about the money, the financial success was proven to be a benefit for best companies. Ten years ago, we were excited about that. Now, we’re more excited about how this movement has become viral, and the overall effects beyond what we could see 15 years ago. The entire state has benefited as hundreds of employers have decided to build awesome cultures. Fifteen years ago, it was a vision and passion that wasn’t shared by the mainstream. Wow, how far we’ve come. Now, organizations in general recognize the value of company culture, community involvement, and employer branding.

In 2002, we were pursuing different ways to make our calling a reality. Denise was just starting the visionary business that created the first-ever “best companies” list to recognize top employers in the Phoenix area. Lee was the VP of Tremendous People for a content marketing agency and was paving the way to become No. 1 on the list. Both of us were deeply committed to the cause of creating best companies for the benefit of the local economy, community, and workforce.

Fifteen years later, the passion continues to grow. Since our visionary 2003 inaugural “best list”, we’ve seen impressive evidence that creating stronger, trust-based workplace cultures leads to business results. Despite the devastating Great Recession, almost all of the original list winners are still going strong, reaping the financial and intangible benefits of their efforts. These companies are committed to building awesome cultures, including projects that better the community and promote the Arizona economy.

BestCompaniesAZ has been involved in the development of the top four award programs in Arizona over the past 15 years:

• The prestigious “Arizona’s Most Admired Companies” award, in partnership with AZ Business magazine

• The inaugural “Best Places to Work in the Valley”, with the Phoenix Business Journal

• “Top Companies to Work for in Arizona” with and Republic Media

• 100 Best Arizona Companies”, BestCompaniesAZ 10th Anniversary Issue

Besides these awards, BestCompaniesAZ has helped hundreds of companies develop great cultures. Through the efforts of our passionate people, the Best Companies movement has indeed become viral. Our purpose and calling has transformed Arizona by getting hundreds of employers involved in creating cultures and communities worthy of being called “the best”. 

As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’re honored to recognize the 100 Best Arizona Companies. We chose this year’s winners using our research on award-winning companies that spans back to 2002. To highlight the outstanding characteristics of these companies, we’ve divided them into six categories designed through research of behavioral scientist, Dr. William Glasser. We hope you are inspired by these companies and learn from them.

Best of Trailblazers – Visionary companies that have pioneered and sustained their exceptional performance by all metrics over 15 years, representing the best of the best.

Best of Cool – Top organizations with strong, unique workplace cultures, where they know how fun can help create the best work ever.

Best of Wings – Innovation, empowerment, freedom, creativity, and sometimes disruption, shine at the forefront of these companies.

Best of Heart – Through building relationships with employees, customers, and in the community, these companies show how much they care.   

Best of Stars – At the height of their powerful success, these companies are masters of their fields, inspiring confidence in customers and employees alike.

Best of Future – With great potential for growth and representing a new era of business in Arizona, these are the organizations we want to watch for the future. 

The future

In the past 15 years, Arizona’s business climate has experienced massive changes, but BestCompaniesAZ’s movement has grown and proven true over time. Now, as we look to the future, the explosion of the Silicon Desert is creating new opportunities and greater challenges. Now more than ever, the best organizations need to maintain great workplaces, and tell their stories well. May you be inspired by their success and learn from them.

BestCompaniesAZ pioneered the intersection of recruiting, HR, marketing, and PR. We didn’t even have a name for it in 2002, but now employer branding is a major component of business strategy. There will likely be exciting growth in our own future, since as our clients grow, we’ll go where they need us. We’ve been honored to work alongside the best companies in Arizona – small and large, startup and established – for the past 15 years. Join us this year as we share the stories of the 100 Best Arizona Companies –

100 Best Companies in Arizona


American Express

Charles Schwab

Cox Communications


Dignity Health

Discover Financial Services

Edward Jones


Goodmans Interior Structures

Homeowners Financial Group

Mayo Clinic


Quarles & Brady, LLP





DriveTime Automotive Group

GPS Insight

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort

International Cruise & Excursions



Quicken Loans



StormWind Studios

The Lavidge Company







Henry & Horne LLP


Kimpton Hotels

Laser Spine Institute

MassMutual Arizona

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.


Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)


Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Verizon Wireless





Arizona Charter Academy

Arizona Diamondbacks

Blood Systems


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Grand Canyon University

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona

Hyatt Regency Phoenix


J.P.Morgan Chase

Lovitt & Touché

Make-A-Wish Arizona

National Bank of Arizona

Orchard Medical Consulting


Phoenix Children’s Hospital


St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Y Scouts


Better Business Bureau serving Greater Arizona

Camden Property Trust

CopperPoint Insurance Companies


Fennemore Craig


General Motors Company

GM Financial


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak

& Stewart, P.C.


PING, Inc.

The Plaza Companies

Pollack Investments


Sonora Quest Laboratories

Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions

Sundt Construction

Synchrony Financial

TASER | Axon


Direct Energy


Endurance International Group



Longboard Asset Management


NextNet Partners

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies

QuickSpark Financial

Remarkable Health



Spear Education

Tuft & Needle

Denise Gredler is founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ. Lee Vikre is managing partner of BestCompaniesAZ.

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