All across the state — and nation — businesses are struggling to attract and retain employees. But those companies may be able to learn something from the companies that will be spotlighted here in the days to follow. The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona earned the most support in voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest business opinion poll.

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“We really do put people first,” says Cathy Graham, executive vice president at Desert Financial Credit Union, one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. “The employment environment is really tough right now with the Great Resignation. So we try to be really purposeful and clear about the organization: where we’re going, what we’re striving for, what success looks like and then connecting the dots. People want to feel like part of something bigger than just the role that they fill every day.”

Enjoy learning more about the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona. Today, the spotlight is on Adolfson & Peterson Construction.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Adolfson & Peterson Construction is a family-owned company that is known within the building industry for its uncompromising commitment to its clients, employees and the communities where it builds and works. Adolfson & Peterson’s workplace culture centers on having a high level of care and concern for its employees, subcontractors and all fellow workers.

MAINTAINING CULTURE: “When we interview candidates, we talk with them about their qualifications and capabilities, but we also ask them what they do for fun” says Robert Cortazzo, Southwest division president for Adolfson & Peterson Construction. “We try to gauge what their personalities are. We try to gauge in great depth how they will fit in within the organization. We’ve made a decision that no matter how much we need staff — whether it be superintendents or project managers or estimators — the one thing we’re going to do is hire based on skill and culture. If the cultural fit isn’t there, if we don’t think it’s somebody that is going to help add to the dynamics and the fun nature that we try to bring to the A&P workplace culture, we’re not going to hire that person.”

FAMILY FIRST: “Something that really attracted me to A&P was the family nature of the business — it’s family first and foremost,” Cortazzo says. “Typically, on our executive calls or in our team meetings, people will talk about what’s going on in their lives, what’s happening with their families. I think because of that, it’s a very caring organization, both internally and externally. There are a lot of companies out there that do the work that we do, but I think what really differentiates A&P is the culture that we have and the approach that we take with our staff, with our clients and with our team members and partners in business. We always have that ‘family first’ mentality and truly care about who you are as an individual and how you’re doing, and that ties into your work-life balance.”

100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona

Here are the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2022, based on public voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Companies and cities are listed in alphabetical order.

ABI Multifamily

ANDERSON Advertising & Public Relations

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Aker Ink PR & Marketing

Alliance Residential Company

Arizona Central Credit Union

Arizona Complete Health

Arizona Federal Credit Union

Aurora Behavioral Health System

Avison Young

BMO Harris Bank

Banner Health

Bel-Aire Mechanical

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Signal Search

Burch & Cracchiolo


CHASSE Building Team

CORE Construction

Cachet Homes

Canyon State Electric

Cawley Architects

City of Chandler

City of Flagstaff

City of Glendale

City of Mesa

City of Peoria

City of Phoenix

City of Scottsdale

City of Tempe

City to City Commercial



DP Electric

dpa architects

DPR Construction

Delta Dental of Arizona

Desert Financial Credit Union

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dignity Health in Arizona

Great Impact

Gust Rosenfeld

HDA Architects

Haydon Building Corp


Homeowners Financial Group


IMPACT Technology Recruiting

Ideation Design Group

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Johansen Interiors

K2 Electric


Kidder Mathews



LGE Design Build

Land Advisors Organization


LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide

Marcus & Millichap

Mark-Taylor Companies

Mark-Taylor Residential

Mayo Clinic

McCarthy Building Companies

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate


National Bank of Arizona

OneAZ Credit Union

P.B. Bell

Pacific Premier Bank

Precision Air & Plumbing

ReThinc Advertising

Republic Bank of Arizona

Rocket Mortgage (formerly Quicken Loans)

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Ryan Companies US

SDB Contracting Services

Speedie & Associates

Sunstate Equipment


Team Select Home Care

The Brokery

The CORE Institute

Town of Gilbert

Town of Queen Creek

Tri Pointe Homes

TruWest Credit Union


VIP Mortgage

VIP Mortgage Inc.

ViaWest Group

WaFd Bank Arizona

Wallace, Plese + Dreher

Walton Global

Weitz Company

Western Alliance Bank

Willmeng Construction

Wood, Patel & Associates