A huge crowd filled JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Thursday night as Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ honored the Most Admired Companies (MAC) of 2019.

“Our primary goal in developing the MAC program 10 years ago was to find and recognize those companies that set a standard of excellence that other businesses should aspire to achieve,” said Josh Schimmels, publisher of AZ Big Media, which produces Az Business magazine and eight other Arizona-based publications. “We built the program to recognize those companies that have the biggest impact on the economy, on their employees and on the communities in which they do business. Arizona is filled with great servant leaders, innovators, and forward-thinkers. This year’s MAC recipients embody those qualities.”

Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies Awards were WaFd Bank Arizona and BestCompaniesAZ. Premier sponsors were Blue Cross Blue Shield, Charles Schwab and Mobile Mini. Signature sponsors were Arizona Diamondbacks, Cancer Treatment Centers of American Phoenix, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, DP Electric, DPR Construction, Duffy Group, FirstBank, GymPass, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Intel Corporation, National Bank of Arizona, PipelineAZ, Salt River Project, Spear Education, The Statesman Group, Troon, UnitedHealthcare, USAA, Vitalant, and Westroc Hospitality.

In addition to recognizing the 40 companies that earned recognition as Arizona’s Most Admired Companies and in honor of the program’s 10th anniversary, 10 companies earned spotlight awards for exceptional achievement in each of the five pillars of the MAC program: Workplace culture, social responsibility, customer opinion, innovation, and leadership excellence.

Here are photos from the event. Double-click on the slide show to see the images at full size.


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The Spotlight Award winners:

Arizona Diamondbacks

Charles Schwab



Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

Quarles & Brady

Sundt Construction

United Services Automobile Association (USAA)


Washington Federal Bank

The Most Admired Companies of 2019

American Express

Arizona Diamondbacks

Assisted Living Locators



Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

Charles Schwab

Chasse Building Team

CopperPoint Insurance Companies


DP Electric Inc.

DPR Construction

Duffy Group

Farmers Insurance


Gallagher & Kennedy


Greenberg Traurig

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

Homeowners Financial Group

Intel Corporation

JDA Software

JE Dunn Construction


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon



Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency 

Make-A-Wish America

Microchip Technology

Mobile Mini


National Bank of Arizona

OneAZ Credit Union

Quarles & Brady

Salt River Project

Sonora Quest

Spear Education

Sundt Construction

The CORE Institute

The Statesman Group


UMB Bank

United Services Automobile Association (USAA)



Vitalant (formerly Blood Systems)

Washington Federal Bank

Westroc Hospitality (Hotel Valley Ho, Mountain Shadows, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain)