A lot has changed in the workplace since the Most Admired Companies program debuted in 2010. The gig economy didn’t even exist yet. Millennials have become a force in the office. And the battle for talent has become a war.

When AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ launched the Most Admired Companies program in 2010, the primary goal was to find and recognize those organizations that excel in four key areas:

• Leadership excellence

• Social responsibility

• Customer opinion

• Workplace culture

Soon, a fifth area — innovation — was added because companies that didn’t innovate seemed to soon evaporate. And like Arizona’s evolving economy, the Most Admired Companies program continues to evolve. With workplace wellness and the well-being of employees becoming a critical component for attractive and retaining top talent, the Most Admired Companies judging panel also weighed healthy workplaces into the equation when selecting the Most Admired Companies of 2017.

Based on those six pillars of excellence, a selection committee comprised of Az Business magazine’s editorial and management team, BestCompaniesAZ’s leadership team and professionals from a wide range of industries rated and selected the most accomplished and prestigious companies in Arizona.

The Most Admired Companies will be honored at a dinner and reception on September 14, 2017, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. For tickets or sponsorship information, click here or call (602) 277-6045.

With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies for 2017 shows that the companies listed below truly represent the best in Arizona business.

Here are the Most Admired Companies of 2017:

American Express


Blood Systems

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management


Charles Schwab 

CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company


Direct Energy

Fennemore Craig, P.C.


Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona


Homeowners Financial Group USA

Hyatt Regency Phoenix



JDA Software

JE Dunn Construction Company

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon




Lovitt & Touché

Microchip Technology Inc

Musical Instrument Museum


Quarles & Brady


Small Giants

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Sundt Construction

Suntec Concrete

The CORE Institute

The James Agency

Town of Gilbert

UMB Bank




Ventana Medical Systems


V.I.P. Mortgage

Washington Federal


If you want to apply for the 2018 Most Admired Companies awards, click here when the nomination period opens.