After receiving a record number of nominations, 50 companies have risen from the adversity of the past couple years and earned the right to call themselves Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2022. The Most Admired Companies of 2022 includes Gila River Resorts & Casinos.

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Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2022 will be celebrated at an awards dinner and ceremony from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Chateau Luxe, at 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85024.

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Most Admired Companies: Gila River Resorts & Casinos

Most Admired Company: 2022

Top Arizona executive: Kenneth Manuel, CEO, Gila River Hotels & Casinos

What it does: Gaming and hospitality enterprise.

Admirable trait: Gila River Resorts & Casinos is a company that puts giving back to the community and offering phenomenal experiences for its guests at the forefront of everything it does. The success of Gila River Resorts & Casinos helps fund infrastructure improvements, housing development, emergency first responder services, education, health and wellness programs and social services for nearly 23,000 members of Gila River Indian Community (GRIC).

DEI efforts: To create a more diverse and equitable work environment, Gila River Resorts & Casinos has gone to great lengths to focus on recognizing and teaching women how to grow into leadership roles. In August of 2022, Gila River hosted an internal Glow, Grow, Game Women’s Leadership Conference. Gila River has also partnered with Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that empowers women to “achieve economic independence” by offering professional support, attire, and development tools.

Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2022


American Express

Arizona Diamondbacks


Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Yonder

Burch & Cracchiolo



CHASSE Building Team

Canyon State Electric

Charles Schwab

CopperPoint Insurance Companies


DP Electric Inc.

Desert Financial Credit Union

Equity Methods

Farmers Insurance



Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold

Freedom Financial Network

Gallagher & Kennedy

Gila River Resorts & Casinos


Greenberg Traurig

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona

Health Information Management Systems (HiMS)

Homeowners Financial Group USA


JE Dunn



Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

Microchip Technology


OneAZ Credit Union

Quarles & Brady

Small Giants

Spear Education

Sundt Construction

Suntec Concrete

Terros Health

TriWest Healthcare Alliance


Voya Financial

WaFd Bank

Wilde Wealth Management Group

Willmeng Construction