AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Axon.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.


Most Admired Company: 2018-2021

Top Arizona executive: Rick Smith, CEO and founder

What it does: Develops Taser devices, cameras and software products for law enforcement and civilians.

Admirable trait: To show Axon is just as committed to its employees’ personal lives as to their professional lives, Axon partners with outside organizations and experts to promote healthy living. Benefits at Axon start on Day 1 and Axon offers a flexible work environment, unlimited PTO, parent support networks with expert-led Weldon webinars throughout the year, unlimited 24/7 access to wellness and mental health services, and free legal assistance to employees.

In the news: TASER Self-Defense, the consumer division of Axon, recently announced the release of its new self-defense product, the TASER Pulse: Kryptek Edition, featuring a unique camouflage pattern from Kryptek’s Altitude line. Using the same technology trusted by law enforcement, the limited edition TASER Pulse is an effective, non-lethal defense tool that can immobilize attackers for up to 30 seconds. Built with civilian self-protection in mind and weighing in at just eight-ounces, this high-tech, intuitively designed device is revolutionizing the self-defense market.