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 Taylor Morrison.

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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.

Taylor Morrison

Most Admired Company: 2021

Top Arizona executive: Sheryl Palmer, chairman and CEO

What it does: The nation’s fifth largest homebuilder and developer.

Company profile: Taylor Morrison is the nation’s fifth largest homebuilder and developer, serving 22 markets in 11 states, and operating under a family of brands including Taylor Morrison, Darling Homes and William Lyon Signature Series. Rooted in strong values and backed by a solid reputation, the homebuilder has an unmatched culture, affectionately called TMLiving, and its four core tenets were inspired by the passion and values system the builder collectively holds today—Love & Inspire, Spirit & Pride, Community & Giving and Health & Wellness. Economically speaking, Taylor Morrison’s operations day in and day out address the nationwide housing shortage.

Admirable trait: Taylor Morrison’s excellence in leadership truly unfolded when Sheryl Palmer was appointed CEO in 2007—just before the global economic recession and housing market crash—but her resilience and resolve helped the company weather the storm and emerge from it on a robust growth trajectory. Palmer has led Taylor Morrison through a series of major transformations, including six acquisitions. She led Taylor Morrison to its IPO in 2013 and, for the very first time this year,a place on the Fortune 500 list.