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 WaFd Bank.

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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: WaFd Bank

Most Admired Company: 2020, 2022

Top Arizona executive: Todd Gerber, regional president

What it does: Financial institution offering checking and savings accounts, mortgages, HELOC, construction services and lot loans.

Admirable trait: As a financial institution dedicated to financing and promoting home ownership, WaFd Bank supports programs and causes that help provide affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals. WaFd also directly finances projects designed to build stronger communities that provide affordable housing, access to quality healthcare and a vibrant environment for job growth.

Strong foundation: The WaFd Bank Foundation exemplifies the company’s motto of “Love what you do. Make a difference.” The company invested $192,721,890 towards community development lending and affordable housing investments last year. Employees logged a total of 8,595 hours with more than 485 nonprofit organizations over the bank’s footprint. WaFd Bank also considers small grants to charitable organizations supported by employees who serve as volunteers or board members.

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