Who earned the Most Admired Companies’ Spotlight Awards?

Above: Brad and Heidi Jannenga are co-founders of WebPT and winners of last year's Leadership Excellence spotlight award for Arizona's Most Admired Companies. Events | 16 Sep, 2016 |

A crowd of nearly 400 packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday to honor 2016’s Most Admired Companies in Arizona.

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Photos by Mike Mertes and Southwest Selfies

Our primary goal in developing the MAC program was to find and recognize those companies that set a standard of excellence that other businesses should aspire to achieve,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “We built the program to recognize those companies that have the biggest impact on the economy, on their employees and on the communities in which they do business. Arizona is filled with great servant leaders, innovators and forward-thinkers. This year’s MAC recipients embody those qualities.”

Seven of the Most Admired Companies were singled out for making the prestigious list for all seven years. They are: American Express, CBRE, Infusionsoft, Shutterfly, Sonora Quest Laboratories, Sundt and UnitedHealthcare.

“In addition to recognizing the 47 incredible companies that earned recognition as Arizona’s Most Admired Companies, we shined the spotlight on companies that have shown exceptional achievement in each of MAC’s judging criteria,” said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie.

The spotlight categories are workplace culture, social responsibility, customer opinion, innovation and leadership excellence. Winners of the spotlight awards were:

Workplace Culture: USAA

Social Responsibility: GoDaddy

Customer Opinion: Lovitt & Touché

Innovation: Nextiva

Leadership Excellence: WebPT

Here is the complete list of 2016’s Most Admired Companies in Arizona:

American Express

Arizona Charter Academy

Arizona Diamondbacks

AXA Advisors Southwest

Bankers Trust

Blood Systems


Charles Schwab


Edward Jones

Equity Methods

Fennemore Craig


Habitat of Humanity of Central Arizona

Henry & Horne

Homeowners Financial Group

Hyatt Regency Phoenix


JE Dunn Construction

JDA Software



Laser Spine Institute


Lovitt & Touché

MC Residential Communities


Musical Instrument Museum


Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Plaza Companies


Quarles & Brady

Ryan, LLC


Sonora Quest

Sundt Construction

Suntec Concrete

The Phoenician

UMB Bank




Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

VIP Mortgage


Wildflower Bread Company

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