Charles Schwab won the Spotlight Award for Workplace Culture at the 2017 Most Admired Companies Awards. (Photo by Mike Mertes, AZ Big Media)

September 18, 2017

Michael Gossie

Hundreds honor Arizona’s Most Admired Companies

A crowd of nearly 400 packed the ballroom at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Thursday to honor Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2017.

“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,” said Cheryl Green, publisher of AZ Big Media. “Arizona is filled with great servant leaders, innovators and forward thinkers. This year’s MAC recipients embody those qualities.”

Take a look at photos from the Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards ceremony here.

While all 46 companies honored are winners, there were also six Spotlight Awards given to those companies that have shown exceptional achievement in each of six special categories. The Spotlight Award winners were:

Leadership: American Express

Workplace culture: Charles Schwab & Co.

Social responsibility: CopperPoint Insurance Company

Customer opinion: UnitedHealthcare

Healthy workplace: USAA

Helping to make the Most Admired Companies event a success were presenting sponsors CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company and the hospitals of Dignity Health — Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. The event sponsors were Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Charles Schwab and Progrexion. In addition, Washington Federal was the dessert sponsor, the photo booth was sponsored by USAA, the promotional sponsor was Maricopa Community Colleges and Merestone  produced the videos.

Here is the full list of the Most Admired Companies of 2017:

American Express


Blood Systems

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management


Charles Schwab 

CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company


Direct Energy

Fennemore Craig, P.C.


Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona


Homeowners Financial Group USA

Hyatt Regency Phoenix



JDA Software

JE Dunn Construction Company

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon




Lovitt & Touché

Microchip Technology Inc

Musical Instrument Museum


Quarles & Brady


Small Giants

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Sundt Construction

Suntec Concrete

The CORE Institute

The James Agency

Town of Gilbert

UMB Bank




Ventana Medical Systems


V.I.P. Mortgage

Washington Federal