Register Now for BestCompaniesAZ's Annual 2016 Military Career Event with the PGA TOUR, Waste Management Phoenix Open, Birdies for the Brave(R) and Career Connectors

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Workshops provided throughout Jan and Feb to help veterans prepare for a new career

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Last year's inaugural event hosted hundreds of veterans and their families, resulting in numerous new hires by leading military-friendly employers throughout the state

BestCompaniesAZ is hosting its annual 2016 BestCompaniesAZ Military Career Event in conjunction with the PGA TOUR's Waste Management Phoenix Open, Birdies for the Brave(R) and Career Connectors, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wed., Feb. 17 at North Phoenix Baptist Church Conference Center, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85012. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required at http://bit.ly/BCAZMilitaryCareerEvent.

Last year's inaugural event hosted hundreds of veterans and their families, resulting in numerous new hires by leading military-friendly employers throughout the state. "Military men and women are often celebrated for their leadership, team-building, organizational commitment, decision-making skills and advanced technical training skills," said Denise Gredler, founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ. "It is our goal to bring together top hiring companies, veteran resource groups, and actively connect hundreds of qualified veterans with top-notch career opportunities this year."

To offer additional assistance to those job seekers who desire a little extra career help, BestCompaniesAZ has joined with the outstanding nonprofit Career Connectors to offer a series of free career coaching workshops Jan. 6 through Feb. 17 for Arizona military veterans, Reservists and National Guard members, and their families.

Registration for upcoming workshops in advance of the Military Career Event is online at: http://careerconnectors.org/event-schedule/.

Featured sessions include:

"Developing and Living Your Personal Brand," Wed., Jan. 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., North Phoenix Baptist Church Conference Center, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85012.

"Use Your Internal GPS to Stay Positive & Productive In Difficult Times," Thurs., Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

"Success for the Seasoned Search...The Benefit of Being Overqualified,", Tues., Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Central Christian Church-- Gilbert, Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85297.

"Social Media: Your Job Search Secret Weapon," Wed., Feb 03, 9 a.m. - noon, North Phoenix Baptist Church Conference Center, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85012.

"DISCovering Your Unique Value," Thurs., Feb 11, 9 a.m. - noon, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m, Highlands Church
9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

All of the hiring and sponsoring companies offer workplace cultures that support the hiring, training and development of veterans. In addition, many have won prestigious workplace awards such as Arizona's Most Admired Companies, Top Companies to Work for in Arizona, FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For(R) in America, FORTUNE Most Admired Companies, Military Times Best for Vets Employers, or US Veterans Magazine's Best of the Best.

Primary sponsors include: Charles Schwab, Dignity Health Arizona, Synchrony Financial, Waste Management, USAA, Progrexion, First Service Networks, intel, Aetna, Vangaurd, Nextiva, State of Arizona, Medtronic, Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Quicken Loans, Sonora Quest Laboratories, Revana, TeleTech, PayPal, Yodle, Allied Barton. Supporting sponsors include: Fry's Food Stores, National Bank of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, Yelp, State Farm, Freedom Financial, NESCO Resource, New Horizons Learning Center, Canyon State Institute, Dynamic Worldwide Training Consultants, and the City of Phoenix. Visit BestCompaniesAZ.com for the full list of sponsors and resources.

About the PGA TOUR's 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open
The 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as "The Greatest Show on Grass," will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016, at TPC Scottsdale. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. The 2016 edition will mark the 81st playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the seventh as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Last year the tournament host Thunderbirds raised a record $9.06 million for charity and have eclipsed $102 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932. For tickets and more information visit WMPhoenixOpen.com.

About BestCompaniesAZ - Arizona's Employer Branding Partner
BestCompaniesAZ specializes in helping corporate clients develop, strengthen and market their unique employer brands through a variety of events, awards and communications programs. BestCompaniesAZ has co-founded and continues to sponsor Arizona's leading workplace award programs, including Arizona's Most Admired Companies, published by AZ Business Magazine, and the azcentral (formerly CareerBuilder) Top Companies to Work for in Arizona. BestCompaniesAZ is also the co-founder of the first workplace award program brought to Arizona in 2003, the Best Places to Work in the Valley award published by the Phoenix Business Journal. BestCompaniesAZ provides employer branding services specializing in corporate award consultation and submissions, corporate culture development and coaching, best practices bench-marking, and survey analysis and action planning. Recognition and promotion for award-winning clients is supported through a variety of marketing programs, including recruitment marketing, search engine optimization, public relations (local to national) and social media outreach. For more information, visit BestCompaniesAZ.com, and interested sponsors can email military(at)bestcompaniesAZ.com or call 480-545-5151.

About Birdies for the Brave
Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR. Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support combat-wounded veterans. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted Birdies for the Brave and expanded it to include a variety of military outreach initiatives, including military appreciation activities during PGA TOUR tournaments and a series Birdies for the Brave fundraising events conducted at the TOUR's TPC clubs nationwide - an effort that has raised more than $15 million for military homefront groups that are supported by TOUR players, which provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded heroes and military families. For more information, please visitbirdiesforthebrave.org or follow them on Facebook.

About Career Connectors
Career Connectors' mission is to connect professionals in career transition to hiring companies and quality resources. As Arizona's fastest growing job seeker program, the organization hosts no-cost job seeker events in Chandler/Gilbert, Phoenix and North Scottsdale. At each event, Career Connectors showcases hiring companies, and offers free services including educational opportunities, DISC assessments, resume review, LinkedIn, professional business portraits, networking tips, interview coaching and one-on-one face time with hiring companies. Founded by Jessica Pierce in 2009, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has served more than 20,000 attendees, and worked with over 300 hiring companies. For more information, visitcareerconnectors.org, or call 480-442-5806.

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Media Contact for BestCompaniesAZ:
Stephanie Burchfield
Burchfield & Wolin Public Relations
sburchfield(at)bwprinc.com
602-418-2501

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