Republic Media, AZ Commerce Authority, BestCompaniesAZ, and Best Companies Group Honor 'Top Companies to Work for in Arizona' Winners

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The 2016 honorees were recognized for their accomplishments before a sold-out crowd of more than 600 attendees.

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This year's azcentral.com honorees of the 'Top Companies to Work for in Arizona' competition were recognized at a ceremony held yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, led by sponsors of the annual program -- Republic Media, parent company to The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and La Voz; presenting sponsor Arizona Commerce Authority; BestCompaniesAZ; and Best Companies Group. The 2016 honorees were recognized for their accomplishments before a sold-out crowd of more than 600 attendees.

Companies that made the list were selected on the basis of an extensive evaluation of employer practices, employee engagement scores, and achieving high marks in satisfaction from employees surveyed at each participating company. The top three ranking companies in each employee size categories of 25 - 99 U.S. employees, 100 to 999 and 1,000-plus U.S. employees were highlighted along with a top company winner named for the following three additional Spotlight Awards - Women's Initiatives, Diversity Initiatives and Spirit, an award for the company who exhibited the most enthusiasm and team spirit at the ceremony. The full list of the Top Companies is published on azcentral.com and will be available in a special supplement that will appear in The Arizona Republic on June 12 and in La Voz on June 17.

"Our goal with the 'Top Companies' program is to help develop Arizona as a leader in creating quality, successful employers, thus positively impacting our local economy and attracting the top talent all businesses need to succeed," said Heather Kivatinos, recruitment sales manager at Republic Media.

Denise Gredler, founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ, said that "For the past four years, all Top Companies have achieved an impressive employee engagement score of approximately 92 percent favorable and an overall survey average of 90 percent favorable. This sets them apart and provides a tremendous opportunity to promote their strong company cultures and employment opportunities."

The top ranking companies who won Spotlight Awards for excellence within their respective categories, included:
U.S. Employees 25-99: Equity Methods    
U.S. Employees 100 to 999: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess    
U.S. Employees 1,000 or more: Protiviti    
Diversity Initiatives: Navy Federal Credit Union    
Women's Initiatives: The James Agency    
Spirit Award: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess    

Pre-registration is now open for the upcoming 2017 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona competition. Register now to receive important notifications.

About BestCompaniesAZ
BestCompaniesAZ - Arizona's Employer Branding Partner - specializes in helping corporate clients develop, strengthen and market their unique employer brands through a variety of events, awards and communications programs. Specialized services include employee opinion surveys, benchmarking, employment branding, recruitment strategies, award consultation and promotional services. BestCompaniesAZ is proud to be chosen as the Consulting Partner for the Top Companies program and Founding Partner for Arizona Most Admired Companies. For more information, visit http://www.bestcompaniesaz.com/ or call 480-545-5151.

About Republic Media
Republic Media is a consultative media company that provides you with the means to deliver your message to the right audience in the most effective way. From online to print to direct mail, Republic Media encompasses an array of products including The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com, and La Voz. Since 1890, The Arizona Republic continues to be Arizona's most trusted and most read newspaper. Learn more about Republic Media at http://www.republicmedia.com.

About Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group (BCG) is a national research firm that specializes in identifying great places to work. Using state-of-the art surveys and technology, BCG conducts programs on national, statewide, regional, and industry stages. BCG is not affiliated with BestCompaniesAZ, LLC.

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

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