ASTD Announces 39 Winners in its Seventh Annual 'BEST Awards'

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Awards Recognize Organizations' Commitment to World-Class Learning and Performance

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The ASTD BEST Award winners set the standard of excellence for exceptional learning practices, and demonstrate that a skilled workforce is vital to achieving results. They use learning as a strategic tool and have the support of senior leaders who champion a learning culture.

The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) announces that 39 organizations from Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and the United States are winners in the 2009 ASTD BEST Awards competition. Sun Microsystems, of Santa Clara, California, holds the first place ranking.

The 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners are recognized in a special section of the October issue of Training + Development (T+D) , ASTD's monthly magazine, and were honored during a reception on October 1 in Washington, D.C. Many of the winners participated in the "Learn from the BEST" event on October 2 to share best practices during roundtable presentations and networking time.

The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development. According to Tony Bingham, ASTD's president and CEO, "The ASTD BEST Award winners set the standard of excellence for exceptional learning practices, and demonstrate that a skilled workforce is vital to achieving results. They use learning as a strategic tool and have the support of senior leaders who champion a learning culture."

Through an online application, the 2009 BEST Awards received entries from 93 organizations in 10 countries. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ASTD about their learning and development practices and programs. Their applications were assessed by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a group of experts in the learning and development field.

More information about the 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2009 issue of T D magazine and online: Details about the 2010 program will be available next February.

ASTD would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2009 BEST Awards: Platinum Sponsor: Booz Allen Hamilton; Silver Sponsors: General Physics Corporation, , and SkillSoft.

About ASTD
ASTD (the American Society for Training & Development) is the world's largest association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD's members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. Members connect locally in 133 U.S. chapters and with 30 international partners.

The 2009 ASTD BEST Award winners and rankings:
1.    Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, California
2.    MTR Corporation, Hong Kong, SAR, China
3.    SCC Soft Computer, Clearwater, Florida
4.    DPR Construction, Inc., Redwood City, California
5.    BB&T, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
6.    VF Asia Limited, Hong Kong, SAR, China
7.    Highmark (an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8.    BJC HealthCare, St. Louis, Missouri
9.    Datatel, Fairfax, Virginia
10.    Trust Company of the West, Los Angeles, California
11.    Luxottica Retail North America, Mason, Ohio
12.    La Quinta, Irving, Texas
13.    Robert W. Baird & Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
14.    Gables Residential, Atlanta, Georgia
15.    Wipro Limited, Bangalore, India
16.    T. Rowe Price, Baltimore, Maryland
17.    LarsonAllen, Minneapolis, Minnesota
18.    University Health System, San Antonio, Texas
19.    CSC, Falls Church, Virginia
20.    Reliance Industries Limited, Jamnagar Refinery Division, Mumbai, India
21.    Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, New York, New York
22.    Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore, India
23.    Reliance Industries Limited, Dahej Manufacturing Division, Mumbai, India
24.    CIGNA Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
25.    Suzlon Energy, Ltd., Pune, India
26.    Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mumbai, India
27.    Prescription Solutions, Irvine, California
28.    Whirlpool Corporation, Saint Joseph, Michigan
29.    Barilla America, Inc., Bannockburn, Illinois
30.    Fallon Clinic, Worcester, Massachusetts
31.    InterContinental Hotels Group, Atlanta, Georgia
32.    Mayer Electric Supply Company Inc., Birmingham, Alabama
33.    TELUS, Vancouver, British Columbia
34.    G4S Wackenhut, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
35.    sanofi-aventis U.S., Bridgewater, New Jersey
36.    Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky
37.    United Overseas Bank, Singapore
38.    Grant Thornton LLP, Chicago, Illinois
39.    Cbeyond, Atlanta, Georgia

In addition, nine companies on this list have been BEST ASTD Award winners for three years or more. They are: BB&T, CSC, Gables Residential, Infosys Technologies, MTR Corporation, Reliance Industries, sanofi-aventis U.S., TELUS, and Wipro Limited.

ASTD Media Contacts:
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Jennifer Homer

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