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We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary!

June 5, 2012

We’re proud to announce the release of the 100 Best commemorative magazine!

We love anniversaries. It’s the perfect time to recognize accomplishments, say “thank you” to those who played a part, and toast successes.

Ten years ago, BestCompaniesAZ was a just a vision – and one that wasn’t shared by the mainstream. The idea that being a great workplace would lead to greater financial success was pretty farfetched at the time. No longer!

In 2002, Denise and Lee were pursuing different ways to make that vision a reality. Denise was creating the first-ever best companies list in Arizona, to recognize top employers in the Phoenix area. Lee was paving the way for McMurry to become #1 on that list. Both were deeply committed to the mission of creating best companies for the benefit of the local economy, business, and workforce.

Since the trailblazing 2003 list, impressive evidence has shown that creating strong, trust-based workplace cultures leads to business results. BestCompaniesAZ is thrilled to celebrate its 10th anniversary by producing a commemorative magazine spotlighting the stories of the 100 Best Arizona Companies. How exciting it is to celebrate a vision by giving a thumbs-up to 100 organizations that have helped make that vision a reality. As Dad used to say, “we’re bustin’ our buttons!” Yes, we’re that proud of the magazine and the 100 Best who are making Arizona a great place to work and live.

The stories from the 100 Best Arizona Companies are inspiring and insightful.  Here’s what we learned:

  • How Derrick Hall and the D-backs changed their culture to be “one family”.
  • Phoenix Suns CEO Brad Casper’s formidable recipe for successful leadership.
  • Dignity Health’s proven formula for making patients and employees happy.
  • How small, cash-strapped companies took on the big dogs.
  • How large companies fought off bureaucracy to create both work-life balance and career development for employees.

You can read many of these stories in the magazine here and you’ll get even more great ideas from the 100 Best here in the BCAZ blog. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed on our blog so you don’t miss anything. If you’re in a leadership position or aspire to be, this is a must-read.

On our 10th anniversary and Arizona’s centennial year, BestCompaniesAZ is celebrating. If you’re reading this, and you share the vision of creating and sustaining great workplaces, you’re part of the celebration. Three cheers and thumbs up to you!

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