About BestCompaniesAZ

BestCompaniesAZ specializes in helping award winning companies amplify their employer brand, expand their network, improve their reach, and attract top talent on a regional and national level.

Founded in 2002, BestCompaniesAZ pioneered the intersection of recruiting, human resources, marketing and public relations — today known as Employer Branding or “PR for HR.” BestCompaniesAZ has evolved into an exclusive, niche marketing and employer branding firm that specializes in helping award winning companies amplify their employer brand, expand their network, improve their reach, and attract top talent on a regional and national level. 

BestCompaniesAZ is a finalist of the 2023 BBB Torch Award for Ethics and best known for establishing large-scale workplace awards programs and events, including the Best Places to Work in the Valley, Arizona’s Most Admired Companies, Top Companies to Work for in Arizona and several large-scale events designed to support Arizona veterans and spouses and diversity and inclusion.

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Denise Gredler

CEO & Founder

Denise Gredler is the state’s preeminent thought leader and visionary in employer branding and award consultation.  Denise is best known for establishing large-scale workplace awards programs, including the Best Places to Work in the Valley, Arizona’s Most Admired Companies, and Top Companies to Work for in Arizona.

Before founding BestCompaniesAZ, Denise was the vice president of human resources for a commercial finance company headquartered in Arizona. There, she helped to build a human resources department for a small subsidiary into a decentralized human resources function for a public company with more than 1,500 employees nationwide. Working closely with the CEO, Denise nurtured and promoted the company’s dynamic work culture, landing the company in the #12 and #16 spots on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America in 1999 and 2000, the first Arizona public company to top this list.  She created work/life initiatives, recruitment and retention strategies, managed HR surveys and employee communications to build an outstanding employer brand.

In 2017, Denise was named as one of the “Most Influential Women in Arizona” published by AZ Business magazine.  In 2023, BestCompaniesAZ was recognized as one of the BBB Torch Award for Ethics finalists.  Denise also serves on the board for Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona and was nominated to the Executive and Nominating Committees.  

In her spare time, Denise likes to travel with husband Karl and son Max, and tries her best to enjoy the workout and healthy eating program she’s committed to.

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Kari Trummel

VP of Client Services and Operations

Kari Trummel has worked over 20 years in the marketing and advertising industry helping clients and companies grow their businesses. Her expertise spans from technology and finance, to sports marketing and working with Fortune 100 companies. She has the experience and connections to help take your employer brand and candidate flow to the next level.  Kari has proven her ability to help her clients succeed in marketing their businesses in new and innovative ways in Arizona and California.  Her many strengths which include process implementation, account management, high attention to detail and excellent customer service skills, will be instrumental in helping all BestCompaniesAZ clients exceed their talent sourcing and employer branding goals for the future. 

On a personal note, Kari is a Chicago native and moved to Arizona to attend college at GCU and Arizona State.  She has lived in the Valley for over 20 years. When she is not being a mom to her young son, Greyson, you can find her on her yoga mat or hiking one Arizona’s beautiful mountains. 

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Jenna DiMartino

Senior Talent Brand Strategist

Jenna DiMartino has a B.S. in Digital Marketing from The Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. She incorporates her natural creativity with her knowledge of the market to attract the right consumers to quality brands on digital platforms. After over a year of internship experience as a sales and marketing assistant, her passion for connecting Arizona’s BEST companies to the BEST talent has kickstarted her full time career at BestCompaniesAZ. 

At BestCompaniesAZ, Jenna is responsible for supporting the CEO and VP of Client Services & Operations with account growth, new business opportunities, building brand strategy,  creating content, social media management, virtual event management,  and public relations. Jenna uses her knowledge of employer branding, corporate branding, and award programs to execute campaigns. She also has an active role in BestCompaniesAZ sales where she consistently brings new ideas to elevate existing and future clients. 

Jenna grew up in Connecticut and has since moved to Nashville, TN where she can go to a concert every weekend. Outside of work, she enjoys painting, drawing, traveling to new places, and snowboarding.


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