Our History

For 20 years, BestCompaniesAZ has been dedicated to elevating and promoting the best companies in Arizona. “We knew that encouraging a better work culture would not only benefit the lives of employees, but would also create better communities, and more profitable businesses,” says CEO and Founder, Denise Gredler.


Inaugural “Best Companies to Work for in the Valley”

BestCompaniesAZ co-founded the 1st ever Best Companies award program in partnership with the Great Place to Work Institute & published by the Phoenix Business Journal. (See inaugural list)

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Career Connectors Partnership, nonprofit 501(c)(3) 

During the great recession of 2009, we partnered with Career Connectors helping to connect job seekers with AZ’s BEST employers. (More here) 

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Inaugural Arizona Most Admired Companies

BestCompaniesAZ co-founded the most prestigious award program in Arizona, in partnership with AZ Business magazine. This award recognizes workplace culture, leadership, social responsibility, and customer opinion. (See current and past winners)

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 Arizona University Career Mixer

BestCompaniesAZ worked with Leading Light Events to develop the inaugural 3-in-1 Arizona Career Mixer in partnership with the University of Arizona (UA). This event brings together talented students from UA, ASU, and NAU.

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BestCompaniesAZ’s 10th Anniversary

BestCompaniesAZ celebrated our 10th anniversary and Arizona’s Centennial with the release of the 100 Best Companies in Arizona commemorative magazine, in partnership with Republic Media.
(See winners)

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Top Companies to Work for in Arizona

Selected as consulting partner to launch 1st statewide program in collaboration with azcentral and Best Companies Group (2013 – 2020). In 2021 the publisher changed to AZ Capitol Times.
(See winners)

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Military Career Event – Vet Talks

Launched Military Career Event in partnership with PGATours/Birdies for the Brave and Career Connectors. This event brings together Arizona’s award-winning, military-friendly companies with veteran business professionals. (Learn More) 

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Diversity Talks – Networking & Career Events

BestCompaniesAZ and Career Connectors launched the first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Career Event with the goal of connecting Arizona job seekers with Corporate Equality award-winning companies. (More Here) 

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15th Anniversary BestCompaniesAZ

BestCompaniesAZ celebrated 15 years of recognizing Arizona’s Best Companies with the selection of the 100 Best Companies in Arizona. (More Here) 

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BestCompaniesTexas Launched 

BestCompaniesAZ expanded into Texas to help support the hiring and growth goals of Arizona clients with offices inTexas. Texas was paused in 2020-2021 due to COVID, and will be revitalized in Q3, 2022. (Learn More)




BestCompaniesAZ Regional Website – Ranking #1 for AZ

BestCompaniesAZ is the #1 driver of traffic to our client’s career portals outperforming many national and local branding platforms such as Glassdoor, Recruit Military, ZipRecruiter, and local media channels.
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As the founder of the most respected workplace award programs in the Southwest, BestCompaniesAZ knows what it takes to win workplace awards.

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