Building and elevating great employer brands in Arizona – that’s what the BestCompaniesAZ team is dedicated to doing. With decades of combined leadership experience in human resources, marketing, public relations, organizational development, and talent acquisition, we love what we do, and are proud of the top companies we’ve helped since 2003.
CEO & Founder
Denise Gredler is the state’s preeminent thought leader and visionary in employer branding and workplace culture. 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 Finova Capital Corporation. There, she built 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 top 20 on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America. She created work/life initiatives, recruitment and retention strategies, HR surveys and employee communications to build an outstanding employer brand.
As strategic partner for the Arizona’s Most Admired Companies and Top Companies to Work for in Arizona programs, Denise and her team provide a competitive advantage for employer branding in today’s challenging talent market. In her rare bits of 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.
Director of Marketing & Client Relations
Thorin is a recent graduate from Arizona State University and recieved a B.S. in Marketing and a B.S. in Business Data Analytics. Thorin is originally from Denver, Colorado and stayed in Arizona after school.
Thorin has previous marketing and design experience in a a variety of fields such as healthcare and VR and AR technology. He is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and brings that same passion to every new position that he takes. Thorin likes to bring creative flair to all of his work and he enjoys interacting with people and being collaborative.
Thorin is very involved at work, but loves to be a ray of sunshine to everyone he meets. When Thorin is out of the office, you can find him at an F45 class, spending time with friends or catching the next EDM show.
Marketing and Sales Intern
Deborah Peck, PhD.
Strategic Consulting Partner
As a network engineer turned organizational psychologist, Dr. Deb loves turning intuition into science. Those “soft skills” and culture concepts you thought couldn’t be measured? She can measure them, using her own trademarked scientific process.
Dr. Deb’s calming, patient, non-judgmental presence doesn’t mean she sugarcoats her communication, since she’s known for integrity and honesty. She can handle the truth if you can.
Despite her passion for her work, Dr. Deb is most proud of raising a smart and kind son. In her rich and varied life history, she’s traveled Europe on her own, and still looks for opportunities to travel and experience great restaurants. One of Dr. Deb’s simple pleasures is going on long hikes and snuggling with her 80-pound lap dog, Dreygan, a four year old Dobie.
Dr. Deb can help solve complex organizational challenges. To find out more details about her consultation services visit: https://seity.com.
Founder, CultureWise Consulting
Mary Hall’s professional experience includes being the co-founder of a national credit counseling and debt-management agency that grew from a few family members to over 500 employees. Serving as the COO, Mary spearheaded Culture Development Programs that lead to four Best Place to Work Awards, three BBB Ethics Awards and two Presidential Points of Light awards for Volunteerism. Mary’s background in Accounting, HR and Operations provided her the skills necessary to identify the operational, financial and health benefits that a great culture can have on an organization and its people.
Mary served on the BBB Board of Directors for eight years and has served four times as a judge for the Most Admired Companies Awards. She is a Conscious Capitalism Ambassador and a Best CompaniesAZ Strategic Partner.
Her academic background includes a BA in Accounting, CPA from Montana State University and a Masters in Nonprofit Studies from the ASU Lodestar Center. Mary founded CultureWise Consulting to help companies create meaningful cultures that focus on Purpose, Values, Employee Engagement and Fulfillment.
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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