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Our Team

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.

Denise Gredler

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.

Kristy Bach

COO

Kristy recently joined the BestCompaniesAZ in January as COO and was hired to help grow the BestCompaniesAZ’s mission of Validating and Elevating Arizona’s Best Companies.  With over 25 years in the Staffing and Recruiting industry, Kristy brings a fresh approach to building out a newly created BestCompaniesAZ staffing and recruiting offering unique to the marketplace and complement BestCompaniesAZ’s successful employer branding model and platform.

Kristy brings her success to immediately connect with, consult, and inspire individuals across every level and discipline, building trust and authentic relationships with clients, team members and peers. Her talent acquisition/ staffing industry experience runs the gamut, from front-line sales and service responsibility to high-level strategic analysis, planning, and implementation. Her specialties include building trusted client partnerships to meet and exceed talent acquisition goals/culture growth, candidate career/executive coaching, strategy and program development/implementation, team leadership, talent recruiting, sales management and training, and P&L development.

Prior to joining BestCompaniesAZ , Kristy spent over 25 years in the Staffing and Recruiting industry.   Kristy most recently served in a COO capacity at The Finders, a local staffing firm,  specializing in Technology, Human Resources, and Finance/Accounting.   Additionally,  she held a Sales and Operations VP role for Talent Tree, a national talent development, recruiting and consulting firm.  Kristy currently serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit organization, Career Connectors and serves on the GCU Technology Advisory Board.  She is co-founder of U Rock Career Center, which provides career counseling and coaching to community-members involved with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Community Center.   Kristy is a graduate of the University of Arizona and enjoys her family, friends, community involvement, running and exercise in her free time.

Hannah Duncan

Marketing & Community Relations Manager

Hannah received a B.S. in Business Entrepreneurship from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU and a B.S. in Health Sciences from The College of Health Solutions at ASU. Originally from Minnesota, she has lived in Arizona for 6 years now. Her previous employers include women owned start-ups and a start-up social media advertising agency.

Hannah has 3+ years of experience in digital marketing, social media management, community relations and event planning. She is passionate about connecting people and companies to something bigger than themselves and elevating the Arizona community.

When Hannah isn’t in the office you can find her working at a co-working space, playing with puppies, or teaching a barre3 class in Scottsdale. She hopes to one day create a community that promotes healthy living while building authentic relationships.

Thorin Yee

Marketing & Client Relations Manager

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.

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.

Mary Hall

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.

www.culturewiseconsulting.com contact at mary@culturewiseconsulting.com and www.linkedin.com/in/mary-hall-culture.