Association names Best and Brightest Companies to Work For


The Michigan Business & Professional Association hosts an annual awards dinner to honor West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Photo via

More than 100 West Michigan organizations are being recognized this year for their best practices in human resources.

The Michigan Business & Professional Association in Warren, or MBPA, named today the winners of the 2015 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards competition for West Michigan.

This year, the competition includes an inaugural category for organizations with 50 or less employees.


The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For will be honored by the MBPA on May 7 in Grand Rapids at the JW Marriott, from 7:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The annual symposium features an awards reception for winning companies, networking and presentations from a number of people: Meredith Bronk, president of Open Systems Technologies; Mark Sellers, founder and owner of BarFly Ventures; Bing Goei, director for the state of Michigan Office for New Americans; Robert Hughes, president at Advantage Benefits Group; and Jennifer Kluge, president of MBPA.

“These companies have created impressive organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resource management,” Kluge said. “This award has become a designation sought after by hundreds of West Michigan area companies and is a powerful recruitment tool in the drive to attract and retain exceptional employees.”


The annual awards competition recognizes organizations in the region delivering exceptional human resource practices and a commitment to employee enrichment.

Upon nomination, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For are benchmarked against other participants in the region and evaluated on a series of criteria by the Illinois Institute of Technology.

All participating companies receive a complimentary assessment report based on the key measures examined: communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention.

The region’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For will also compete for 12 elite awards and a Best of the Best Overall award, which will be presented during the annual symposium in Grand Rapids.

Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in West Michigan

Andy J. Egan Co.
Applied Imaging
Beene Garter
Bell's Brewery
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Borgess Health
Buist Electric
Butterball Farms
Clark Retirement Community
Comfort Research
Consumers Credit Union
Crowe Horwath
Crown Motors
Dan Vos Construction Company
DK Security
Elzinga & Volkers
Fleis & VandenBrink
Founders Brewing Company
GNS America
Grand Rapids Label Company
Great Lakes Caring
Greenleaf Trust
H&S Companies
Hastings City Bank
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
Haviland Enterprises
Holland Hospital
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
Hope College
Hub International Midwest
Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors
Kent Companies
 KSS Enterprises
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Life EMS Ambulance
Macatawa Bank
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Mercy Health-West Michigan
Metro Health
Michigan Office Solutions
Midstate Security Co.
Mill Steel Company
MSU Federal Credit Union
OMNI Community Credit Union
Option 1 Credit Union
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan
Open Systems Technologies
Paragon D&E
Parker Hannifin
Pennock Health Services
Plante Moran
Porter Hills
Progressive AE
Rockford Construction
Schupan & Sons
Stahlin Enclosures
Sunset Retirement Communities and Services
The Campbell Group
Triangle Associates
Trivalent Group
United Bank of Michigan
Warner Norcross & Judd
Zeigler Auto Group

50 or less employees

a.j. Veneklasen
Acoustics By Design
Allied Business Services
Baker Holtz
Barnes & Thornburg
Blackford Capital
Broadmoor Motors
Coldwell Banker AJS – Schmidt
CompHealth Allied Medical Staffing
DFCU Financial
Dominion Systems
Easter Seals Michigan
Express Employment Professionals
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
HUMANeX Ventures
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Lakewood Construction
Law Weathers
Nulty Insurance
Professional Benefits Services
Regal Financial Group
Sales Consultants of Grand Rapids
Seaman’s Mechanical
SecurAlarm Systems
Soils & Structures
Southwest Michigan First
Sun Title
The Service Professor
Trillium Staffing Solutions
Willis Law
Yeo & Yeo, CPAs and Business Consultants

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