A look inside Rockford Construction’s headquarters on Grand Rapids' West Side. Photo via aiami.com
A national association has rated a large group of organizations as the best places to work in West Michigan.
The Warren-based National Association of Business Resources, or NABR, will honor nearly 150 employers at West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards banquet on May 3 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, at 235 Louis St. NW.
Winners were selected for having “the most innovative and thoughtful approach to human resources” in their categories: large (301 or more employees); medium (101-300 employees); and small (100 or fewer employees).
“Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power,” said Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO of Best and Brightest programs, NABR. “Our 2018 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction, and they set standards for every business to aspire toward.”
At the event, the association will present the awards and reveal a group of 13 “elite winners,” as well as an overall Best of the Best.
An independent research firm evaluated nominated companies based on numerous metrics: compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.
People can register by contacting the NABR at (866) 321-1822 or visiting 101bestandbrightest.com.
Admission to the awards luncheon and symposium is $175. Tables for 10 are available for $1,750. Recognition as a table sponsor with 10 tickets is $2,000.
Best and Brightest
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For program is designed to allow the business community the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work.
The program operates on a national level and regionally.
Awards are presented in multiple markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and West Michigan.
West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Large employers: 301 employees or more
Advia Credit Union
AmeriFirst Home Mortgage
BDO USA LLP
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Clark Retirement Community
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
Heritage Community of Kalamazoo
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Life EMS Ambulance
Metro Health University of Michigan Health
Metron Integrated Health Systems
MSU Federal Credit Union
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan
Schupan & Sons
Sunset Retirement Communities & Services
The Kendall Group
Zeigler Auto Group
Medium employers: 101-300 employees
4Front Credit Union
Adventure Credit Union
Air Lift Company
Arbor Financial Credit Union
Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency
Consumers Credit Union
Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals
Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering
GMB Architecture + Engineering
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Michigan Office Solutions
OMNI Community Credit Union
OST (Open Systems Technologies)
Service Express Inc. (SEI)
St. Ann’s Home
United Bank of Michigan
Small employers: 100 employees or fewer
Acoustics By Design
Allied Business Services
Andy J. Egan Co.
Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors
Barnes & Thornburg
Boxed Water is Better
Brink, Key & Chludzinski
Broadmoor Motor Sales
Charter Capital Partners
Dan Vos Construction Co.
Easter Seals – Michigan
Express Employment Professionals
Grand Rapids Metrology
Greenleaf Hospitality Group
Hastings City Bank
HNI Risk Services
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors
Innovative Client Connections
InsITe Business Solutions
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Lambert, Edwards & Associates
Legal Copy Services
Mel Trotter Ministries
Michigan First Credit Union
Midstate Security Company
Mill Steel Company
OptiMed Health Partners
Soils & Structures
Southwest Michigan First
Sun Title Agency
The C2 Group
The Wiser Financial Group
Total Quality Logistics
Trillium Staffing Solutions
Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants