Employers rate among Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in West Michigan


Employees of Bell’s Brewery pose for a group shot in the beer garden at its Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo. Photo via fb.com

A national association has rated a large group of organizations among the best places to work in the region.

The National Association of Business Resources, or NABR, based in Warren, will honor 158 employers at West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards banquet on May 7 from 8 a.m.-noon at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

The awards program honors organizations that “display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.”

“We are honored to recognize the efforts of this year’s Best and Brightest companies,” said Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.

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


An independent research firm assessed the organizations based on metrics such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.


Admission to the awards luncheon and symposium is $180. Tables for 10 are available for $1,800. Recognition as a table sponsor with 10 tickets is $2,100.

People can register for the event online.

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’re 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, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco and West Michigan.

All participating companies receive a complimentary assessment report and benefits throughout the year.

West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

4Front Credit Union

a.j. Veneklasen Inc.

ABD Engineering & Design Inc.

Advia Credit Union


Air Lift Company

Allied Business Services

Allied Electric Inc.

Ally Logistics

Amerifirst Home Mortgage

Andy J. Egan Co.

Arbor Financial Credit Union

Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Baudville Brands


Beene Garter LLP

Bell’s Brewery Inc.

BHS Insurance


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Brink, Key & Chludzinski

Buist Electric

Butterball Farms Inc.

C-4 Analytics

Cascade Engineering

Caster Depot

Charter Capital Partners

Cherry Health

Choice Schools Associates

Clark Retirement Community Inc.

Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies


Comfort Research


Consumers Credit Union

CTS Telecom

Dan Vos Construction Co.

Davenport University

DeWys Manufacturing Inc.

DFCU Financial

DK Security

Dominion Systems Inc.

Easterseals Michigan Inc.

Eckert Wordell

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals

EQI Ltd.

Express Employment Professionals

Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering Inc.



Flow-Rite Controls

FormulaFolio Investments

Garrison Dental

GMB Architecture + Engineering

GNS America

Grand Rapids Chair Co.

Grand Rapids Label Company

Grand Rapids Metrology

Greenleaf Hospitality Group

Greenleaf Trust

GT Independence

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

Haviland Enterprises Inc.

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

Highpoint Community Bank

HNI Risk Services

Holland Hospital

Honigman LLP

Hope College

Hub International

Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy

HUMANeX Ventures

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors

Imperial Beverage

InsITe Business Solutions Inc.

ITC Incorporated


ITS Partners LLC

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kent District Library

Kesslers Diamonds Inc.

Koops Inc.

KSS Enterprises

Lake Michigan Credit Union

Lakewood Construction

Legacy Trust

Legal Copy Services

Life EMS Ambulance

Macatawa Bank

Mel Trotter Ministries

Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health

Metron Integrated Health Systems

Michigan First Credit Union

Michigan Office Solutions

Michigan Software Labs

Midstate Security Company LLC

Mill Steel Company


MSU Federal Credit Union

National Heritage Academies Inc.

Northpointe Bank

Nugent Builders Inc.

Nulty Insurance

Omni Community Credit Union

OptiMed Health Partners


Open Systems Technologies


Paragon D&E

Pella Windows & Doors by Horne


Plante Moran

Porter Hills

Premiere Property Services Inc.

Progressive AE

Red Level



Robroy Enclosures

Rockford Construction

Schupan & Sons Inc.

Seaman’s Mechanical

SecurAlarm Systems Inc.

Service Express Inc.

Soils & Structures Inc.

Southwest Michigan First


Specialty Eye Institute

Suburban Inns

Summit Pointe

Sunset Retirement Communities & Services

Symplicity Communications Inc.


Thacker Sleight PC

The C2 Group

The Kendall Group

The Wiser Financial Group

Total Quality Logistics


Trendway Corporation

Triangle Associates Inc.

Trillium Staffing Solutions


UFP Technologies Inc.

United Bank of Michigan



West Michigan Transport

Willis Law

Windemuller Electric



X-Rite Pantone

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Zeigler Auto Group

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