Chicago’s 101 Best And Brightest Companies™ Announced By National Association For Bus

June 11, 2013 - PRLog -- Companies that excel at employee relations, use innovation to motivate employees, implement creative compensation programs and more will be recognized by National Association for Business Resources (NABR) at the “Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ (” symposium and awards luncheon on Mon., Aug. 5, 2013 at the Oak Brook Double Tree.

This year’s winners practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in human resources in industries as diverse as insurance, hospitality, communications, staffing and nonprofit. (See the attached list of honorees.)

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories. They include 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; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business.

The winning 101 companies also vie for 11 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be announced during the luncheon. Judy Hsu from ABC 7 Chicago News and Pat Cassidy from WBBM-AM News Radio will emcee the awards ceremony.

The event starts at 8:00 a.m. with registration and a networking continental breakfast. The morning continues with a series of interactive educational sessions on human resource practices starting at 8:30 a.m., followed by the awards luncheon honoring all winners and announcement of the 12 elite winners.

“Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2013 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. “We are proud to honor this year’s winners.”

A series of workshops covering leading human resources topics will also be presented. This year’s educational sessions include “Recruitment, Retention and Engagement with the Generation Gap,”  “The Real Solution for Healthcare Reform,” “Culture Identification: Creating a Strong Employer Brand” and “The Virtual Office: Achieving Productivity and a Work Life Balance.”

Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ is sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago, Assurance Agency, Corp!  Magazine, FONA International, Harrah’s Joliet, IIT Center for Research and Service, Ryan, LLC, The Management Association of Illinois and Verizon Wireless.

Admission for the awards luncheon and symposium is $265 for individuals and tables for 10 are $2,500. If you are interested in attending the conference, contact the National Association for Business Resources at 866-321-1822 or visit

The “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™”, a program of the National Association for Business Resources is presented annually in several markets: Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, West Michigan and Nationally.  Nominations are now being accepted. Visit to obtain an application.

The National Association For Business Resources based in Warren, Mich. boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses.


Chicago’s 101 Best And Brightest Companies To Work For 2013 Winners

Of the hundreds of nominations received, the companies listed below met the criteria as a

“Best and Brightest Company to Work For”

Adage Technologies, Inc.


Advanced Resources LLC

American Academy of Pediatrics

ARCO/Murray National Construction

Armstrong Aerospace, Inc.

Arrow Strategies, LLC




Bel Brands USA

BGT Partners

Blue Plate

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Burwood Group, Inc.


Capital One Financial

Care Communications, Inc.

Celergo LLC



Community Counseling Centers of Chicago

ContextMedia, Inc.

Enesco, LLC

Ernst & Young LLP

Event 360


FlexPrint, Inc.

Flex-Weld Inc.

FONA International

Fusion OEM


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Ghafari Associates, LLC




Greeley and Hansen


Harley Ellis Devereaux

Harold Zeigler Auto Group

Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

HealthScape Advisors

Hephzibah Children's Association

iD Commerce + Logistics

Impact Networking, LLC


Instant Technology



Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond Ltd.

LaSalle Network

Laurus Strategies

Loma Systems


Milhouse Engineering and Construction, Inc.

Mortenson Construction

Mutual Trust Financial Group

National Futures Association

NCSA Athletic Recruiting


NOW Foods

Office Concepts

Omron Automation and Safety

OtterBase, Inc

Pepper Group



Prestige Staffing

Prominence Advisors


PSC Group, LLC

Rabjohns Financial Group

Red Frog Events


Robbins Schwartz

Ryan, LLC

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

Service Express, Inc.

Shop Smart LLC

Shure Incorporated

Sikich LLP

Skender Construction

Sonoma Partners, LLC

Spot Trading L.L.C.

Stout Risius Ross, Inc.

SunCoke Energy

SWC Technology Partners

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

The Comprehensive Group

The James Chicago

The Marketing Store Worldwide


Total Quality Logistics

Turner Construction Company

Utopia Global, Inc.

Verizon Wireless

VW Credit, Inc.



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