Chicago’s Best and Brightest Elite Winners Announced Today

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July 21, 2014 - PRLog -- At the annual “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” (  luncheon held today, July 21, 2014 at the Oak Brook Marriot, not only were over 100 companies honored, but 12 Elite winners were also honored, representing 12 different award categories. This distinctive awards competition is presented annually by the National Association for Business Resources.

These Elite Chicago companies represent the best practices in human resources programs. The winners are selected based on their overall high scores and are then named an Elite winner in their respective category. The most prestigious award, the “Best of the Best,” was presented to FONA International, Inc. of Geneva, IL, which demonstrated excellence in all categories.

FONA International, Inc. stood above all of this year’s entries with exceptional human resources practices. The company outranked all of the competing companies in every category used to evaluate the winning entries.

“The NABR takes the awards process very seriously and has worked diligently over the past 10 years to create a program that is unbiased, collects quantitative data, is rigorously judged and uses statistical analysis in order to achieve an award that is well respected in the HR field and among other associations,” said Jennifer Kluge, president of National Association for Business Resources.

Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

2014 Elite Category Winners


Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions          McAfee Institute (Peoria)

Employee Achievement and Recognition          Fusion OEM (Burr Ridge)

The Best of the Best Small Business          alligatortek (Orland Park)

Communication and Shared Vision          Greeley and Hansen LLC (Chicago)

Community Initiatives          Capital One Financial (Lake Forest)

Diversity and Inclusion          WOW!  Internet, Cable & Phone     (Naperville)

Employee Education and Development          Assurance (Schaumburg)

Employee Enrichment, Engagement & Retention          Laurus Strategies (Chicago)

Recruitment, Selection and Orientation          Care Communications, Inc. (Chicago)

Strategic Company Performance          Omron Automation and Safety (Schaumburg)

Work-Life Balance          Takeda (Deerfield)

The “Best of the Best” Overall Award          FONA International, Inc. (Geneva)

Sponsors of the “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” include FONA International, ABC 7 Chicago, CORP!  Magazine, BASIC, Chicago Coffees & Teas, Harrah's Joliet, IIT Center for Research and Service,The Management Association of Illinois,True Partners Consulting,Assurance Agency,Verizon Wireless,VW Credit, Inc.,Omron Automation and Safety,Digitas LBi,GreenRoom Production, Inc.,Tomorrow's Business Today,Takedown Outdoors andBaudville.

The “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®,” a program of the National Association for Business Resources, is presented annually in Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, San Francisco and now nationally. Nominations are now being accepted for 2015. Visit to obtain an application.

About the Best and Brightest Programs

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ is a program of the National Association for Business Resources that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole.  There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country.

The National Association For Business Resources based in Warren, Mich. boasts a 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.
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