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Jeffrey Benjamin Master of Ceremony Best Places to Work

Jeffrey Benjamin performed Master of Ceremonies for the Best Places to Work in Reno during the 8th Annual event. The celebration of appreciation took place at the Peppermill Casino Resort with over 450 attendees.

Northern Nevada Human Resources Association hosts the program to highlight companies that focus on creating a positive work environment built on respect, trust, appreciation, and employee professional and personal development. Survey results are conducted by Quantum provides the survey results provided by employees to determine how organizations qualify as finalists, and ultimately determent the winners in each category.

The winners:

MICRO BUSINESS – 15 to 25 Employees

1st Place – Healing Healthcare Systems

HHS produces and delivers the C.A.R.E. Channel. Roles include business development, video production, sales, support (client, tech and administrative) and accounting. Every role is in service to improving the hospital experience for patients, families and caregivers. What is the average length of employment? 5.5 years. What values are the most important in your work environment? Collaborative, egalitarian, creative, fun, supportive of team and individual education and growth. We are a strengths-based organization, focusing on individuals’ strengths, not weaknesses.

2nd Place – Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney

What kind of work is done by your employees? Our employees do everything that needs to be done to run a thriving law practice from answering phones, filing, customer service, research, writing and meeting all the needs of our clients at any given moment. What is the average length of employment? 7 years. What values are the most important in your work environment? Our firm’s most important value is to respect our individual employees and their given talents. This respect for each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and recognition that “your strength will balance my weakness, is the fertile ground by which we have grown a close-knit team.

3rd Place – KPS3

We create brands and research-based advertising campaigns for organizations across the nation. We build enterprise-level web and mobile applications. We handle crisis communications for clients we can’t mention. What is the average length of employment? 4.9 years. What is your company’s mission statement? We build brands and create technology that move people to action. What values are the most important in your work environment? KPS3 focuses on three key elements: happy employees, happy clients and happy books.

SMALL BUSINESS – 26 to 50 Employees

1st Place – SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

What kind of work is done by your employees? SpineNevada is a multispecialty spine center that helps patients achieve pain relief through physical therapy, nonsurgical treatment and neurosurgery. We utilize conservative and minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. What is the average length of employment? 5 1/2 years. What is your company’s mission statement? Help our patients to return to active lives, through compassionate, evidence-based spine care, including nonsurgical treatment options and the most technologically advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques.

2nd Place – Noble Studios

What kind of work is done by your employees? Noble Studios is a digital marketing agency specializing in web, mobile and social media. Since 2003, the company has completed work for international brands such as Autodesk, Enphase Energy, Easton, Google, Haws Corp., Newport Beach & Co., Santa

Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Union Square Business Improvement District and University of California. In 2013 and 2014, Inc. magazine recognized  Noble Studios on its annual Inc. 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. In 2014, Noble Studios was recognized as Nevada’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Noble Studios also is an approved Google Analytics Certified Partner

3rd Place – KDH Builders / Jenuane Communities

What kinds of work is done by your employees? Jenuane Communities is Northern Nevada’s locally owned home builder. What values are the most important in your work environment? We put our customers first and never take lightly the trust they put in us. We have carefully handpicked our employees, and they all share our vision

MEDIUM BUSINESS – 51 to 150 Employees

1st Place – RE/MAX Realty Affiliates

RE/MAX Realty Affiliates surrounds its employees with a positive and motivating environment; a driving force for limitless opportunities in success and growth. We operate on the principles of trust, excellence and care. We are committed to instilling integrity, innovation, client satisfaction and financial strength into the core of our foundation

2nd Place – Champagne Family Dentistry

Why should your company be considered the Best Place to Work? This is more than a contest for Champagne Family Dentistry. It’s what we strive for every day, and we look to our employees to say if we’re doing it right. It’s the high-fives and the “Thanks so much” and “We are so lucky to work here” responses by which we grade ourselves.

3rd Place – Apex Performance Solutions

What kind of work is done by your employees? Apex Performance Solutions is a strategic consulting firm specializing in project management, learning solutions and quality assurance. Our employees are committed to delivering valuable projection  time, on budget and with high quality.What is the average length employment? Three years.

LARGE BUSINESS – 151 to 250 Employees

1st Place – Server Technology

Server Technology’s experts produce the highest quality rack mount power distribution and monitoring solutions that help manage power capacity, reduce downtime and improve energy efficiency for companies worldwide. What is the average length of employment? Five years. What is your company’s mission statement? Through engineering talent, imagination and a commitment to quality, we design, develop and provide the world’s best power management products and systems. Our customers drive our innovation, which we bring to market with speed and agility.

2nd Place – Whitney Peak Hotel

What values are the most important in your work environment? Guests, work plus life, perpetual involvement, the power of you, innovation and embrace change. smarter not harder, business time and play time. Why should your company be considered the Best Place to Work? We invest in our employees emotionally and financially, and encourage healthy lifestyles through on-site programs. Our employees’ main goal is to bring our guests a unique Northern Nevada experience so they might show travelers the distinctive regional offerings (food, art, outdoor activity and culture) they didn’t know they were missing

3rd Place – Greater Nevada Credit Union

What kinds of work are done by your employees? Greater Nevada Credit Union is a not-for-profit, full-service financial institution that has been helping Nevadans since 1949. Services include checking, saving and loan products. We have frontline positions that handle transactions and accounts, and back-office staff that supports our front-line employees. What is the average length of employment? Five years. What is your company’s mission statement? Mission: Provide quality financial services to members. Vision: Strengthen member relationships to advocacy inspiring levels, creating greater value for both the member and the credit union.

EXTRA LARGE – 251 or more Employees

1st Place – Intuit, Inc.

Reno represents a diverse set of business units from customer care to engineering our software. What is the average length of employment? 10 years. What is your company’s mission statement? To improve our customers’f inancial lives so profoundly they can’t imagine going back the old way.

2nd Place –CustomInk

Customer Care roles provide customers with a “wow” experience. Artists fulfill customer’s artwork requests. Production associates screen print and digitally print T-shirts. Logistics ensure on time delivery. Team development and help desk care for the team. The average length of employment? 1.5 to 2 years. The company mission statement? We believe T-shirts unite! Custom T-shirts have the power to turn your group into a team, elevate your gathering to an event or make your special moment more … well, momentous.

3rd Place – GreatCall

The leader in empowering aging consumers and their family caregivers to stay connected, protected and in control of their lives. It is important to GreatCall that we attract and hire employees that are caring, collaborative and smart. We care about our customers and each other. We must collaborate to launch and support innovative and useful products. We have to be smart to compete in today’s ever-changing world.


1st Place – Northern Nevada HOPES

Why should your company be considered the Best Place to Work? At HOPES, our success depends on the collective happiness and dedication of our team. We take every effort to create a work environment that is energetic, fun, challenging, fulfilling and empowering. Through a year of construction and significant growth and change, the HOPES team has never been stronger or more productive.

2nd Place – Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Employees of the Discovery inspire curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning in each and every museum visitor. What is the average length of employment? Three years What is your company’s mission statement? The Discovery is a hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, art, math and the world around us.

3rd Place – Sierra Nevada Journeys

What kind of work is done by your employees? Sierra Nevada Journeys is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that delivers innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship. We do this by combining school-based curriculum, field and residential experiential programs, and professional development for teachers, creating multiple education points of contact for students and schools. All programs are designed to foster higher cognition and build long-term student achievement.

As the survey administrator, Quantum Workplace provides the analytical engine powering approximately 5,000 surveys annually and delivering the rankings to the publishing partners. Partnering business journals and associations announce the contest finalists and handle accompanying recognition events and publicity.

Jeffrey energized the audience through interactive audience participation that focused on the many ways to show and promote appreciation in the workplace.

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