WARREN, Mich., March 29, 2011  -- It takes a clear commitment to quality human resources initiatives for a company to be named one of "West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For." These select companies will be honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) on Thursday, May 5 at the Pinnacle Center in the Grand Rapids area.

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

An independent research firm evaluates each company's entry based on key measures in various categories. They include Communication, Community Initiatives, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Employee Education and Development, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, Recruitment and Selection, Small Business and Work-Life Balance.

The winning 101 companies also vie for 10 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also an overall winner, who has excelled in all categories, will be honored with a "Best of the Best" award. The award winners will be announced during the luncheon.

The annual human resources symposium and awards program will begin with registration, networking and an exhibit gallery at 7:30 a.m. Educational workshops will follow at 8:00 a.m. The topics of this year's sessions will include "The Quest for Future Talent: Is Your Business Ready To Compete?" and "Best and Brightest Recruiting Inside and Out." The luncheon and awards ceremony begin at 11:00 a.m.

"This year's 101 award recipients stand out from most businesses in that they have exceeded traditional human resource practices to recruit, develop, motivate and retain their employees. They acknowledge the value their employees have on affecting the success of their company," said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA chief operating officer and executive vice president. "We are very impressed by the commitment that they have demonstrated to their employees."

Tickets for the symposium and awards lunch are $110 for MBPA members; $130 for non-members. A member table of 10 is $1,100; non-member tables are $1,300. Sponsorships are also available.

Contact the Michigan Business and Professional Association at 586-393-8800 or visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to register or for more information.

Sponsors of the "West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Business Journal, WOOD TV8, WOOD Talk Radio, The Employers' Association, AT & T Michigan, DTE Energy, Spectrum Health, Staples, Rehmann and Progressive AE.

The "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" is presented annually in four markets: West Michigan, Metro Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta. Nominations are now being accepted for 2012. Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.

Based in Warren, Mich., the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 200,0000 persons. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like. Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive insurance rates. The MBPA is a sister association to the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA) with more than 3,400 members. Visit them online at www.michbusiness.org or www.michfood.org .





Acoustics By Design, Inc.

Leisure Living Management, Inc.

Advantage Health Physician Network

Manpower Professional

American Axle & Mfg., Inc. - Three Rivers

Marquette General Health System

Amway Corp.


Andy J. Egan Company, Inc.

Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Arrow Strategies

Mercy Health Partners

Aspen Surgical Products

Metro Health Hospital

ATEK Medical

Michigan Office Solutions

Baker Spindler Holtz

Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC

Baruch Senior Ministries

Mill Steel Company

Battle Creek Health System

Miller Johnson


Mindscape at Hanon McKendry

Beene Garter LLP

National Heritage Academies


Next Generation Enrollment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Nucraft Furniture Company

Borgess Health Alliance

Open Systems Technologies

Business Strategy, Inc.

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

Cintas Corporation

OtterBase, Incorporated

Clark Construction Company


Clark Retirement Community

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt

Plante & Moran, PLLC


Porter Hills Retirement Communities and Services

CompHealth Grand Rapids

Progressive AE

Crowe Horwath LLP

Quest Diagnostics

CSM Group


DanVos Construction Company

Rhoades McKee

Deloitte LLP

Rockford Construction Company

DK Security

Saint Mary's Health Care

Easter Seals West Michigan Therapy Center

Schupan & Sons, Inc.

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals

Seaman's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.

Employment Plus, Inc.

SecurAlarm Systems, Inc.

Ernst & Young, LLP

Service Express, Inc.

Express Employment Professionals

Simplicity Tactics

Fifth Third Bank Western Michigan


Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

Soils & Structures

Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc.

Spartan Stores


Specialty Heat Treating, Inc.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Spectrum Health Hospitals

Harold Zeigler Auto Group

Stahlin Enclosures

Hastings City Bank

Symplicity Communications, Inc.

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

The Campbell Group

Herman Miller, Inc.

Triangle Associates, Inc.

Holland Hospital

Trivalent Group

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Valley Oak Financial, PLC

Hope College


Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter, PC

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Huntington Bank

Wesco Inc.

Kendall Electric, Inc.

Willis Law


Yeo & Yeo, PC, CPA's and Business Consultants

L-3 Avionics Systems, Inc.

Zeeland Community Hospital

Lake Michigan Credit Union

LeanLogistics, Inc.

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