'Elite Winners' from Metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Announced Today

Sep 29, 2011, 14:00 ET from Michigan Business and Professional Association

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the annual Metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For luncheon held today at the Dearborn Inn Marriott, not only were 101 companies honored, but 11 Elite winners were also honored, representing 11 different award categories.

The different categories include:  Communication, Community Initiatives, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Employee Education and Development, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, Recruitment and Selection, Work-Life Balance, Small Business and the "Best of the Best" award.

Of the 11 categories, one elite winning company was selected from each category. Elite winners are selected based on their high scores and then named an Elite winner in their respective category. (See following list of elite winners.)

Each company's entry was evaluated by an independent research firm. Nominated companies are assessed by reviewing a number of key measures in each category.

"The MBPA takes the awards process very seriously and has worked diligently over the past 12 years to create a program that is unbiased, collects quantitative data, is rigorously judged and uses statistical analysis in order to present an award that is well-respected in the HR field and in the business community," said Jennifer Kluge, president of the Michigan Business and Professional Association, which presents the annual awards program.

Sponsors of the "Metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" include WDIV Channel 4 News, WXYZ TV 7 News, Corp! Magazine, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Davenport University, DTE Energy, AT&T Michigan, Detroit Athletic Club, Staples, McGraw Wentworth, Atlas Oil, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Inergy Automotive and Companion Life.

The "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For," a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association is presented annually in five markets:  Metro Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and West Michigan.  Nominations are now being accepted for 2012. Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.

Metro Detroit's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For"





Turner Construction Company (Detroit)

Community Initiatives

Easter Seals - Michigan, Inc. (Auburn Hills)

Compensation and Benefits

Michigan First Credit Union (Lathrup Village)

Diversity and Multiculturalism

Henry Ford Health System (Detroit)

Employee Education and Development

Skanska (Southfield)

Employee Engagement and Commitment

Plex Systems, Inc. (Auburn Hills)

Recognition and Retention

Digitas (Detroit)

Recruitment and Selection

OpTech, LLC (Detroit)

Work-Life Balance

Rehmann (Troy)

Small Business

Shazaaam! (Novi)

"Best of the Best"

Arrow Strategies (Bloomfield Hills)

Based in Warren, Mich., the MBPA (www.michbusiness.org) is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employee more than 200,000 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 and Beverage Association (MFBA) with more than 3,400 members.

Contact:  Sue Voyles (734) 667-2005
or Jennifer Kluge (586) 393-8800

SOURCE Michigan Business and Professional Association