West Michigan Businesses Honored as the Best and Brightest

Hundreds of businesses around West Michigan are doing good work in developing human relations best practices.

At the annual “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” digital awards celebration held Wednesday, not only were dozens of winning companies recognized, but 13 Elite winners were also honored.

Representing 13 different award categories, this distinctive awards competition is presented annually by the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

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, Large Business” was presented to Davenport University, which demonstrated excellence in all categories. Davenport University 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 13 elite winners are selected based on their overall high scores and then named an elite winner in their highest performing category. Elite winners included:

Communication and Shared Vision
Air Lift Company

Community Initiatives
4front Credit Union

Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

Diversity and Inclusion
Suburban Inns

Employee Achievement and Recognition
Greenleaf Trust

Employee Education and Development
Greenleaf Hospitality Group

Employee Enrichment, Engagement & Retention
Buist Electric

Recruitment, Selection and Orientation

Work-Life Balance
OST (Open Systems Technologies)

Strategic Company Performance
Seaman’s Mechanical

The Best of the Best Small Business
Andy J. Egan Company

The Best of the Best Medium Business
Consumer Credit Union

The Best of the Best Large Business
Davenport University

“These companies have shown fortitude during this crisis and have inspired others to make critical decisions for the betterment of their teams” said Jennifer Kluge, president of The Best & Brightest Companies To Work For. “They focus on the needs of their employees as a primary objective, even in times like this and are the leaders of our West Michigan community.”

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

Here’s a shout-out to the rest of the West Michigan winners:

4front Credit Union

a.j. Veneklasen, Inc.

ABD Engineering & Design, Inc.

Adamy Valuation

Adventure Credit Union


Air Lift Company

Allied Business Services

Allied Electric, Inc.

Amerifirst Home Mortgage

Andy J. Egan Co

Arbor Financial Credit Union

Armstrong International

Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Baudville Brands


Beene Garter, LLP

Behler-Young Company

Bell’s Brewery Inc.

BHS Insurance


BKC | Brink, Key & Chludzinski, P.C.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Buist Electric Inc.

Butterball Farms Inc.


Charter Capital Partners

Choice Schools Associates

CHOP Tree Service

Clark Retirement Community

Comfort Research

Consumers Credit Union

Crystal Mountain

CTS Telecom

Davenport University

DeWys Manufacturing Inc.

DFCU Financial

Dominion Systems, Inc.

Easter Seals of Michigan

Eckert Wordell

Emmanuel Hospice


EQI, Ltd

EV Construction

Express Employment Professionals- West Michigan

Family Promise of Grand Rapids


Feyen Zylstra

Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering Inc.


Flexfab LLC

Flow-Rite Controls

Foresight Management

Forest Area Credit Union

Garrison Dental Solutions

Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Ghafari Associates, LLC

GMB Architecture + Engineering

GNS Holland, Inc.

Grand Rapids Metrology

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing

Greenleaf Hospitality Group

Greenleaf Trust

GT Independence

Gun Lake Casino

Harbor Industries, Inc.

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

Highpoint Community Bank

Holland Hospital

Honigman LLP

Hope College

Humanex Ventures

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors

Hutcherson Construction

Industrial Magnetics Inc.

InsITe Business Solutions LLC

ITC Incorporated


ITS Partners

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kevin Toler & Associates

Kids’ Food Basket

Knight Watch Inc.

Koops Inc

KSS Enterprises.

Lachman Stuart


Lake Michigan Credit Union

Lakeshore Advantage

Lakewood Construction

Legacy Trust

Legal Copy Services Inc.

Life EMS Ambulance

Lighthouse an Alera Group Company

Macatawa Bank

Mel Trotter Ministries

Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Metro Health University of Michigan Health

Michigan First Credit Union

Michigan Software Labs

Mill Steel Company

MSU Federal Credit Union

New Holland Brewing Company

Northpointe Bank

Nugent Builders Inc.

Nulty Insurance

OMNI Community Credit Union

OptiMed Health Partners


OST (Open Systems Technologies)


Paragon D&E

Pella Windows & Doors by Horne

Plante Moran

Progressive AE


RENK America


Ritsema Associates

Robroy Enclosures

Rockford Construction

Schupan & Sons, Inc.

Seaman’s Mechanical

Seber Tans PLC

SecurAlarm Systems, Inc.

Seelye Auto Group

Service Express

Service Professor, Inc.



Soils & Structures

Southwest Michigan First


SpendMend, LLC

St. Ann’s Home

Star Truck Rentals

Suburban Inns

Sun Title Agency

Sunset Retirement Communities & Services



TGG Solutions

The C2 Group

The Kendall Group

The Wiser Financial Group

Think Chromatic

Total Quality Logistics


Town & Country Group

Triangle Associates, Inc.

Trillium Staffing Solutions


UFP Technologies

UMRC & Porter Hills

United Bank

Vanderwall Brothers Concrete Products

West Michigan Transport, LLC

West Michigan Whitecaps


Wolverine Building Group



Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Zeigler Auto Group

“Throughout the year, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through Covid-19,” Kluge said. “As the conversation and focus has shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding race relations and employee wellbeing. In these unique times, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For excel and share their knowledge with others.”

West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is sponsored by Baudville Brands, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Davenport University, DTE Energy, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, The Employers’ Association, Consumers Credit Union, Meijer, uMap, Clark Hill, Corp! Magazine, Garrison Dental, SpartanNash, OMNI Community Credit Union, Basic, NOW Health

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is a program 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. It is presented annually in several markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, West Michigan and Nationally. Nominations are now being accepted. Visit www.thebestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.