On Wednesday, February 17th, the Greater Phoenix Chamber announced the 16 finalists for the 2021 IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards represent the very best of Arizona’s businesses, highlighting companies who are advocates of the state, community champions, drivers of the economy, and exceptional innovators.

Of the 16 finalists, eight will be selected as recipients and honored at this year’s IMPACT Awards event on Thursday, May 13th. Meet our finalists now!

250 Employees or Fewer

Arizona PBS: Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, with four broadcast channels, a radio station and a growing array of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for six decades, Arizona PBS fosters lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and critical educational outreach services. It is one of the country’s largest public television stations, reaching 85% of Arizona homes and 1.9 million households each week. Arizona PBS also has a growing digital footprint. In 2020, AZPBS.org had 857,000 users, up 15% over 2019, and 2.3 million pageviews – up 18% over 2019. https://azpbs.org/

Arizona Technology Council: The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation, and social action. The Council offers numerous events, educational forums, and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees, and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. https://www.aztechcouncil.org/

Center for the Future of Arizona: The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings Arizonans together to create a stronger and brighter future for our state. CFA listens to Arizonans to learn what matters most to them, shares trusted data about how Arizona is doing, brings critical issues to public attention, and works with communities and leaders to solve public problems. The Center for the Future of Arizona works across a broad range of issue areas and has deep and ongoing work in education, workforce, and civic engagement – recognizing how central these are to a bright and prosperous future for our state. https://www.arizonafuture.org/

Fennemore: Fennemore has provided high quality legal counsel to help clients thrive in a complex, constantly evolving business landscape. The historic firm understands that one of the biggest challenges many organizations face today is how to navigate this evolving landscape and create paths to success. Fennemore’s attorneys know clients need a legal team who can help them go beyond what exists to create what’s possible. Fennemore has a proven track record as advocates for the entrepreneurs and business leaders who continue to define The New West. Fennemore is the law firm dedicated to creating possibilities so clients can thrive. https://www.fennemorelaw.com/

FirstBank: FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” began providing banking services in 1963. It started from humble beginnings: in a 50 ft. trailer coined the “check wagon,” and has now grown to more than $20 billion in assets and over 110 branch locations across Arizona, Colorado, and California.  Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing nearly $70 million and thousands of volunteer hours. Additionally, a large portion of its stock is owned by management and employees, giving all employees a financial stake in the bank’s success. http://www.efirstbank.com

Slalom LLC: Slalom is a modern, local based consulting firm focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation. Slalom redefines what’s possible and create what’s next.  At Slalom, they partner with organizations large and small to solve their most pressing challenges and most ambitious pursuits. From implementing modern technologies, to harnessing data analytics and managing organizational change – Slalom works to support client vision through many forms. Be it technology enablement, customer engagement, program management, or otherwise – everything is centered around propelling people, clients, and communities toward something greater.  https://www.slalom.com/

Telgian: Telgian is trusted around the globe as a single-source solution for fire protection, life safety and security services. Partnering with clients across a wide variety of industries, Telgian provides innovative solutions that reduce exposure to loss from fire and other disasters. Staffed with some of the most experienced engineers in the industry, Telgian provides C-suite risk management guidance and can take a building project from site evaluation through design, to engineering and construction, as well as perform ongoing maintenance for the life of a facility. This results in productive, profitable environments that keep facilities of all types safe and compliant. https://www.telgian.com/

Valley of the Sun United Way: Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) brings together partners from every sector – public, business, nonprofit, education, and faith-based organizations – as well as caring and engaged individuals, to address the Valley’s most pressing needs. TheValley of the Sun United Way fights hunger and homelessness, ensures kids succeed in school, and increases the financial stability of families. They activate solutions in ways no one organization can do alone. As the effects of the pandemic continue to unfold in ways none of us could have imagined, Valley of the Sun United Way isnimbly responding to the fast-changing and evolving needs of families, individuals, nonprofits, and schools in our community. https://vsuw.org/

More than 250 Employees

Amazon: Guided by customers’ desire for lower prices, better selection, and convenient services, Amazon’s presence in Arizona includes 23 customer fulfillment/delivery sites, a corporate office, air gateway, a Prime Now hub, an Amazon Books store and Amazon 4-star store, and 10 Whole Foods Market locations. Amazon is proud of our direct investment of $11 billion in the state through infrastructure and compensation to our 25,000+ employees, our partnership with more than 10,000 small and medium business sellers and independent authors who are growing their businesses with Amazon, and of the $9 billion added to the state’s GDP through Amazon’s investments. https://www.amazon.com/

Biodesign Institute at ASU: As the premier scientific research institute in the nation’s fastest-growing research university, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University addresses an expansive array of global challenges by creating bioinspired solutions.  This includes new vaccine discovery and delivery, early detection and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases, techniques for detecting and removing contaminants from air and water, and the application of nanotechnology for biomedicine and electronics. Today, some 1,200 biologists, physicists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians, and others are blending their knowledge to address society’s greatest challenges in health, environmental sustainability and national security. https://biodesign.asu.edu/

Avnet: Headquartered in Phoenix, Avnet is a FORTUNE 200 global technology distributor and solutions provider, delivering design, product, marketing, and supply chain expertise for customers at every stage of the product lifecycle. Over the last 100 years, Avnet’s unique position at the center of the technology value chain has enabled the company to accelerate the design and supply stages of product development so customers can realize revenue faster. With operations around the world, Avnet expertly helps its global customers and suppliers realize the transformative possibilities of technology. https://avnet.com

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley (BGCAZ) offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 17,000+ young people in grades K-12.  At 20+ clubs across most of the Valley, BGCAZ provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas – their Formula for Impact- which includes academic success: good character and leadership, healthy lifestyles, and career pathways and workforce readiness. https://www.bgcaz.org/

Honeywell: Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company and global leader in aerospace products and services, control technologies, specialty chemicals and materials, and connected solutions. Their entrepreneurial legacy and “future shaper” effort help deliver future-shaping technologies that keep people and cities working, planes flying, and operations running to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.  Honeywell’s Aerospace division is headquartered in Phoenix with 2019 sales revenue of approximately $14.1 billion, nearly $1 billion invested in Arizona suppliers, and approximately 8,000 employees in Arizona.  Honeywell’s products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense, and space aircraft. https://www.honeywell.com/us/en

Mercy Care: Mercy Care is a nonprofit Medicaid managed care health plan, serving AHCCCS members in Arizona since 1985.  Mercy Care is a local company sponsored by Dignity Health and Ascension Health. They provide access to physical and behavioral health care services for Medicaid-eligible families, children, seniors, and individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Mercy Care serves nearly 423,000 members, has an annual revenue of more than $4 billion, and operates the third largest public housing program in Arizona. Their comprehensive health focus is on addiction, housing security, school-based services, and women’s health. Mercy Care’s staff also volunteers hundreds of hours annually to benefit vulnerable populations. https://www.mercycareaz.org/

Shamrock Foods Company: A privately held, family-owned and -operated Forbes 500 company founded in 1922, Arizona-based Shamrock Foods Company is an innovator in the food industry.  Shamrock specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of food and food-related products through a family of companies, including Shamrock Foods – the largest independent foodservice distributor in the West, and Shamrock Farms – one of the largest family-owned and operated dairies nationwide. The 99-year-old local company’s success is built on three founding principles – an unwavering commitment to quality people, products and service, innovation in everything they do, and commitment to the communities they are privileged to serve. https://www.shamrockfoods.com/

Posted by Jocelyn McAlpin