AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ annually present the Most Admired Companies program to recognize organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer Ratings; diversity, equity and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s most admired companies for 2021 is LAVIDGE.
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With hundreds of nominations representing Arizona’s most innovative, impactful and successful companies, being one of the Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent Arizona’s best companies. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner on October 7, 2021 at the Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. The title sponsors of the Most Admired Business Awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For more sponsorship information, email [email protected] For more information on the Most Admired Companies event, email [email protected] or click here.
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Most Admired Company: 2016-2019, 2021
Arizona Senior Executive: Bill Lavidge, CEO
What he does: Full-service advertising, marketing and digital agency.
Company Profile: LAVIDGE has been an integral part of the Phoenix community since 1982, when Bill Lavidge officially founded what is today a full-service advertising, marketing and digital agency. LAVIDGE has been 49% owned by its employees since it was organized as an Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 2017, meaning every customer can talk to an owner. Everytime. LAVIDGE customers in healthcare, real estate, education, technology, sports marketing, personal care, foodservice, and other public and private sectors rely on LAVIDGE for make the difference. From brand awareness to lead generation and improved sales, positioning them as thought leaders and improving perceptions, that’s what LAVIDGE does. All the while, LAVIDGE is actively working to make a difference in the world, and more specifically in the communities where it serves.
Admirable trait: The 2020 pandemic has changed LAVIDGE’s workplace from being remote one day a week to fully remote for a significant portion of its employees. It presented the challenge of turning things around without losing the company’s deeply held culture of keeping the fun in the mix. LAVIDGE’s Engagement and Entertainment Committees have excelled in finding creative ways for employees to connect remotely throughout the year. For example, catered staff meetings have become video conferences with gift cards from GrubHub.