Training magazine Announces 2015 Top 125 Winners

Rankings will be revealed at the Training 2015 Conference & Expo, February 9-11 in Atlanta, GA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            


Lorri Freifeld

Minneapolis, MN (November 18, 2014)—Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, today announced the finalists for the annual Training Top 125, which ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs. The rankings for the 125 leading organizations will be unveiled during an awards gala February 9 during the Training 2015 Conference & Expo, February 9-11 in Atlanta, GA.

“Congratulations to the 2015 Training Top 125 winners! These organizations proved their commitment to effective training and employee development tied to corporate strategic goals and Kirkpatrick Level 3 and 4 results,” said Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine. “The competition was impressive this year as 27 newcomers earned a place on the list. We look forward to recognizing the winners in Atlanta and detailing their achievements and best practices in the January/February 2015 issue of Training magazine.”

Now in its 15th year, the Training Top 125 ranking is based on myriad benchmarking statistics such as total training budget; percentage of payroll; number of training hours per employee program; goals, evaluation, measurement, and workplace surveys; hours of training per employee annually; and detailed formal programs. The ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

The 2015 Finalists for the Training Top 125 (in alphabetical order):

  • ABF Freight
  • ADP, LLC
  • Aetna Inc.
  • Afni
  • Allianz of America, Inc.
  • Allied Global
  • American Fidelity Assurance Company
  • Ascend Federal Credit Union
  • Avanade
  • Bankers Life
  • Bass & Associates, P.C.
  • Baylor Scott and White Health
  • BB&T Corporation
  • Best Buy
  • Birmingham Water Works Board
  • BKD, LLP
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • BNSF Railway
  • BP America
  • Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.
  • Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Capital BlueCross (CBC)
  • Capital One
  • CareSource
  • Carilion Clinic
  • CarMax, Inc.
  • Cartus
  • Century 21 Real Estate LLC
  • Cerner Corporation
  • CHG Healthcare Services
  • Choice Hotels International
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Cisco
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
  • ConAgra Foods, Inc.
  • ConServe
  • Consigli Construction Company, Inc.
  • DaVita Healthcare Partners
  • DEFENDER Direct
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Dollar General Corporation
  • Dominion Enterprises
  • Economical Insurance
  • Edward Jones
  • EMC Corporation
  • EMD Millipore and EMD Serono
  • Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent A Car)
  • ERA Franchise Systems LLC
  • ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Florida Blue
  • G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
  • Gables Residential
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • Gilbane
  • Guckenheimer
  • Hagerty Insurance
  • Haskell
  • Health Care Service Corporation
  • Health Decisions, CRO+
  • Healthways, Inc.
  • Iron Mountain, Incorporated
  • Jiffy Lube International
  • Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • La Quinta Holdings
  • Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
  • MasTec – Utility Services Group
  • MasterCard
  • McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • McDonald’s USA, LLC
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Miami Children’s Hospital
  • Microchip Technology Inc.
  • Mohawk Industries, Inc.
  • Monitronics International, Inc.
  • Morrison
  • Mountain America Credit Union
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • Navient
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • NIIT
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Novo Nordisk, Inc.
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • One Nevada Credit Union
  • Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Owens & Minor, Inc.
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • PAREXEL International
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • PetSmart
  • PPD
  • PPL Electric Utilities
  • Quicken Loans Inc.
  • Rent-A-Center
  • Ricoh USA
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • Shape Corp
  • Shaw Industries, Inc.
  • Sonic Automotive
  • SpawGlass
  • Special Response Corporation
  • Tandus Centiva (A Tarkett Company)
  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited
  • TD Bank
  • Tech Mahindra Ltd.
  • Tenaris SA
  • U.S. Security Associates, Inc.
  • University Hospitals
  • USAA
  • ValleyCrest Companies
  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  • Vi
  • VSP Global
  • Walgreens
  • Wells Fargo
  • WellSpan Health
  • Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
  • Western Union

In-depth profiles of each of the top five companies will appear in the January/February 2015 issue of Training, and more information about the training efforts of all 125 winners will appear in the issue and online at

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Training magazine is the leading business publication for learning and development and HR professionals. It has been the ultimate resource for innovative learning and development—in print, in person, and online—over the last 50 years. Training magazine and Training magazine Events are produced by Lakewood Media Group.

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Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.