Training magazine Announces 2016 Training Top 125 Winners

Rankings will be revealed at the Training 2016 Conference & Expo, February 15-17 in Orlando, FL.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            


Lorri Freifeld

Minneapolis, MN (November 18, 2015)—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 a black-tie awards gala February 15 during the Training 2016 Conference & Expo, February 15-17 in Orlando, FL.

“The 2016 Training Top 125 winners have found the recipe for success,” noted Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “They utilize innovative methods to deliver training and engage learners; they link training to the achievement of corporate strategic goals; and, most important, they measure the results. We salute these organizations—including 28 newcomers to the list—for their dedication, passion, and commitment to training. Clearly, they understand that Training Matters.”

In addition, during the gala, Training magazine will induct McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame. McCarthy earned a spot in the Top 10 of the Training Top 125 for four consecutive years.

Now in its 16th 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 2016 Finalists for the Training Top 125 (in alphabetical order):

ABF Freight


Aetna Inc.


Allianz Life Insurance of North America

Allied Global

American Fidelity Assurance Company

Anthem, Inc.

Aon plc


Ascend Federal Credit Union

AT&T Inc.


Bankers Life

Bass & Associates, P.C.

Baylor Scott and White Health

BB&T Corporation

Bell and Howell

Best Buy

Birmingham Water Works Board


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

BNSF Railway

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Capital BlueCross


Carilion Clinic

CarMax, Inc.


CENTURY 21 Real Estate

Cerner Corporation

CHG Healthcare Services

Choice Hotels International

Christiana Care Health System

Collectcents Inc

ConAgra Foods, Inc.


Consigli Construction

Crown Resorts Australia


DaVita HealthCare Partners


Discover Financial Services

Dollar General Corporation

Dominion Enterprises

Edward Jones

Enterprise Holdings

ESL Federal Credit Union

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

First Horizon National Corporation

Florida Blue

FORUM Credit Union

G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.

Gables Residential

Genentech, Inc.



Hagerty Insurance


Health Decisions, CRO+

Healthways, Inc


Iron Mountain, Incorporated

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson and Johnson

Jiffy Lube International

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

La Quinta Holdings

LaSalle Network

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Mariner Finance, LLC

MasTec – Utility Services Group


Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Service

Miami Children’s Health System

Microchip Technology Inc.

Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Mountain America Credit Union

MTM, Inc.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company


Navy Federal Credit Union

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

New York Life Insurance Company


Northwestern Mutual

Norton Healthcare

One Nevada Credit Union


Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Paychex, Inc.


Personnel Board of Jefferson County


PPL Electric Utilities

Quicken Loans


Ricoh Americas Corporation

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Shape Corp

Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

Sonic Automotive, Inc.

Special Response Corporation

Tandus Centiva (A Tarkett Company)

Tata Consultancy Services Limited

TD Bank

Tech Mahindra Ltd.



Total Quality Logistics

U.S. Security Associates, Inc.

United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

United Shore Financial Services

University Hospitals

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Van Meter, Inc.


Vistage International

VSP Global

WellSpan Health

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Western Union Company

In-depth profiles of each of the top five companies will appear in the January/February 2016 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-plus 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.