Training magazine Announces 2017 Training Top 125 Winners

Rankings will be revealed at the Training 2017 Conference & Expo, January 30-February 1 in San Diego, CA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            


Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine

Minneapolis, MN (November 11, 2016)—Training magazine, the leading business publication for Learning and Development professionals, today announced the winners 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 January 30 during the Training 2017 Conference & Expo, January 30-February 1 in San Diego, CA.

“The 2017 Training Top 125 winners don’t just set the bar for employee training and development, they vault over it,” said Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “They are champions of learning and ensure their employees have the skills to succeed in this competitive, ever-changing world. They insist on training tied to corporate strategic goals, and they have the results to show for it. We applaud these organizations for their world-class training and development efforts.”

In addition, during the Top 125 Gala, Training magazine will induct three companies into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame: Capital BlueCross; CHG Healthcare Services; and Jiffy Lube International. All three earned a spot in the Top 10 of the Training Top 125 for four consecutive years.

Now in its 17th 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 2017 Training Top 125 Winners Are (in alphabetical order):

ABF Freight


Aetna Inc.


Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

American Fidelity

AMN Healthcare

Anthem Inc.

Aon plc

Ascend Federal Credit Union

AT&T Inc.

Avanade, Inc.

Bankers Life

Bass & Associates, P.C.

BayCare Health System

BB&T Corporation

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina

Bell and Howell

Best Buy

Birmingham Water Works Board


BNSF Railway

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.

Carilion Clinic

CarMax, Inc.


Choice Hotels International


Crown Resorts Australia

CVS Health

DaVita, Inc.

Dollar General Corporation

Dominion Enterprises

DPR Construction


Edward Jones

Empire Wealth Strategies

Enterprise Holdings

ESL Federal Credit Union

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

First Horizon National Corporation

Florida Blue

FORUM Credit Union

G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.

Gables Residential

Genentech, Inc.

General Motors Sales, Service & Marketing Division

Gilbane Building Company


Hagerty Insurance


Health Decisions, CRO+

Holman Automotive Group, Inc.

Iron Mountain

Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies for Johnson & Johnson

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

La Quinta Holdings Inc.

Mariner Finance, LLC

MasTec – Utility Services Group


Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.

Miami Children’s Health System

Microchip Technology Inc.

Mohawk Industries, Inc.

MTM, inc.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company


Navy Federal Credit Union

National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

New York Life Insurance Company


Northwestern Mutual

Norton Healthcare

NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

One Nevada Credit Union


Pacific Gas & Electric Company

PAREXEL International LLC

Paychex, Inc.


Penn Station, Inc.

Persistent Systems Ltd


PPL Electric Utilities

Quicken Loans , Inc.

Red Roof Inn Inc.


Ricoh USA, Inc.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Scottrade Inc.

Shaw Industries, Inc.

Signature Consultants

SinglePoint Inc.


Sonic Automotive, Inc.


Special Response Corporation

Specialist Staffing Group

Tandus Centiva (A Tarkett Company)

Tata Consultancy Services


The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America


Total Quality Logistics

United Shore Financial Services

University of New Mexico Hospitals

U.S. Security Associates, Inc.

United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

U.S. Postal Service

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Van Meter, Inc.


Vistage Worldwide

VSP Global

WellSpan Health

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Western Union Company

Workiva Inc.

In-depth profiles of each of the top five companies will appear in the January/February 2017 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.

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.