Training magazine Announces 2018 Training Top 125 Winners

Rankings will be revealed at the Training 2018 Conference & Expo, February 12-14 in Atlanta, GA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine

Minneapolis, MN (November 15, 2017)—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 February 12 during the Training 2018 Conference & Expo, February 12-14 in Atlanta, GA.

“The 2018 Training Top 125 winners are game changers,” said Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “They constantly look for innovative ways to effectively deliver and measure employee training, and they are rewarded with an engaged, passionate workforce and  organizational success. Congratulations to these stellar organizations for their unwavering commitment to learning and employee growth!”

In addition, during the Top 125 Gala, Training magazine will induct two companies into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Keller Williams Realty, Inc. Both earned a spot in the Top 10 of the Training Top 125 for four consecutive years.

Now in its 18th 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 2018 Training Top 125 Winners Are (in alphabetical order):

AAMCO Transmission, Inc.


Aetna Inc.

Alamo Pharma Services

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

American Fidelity

Anthem Inc.

Aon plc


Argo Group

Arrow Electronics’ Enterprise Computing Solutions

Ascend Federal Credit Union

Assurant, Inc.


Bankers Life

Bass & Associates, P.C.

BayCare Health System

BB&T Corporation

Bell and Howell

Best Buy

Birmingham Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham


BNSF Railway Co.

Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.

Carilion Clinic

CarMax, Inc.


Choice Hotels International

Colorado Springs Utilities

Concentrix Corporation


Crown Resorts Australia

CVS Health

DaVita Inc.

Dollar General Corporation, LLC

Dominion Enterprises

Dow AgroSciences LLC (U.S. Operations)

Edward Jones

Emser Tile, LLC

England Logistics

Enterprise Holdings

ESL Federal Credit Union

FDIC Corporate University

Florida Blue

G4S Secured Solutions (USA) Inc.

Gables Residential

Gilbane Building Company


Hagerty Insurance


Health Decisions, CRO+

Holman Enterprises

Intermedia, Inc.

Iron Mountain

Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies for Johnson & Johnson

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Jones Lang Lasalle

La Quinta Holdings Inc.

LaSalle Network

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Mariner Finance, LLC

MasTec – Utility Services


Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.

Miami Children’s Health System

Microchip Technology Inc

Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Morrison Healthcare

MSU Federal Credit Union

MTM, Inc.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company


Navy Federal Credit Union

New York Community Bancorp

New York Life Insurance Company

Norton Healthcare

One Nevada Credit Union


Pacific Gas & Electric

Paychex, Inc.


Penn Station, Inc.


Persistent Systems Ltd

Personnel Board of Jefferson County


PPL Electric Utilities

Ricoh USA, Inc.

Rollins, LLC

Sanofi (China) Investment Co., LTD.

Shaw Industries

Signature Commercial Solutions, LLC, d/b/a Signature Consultants

SinglePoint GI Inc.

Smith & Nephew


Sonic Automotive

Southern Management Corporation

Special Response Corporation

Specialist Staffing Group

State Compensation Insurance Fund

Tarkett North America (A Division of Tarkett)

Tata Consultancy Services

The Detective Training Centre of The Hong Kong Police Force

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America


TMG Financial Services

Two Men And A Truck/International

U.S Postal Service

U.S. Security Associates, Inc.

United Services Automobile Association

United Shore

University of New Mexico Hospitals

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Van Meter, Inc.



VSP Global

Walden Security

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

WellSpan Health

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Western Union

Windham Professionals Inc.

Workiva Inc.


In-depth profiles of each of the top five companies will appear in the January/February 2018 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 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.