Training magazine Announces 2019 Training Top 125 Winners

Rankings will be revealed at the Training 2019 Conference & Expo, February 25-27 in Orlando, FL.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            


Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine


Minneapolis, MN (November 28, 2018)—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 25 during the Training 2019 Conference & Expo, February 25-27 in Orlando, FL.

“The 2019 Training Top 125 winners highlight the importance and value of training—to their organizations, to their employees, and to their industries and communities,” said Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “They are on the leading edge as they effectively deliver employee training that pushes the needle forward to meet organizational goals while developing an engaged, creative, and committed workforce. Congratulations to these standout organizations for their stellar dedication to learning and employee growth.”

Now in its 19th 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; hours of training per employee annually; detailed formal programs; learning goals; Kirkpatrick Level 3 and 4 evaluation; and business outcomes measurement. The ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives, and the results they achieve.

The 2019 Training Top 125 Winners Are (in alphabetical order):

AAA Northeast


Aetna Inc.

Alliance Residential Company

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America


American Fidelity

Anthem Inc.

Aon plc

Applied Materials, Inc.


Argo Group

Ascend Federal Credit Union

Avanade, Inc.

Bankers Life

Bass & Associates, P.C.

BayCare Health System

BB&T Corporation

Bell and Howell

Best Buy

Birmingham Water Works Board

BKD CPAs & Advisors

BNSF Railway Co.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Buckman Laboratories International, Inc.

C&A Industries

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Carilion Clinic

CarMax, Inc.



Choice Hotels International

Concentrix Corporation


CVS Health


Dellbrook | JKS Construction

Dish Network

Dollar General Corporation, LLC

Edward Jones

Electric Power Board (EPB)

Emser Tile, LLC

England Logistics

ESL Federal Credit Union

Exchange Bank

FDIC Corporate University

First Horizon National Corporation

Fisher Investments

Florida Blue

FORUM Credit Union

G4S Secured Solutions (USA) Inc.

Gables Residential

Gilbane Building Company



Holman Enterprises

Intermedia, Inc.

Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies for Johnson & Johnson

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Jones Lang LaSalle

LaSalle Network

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Mariner Finance LLC

MasTec Utility Services


Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.

Microchip Technology Inc.

Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Morrison Healthcare

MTM, Inc.



Navy Federal Credit Union

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

New York Life Insurance Company

Nicklaus Children’s Health System

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement

Norton Healthcare

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

One Nevada Credit Union


Pacific Gas & Electric

Paychex, Inc.


Penn Station East Coast Subs


Persistent Systems Ltd


PPL Electric Utilities

PPS Insurance Company

PSA Airlines

Ricoh USA, Inc.

Rollins, LLC

Rosendin Electric Inc.


Shaw Industries

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


Sonic Automotive


Special Response Corporation

Specialist Staffing Group

Spectrum Health

State Compensation Insurance Fund

Sundt Construction

Tarkett North America (A Division of Tarkett)

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

The Probationary Inspector Training Division of School of Foundation Training in Hong Kong Police College, Hong Kong Police Force


Two Men and a Truck/International

United Shore

University of New Mexico Hospitals

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Van Meter, Inc.

Veeam Software


VSP Global

Walden Security


WellSpan Health

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Western & Southern Financial Group

Williams & Fudge, Inc.

Windham Professionals Inc.

Workiva Inc.

In-depth profiles of each of the top five companies will appear in the March/April 2019 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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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.