Training magazine Announces 2021 Training Top 100 Winners

Rankings will be revealed at the Training Top 100 Virtual Gala February 8, 2021.



Lorri Freifeld, Editor-in-Chief, Training magazine

Minneapolis, MN (November 30, 2020)—Training magazine, the leading business publication for Learning and Development (L&D) professionals, today announced the winners of the newly rebranded Training Top 100, which ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs. The rankings for the 100 leading organizations will be unveiled during an interactive Virtual Gala to be held February 8 during the 2021 Virtual Training Conference. In addition, five organizations will be inducted into the Training Top 100 Hall of Fame after earning rankings in the top 10 for four consecutive years: Best Buy, BNSF Railway, Dollar General Corporation, Nationwide, and Sonic Automotive.

All 2021 Virtual Training Conference attendees are invited to attend the special Gala event to celebrate the winners’ and Hall of Fame inductees’ remarkable L&D achievements.

The rebranding from Top 125 to Top 100 is part of Training’s 2021 editorial refresh, which includes a redesign of the now quarterly print issue; addition of eight online-only issues to complement the regular daily posted online articles; and an upcoming revamp of the Website,

“To maintain the credibility of our awards program during the COVID-19 pandemic, we chose not to lower our standards and put organizations on the list that did not meet the minimum scoring threshold for training excellence—hence the change back to the Training Top 100,” explains Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “This makes the extraordinary accomplishments of the 2021 Training Top 100 organizations even more noteworthy. We salute these best-in-class organizations for their steadfast dedication to continuous employee learning and development; their agility and innovation in transforming their training delivery in response to the pandemic; and their passionate commitment to the current and future success of their people.”

The Training Top 100 ranking is based on myriad benchmarking statistics and a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including:

  • Total training budget
  • Percentage of payroll
  • Scope of training programs provided
  • Detailed formal and informal training programs
  • Training linked to business/business unit goals
  • Kirkpatrick Level 3 and 4 evaluation
  • Business outcomes resulting from training

All applications are scored by the Training Top 100 Hall of Fame members and Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld.

In-depth profiles of each of the top five companies will appear in the March 2021 issue of Training, and more information about the training efforts of all 100 winners will appear in the issue and online at

The 2021Training Top 100 Winners (in alphabetical order) are:

AAA Northeast

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Applied Materials


Argo Group

Arizona Public Service (APS)

Ascend Federal Credit Union

AstraZeneca China

BankWest, Inc.

Bass & Associates, P.C.

Bell and Howell, LLC.

Birmingham Water Works Board

BKD CPAs & Advisors

Brookdale Senior Living, Inc

C&A Industries, a Medical Solutions Company

Cardinal Health

CarMax, Inc.

CBE Companies, Inc.

CCA Global Partners

CNO Financial Group

Coast Professional, Inc.

Colorado Springs Utilities

Compass One Healthcare

Concentrix Corporation


Core & Main

CVS Health


Dish Network

Edward Jones

England Logistics


ESL Federal Credit Union

Fisher Investments

FORUM Credit Union

G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc

Gables Residential

Gilbane Building Company

Hackensack Meridian Health


Hayes Locums

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance


Huntington Learning Center

Huntington National Bank Inc.

International SOS


Johns Hopkins Medicine

Kimball Midwest

Kin + Carta

LaSalle Network

LifeNet Health

Mariner Finance

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

MasTec Utility Services


Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

Microchip Technology Inc.

Midcontinent Independent System Operator

Mohawk Industries, Inc

MTM, Inc.


Nebraska Medicine

New York Life

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement

One Nevada Credit Union

Panda Restaurant Group

Paychex, Inc.


Penn Station East Coast Subs

People’s Trust Insurance

Persistent Systems Ltd.

Pilot Company


Rollins, LLC


SAC Wireless

Shaw Industries Group, Inc

Signature Consultants


State Compensation Insurance Fund


Sundt Construction

Tata Consultancy Services

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Transworld Systems Incorporated

Two Men and a Truck/International

Uber Freight

Union Pacific Railroad

United Wholesale Mortgage

University of New Mexico Hospitals

Valley Bank

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Visa Inc

VyStar Credit Union

Walden Security

WellSpan Health

Western Southern Financial Group

Williams & Fudge, Inc.

About Training

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. For more information about the 2021 Virtual Training Conference, please visit:

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.