Frederick area businesses were recognized during the annual Best Places to Work Awards held at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland on July 30, 2015. Nearly 100 nominations were submitted, and six companies rose to the top after judges completed the scoring. Scoring categories included work-life balance, median salary, turnover rate, benefits, diversity, and professional growth.
Small Employer (1-10 employees)
Winner - Antietam Technologies
Honorable Mention - United Way of Frederick County
Medium Employer (11-50 employees)
Winner - NASW Assurance Services (ASI)
Honorable Mention - Go Ape
Large Employer (51-200 employees)
Winner - Nymeo
Honorable Mention - U.S. Silica
Major Employer ( 200+ employees)
Winner - AstraZeneca/MedImmune
Honorable Mention - Plamondon Companies
Two new categories were introduced this year: Best Entrepreneurial Opportunity and Most Creative Workplace Environment.
Winners in these categories included:
- Best Entrepreneurial Opportunity – Edward Jones Investments
- Most Creative Workplace Environment – CAS Engineering
In addition to category award winners, six businesses were recognized with the “Unsung Hero in the Workplace” award. “This award recognizes owners or presidents of companies who go above and beyond to connect with their employees,” said Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development for the City of Frederick.
The 2015 Unsung Heroes in the Workplace are:
- Business Management Company, Inc. - Brett Hess
- Regent Education - Randy Jones
- SoldierFit - Danny Farrar and Dave Posin
- Clagett Enterprises - Galen Clagett
- Essential Systems Solutions - Michael Tash and Jason Thompson
- Olde Towne Title - Peach Lapkoff
Helen Propheter, Director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, said, "These companies join an elite group of businesses committed to retaining exceptional employees and their success. We are proud of the 2015 Best Places to Work recipients and proud that they chose Frederick County as their place to call home."
The Best Places to Work campaign is a county-wide program to increase quality of life opportunities for Frederick County employees. The 2015 awards program is a partnership between Frederick County Workforce Services, City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, Frederick County Office of Economic Development, and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.