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Best Places to Work 2012

Updated: July 31, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Posted: July 20, 2012

THIS IS THE 10TH anniversary for Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads. Inside Business started the program to encourage companies that recognize their most valuable asset - their employees.

Best Places to Work highlights companies that have found ways to make their employees feel valued in good times and in tough economies. They serve as examples to other employers, providing suggestions of things other businesses can do, many of which won't overly impact the bottom line.

To be selected, companies submitted information about their culture, annual turnover, employee satisfaction, fair and equitable treatment, compensation, benefits, and employee training opportunities. Each company also had to have a sufficient number of employees respond to an online survey. The judges considered the survey results and comments to make their final selections.

Companies that have participated in the program for several years and have won repeated recognition have been inducted into the Best Places Hall of Fame. Those companies can continue to participate to earn additional awards. This year we honor four companies with the Bronze Award and welcome five others into the Hall of Fame.

We hope these recognitions will encourage companies to improve what they do for employees to raise the overall performance of their companies and the quality of the workforce in Hampton Roads.

- Carol Lichti, Inside Business editor


Overall Best Company/Best Large Company

Norfolk Sheriff's Office

Large Companies

AAA of Tidewater Virginia - 1st runner-up

Old Point National Bank - 2nd runner-up

The Breeden Co. - 3rd runner-up

Medium-sized Companies

DOMA Technologies - Best Medium-Sized Company

Paramount Builders - 1st runner-up

Small companies

Homeland Contracting - Best Small Company

McPhillips, Roberts & Deans - 1st runner-up

IssueTrak Inc. - 2nd runner-up

Meridian Group + Launch Interactive - 3rd runner-up

A-Active Termite & Pest Control

Marathon Consulting

Strickland and Jones

Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas

Hall of Fame Bronze Awards

Armada Hoffler

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP

Kaufman & Canoles

Liberty Tax Service


The judges

Susan Craft


Consulting by Design of Princess Anne Ltd.

Virginia Beach

Stacy Hawks

Human Resources Analyst

Human Resources Department

City of Virginia Beach

Elizabeth and Joe Lacroix

Principals, QWLC - Quality of WorkLife Consultants

Newport News

Chris M. Stone


Clark Nexsen


Kim Talman

Program Assistant

WR Systems Ltd.