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Best Places to Work Hall of Fame

Updated: July 31, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Posted: July 20, 2012

THIS YEAR, INSIDE BUSINESS RECOGNIZES FOUR HALL OF FAME COMPANIES with a special Bronze Award for their continued commitment over the past three to four years to being a Best Place to Work Hall of Fame company. Companies within the Hall of Fame can submit information to receive recognition, starting with the Bronze Award after being in the Hall of Fame for at least three years, Silver after at least five years, Gold after seven years and Platinum after 10 years. Each of the Bronze winners provided examples of new things they have started for employees during the last year.

Armada Hoffler

The company started quarterly employee get-togethers. A recent gathering was at the Guadalajara restaurant in Town Center. Employees were treated to appetizers, drinks and entertainment provided by Armada Hoffler Development Executive Chris Odle and his band. The next quarterly event will be in September.

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP

The firm has been taking employees and their families out to special events. Last year it was the Harlem Globetrotters at the Ted Constant Center at Old Dominion University. In March, they attended the Cirque Musica at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach. And in July, a bus took employees and their families to Colonial Downs in New Kent to watch horse racing.

Kaufman & Canoles

The Norfolk-based law firm awards the monthly GEM - or "Going the Extra Mile" award - for exceptional efforts and extraordinary contributions to the firm. GEM winners receive a Visa gift card in varying amounts and a framed certificate of appreciation signed by the firm chairman.

Each May, a Diamond Award winner is selected from the previous year's award winners. The Diamond Award winner is presented with a trophy and a check for $700 and their name is announced to the firm's seven offices via video link. The 2012 winner was Pam Sewell, shown with one of the firm's partners, Gus James.

Liberty Tax Service

At the end of March, the company held a "Vendor Day." This gave employees the opportunity to meet some of the corporate partners that offer employee discounts to Liberty employees. Representatives of banks, fitness clubs, bowling alleys and waterparks participated in the event.

Liberty Tax also has kicked off a "Fanatical Rewards/Million Dollar Challenge" to motivate employees and franchisees to work toward the goal of being the No. 1 tax company by 2020. Anyone can nominate a fellow employee or a franchisee for a fanatical award of $1,000 for that person's Fanatical job performance.


New inductees for 2012

EACH YEAR COMPANIES THAT HAVE SHOWN A HIGH LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT in the Best Places to Work competition are inducted into the program's Hall of Fame. They have either been the top overall company, have been in the top level of companies for at least two years or have been named a Best Place to Work for four years. The Hall of Fame creates an opportunity for other companies in the community to achieve Best Places to Work honors while allowing Hall of Fame companies to maintain their status as a Best Place to Work in Hampton Roads.

Monarch Bank

1st runner-up Large company 2011

No. 2 Medium-sized company 2009

No. 8 overall 2006

Sumitomo Machinery Corp.

Overall Best Company 2011

No. 3 Medium-sized company 2009


3rd runner-up Medium-sized company 2011

No. 3 Medium-sized company 2010

Best Places to Work List 2009

Science Systems and Applications Inc.

Best large company 2011

No. 2 Large company 2010

Valkyrie Enterprises

2nd runner-up Medium-sized company 2011

No. 2 Medium-sized company 2010


Other members of the Hall of Fame are:

Armada Hoffler

No. 7 2007

No. 6 2006

Bronze Hall of Fame 2012

Ch2M Hill

No. 4 2007

(Not allowed to enter 2006)

No. 1 2005

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP

No. 3 Small company 2009

No. 1 Small company 2008

Top 25 2006 and 2005

Bronze Hall of Fame 2012

Clark Nexsen

No. 1 2007

No. 10 2006

No. 3 2005

No. 2 2004

Bronze Hall of Fame 2011

Cox Communications

No. 1 Medium-sized company 2010 for Cox Business

No. 3 Large company 2009

Best Places list 2007 for Cox Media Hampton Roads

Best Places list 2006 for Cox Communications Care Center

Best Places list 2005, 2004 and 2003.

Harvey Lindsay Real Estate

No. 5 2007

No. 3 2006

Top 25 2005 and 2004

INIT, Innovations in Transportation Inc.

No. 2 Small company 2010

No. 1 Small company 2009.

Kaufman & Canoles PC

No. 2 Large company 2009

No. 2 Large company 2008

Bronze Hall of Fame 2012

Liberty Tax Service

No. 1 Overall company 2009

No. 3 Large company 2008

Top 25 2007 and 2006

Bronze Hall of Fame 2012

Norfolk District Army Corps of Engineers

Overall Best Places to Work in 2010

Riverside Rehabilitation Institute

No. 1 2008 Overall company

Top 25 2007

No. 2 2006

Top 25 2005 and 2004

Russell's Heating and Cooling

Top 25 2007

No. 9 2006

No. 4 2005

No. 1 2004


No. 1 Large company 2008

No. 10 2007

Bronze Hall of Fame 2011

Vandeventer Black LLP

No. 2 2007

No. 4 2006

Top 25 2005 and 2004

No. 5 2003

Bronze Hall of Fame 2011

Wall, Einhorn and Chernitzer

Top 22 2009

Top 25 2008

No. 6 2007

Top 25 2006 and 2004

W.M. Jordan Co.

No. 2 Medium-sized company 2008

Top 25 2007

No. 7 2006

Top 25 2005

Bronze Hall of Fame 2011

WR Systems Ltd.

No. 1 2006

No. 5 2005

No. 3 2003

Bronze Hall of Fame 2011