2020 Best of Alaska Business

Congratulations to our 2020 Best of Alaska Business awardees!

Every organization honored below has earned its place day after day and year after year—whether through providing exceptional customer experiences, proffering Alaska-grown expertise, or innovating the products and services that keep all of us swimming happily along.

2020 Best of Alaska Business

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Best of Alaska Business awardees!

Every organization honored below has earned its place day after day and year after year—whether through providing exceptional customer experiences, proffering Alaska-grown expertise, or innovating the products and services that keep all of us swimming happily along.

The Winners’ Wall

Click on the organizations below to learn more about their products, services, and expertise.

2020 Editor’s Picks: Corporate Citizen

In addition to the professional products, services, and expertise that our BOAB winners provide, without fail they also work hard to support Alaska’s communities. Our readers nominate companies from across the state as Corporate Citizens, and from those the editorial team selects three, in no particular order, that exemplify community giving and involvement.

MTA

The MTA Foundation promotes technology awareness, economic development, and entrepreneurship through education and other activities in the MTA member service area. One of those activities is MTA’s e-gaming tournament and continued focus on community building. Nearly $30,000 was raised for the MTA Foundation during MTA’s 2019 e-gaming tournament.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines strives to strengthen and support the communities its employees, neighbors, and guests call home. The airline generally partners with nonprofit organizations, providing in-kind donations and sponsorships focused on youth skill development, diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and socioeconomic mobility. In April, the Alaska Airlines Foundation provided more than 896,000 meals through a donation of $200,000 to fourteen food banks in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.

ConocoPhillips

For the second consecutive year ConocoPhillips received your vote (and ours) for Best Corporate Citizen. Over the past two decades ConocoPhillips has donated nearly $120 million in support of social services, education, civic, arts, environmental, and health and safety initiatives statewide.

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According to Our Awardees:

Credit Union 1

“Credit Union 1 is [email protected] We live each and every day with the mission to lead change, uplift others, and value people—and we achieve this goal by offering a full suite of financial service to our members, fundraising for local causes, volunteering our time, teaching financial education, and more, all across our state.

We serve you from Ketchikan to Nome, in your local branch, or with eServices from the comfort of your couch. We’re close-knit. We care about people. And when Alaska needs help, we’re here! Each and every day, Credit Union 1 is proud to help foster thriving, happy communities by always putting people first.”

PDC Engineers, a RESPEC Company

“I was thrilled to hear we were selected for this award this year. Last year was our first time we encouraged employees to participate in the Best of Alaska Business Awards and we were happy to win the Foraker Award for our category. This year, we were over the moon when we heard we were awarded with the Denali Award.

Working at PDC Engineers feels like we say goodbye to our real families in the morning and head to the office to spend eight hours with our work family. Training and development is strongly encouraged and there is always another fun, interesting project to work on around the corner. The work is enjoyable and everyone genuinely cares about the people they work with.

I am very happy to hear so many of our employees feel the same way and demonstrated that with their vote this year.”

—Max Frey, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Verizon

“Verizon is celebrating its twenty-year anniversary in 2020, and there’s never been a better time to become a customer. From our committed leadership in public safety to innovating business communications with One Talk desk phones to discounts available for first responders, military, nurses, teachers, and students, Verizon is proud to present Alaskans with choices and quality services they can depend on.”

Providence Alaska Health & Services

“Thank you to all of the readers who voted for us. The Sisters of Providence first came to Alaska to provide care to gold-rush era Nome in 1902. Their mission of compassion and commitment to providing high-quality care continues today in providing care for all in the communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable.

This recognition speaks to the importance of community partnerships. Healthcare continues to change and working with those who share our vision is key to bringing new services and identifying innovative solutions that improve access to care. For example, ExpressCare and ExpressCare Virtual opened in 2019 following conversations with the Public Education Health Trust and a shared commitment to provide better value to consumers.

We believe healthcare is a human right and we are grateful to all those who support our Mission. We will continue our work to ensure Alaskans get the care they need, when and where they need it.”

PIP Printing of Alaska

“The biggest key to PIP’s success is one thing, our people. For more than forty years we’ve invested in the people that make our company great. Passion, dedication, and a fierce regard for creativity infuses everyone at PIP—and everything its employees do.”

Kendall Auto Group Alaska

“The key to Kendall Auto Alaska’s success has been having a clear mission that all team members understand and believe in—to deliver an unrivaled customer experience. Through our highly motivated, knowledgeable, and caring team of professionals, we pledge to listen and respect our customer’s needs. Doing the right thing means more than selling and servicing vehicles. It means being exceptional stewards of the communities we operate in and going above and beyond every day for the people who mean so much to us—our customers.”

Altman, Rogers & Co.

“The key to our success directly traces back to our amazing staff. Without them, neither of our awards would have been possible. Our staff make our firm such a great place to work, and they regularly provide input on how to continue to improve the work environment. Their insight and feedback have led to increased retention and morale, and this in turn allows us to provide exceptional client services as noted in our “Best Accounting Services” award. I want to thank all of the readers who voted for us in the “Best Place to Work” and “Best Accounting Services” categories.”

–Grant Todd, CPA

First National Bank Alaska

“At First National, we know that prioritizing the health and happiness of our employees is a key part of our success. Our employees are the heart of the bank. They come to work every day with a positive attitude and commit to providing the best banking solutions to their fellow Alaskans, no matter what the challenge. This is especially apparent this year. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, our employees have stepped up like no other year before to find creative solutions to keep the bank open and moving forward.”

–Betsy Lawer, Board Chair/CEO

Rust's Flying Service

“Rust’s Flying Service has been exploring Alaska since 1963 and much of our success is due to the support of our local friends, partners, and neighbors. Our founder, Henry “Hank” Rust, would be proud to know that our community still recognizes us as one of the best more than 55 years later. This is a great honor for the Rust family and dedicated team. Thank you, Alaska Business magazine—and thank you, Alaska! We hope you’ll visit us soon!”

Main Event Catering

“Being born and raised Alaskan has taught me many things about adapting, being tough, and rolling up my sleeves when it is needed.  COVID-19 devastated our catering business in ways we never imagined. But living in Alaska we saw so much support and love from our fellow neighbors. The community came to our brand-new restaurant that opened in January 2020 and helped us grow and keep our staff working. It is a blessing we will never forget and will be forever grateful for. We also partnered with other businesses to help promote their products with ours, such as local breweries in our fish batter for Fish FryDay and adding desserts from Lucy Mae’s. In my opinion Alaskans are the best people, who love their state and love to support local.”

 –Kimberly Fischer, Co-Owner (with Bill Fischer)

Corso Graphics

GCI

MTA

Altman Rogers & Co.

AEDC

Anchorage Mayor's Charity Ball

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot


Security Aviation

49th State Brewing

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you choose the categories?

Each year, the Alaska Business editorial and management teams evaluate our list of categories for the survey. We consider current business and industry trends and the prior year’s data to refine the category list. We may add a new category if an exciting new business or trend comes to our attention or we may eliminate a category that is no longer applicable to you, our readers. We always take into account your feedback and we always appreciate hearing about categories you’d like to see added or nixed.

Does advertising influence the contest?

The readers’ choice survey is managed by our editorial department and is completely separate from advertising. The readers’ choice survey has no relationship with or effect on advertising, and vice versa.

Can a business or organization be a finalist if it’s located outside of the magazine’s coverage area?

In order to qualify as a finalist in the survey, the business or organization must have a physical presence within Alaska.

When will the winners be announced?

Now! You can see the full list and writeups of our 2020 winners in the Best of Alaska Business Special Section in our July print and digital editions; you can also find them on our lists page.

What happens if I win?

Winners receive a free digital copy of the Best of Alaska Business 2020 magazine cover design, which also indicates your winning category and your business or organization name. Winners can also purchase a framed award certificate with two window clings. (The framed award certificate is 14×17 inches and features a black wood frame.) The cost is $75 per framed award certificate and includes shipping and handling. Ordering opens on July 1 and closes on October 12. In addition, Best of Alaska Business 2020 winners are provided with an icon for the category they win. These icons can be used on websites and social media to showcase your status as a Best of Alaska Business winner.

How do you choose the categories?

Each year, the Alaska Business editorial and management teams evaluate our list of categories for the survey. We consider current business and industry trends and the prior year’s data to refine the category list. We may add a new category if an exciting new business or trend comes to our attention or we may eliminate a category that is no longer applicable to you, our readers. We always take into account your feedback and we always appreciate hearing about categories you’d like to see added or nixed.

Does advertising influence the contest?

The readers’ choice survey is managed by our editorial department and is completely separate from advertising. The readers’ choice survey has no relationship with or effect on advertising, and vice versa.

Can a business or organization be a finalist if it’s located outside of the magazine’s coverage area?

In order to qualify as a finalist in the survey, the business or organization must have a physical presence within Alaska.

When will the winners be announced?

Now! You can see the full list and writeups of our 2020 winners in the Best of Alaska Business Special Section in our July print and digital editions; you can also find them on our lists page.

What happens if I win?

Winners receive a free digital copy of the Best of Alaska Business 2020 magazine cover design, which also indicates your winning category and your business or organization name. Winners can also purchase a framed award certificate with two window clings. (The framed award certificate is 14×17 inches and features a black wood frame.) The cost is $75 per framed award certificate and includes shipping and handling. Ordering opens on July 1 and closes on October 12. In addition, Best of Alaska Business 2020 winners are provided with an icon for the category they win. These icons can be used on websites and social media to showcase your status as a Best of Alaska Business winner.

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