For the 15th consecutive year, Hope College has been named one of “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.”

The winners were chosen for having the most innovative and thoughtful approaches to human resources, and represent industries as diverse as the automotive, construction, financial, healthcare, manufacturing and non-profit sectors.  Hope and the region’s other 2020 winners will be honored on Tuesday, May 12, on a digital platform that the honorees will log into.

The winning companies also compete for 13 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the digital presentation.

Winners are pooled by the size of their organization:  small (100 or fewer employees); medium (101-300 employees) and large (301-plus employees).  Hope has approximately 1,000 employees.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business.

The annual symposium and awards program this year will be a digital event due to the COVID-19 virus and will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. Andi Simon - Blue Ocean Strategy as keynote speaker. The digital awards presentation is emceed by Juliet Dragos of WZZM 13 News and Steve Kelly of NewsRadio WOOD 1300. The awards presentation will adjourn at 11 a.m.

West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is sponsored by Baudville Brands, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, ABC WZZM 13, Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Davenport University, DTE Energy, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, The Employers' Association, Consumers Credit Union, Meijer, uMap, Clark Hill, Right Management, Garrison Dental and SpartanNash.  More information about the recognition program and about the digital conference is available at

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, West Michigan and Nationally. More information is available at