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May 09, 2016 — Every year companies throughout Atlanta compete to be named one of “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor.  DMC Atlanta is excited to announce that, for the third year running, we have been named to both the ATLANTA and NATIONAL Best and Brightest Companies to Work For!

The winning companies also compete for 12 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 breakfast program. 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. (See following list for winners.)

The annual symposium and awards program will begin with a celebratory breakfast, registration, networking and an exhibit gallery at 7:00 a.m. Educational programs will follow at 8:00 a.m. The speaker series will include Brandon Smith, The Workplace Therapist, Cheryl Kortemeier, CVC Atlanta and Wayne Kurzen, EOS Implementer. The Winners’ Award Reception along with photo opportunities will take place at 10:30 a.m. that will also include the Elite Awards Presentation featuring Dana Barrett, biz 1190 AM WAFS. This year the event will also include a community project for a non-profit organization. Attendees will be asked to put together activity kits for the patients of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power.

Our 2016 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of MBPA. “We are proud to honor this year’s winners.” Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is sponsored WSB TV 2, biz1190 AM – WAFS, Corp! Magazine, T-Mobile, Baudville, Basic, Crane Worldwide Logistics, The Orsus Group and The Executive Group.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the National Association for Business Resources 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, and Nationally. Nominations are now being accepted for 2016. Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application. About the Best and Brightest Programs The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the National Association for Business Resources 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. There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country

Our TEAM

Dan Bazuin

Manager

Dan was raised in a northern Michigan, runs an office in Detroit, and has the nickname "Bear Claw." Dan joined our team after a couple of years in the NFL. 

Savanah Hart

Human Resources Recruiter

Savanah is an Atlanta native who graduated from Valdosta State.  If you thank her for something, you will immediately know she worked at Chic-Fil-A

Jared O'Brien

Account Manager

Jared is a great leader at DMC Atlanta. He lives with his wife and sons in South Atlanta. His wife is cooler than he is.

Jennifer Hemelgarn

Manager

Jen is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida and has a degree from UCF in Early Childhood Education.  Her dog is smarter than your honor student.

Austin Owen

Assistant Manager

Austin was born and raised in Atlanta. He has traveled the US in search of the perfect protein shake.

Alethea Holmes

Manager

Alethea was born Alaska, spent most of her childhood in Florida, but claims Atlanta as her home.  Occasionally Adam hides in her hair when Jenna is being really loud.

Chad Harpole

Manager

Chad Harpole started in the company in Austin, TX.

Nicole Borden

Account Manager

Nicole is one of the most competitive people we know, and we never have any clue what might come out of her mouth!


Andres Campanucci

Manager

"The Nucci" is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. If you don't like him, it's you, not him.  He's awesome.

Tia Maiello

Human Resources Recruiter

Tia grew up in a tiny town in Upstate New York and loves being a part of DMC Atlanta's growth. We love it when she says "calendar."  

Jenna Huss

VP of Development

Jenna is DMC Atlanta's VP of development. She is one of the smartest people we know, but she has no idea how loud she is.

Michael Cosper

Manager

Michael was raised south of Atlanta. He is a rabid UGA fan who runs our team in Nashville with his wife, Vianca. Go Dawgs!

Cole Branch

Assistant Manager

Cole is from Marietta and attended Mercer University, where he played lacrosse and graduated in May of 2014. He might be the nicest person we've ever met.

Adam Dorfman

President & CEO

Adam founded DMC Atlanta in 2003. He is a bourbon and food snob who loves his family and live music. He is also a proud "Headblade" proponent.

Ganessa Pickens

Account Manager

Ganessa is from Riverside, CA, but we are slowly converting her to sweet tea.  She has mastered the non-duckface selfie.


Marissa Shaw

Human Resources

Marissa was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She moved to Atlanta about 5 years ago after falling in love with the city.  Her dogs sometimes try to eat each other.

Sam Witherington

Account Manager

Sam is a Georgia Southern Alum and Atlanta Native who enjoys long walks on the beach and growing at DMC Atlanta.

Chris Auwarter

Manager

Chris grew up in a small town in NY and runs an office in Dallas, TX.  He is a proud Cleveland Browns Fan.  Seriously.  He is.

Mike Figueroa

Manager

Mike was born in New York, NY but raised in Atlanta, GA and attended the State University of West Georgia.

Rae Stafford

Human Resources Manager

Rae has been a part of the DMC Atlanta team since 2012. She is head of HR and has an unnatural love of queso.

Shamar Robinson

Assistant Manager

Shamar was born and raised in Marietta. He is no stranger to hard work and is currently building his own sports team!

Corey Simmons

Account Manager

Corey was born in Philly and grew up in Atlanta and was an Olympic Jockey.  Kidding - He played football at South Carolina.  

Daniel Uzamere

Account Manager

Originally from Nigeria, Daniel is a rising star in on the DMC Atlanta team who can occasionally be spotted dancing in the office.