Best of Colorado 2017 – Professional services
From tax advice to accounting, the professional services sector improves productivity and growth across the economy
Professional Services are organizations that offer customized, knowledge-based services to clients, representing a wide range of industries, specialties and areas of the economy
BEST MARKETING + ADVERTISING AGENCY
Keith Roberts (a Buddhist) founded Zenman in 1998. The firm offers everything from creative print ads to strategic web design, a combination that CEO Caitlyn Fagan says is the perfect balance of right and left brain. One of the agency's core values is "Quantitative Creativity," which means it does more than build super-cool websites.
"We're taking that really rich storytelling experience to solve business problems," she says. "We're helping grow people's businesses in measurable ways."
Another of the agency's core values is "perpetual karma." "People think karma is about getting back when you put out," Fagan says. "We are not necessarily worried about getting it back, we're worried about putting it out."
BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP (ACM) distinguishes itself from other accounting firms by building relationships with its clients that are based on respect, trust and care. Founded in 2002 by Greg Anton, Jim Collins and Gary Mitchell, the firm offers audit and accounting services; consulting, employee benefit plans and tax services. It serves as a variety of industries, including construction, energy, hospitality and technology.
BEST LAW FIRM
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck attracts the top attorneys from across the country because it offers opportunities to work at a high level on meaningful projects. The firm's relationships with clients and the community differentiate it from other firms, and it prides itself on building those relationships through its core values:
ALL IN, EXCELLENCE, RESPECT, GIVING BACK
"The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is honorable, prestigious, has the utmost integrity and is employee friendly," said Rene Starry, a paralegal with the firm.
BEST PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY
Laura Love founded GroundFloor Media (GFM) in 2001. The award-winning communications firm focuses on public relations and crisis and issues management. Its sister agency, CenterTable, helps clients create direct and measurable connections with their target audiences through social media, digital advertising, website design and development, SEO, video production, creative campaigns and content development. The Denver-based agencies have more than 30 team members throughout the U.S.
GFM was named a Certified B Corporation in 2016 by the global nonprofit B Lab, which recognizes companies meeting the highest global standards for corporate transparency, accountability, social and environmental performance.
BEST STAFFING, RECRUITING, EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRM
IntelliSource Staffing Solutions is about more than filling a position. IntelliSource builds a strong foundation of tailored systems and processes creating measurable results, flexible solutions, specific reporting, automation and analysis. The model works so the right person is placed at the right position both culturally and professionally.
"We approach each of our partners differently," President and CEO Ajay Bagal says. "We are committed to helping businesses achieve their objectives by providing a flexible, scalable and price competitive staffing service with a team of professionals dedicated exclusively to their specific business needs. We consistently demonstrate agility and innovation in the face of competitive markets and our partners' ever-changing needs."
BEST EVENT PLANNING SERVICE
Bespoke Event Group customizes every event to meet its clients' needs to in 30 locations in six countries. Whether it's a pop-up breakout session or finding headline entertainment, Bespoke has the equipment and people to make it happen. Its services include site selection, budget management, surveys, on-site execution team building, registration, vendor selection and contract negotiations. The company's concierge team can organize air travel and ground transportation for those attending events from out of town.
BEST MOVING COMPANY
Denver-based Amazing Moves, founded in 2003, handles packing, moving and storage for residential and commercial moves in Colorado to nationwide and international locations. It even offers tips on the website, such as leave clothing in bureaus but take items out of desk drawers before moving. (The desk will likely get turned on its side.) Among its core values: The company wants to change the perspective of people toward the moving industry.
"We always try to focus on the customer experience," co-founder Marshall Aikman says. "Moving is not always a fun process, but we always try to make the experience as smooth as possible."