Professional Services: Best of Colorado 2018
From best accounting firm to best funeral services and everything in between
BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM
EKS&H strives to be more than an accounting firm.
"We try to develop meaningful relationships with our clients," CEO Bob Hottman says. "We know what's going on in the world. we focus on becoming true advisers to them more than in tax or accounting or consulting."
The firm provides audit, tax, technology, wealth advisory and business consulting and has enjoyed sustained growth since it began in 1978. EKS&H has approximately 700 employees in offices in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco.
"We focus on the needs of our clients and community," Hottman says. "Our people are out there making a differene.
BEST LAW FIRM
Holland & Hart combines legal knowledge and technology to help clients achieve their desired business outcome. Founded in 1947 by Joe Holland and Steve Hart, the firm is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that takes full advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of its people. Holland & Hart also has created a woman's initiative that brings together men and women, partners and non-partners from across the firm who are committed to fostering an environment where women attorneys can thrive.
BEST MARKETING + ADVERTISING AGENCY
Fruition is a digital marketing agency that helps clients drive traffic to their websites and increase online lead generation and sales. Since 2003, the company has developed cutting-edge tools and solutions for its clients throughout the United States, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Mexico. The company's Google Penalty Checker now has more than 100,000 registered website in 30 countries that use the application to check their sites for algorithmic penalties.
BEST PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY
B Public Relations represents businesses in all aspects of the hospitality industry, from hotels and resorts to restaurants and vineyards. The company offers media relations services that include developing strategies, media training and crisis communications. It also organizes press trips to the resorts it represents and helps clients with hosting events.
B Public Relations also manages social media for clients. That includes everything from content creation to website development to blog writing. It handles newsletters and awards submissions and arranges speaking opportunities for clients looking to achieve a higher profile.
BEST STAFFING + RECRUITING + EXECUTIVE SEARCH
Based in Denver, IntelliSource helps clients across the country find the right people to fill critical roles in their companies. IntelliSource offers operations and workforce management solutions so clients can focus on their core businesses. The company concentrates on people, process and tools needed to warehouse logistics, customer contact centers, business centers and staffing and recruiting. IntelliSource's clients range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller but fast-growing companies.
BEST EVENT PLANNING SERVICE
RMC is a destination management and special events company. Launched in 1989, the company has expanded from its first location in Aspen to destinations across the U.S. and Mexico. The event planning service can handle details from LED centerpieces that change light to an igloo, made with real ice for a winter-themed party.
"We have a passion for creating an event that is always geared toward that client," says Sarah Carey, vice president of creative development and marketing. "It's never cookie cutter."
The staff at Two Parts has a simple rule for how to plan an event. "We strive to make it something we would love to attend and love to be part of," co-owner Casey Berry says. "It helps us get out of the norm, not copy and paste something we did before."
Earlier this year, Two Parts purchased The Underground Music Showcase, Denver's largest music festival. The event will take place at the end of July under the new owners.
"We will add some new life to it," Berry says. "We're getting a little more into the music scene."
BEST MOVING COMPANY
Buehler Cos. provides moving services to customers around the world. Whether it's residential or office relocation, Buehler can handle it. The company offers data center moves and corporate relocations. Businesses don't need an IT department to disconnect and reconnect computers because the company's professional installation crews are certified to handle the job. The company also supplies storage and warehousing in the event that a home closing falls through or storage is needed for other reasons.
BEST FUNERAL + CREMATION SERVICE
Customer service skills are important in the funeral business.
"Those who do this work should understand we do not get a second opportunity to do things well," says John J. Horan, president and CEO. "That is very much the focus of our approach to what we do everyday."
He points out that Colorado does not require license or professional standards for individuals who work as funeral service practitioners. Still the 140 Horan & McConaty employees work with compassion and attention to detail because they are working with people during a traumatic time. It is essential, Horan says, that people feel that they can trust the 120-year-old firm and have confidence that staff with perfrom the tasks well.