The Word & Brown Companies Recognized with Inaugural Gold Stevie Award for Great Employers

The Word & Brown Companies have been named employer of the year winner in the insurance category at the inaugural Stevie® Awards for Great Employers.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

Nicknamed “the Stevies” for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (The Stevie Awards announcement regarding the event can be found here.)

“We are very excited to earn the Gold Stevie Award as an outstanding employer in the insurance category,” said John Word III, co-founder of The Word & Brown Companies. “Since we opened our doors more than 30 years ago, our focus has always been on delivering quality products and service of unequalled excellence to our customers and a supportive workplace to our employees.”

“We know our success is attributable to the relationships we have built with brokers, employers, and our employees at our Orange campus and across the country,” said Rusty Brown, co-founder of The Word & Brown Companies. “We share this award with all of them.”

More than 250 nominations from organizations around the world were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of human resources-related categories, including Achievement in Workplace Safety & Compliance, Employer of the Year, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year, Human Resources Team of the Year, and Employee Relations. More than 50 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received in the competition for great employers. The dedication these Stevie-winning organizations have to making great workplaces for employees was evident in every nomination,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Among the judging panel feedback on Word & Brown’s entry were: “The Company has achieved outstanding performance in the field of human resources management and provided all possibilities to support career development” and “great programs, benefits, and recognition.”

About The Word & Brown Companies

Trusted for more than 30 years, The Word & Brown Companies include: Word & Brown® General Agency, the largest general agent in California and Nevada focusing on group and individual and family health insurance; Word & Brown Brokerage, a field marketing organization offering Medicare and individual and family plan coverage outside the service area of the Word & Brown General Agency; CHOICE Administrators®, the parent organization of the nation’s largest multi-carrier, small group private health exchange, CaliforniaChoice, and America’s first ancillary benefits exchange, Choice Builder; Quotit® Corporation, the foremost national provider of Internet sales and marketing solutions for the health insurance and employee benefits industry; HealthCompare®, helping individuals, families, and seniors easily research, compare, buy, and enroll in the right health insurance or Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, or Medicare prescription drug plan at the right price; and the California Rx Card and Nevada Drug Card, which offer prescription drug savings of up to 75% at pharmacies nationwide, saving Californians and Nevadans more than $439 million since 2007. For more information, visit

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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