Peter BurkePresident & Co-FounderPeter took the lead in creating Best Companies Group in January of 2004. Since its inception, Best Companies Group has established over 40 Best Places to Work programs throughout the United States and internationally. Peter creates and executes the strategic plan for the company which includes finding and creating new programs, establishing and developing partner relations and overseeing the operations of Best Companies Group. Prior to starting Best Companies Group, Peter spent 7 years as the associate publisher for the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Peter is a proud alum of Boston College where he received a degree in Economics.
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Leila ZayedVice PresidentLeila works closely with the president to create and execute the company's strategic plan, including the creation of new programs, establishing and developing partner relationships, and growing BCG Services. Before joining Best Companies Group, Leila spent almost 10 years in business news publishing as the advertising director & special projects publisher at Mainebiz in Portland, Maine. Leila is a proud alum of the University of Vermont where she received her training in social research.
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Megan BurnsVice President, Program OperationsMegan has been with Best Companies for 12 years and is responsible for overseeing all stages of the survey process as well as maintaining and creating our operations. She maintains relationships with clients and serves their specific needs. As the head of operations at Best Companies Group, Megan has a lot to contribute to our independent projects with custom logistics, such as multinational customers.
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Susan SpringerSurvey SpecialistAfter eight years on our team, Susan has extensive knowledge about our products and services. She’s helped to develop our Best Places to Work lists, survey tools, and customer service brand. Before joining Best Companies Group, she served for 14 years as a Human Resources generalist and consultant in the Lexington, KY area and was a volunteer leader on the KY Society for Human Resource Management State Council, as well. In 2005, Susan was instrumental in developing the Kentucky’s first inaugural Best Places to Work in Kentucky initiative, which has now been successful for more than a decade. Susan graduated with high honors from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Psychology. She has maintained certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since 2001.
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Jackie MillerOperations CoordinatorJackie Miller is our Operations Coordinator for Best Companies Group. She coordinates and is responsible for several state and national best places to work programs. Jackie received her Associate’s Degree in Communication and the Arts from Harrisburg Area Community College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from Messiah College. She was previously a program coordinator for a local non-profit organization.
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Valerie GarghillVice President, Market ResearchValerie has been an important part of the Best Companies Group team since 2011. As the head of research operations, Valerie is responsible for methodology, quality assurance, analytics, management, and she assists in new business development as well as strategic partnerships. Prior to her tenure at BCG, Valerie worked in the nonprofit sector, where she made a number of contributions, including a focus on increasing employee engagement as a means to improve the workplace and customer satisfaction. Valerie earned her M.S. in Organization Development and Leadership from Shippensburg University, and her B.S. from Penn State.
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Amy CleverAdministrative AssistantAmy Clever is the part-time Administrative Assistant for Best Companies Group. Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from Shippensburg University. She was previously a Media Buyer for four years at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
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Katie NageotteResearch and Survey CoordinatorAs the Research and Survey Coordinator, Katie is responsible for ensuring data quality and accuracy, as well as assisting the Vice President, Market Research. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Pennsylvania College with an associate’s degree. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping. She is an active mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
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Jennifer AquilerProgram CoordinatorJennifer Aquiler is a program coordinator with Best Companies Group. She oversees a variety of programs across the US and Canada, ensuring an organized and insightful process for each participating company. She studied Journalism and Theater at Messiah College and interned with the Philadelphia Inquirer. In her spare time, she works on her YouTube vlog, No Decaf.
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Brooke CiccocioppoProgram CoordinatorBrooke is a program coordinator with Best Companies Group. She is responsible for organizing and guiding customers through various programs across the U.S. She works hard to try to keep everything running as efficiently as possible for Best Companies Group’s partners and participating organizations. She graduated summa cum laude from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor’s degree in French.
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Lauren KissingerProgram CoordinatorLauren Kissinger is a program coordinator for Best Companies Group. In this position, she is responsible for navigating participants through regional and national programs that identify and recognize superior employers. Prior to her employment at Best Companies Group, Lauren was a site coordinator for an oncology rehabilitation program. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Health Care Management from Harrisburg Area Community College, and is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration, at Elizabethtown College.
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Christopher MillerProgram CoordinatorChristopher Miller is a program coordinator with Best Companies Group. He oversees a number of programs across the United States and is responsible for ensuring that every customer experiences a smooth and beneficial process from start to finish. Christopher received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Messiah College in 2012. While attending Messiah, he interned with the PIAA, HydroWorx, and Cedar Cliff High School. In his spare time, he enjoys watching, playing, and talking about sports.
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Katrina HeimbachProgram CoordinatorKatrina Heimbach is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. She double majored in International Studies and French as well as minoring in Art History. Katrina grew up in Mechanicsburg which is where she resides currently. She loves to travel and be outdoors. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog Zip.
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Katie HensonProgram CoordinatorKatie Henson is a program coordinator with Best Companies Group. She manages several programs throughout the U.S. and ensures critical and effective support and communication through each process. Katie is a Messiah College graduate and has spent significant time studying and practicing behavioral health and management. She prioritizes effective communication and positive relationships and loves interacting with new people.
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Mike MariniSurvey Technology and Web SpecialistMike Marini is our Survey Technology and Web Specialist. He assists in the design, operation, and refinement of Best Companies Group’s survey processes and data collection technologies. He graduated as Valedictorian from ITT Technical Institute in Harrisburg, PA with a Specialized Associates Degree in Multimedia.
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Lauren TopashLauren is a research program coordinator for Best companies Group. She is responsible for coordinating all functions of independent survey and custom reporting projects. Lauren received her Master in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State.
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