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Awards and recognition

Forbes Advisor names Pinnacol a best workers’ compensation insurer of 2024

For the second consecutive year, Forbes Advisor names Pinnacol as a top five best workers’ compensation carriers. Pinnacol received five out of five stars in the evaluation of 25 large insurers.

Paola Ruiz-Portillo recognized as a 40 Under 40 leader by the Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

As Pinnacol Assurance's diversity, equity, and inclusion specialist, Paola has been instrumental in creating a culture of inclusion and challenging inequitable practices. She is recognized for her leadership and advocacy for Latine and LGBTQ+ employees, significantly impacting the organization and the community.

Pinnacol named Outstanding Employer by Professionals in Workers’ Compensation

Pinnacol was recognized as an outstanding employer, underscoring its leadership within Colorado’s workers’ comp community. Pinnacol’s partnership with PWC builds confidence and trust among members while fostering networking and education for professionals in the industry.

CareerWise Colorado recognizes Pinnacol with inaugural Enduring Employer Partner award

Julie Wilmes, Apprentice Program Manager, accepted the award on Pinnacol’s behalf at the 2024 CareerWise Colorado Youth Apprenticeship Week Celebration. Wilmes has been a key architect of Pinnacol’s apprenticeship program since 2017. As an educator and an ally, she has directly supported over 70 apprentices, ensuring they have access to meaningful career pathways

Denver Post Top Workplaces ranks Pinnacol as the #4 large employer in Colorado

For the eighth consecutive year, Pinnacol Assurance was ranked as a top ten employer in Colorado. This year, we were named fourth in the large company category, up from fifth place in 2023.

Pinnacol honored as Silver Stevie® Award Winner in 2024 American Business Awards® in the Company of the Year - Insurance category

Pinnacol was recognized nationally for its altruism and operational excellence and positive impact on customers, industry and community. The award considered Pinnacol’s financial performance and stewardship, workplace safety programs, customer and injured worker satisfaction, corporate citizenship and award-winning apprenticeship program.

Pinnacol honored as Silver Stevie® Award Winner in 2024 American Business Awards® in the Achievement in Customer Satisfaction category

Winning the Achievement in Customer Satisfaction award is a testament to Pinnacol’s industry-leading and record-setting customer NPS and IWS, especially among Spanish-preferred customers. Pinnacol’s customer satisfaction scores, which are well above the industry benchmark showcase its achievements compared to competitors.

Jamie Villarreal-Basset named a 2024 Top 50 DEI Professional by OnCon Icon Awards

The global, peer-voted award recognizes Jamie as a top DEI professional, honoring her impact on Pinnacol Assurance and her professional community through thought leadership, innovation and exceptional leadership.

Pinnacol honored with five Top Workplaces USA Culture Excellence Awards

Each spring and fall, the Culture Excellence Awards are given to companies within the U.S. — broken down by size band — that achieve top scores on employee sentiment related to compensation and benefits; innovation; leadership; purpose and value; and work-life flexibility.

Monster and Energage recognize Pinnacol as 10 Top Workplaces for Remote Work 

In this brand-new addition to the Top Workplaces program, Pinnacol is recognized nationally for creating an outstanding remote work environment that’s dedicated to employee satisfaction and productivity. The 10 Top Workplaces for Remote Work award is solely based on employee feedback.

Pinnacol named to Built In’s national 2024 Best Places to Work 

For the third year in a row, Pinnacol has been honored with the Best Places to Work award by Built In, an online community for national startups and tech companies. The award program recognizes companies that offer the best compensation packages, total rewards and culture programs among their peers.

Pinnacol named No. 5 top workplace in Colorado by the Denver Post 

For the seventh consecutive year, Pinnacol has been awarded a 2023 Top Workplaces honor by The Denver Post. In recent years, the Denver Post has named Pinnacol the top large employer in the state and a top employer for work-life balance. Pinnacol also received a special award this year indicating Pinnacol scored the highest among all employers for managers caring about employee concerns.

Top Workplaces recognizes Pinnacol nationally with four Culture Excellence awards

Based solely on valued employee feedback, the Culture Excellence awards are given to companies within the U.S. — broken down by size band — that achieve top scores on statements relating to employee culture. Pinnacol won awards for DE&I Practices (new), Employee Well-Being (repeat), Employee Appreciation (new) and Professional Development (repeat).

Forbes Advisor names Pinnacol a 2023 best workers’ compensation insurer

Each year, Forbes Advisor names the highest-rated workers’ compensation carriers, based on financial strength rated by AM Best and the level of upheld complaints made to state insurance departments and collected by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

National Association of Corporate Directors names Pinnacol a top-four finalist for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion award in the Not-for-Profit category

NACD the authority on boardroom practices and representing more than 23,000 corporate board members recognizes forward-thinking boards that leverage the power of DE&I to enhance their governance, create long-term value, and build innovative and inclusive workplaces and boardrooms.

Colorado Neurodiversity Chamber of Commerce recognizes Pinnacol as Inaugural Business of the Week

Pinnacol was recognized as the Inaugural Business of the Week for being a model in the community for our efforts to champion neurodiversity and celebrate unique strengths in the workplace.

Colorado Sun readers award Pinnacol Best Insurance (Commercial) in the Denver Metro area

It’s an honor to be named the “Best Insurance in the Denver Metro Area” by the readers of the Colorado Sun. Pinnacol extends a heartfelt thank-you to our extraordinary customers, employees and community for the support and for the voter-driven honor.

Pinnacol’s vice president of operations receives 2023 Denver Business Journal C-Suite Award

Quincy Douglass was recognized for his key contributions to Pinnacol’s mission to care for Colorado in a rapidly changing work environment. Douglass was celebrated with the 2023 Denver Business Journal C-Suite Award for spearheading transformative initiatives that have earned record-setting injured worker satisfaction scores and his contributions to Pinnacol’s award-winning DEI program.

Pinnacol vice president and CFO Kathy Kranz named a Digital Insurance 2023 Women in Insurance Leadership honoree

Digital Insurance's leadership program recognizes the women leading the insurance industry's transformation.

Pinnacol leader named among the 50 Women of Impact Tech honorees

Congratulations to Pinnacol’s Christine Dharma, CPC, ELI-MP, MBA, for being named on the inaugural list of women to watch in the tech industry. She was recognized as a standout making strides to promote DEI and gender equity in the tech space and opening doors so the next generation of leaders can thrive.

Pinnacol named a 2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion winner by the Denver Business Journal in its second annual awards

The 2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion honors Pinnacol as an outstanding organization employing outspoken individuals in the Denver metro area who go above and beyond to bolster equality across all areas of diversity, including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity.

Meet Gabby Ayala: Former apprentice named 2023 Outstanding Mentor

Congratulations to Gabby Ayala, one of Pinnacol’s former apprentices, who is now a software engineer and apprentice supervisor, for winning the 2023 Outstanding Mentor award. She was recognized by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and Colorado Apprenticeship Office.

Denver Public Schools: Pinnacol is a 2023 Youth Apprenticeship Partner of the Year

Denver Public Schools recognized Pinnacol Assurance as a 2023 Youth Apprenticeship Partner of the Year for its dedication to offering transformational opportunities to students in Denver and the surrounding communities. Pinnacol’s youth-focused apprenticeship program is registered by the U.S. Department of Labor and nationally recognized as one of the most established youth apprenticeships in Colorado.

OnCon Icon awards: Pinnacol named Top 50 Corporate Counsel, Top 100 Executive Team

The global awards recognize each team’s contributions to protecting Colorado workers; providing personalized, compassionate care for those injured on the job; and meeting the needs of a post-pandemic economy and workforce.

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