Since 2016, Forbes, in partnership with the Small Giants Community, presents the definitive list of America’s Best Small Companies. This award recognizes 25 privately owned companies that have chosen to be great instead of big. These companies have terrific workplaces, revolutionary products, outstanding services and incredible “mojo,” all of which makes them deserving of this special recognition.
Announced at the Small Giants Summit in Detroit on May 17, 2018, Jean Pitzo, ACE Metal Crafts Company CEO and Deb Benning, Chief Relationship Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the entire ACE team.
Each year, Forbes and the Small Giants Community review over 200 companies for the award. During the committee review process, several factors are considered, including the company purpose, vision and values. There is a particular focus on company leadership, culture, community and finances.
“There are a couple things about ACE Metal Crafts that really stood out,” explains Hamsa Daher, Executive Director of Small Giants. “ They translated (company values, mission and purpose documentation) into different languages because they wanted to ensure that every employee really understood them, that nothing was lost in translation, that (the values) were truly lived and embodied.”
“Another aspect was emotional intelligence, there had been a lot of training and development where the focus was to really take care of their employees in every aspect – and we call that ‘caring for the employees in the totality of their lives,’ and we felt that ACE Metal Crafts really exemplified that in a great way.” “Another piece, of course, is leadership. We could see how the leadership was humble and authentic.”
Small Giants offers small companies a collaborative environment, where members are part of a team-first culture; meaning working relationships are defined by empathy, while providing great communication and support, as well as continued learning and development.