APi Group wins 2011 ASTD BEST Award

October 17, 2011 - October 17, 2011 - APi Group Inc. is proud to announce that it ranked 14 in the American Society for Training and Development's 2011 BEST Learning Organizations Award program. APi Group is among 32 organizations from Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States to receive this year's BEST Award.

The ASTD BEST Awards are the training industry's most rigorous and desirable recognition. The awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development. APi Group was the only construction contractor to receive this year's award.

"This award demonstrates the commitment of our organization to employee development and continuous performance improvement, which puts us in a better position to serve our customers," said Mike Shands, APi Group's Director of Learning and Development.

For the 2011 BEST Awards, 73 organizations in 10 countries were considered. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ASTD about their learning and development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a select group of experts in the learning and development field.

"These 32 companies excelled in creating innovative, vibrant learning cultures that clearly aligned with strategic business goals," said Tony Bingham, ASTD's president and CEO. "They proved their commitment to workplace learning and development by doing so in an economic climate that saw limited resources, reductions in force, and budget cuts."

The award was presented during a reception held in Washington, D.C., on October 6. In recognizing APi Group, the advisory committee cited the quality of APi Group's training programs, employee application of learning on the job and its approach to developing emerging leaders.

"It has been a consistent team effort, starting with the vision and resources provided by our senior leadership and culminating with our employees who embraced learning and apply it back on the job," Shands said.

This is the ninth year of the ASTD BEST Awards. More information about the 2011 ASTD BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2011 issue of T+D magazine and online:

About APi Group Inc.
APi Group acquires construction companies to propel their success in the industry while encouraging company leaders to keep their entrepreneurial spirit. APi Group owns 16 companies within Minnesota and 36 companies throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

About ASTD
ASTD (the American Society for Training and Development) is the world's largest association dedicated to the training and development field. ASTD's members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in 125 U.S. chapters and with 20 International Partners. For more information, visit

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