May 16, 2019

Reliance Partners is One of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2019

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Reliance Partners | Inc. Best Workplaces Honoree 2019

America’s fastest-growing commercial insurance agency for the transportation and logistics space, is also one of the highest-scoring businesses, with standout employee engagement—three years in a row

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (May 16, 2019) – Reliance Partners (Reliance) has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces 2019, our fourth annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector.

Hitting newsstands May 28 in the June 2019 issue, and as part of a prominent feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Collecting data on nearly 2,000 submissions, Inc. singled out 346 finalists.

About Inc.’s Best Workplaces 2019 Survey

Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Omaha’s Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. Then we ranked all the employers using a composite score of survey results. This year, Reliance scored in the 96th percentile overall—a scored shared by the Top 3 companies in the same category. Reliance was also one of four companies in the state of Tennessee to make the cut, and one of two companies in Chattanooga to be selected.

The strongest scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity. It’s a different playbook from a decade ago, when too many firms used the same template: free food, open work environments, and artifacts of “fun.”

“We’re excited to be named one of Inc. magazine’s Best workplaces four years in a row,” says Diana Flores, Employee Success Manager at Reliance.

“I’m proud to be part of a winning team and to experience the culture, authenticity, and celebration of diversity that sets us apart from other companies in our industry. Everyone at Reliance is invested in both the personal and professional success of their team members, and we’re focused on providing the best experience for our clients.”

All companies had to have a minimum of 10 employees and be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent—that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

“We make employee experience a priority every day and we’re delighted that our employees have reported a consistently positive experience with their coworkers, their leaders and with their jobs,” added Laura Ann Howell, Chief Operations Officer at Reliance.

“This is important to us because we know that when our employees are happy they are more productive, drive better business results and make a difference to our customers.

By the numbers

While researching the finalists, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes:

  • 99 percent provide health insurance—and some cover the cost.
  • 49 percent allow employees to bring pets to work.
  • 65 percent take employees to offsite retreats to relax and recharge.  
  • 16 percent offer paid sabbaticals to reward length of service.

“With today’s tight labor market, building a great corporate culture is more important than ever,” says Inc. magazine editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The companies on Inc.’s Best Workplaces 2019 list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from.

To see the complete list of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces 2019, click here!


About Reliance Partners

Chattanooga-based Reliance Partners is the nation’s fastest-growing commercial insurance agency focused on the transportation and logistics space. Incorporated by a team of former transportation industry executives and founders of asset-based trucking companies, Reliance leverages its specialized expertise to provide full spectrum risk management support and a one-of-a-kind customer service experience. For more information, visit


About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of Advertising Age’s “A-List” in January 2015, and a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012, Inc. has a monthly audience reach that’s grown from two million in 2010 to more than 20 million today. For more information, visit


About Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit