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November 4, 2016 GMT

Insperity, Rockwood Shutters, Blinds and Draperies, and Power Home Remodeling Group earned the top spots in the Houston Chronicle’s seventh annual Top Workplaces Awards.

Those companies and others were recognized Thursday at the Bayou City Event Center in advance of a Nov. 13 special section that will honor the Houston area’s top 150 workplaces. About 650 people attended the event.

Rodney Bullard, Chick-fil-A vice president of community affairs, delivered the keynote address. He emphasized the importance of cultivating a positive workplace culture.

“You can have the greatest strategy in the world and the greatest plan in the world, but if you don’t have the culture to support that strategy and plan, then all is lost,” he said.

He touted his company’s founder, Truett Cathy, as an example of a leader who strived to achieve that goal while building a company now valued at $8 billion, he said.

“He decided he was going to do more with his life than other people expected him to do,” Bullard said.

Bullard acknowledged the winners for their workplace achievements.

Winners were divided into three categories: large, midsize and small.

Insperity ranked highest in the large workplaces category.

“We try to hire the best people we can find and give them to the tools to do their job,” said Ron McGee, Insperity’s senior vice president of property and casualty.

Rockwood Shutters, Blinds and Draperies earned first place among midsize companies. And Power Home Remodeling Group took the top spot among small companies.

As part of its rankings, the Chronicle also recognizes executives and companies for performance in a range of categories, including leadership, benefits and communication.

Greg Armstrong, CEO and chairman of Plains All American Pipeline, was honored for leadership of a large company; Kim Tardy, director of human resources at alliantgroup, for leadership of a midsize company; and Hal Wychopen II, managing member of Texas Saffire, for leadership of a small company.

The results are based on employee surveys conducted by Pennsylvania-based WorkplaceDynamics. The firm invited 1,496 local companies to participate and surveyed 77,000 employees at 281 of them.

›› See all the winners in the large, medium and small categories, and which took special awards, at chron.com/topworkplaces. The Top Workplaces section will appear in print on Nov. 13 in the Chronicle.