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A Stevie Winner in Berlin Welcomes the German Stevie Awards

  
  
  
  
  
  

optivo in Berlin, Germany won two Stevie® Awards in The 2014 International Business Awards: its Customer Care Team won a Bronze Stevie in the Customer Service Awards categories; and its optivo® broadmailMarketing Automation Solution won in the New Product Awards categories.

optivoWe asked Harald Oberhofer, Director of Corporate Communications at optivo, for his thoughts about the new German Stevie Awards. (Get your German Stevie Awards entry kit here.)

Herzlich willkommen, as we say in Germany,” was his response. “We regularly participate in the international edition of the Stevies and our company and innovations have received several awards. We are therefore really happy that the Stevie Awards have now launched a competition specifically for the German market.”

“German companies are acting more and more internationally,” Harald added. “The German Stevie Awards might help to deepen our global mindset. At the same time, I think it’s great that German business achievements are going to be recognized through these new Awards, and that German innovations and product highlights will get the visibility they deserve.”

Delivering Added Value

We asked Harald if he had any advice for companies thinking of doing business in Germany.

“The starting point has to be a valid business model–and that applies to Germany companies, too.” Harald told us. “In Germany, careful and thorough planning is of great importance. Plans and concepts should be developed very thoroughly, with a special eye on the details. There is a great demand in Germany for professionalism and for delivering added value. And, of course, reliability is a must.”

Industry News

Harald also gave us some tips on a few of the apps and blogs that he finds most useful in the workplace.

“optivo is one of the largest email marketing and omnichannel specialists in Europe,” he told us. “We have our own German language blog at www.optivo.de/de/blog, which provides a lot of useful industry news information. For other industry news, I can also recommend www.emailmarketingforum.de and www.emailmarketingblog.de.  However, if you need a cab in Germany, the MyTaxi app is essential!”

Looking Ahead

We asked Harald what he most enjoyed about his work at optivo. “optivo is the technology leader in its industry and right now we are expanding internationally, which is exciting for the entire company as well as for me,” he told us.  “Moreover, my colleagues in our Berlin office are cool and dedicated, as are the people working in our offices around Europe. In short, to work at optivo is fun and rewarding.”

optivo® broadmail

optivo’s main product is optivo® broadmail, which enables optivo clients to send out permission-based and professional newsletters as well as email marketing campaigns. optivo® broadmail is an internationally applicable solution for all business sectors and industries. The user interface is available in English, German, Polish, Dutch, and Turkish. The software includes more than 300 functions and can be used via all relevant web browsers. Its customers can send out up to 25,000,000 emails per hour. Furthermore, it is continuously being updated and developed. New functionalities are provided regularly and made available free of charge to optivo’s customers.

Customer Care Team

The optivo customer care team helps with advice and assistance in all matters concerning the use of optivo® broadmail. Online marketing specialists create customer templates for a consistent corporate design and give international support regarding the use of the online broadcasting system as well as email and omnichannel marketing in general. The staff is multinational and supports customers in various European languages.

optivo offers workshops on email marketing strategies, customer training, and academies. Its customers receive regularly updated documentation, technical white papers, video tutorials, and newsletters. Through its blog, optivo offers in-depth information on relevant topics concerning email and omnichannel marketing to all interested parties. Customers can also subscribe to a newsletter series that offersuseful tips on email marketing over the course of one year, and they can attend free webinars on special topics which are held on a regular basis.

About Harald Oberhofer

Harald Oberhofer is Director of Corporate Communication at optivo. He has 14 years of experience in PR and Marketing in the online sector. Harald joined optivo in 2007 in order to set up the Marketing Department. His current responsibilities are the management and coordination of international and corporate PR and marketing communications activities. Prior to optivo, Harald worked for Zanox and IBM, among others.

About optivo

optivo is one of Europe's leading email and omnichannel marketing service providers, delivering efficient, professional and secure email marketing solutions from one single source. Since the foundation of optivo in 2001, all of its operations have focused on efficient direct marketing. More than 1,000 companies from various industries rely on its services, including many top names; such as Best Western Hotels, Bosch Power Tools, Die Zeit, InnoGames, Henkel, and QVC.  For more information go to www.optivo.com

Five Distinguished Women to Lead Women in Business Awards Final Judging

  
  
  
  
  
  

The Stevie Awards are delighted to announce the names of the five distinguished women who will chair the final judging committees of the 2014 (11th annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business competition.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world's top business awards program for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.

Finalists in this year's Stevie Awards for Women in Business were announced last week.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie placements from among the Finalists will be determined in final judging, to begin next week.  Results will be announced at the 11th annual awards dinner in New York on November 14.  Tickets are now on sale.

The five committee chair selections are based on the categories that will be judged. Final judging chairs helped to form their committees, each of which will be comprised of 10-20 other executives.  Here are this year's final judging committee chairs.

INDIVIDUAL/EXECUTIVE AWARDS

CHAIR: Susan Johnson, Director of Communications
The Women Presidents
Organization, New York, New York

WIBSusan Johnson is Director of Communications for the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). WPO is a membership organization for women presidents and CEOs of privately held, multimillion dollar companies. Through global, confidential, and collaborative peer-learning groups, the WPO accelerates business growth, enhances competitiveness and promotes economic security. Working at the local, national, and international levels, Susan oversees marketing, public relations, and brand building initiatives for WPO, whose mission is to accelerate business growth, enhance competitiveness, and promote economic security for multi-million dollar, women-led companies.

Prior to joining WPO, Susan had her own business, developing strategically creative marketing campaigns to give brands, services, and nonprofits a distinctive voice, personality, and presence.  A seasoned public relations agency professional, Susan has a strong background managing strategic business-to-business and business-to-consumer communications that build brand reputation and value, and support business objectives. Having had the privilege of launching and sustaining many well-known brands, she’s also helped startups come to market and built thought leadership platforms for nonprofit organizations.

Her work at Fleishman Hillard and Rowland Worldwide has been recognized with the industry’s highest honors, including a Silver Anvil from The Public Relations Society of America. Named a fellow of Columbia University’s Age Boom Academy, she honed her social media skills at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

INDIVIDUAL/ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

CHAIR: Redickaa Subramanian, CEO & Chief Strategist
Interakt Digital Group, Singapore

14 WIB ENTR Chair(1)Redickaa Subramanian is a global advertising, marketing, and technology expert and the co-founder and CEO of Interakt Digital Communications Group, a digital marketing and communications firm headquartered in Singapore. Through her strategic insight and hands-on leadership, she has guided Interakt’s growth to approximately 200 associates with operations on four continents.

As Interakt’s chief strategist, she specializes in helping global companies deliver their brand promise inside/out by aligning all audiences and messaging, internally and externally. She has worked with some of the world’s most respected brands, including Citibank, Ecolab, Lenovo, Nalco, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, HSBC, Motorola, Levi’s® and Estee Lauder Companies.

Redicka earned her MBA at the State University of New York at Buffalo and was named “Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year 2007” by DBS-SICCI.

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION AWARDS

CHAIR: Stephanie Azzarone, Founder & President
Childs Play Communications, New York, New York

14 WIB CO Chair(1)Stephanie Azzarone is founder and president of Child’s Play Communications, the first agency to specialize exclusively in marketing to moms. Child’s Play celebrated its 25th anniversary last year (2013). Stephanie is creator of the award-winning Team Mom™ blogger network, the voice behind the blog Mom Market Trends, and winner of Bulldog Reporter’s Social Media Innovator of the Year Award. She also received an Honorable Mention in this year’s Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.

Stephanie has been quoted on the subject of marketing to moms in media ranging from PRWeek through The Wall Street Journal and writes a monthly post for the industry publication Engage:Moms. Disney, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Heinz, Hewlett Packard, TIME Inc., and the Wildlife Conservation Society are among her recent clients.

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS/MARKETING/NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES

CHAIR: Katrin Ludvigsson, CEO
Rippler Communications, Stockholm, Sweden

14 WIB Chair PRKatrin is the CEO of Rippler Communications, an award-winning strategic and creative agency committed to delivering quality marketing and communications solutions in multiple channels and across platforms. Having spent a decade as account director and senior consultant at one of Sweden´s largest PR-firms, she founded Rippler eight years ago together with a female former colleague. Together they set out to create a business squarely dedicated to delivering quality with pride, a matter of “ your business is our business.”

From the first year of operations, Katrin and Rippler have earned numerous awards in SPINN—the Swedish equivalent of the IPRA Golden Awards—for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients. Last year, though, was the first year Rippler entered any international competitions and as a result Katrin won the Gold Stevie® Award for Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Public Affairs and Public Service with “For a more humane city” – displaying homelessness through a nationally covered photo campaign. The campaign “For a humane city” was also selected as one of the winners in IPRA last year.

On a more personal level, Katrin is dedicated to work against ethnic and racial intolerance, being one of the co-founders of Oss alla, a national network with about 20,000 followers, writing and co-signing opinion pieces, commissioning and promoting research to combat myths about refugees and immigration. She recently launched a campaign,“the mirror of prejudice,” targeted at high school students and aiming to promote classroom discussions on tolerance issues. Katrin and her Rippler co-founder have also started an informal network for women, meeting twice a year to help promote other women in business.

Katrin has a Bachelor of Arts in both journalism and international relations from the University of Minnesota.  

MEDIA

CHAIR: Caroline Tien-Spalding, Marketing Director
Arcsoft/Perfect 365, San Francisco, CA

14 WIB CHAIR MEDIAAs Senior Director of Marketing for ArcSoft consumer imaging applications and a photography black belt, Caroline Tien-Spalding is always looking to turn pixels into magic pixie dust. Caroline has built an impressive track record of success in the mobile app and consumer markets, and was the driving force behind bringing ArcSoft’s Perfect365, a digital makeover app, to the forefront of over 45 million users.

Prior to ArcSoft, Caroline was instrumental in successfully launching the renowned photo app Camera Awesome with SmugMug, and spreading the word on wireless memory cards at Eye-Fi.

Caroline has been a speaker at CES, Macworld, SXSW, and Mobile Mondays in Silicon Valley. She is a University of California, Berkeley alumna (go bears!) and has a Masters in Linguistics. She speaks on a wide range of topics related to imaging technology, including face recognition, Internet of Things, and connected home. Past engagements include Macworld, CES, CTIA, SXSW and Mobile Mondays.

Thanks to the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business Preliminary Judges

  
  
  
  
  
  

The following professionals participated in preliminary judging of the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the top business awards program for women,  in September and October.  Their average scores determined the 2014 Stevie logoFinalists.  We thank them for their time, insights and support.

Husam Mahmoud Abdallah, Sr. Specialist Strategy & Business Excellence, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Lisa Abeyta, Founder/CEO, APPCityLife, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, USA
Huda Al-Husaini, Engineer, Jordan Engineers Association, Jordan
Andrea Archuleta, Director, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Ascendant Global Technology, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Kausar Asif, Sr.Manager Mktg.Services, Cupola Pakistan Limited, Karachi, Pakistan
Michelle Bart, President, CEO, National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE), Vancouver, WA, USA
Janet Beale, Managing Director, Sytor Enterprises Pty Ltd, East Lindfield, NSW, Australia
Talia Beckett, Managing Director, Pink Pearl Public Relations, Canada
Sherry Bellamy, Business Owner, Anythingdomain.com, Centreville, VA, USA
Denise Blasevick, CEO, The S3 Agency, Boonton, NJ, USA
Tya Bolton, CEO / Business & Event Strategist, Exceptional Business Solutions, LLC, Waldorf, MD, USA
Karen Bonsignori, Founder/CEO, FRESH Company USA, Clearwater, FL, USA
Jennifer Braun, Owner & CEO, Type A Events | Festivities, Medina, MN, USA
Jane Bryant, Director, Spire Communications, Potomac Falls, VA, USA
Mj Callaway, Author, Coach, Speaker, Rock More Sales, Delmont, PA, USA
Bev Campbell, Employee Advocate, Bev's Business Services, Kimberley, BC, Canada
Dawn Campbell Giesman, Sr. Marketing Manager, PublicSchoolWORKS, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Deb Carr, Founder, Sydney Lifestyle Blog, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Kim Clark, Principal, Polished Professionals Boston, Boston, MA, USA
Monica Coburn, Vice President, Wells Fargo, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Etta Cohen, Founder, Forward Ladies, Leeds, United Kingdom
Jennifer Commander, Partner and Managing Director, Alexandria Clinical Research Alexandria, VA, USA
Irene Corpuz, Head of Planning & IT Security, Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Maria Coyne, Executive VP, KeyBank, Cleveland, OH, USA
Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Founder, The Birthday Club, Manchester, CT, USA
Churchill Dass Prince, Founder CEO, Sales Intellect Company, Chennai, India
Danielle Davenport, Co-Founder South Valley Angels, San Martin, CA, USA
Robyn Davis, Owner, When I Need Help, Lexington, SC, USA
Anna Day, Director, Worldwide Womens Resources, Bicester, South East, United Kingdom
Rochelle Ekanayake, Managing Director, MrPierce Studios International Asia (pvt) LTD, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Lori Ericson, Product Planning and Development, Epicor Software Denver, CO, USA
Joy Lynn Fields, President, Joy Lynn, Inc., GA, USA
Kharma Finley-Wallace, Principal, Hoverfly Media, Washington DC, USA
Lynette Flowers, CEO, Flowers Powers Girls, USA
Susan Flynn-Doyle, Co-Owner, SFD Couture Formal Wear, New York, NY, USA
Lorretta Gasper, Owner/Principal, Wind Rose Communications, Atlanta, GA, USA
Manoj Gautam, MR Om Shiva Shakti, Herbal Company, Kathmandu, Nepal
Linda Ginac, CEO, TalentGuard, Austin, TX, USA
Barb Girson, President, My Sales Tactics, LLC, New Albany, OH, USA
Regina Glick, Director of Marketing, Summit Business Media, New York, NY, USA
Charity Herb, Online Content Administrator, American Greetings, Cleveland, OH, USA
Kimberly Howard Vice President, Creative Director, The Thomas Collective, New York, NY, USA
Jennifer Hrycyszyn, Vice President, Greenough, Boston, MA, USA
Craig Jacobsen, Founder, Open Spaces Marketing, Vista, CA, USA
Monika Jaslowska, Corporate Communications, Polpharma, Warsaw, Poland
Anne Jefferies, Vendor Compliance Manager, AT&T Global Vendor Management, Biggar, United Kingdom
Brigitte Johnson, APR, Communications Manager, Enterprise Community Partners, Columbia, MD, USA
JP Jones, Owner, Paige1Media, Lawerenceburg, TN, USA
Rebecca Jones, Owner, bScene Marketing Solutions, Miami, FL, USA
Rose Jurczewski, Owner, Funxion Fuzion, Roselle, IL, USA
Nancy Justice, Global Customer Service Manager, Braiform, Asheville, NC, USA
Laura Kerr, Principal Business Analyst, Sabre Airline Solutions, Southlake, TX, USA
Datin Sri Dato', Dr. Wang Kim Ha, Group Executive Director, Smart Reader® Worldwide Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Shamina Krishna Manager, Training Department, Smart Reader® Worldwide Sdn. Bhd. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tammy Kronawitter, Executive Assistant, Clear Decisions, Mitcham, SA, Australia
Iwona Kubicz, President of the Board, Procontent, Warsaw, Poland
Jill Liberman, Founder, Videoglobetrotter Inc., Boca Raton, FL, USA
Vanessa Lindeberg, Account Manager, OnStrategy, Reno, NV, USA
Natalie Lowde, Founder Director, #Changetheratio, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Susan Lynch, EVP & CFO, Global Information Solutions Division, Hitachi Data Systems, Santa Clara, CA, USA
Anil Machado, Managing Director, Tnell Sieradz, Poland
Morag Malloy, Managing Director, Fission Creative, Paisley, United Kingdom
Carol Marx, Past President, American Agri-Women, Rickreall, OR, USA
Donald Mazzella, COO, Information Strategies, Inc., Ridgefield NJ, USA
Robin McCoy-Ramirez, Owner, SoothEaze, Boston, MA, USA
Elaine Metlin, Senior Partner, Dickstein Shapiro, Washington, DC, USA
Nicole Middendorf, CEO, Prosperwell Financial, Plymouth, MN, USA
Laurel Mintz, CEO,Elevate My Brand, Inc Studio City, CA, USA
Deborah Mitchell, Founder, Heaven Health & Beauty Ltd, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Debbie Moore, COO, Other Creative Ltd LONDON, London, United Kingdom
Dawn Morris, Sr Vice President & General Manager, Bankers Warranty Group, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Chris Moschovitis, CEO, TMG-emedia, New York, NY, USA
Stephanie Moss, Vice President, Hansen Technnologies, Powder Springs, GA, USA
Rajendran Nair, Sr Director, Marketing Intalio, USA
Kirsten Osolind, founding CEO, Re:invention, USA
Liz Palmer, President and CEO, Liz Palmer Media Group Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
Gayle Pearce, Senior Associate, STS Capital Partners, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Sarah-Jane Peterschlingmann, Managing Director, ATechnology International, Australia
Harish Pillai, COO, Indus Health Plus Pvt. Ltd., Pune, India
Toni Potter, Director, Technica Dulles, VA, USA
Fabi Preslar, President, SPARK Publications, Matthew, NC, USA
Vicky Prior, Founder, Utter Content Creation Ltd, Huddersfield, AL, United Kingdom
Rebecca Quin, Owner, The Rebecca Quin Agency, New York, NY, USA
Maria Reitan, Senior Principal, Lola Red PR, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Sandra Richardson, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Métier, Ltd., Healdsburg, CA, USA
Anupama Rosa, Marketing Executive, LYCATEL SWITCHWARE LTD, United Kingdom
Catalina Rousseau, President & CEO, BDR Associates, Bucharest, Romania
Pearl Saadi, Ms Other creative Ltd London, London, United Kingdom
Amy Scarlino, President & CEO, Catchpole Corporation, Boston, MA, USA
Grace Schalkwyk, CEO, Gramercy Digital Strategy Advisors, New York, NY, USA
Katja Schroeder, President, Expedition PR, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Mark Schroeder, Senior Vice President, M Booth & Associates New York, NY, USA
Christine Seymour, Director of Marketing, Siemens Industry, Inc., Alpharetta, GA, USA
Julie Sheppard, General Counsel, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL, USA
Letty Swank, Founder, Giftwrapperz, Los Gatos, CA, USA
Alice Takpemongo, Technology & Innovation Consultant, Mindjet, Brentford, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Pamela Thomas, President, The Thomas Collective, New York, NY, USA
Josie Thomson, CEO, JosieThomson.com, Red Hill, QLD, Australia
Melanie Tinto, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Debra Turbes, Director Corporate Marketing, NEI Global Relocation, Omaha, NE, USA
Gea Wijers, Senior Consultant, Wijers Community-based Consulting, Amsterdam, Noord Holland, The Netherlands
Leah Wilkinson, Partner, Wilkinson Shein Communications, Stevenson, MD, USA
Becky Wilson, Chief Visibility Officer, WDS Marketing & PR, Overland Park, KS USA
Yvonne Wu, Author Assistant & Publicist, The YP Publishing, Ontario, Canada

Stevie Awards for Women in Business Announce 2014 Finalists

  
  
  
  
  
  

World's Top Honors for Working Women to Be Presented in New York on November 14

Finalists were announced today in the 11th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.

Stevies 2014 logoThe Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards and International Business Awards. The Stevies are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards.

This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 14. More than 300 women and their guests from around the world are expected to attend the presentations, which will be broadcast live by Biz Talk Radio and taped for a later television broadcast.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year by organizations and individuals around the world for consideration in more than 90 categories including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year.

Among the leading contenders with multiple Finalists are Accenture, Chicago, IL; AT&T, Dallas, TX; Australian Innovative Systems, Brisbane, Australia; Craig Safety Technologies, Kansas City, MO; Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY; Dubai Police General Headquarters, United Arab Emirates; Ellison Educational Equipment, Lake Forest, CA; Gabriel Marketing Group, Reston, VA; Hewlett-Packard Company, Sunnyvale, CA; Home Rental Services, Overland Park, KS; iFinance Canada Inc., Toronto; Jeunesse Global, Orlando, FL; KC Projects, Birmingham, AL; LLORENTE Y CUENCA, Madrid, Spain; Marketing Maven, Camarillo, CA; MWW, East Rutherford, NJ; National Merchants Association, Temecula, CA; NEI Global Relocation, Omaha, NE; Nerium International, Addison, TX; Newberry Executive Solutions, LLC, Dallas, TX; Pink Elephant, Burlington, ON Canada; PPC Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa; RezBiz, LLC, Estero, FL; Smartling, New York, NY; Wisdom Natural Brands, Gilbert, AZ; and Xceed Financial Credit Union, El Segundo, CA.

For a complete list of Finalists by category, visit http://www.stevieawards.com/Women.

Finalists were chosen by more than 100 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of five specialized judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging that begins on October 20.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, and a new program, the German Stevie Awards. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.


Who's Coming to The International Business Awards in Paris?

  
  
  
  
  
  

Winners of Stevie Awards in The 11th Annual International Business Awards, the world's top honors for achievement in the workplace, will be celebrated and presented their prizes during a glittering banquet on Friday, October 10 at the Westin Paris – Vendôme Hotel in France.  Close to 400 executives from over 30 nations will attend.

The event will sell out.  Only 50 tickets remain, and by this time next week they will be sold.  Purchase your tickets now by first logging into your IBA entry submission account.

Eiffel TowerHere is a list of the organizations that have already purchased their tickets for the October 10 banquet.

ABS-CBN Corporation Quezon City Philippines
ADCO
Agency for Defense Development
Akbati Shopping Mall Istanbul Turkey
American Medical Response
Anadolu Efes Istanbul Turkey
ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Dubai United Arab Emirates
ASTRO MALAYSIA HOLDINGS BERHAD
Azercell Telecom LLC Baku Azerbaijan
boogy the event company
Çalik Enerji Ankara Turkey
Cathay Century Insurance
Cisco Systems Inc. San Jose CA U.S.A.
City Health Care Partnership CIC Hull United Kingdom
DenizBank A.S. Istanbul Turkey
Designated Editor Newport RI USA
DHL Express Egypt Cairo
Diamantis Masoutis S.A. Thessaloniki Greece
Doha Bank
Domino's Pizza Istanbul Turkey
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Dubai United Arab Emirates
ECOPAINT ANGOLA LDA Angola
Egyptian Steel
Entrepreneurial Business School
Eriksen Translations Inc.
FeatureCraft (FC Bilisim Iletisim LTD) Istanbul Turkey
Flytxt Dubai United Arab Emirates
Foresight Corporate Communications Inc. Toronto ON Canada
Freelancer.com
Garanti Pension and Life Istanbul Turkey
GetResponse Wilmington DE USA
Good Relations London United Kingdom
Graebel Companies Inc.
Grupo Máquina PR São Paulo Brazil
GSD® United Kingdom
HANAROADCOM
Hanwoo Board
HAVELSAN INC. Ankara Turkey
HomeAway Inc; Austin TX USA
Hooper Consulting
HR.com Aurora Ontario Canada
HRsmart Paris France
Hyundai Steel
iFinance Canada Canada
inVNT
iPai Shanghai China
ITOPF Limited London England
Jo Su Hee Photo Exhibition
Josiethomson.com Brisbane Australia
Kanyon/Istanbul Turkey
KEPCO KDN
KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Company(KNF)
Kim Hung Ki Mentor Team
Korea Student Aid Foundation
Korea Energy Management Corporation
Korea Gas Safety Corporation
Kosovo Energy Distribution and Supply Company
Land Department of Dubai Dubai United Arab Emirates
Lotte Department Store
Maras Group Adelaide SA Australia
Market Edge Limited Dhaka Bangladesh
MetaMoJi Corporation Tokyo Japan
Millward Brown London United Kingdom
MindZet Kolding Denmark
Ministry of Interiors Dubai United Arab Emirates
Movitel, SA
NATEL EMS Los Angeles CA USA
NNG LLC. Budapest Hungary
Nongshim Communications
Nord Stream AG Zug Switzerland
NU SKIN KOREA
Octavian Security Nottingham United Kingdom
Odea Bank A.S. Istanbul Turkey
Office of the Police Attaché United Arab Emirates Embassy London United Kingdom
Oi Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
OMSAN Logistics Istanbul Turkey
Ooredoo Group Doha Qatar
Opet Petrolculuk Istanbul Turkey
other
Oxagile LLC New York NY USA
Oxford City Football Club Lake Worth FL USA
Pathways Community Interest Company Crewe United Kingdom
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. Muntinlupa City Philippines
Portugal Telecom Lisbon Portugal
PS Communication Denmark ltd
PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk Jakarta Indonesia
Quality Systems Inc. Irvine CA USA
Ryan LLC Dallas TX USA
sahibinden.com
Scale Focus AD Sofia Bulgaria
ShoreTel Australia
SK hynix
Soohyun
Strategic Public Relations Group Hong Kong
Synergy Hill+Knowlton Strategies Seoul Korea
TATA Consultancy Services Ltd
TELUS Communications Edmonton AB Canada
Teradata Corporation Dayton OH USA
Theresa Bradley-Banta Real Estate Consultancy Denver CO USA
Tmob Mobile Technology Istanbul Turkey
TRACCS
TranslateMedia London United Kingdom
TTNET Istanbul Turkey
Türkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S. Istanbul Turkey
Türkiye Is Bankasi A.S. Istanbul Turkey
Uijeongbu City
Unite Communications Ortakoy Istanbul
Velie Law Firm Norman OK USA
Viettel Group
Viettel Timor Leste Unipessoal
Vipnet Zagreb Croatia
Virtual Piggy Inc. Hermosa Beach CA USA
Virtusa Corporation Westborough MA USA
Vodafone Istanbul Turkey
Weber Shandwick

Winners Announced in the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies

  
  
  
  
  
  

More than 23,000 votes were cast in this year's People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies, a feature of The International Business Awards, the world's premier business describe the imageawards competition. All organizations honored in the IBA’s Company of the Year categories were included in People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies voting, in which the general public voted for their favorite companies.

Winners of the crystal People's Choice Stevie Awards will be presented on stage at the 11th Annual International Business Awards banquet at the Westin Vendôme Hotel in Paris, France on October 10th.

Organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations to the IBAs – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.  More than 3,300 nominations were submitted to this year’s International Business Awards by organizations in over 60 nations and territories, for consideration in a wide variety of categories including New Product or Service of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. 

With the most votes received in their respective categories, the following are the 2014 winners of the crystal People's Choice Stevie® Award trophies:

Advertising, Marketing & PR: HH Global
Banking / Financial / Insurance: Union National Bank                            
Business Services: Competence Call Center                
Computer Hardware / Electronics: Arvento Mobile Systems   
Computer Services / Internet: Quality Systems, Inc.                 
Computer Software: HRBoss Singapore             
Conglomerates: Virgin Group               
Construction / Manufacturing / Materials: Clearpath Robotics         
Energy & Utilities: ADCO
Food & Beverage:  Food Innovation Solutions             
Health Products and Services: NU SKIN Expo
Hospitality / Leisure / Retail: Diamantis Masoutis S.A.
Media & Entertainment: ABS-CBN Corporation                  
Non-Profit & Government Organizations: Abu Dhabi Police GHQ
Service Industries: iPai
Telecommunications: Globe Telecom, Inc.
Transportation: OMSAN Logistics



For more information about The International Business Awards, including a complete list of all Stevie Award winners in the 2014 IBAs, visit www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.


About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

Sponsors of The International Business Awards include Competence Call Center, Egyptian Steel, and the Korea Business Communicators Association

Bridging the Culture Gap: Useful Advice From a Stevie Awards Judge

  
  
  
  
  
  

Tore Claesson, a Director of U.S.-based creative agency TIO, has been sharing his time between the US and China since October 2013.  Tore was a judge for The 2014 International Business Awards, covering the Communications Awards, PR Awards, and Creative Awards categories.

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ToreWe talked to Tore about his experience of judging for the Stevie Awards and were gratified by his enthusiasm. “I think I’ve learned more from judging the Stevie Awards than from any book on creativity!” he told us.

Tore sees judging as an opportunity to peek into other professionals’ brains. As he puts it: “To see how others have solved certain business and creative problems is invaluable. It’s like a secret peek behind the curtain.”

Why China?

Tore had a pithy response to why he has been in China for the past year. “To fill a void.”

Tore explained: “There are simply no agencies focused on small and medium-sized businesses and brands that can bridge the culture gap between the U.S. and China, or Europe and China. And that applies whether a Chinese brand is going west or a Western company is trying to penetrate China.

“You either get an agency that finds a ‘partner’ in China for adaptation work, or—if you’re a Chinese company—you may go to a Chinese agency, which most likely has no experience in the nuances of US communications.

“Nuance is key to all communication. Being on the ground in China, with a mixed Western and domestic team, means we master those nuances. With an agency in New York as well as an agency in China, both cultures are a daily part of our work.”

The Importance of Social Media

Tore stressed the importance of social media in China. “One has to immerse oneself in all social media in China such as Wechat, QQ, Weibo, Youku, etc.  China may have a long way to go before it is on a par with the US and Europe on branding and marketing communications—the industry is still young in China—but in social media, which is a much newer business, they are way ahead. The West can learn from China when it comes to using social media.”

Future Judging

The Stevie Awards recently introduced the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, and the 2015 competition opens this month. (For more information on how to participate, sign up to receive an Entry Kit.)   Tore is intrigued by the possibilities of this competition and has expressed interest in judging the newly revamped and expanded entry categories.

Life in China

Since October 2013, Tore has been working in China and is based in Chengdu, Sichuan.  Tore told us, “Chengdu is China’s fourth biggest city with 14 million people, a fantastic kitchen if you like spicy food, a world famous Panda park, and Geely, which makes Volvo cars.

“Chengdu is known as the Silicon Valley of China—a real tech-hub—and Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone (CDHT) is home to 33,237 hi-tech companies, of which 1,115 companies are foreign-invested enterprises, including over 120 Fortune 500 and world-renowned companies.”

When we asked Tore what kept him inspired or excited about the future, his apt response was: “In my case it’s a curiosity to see where the road leads. I can’t stand still. Petrification is for statues!”

You can read and see more of Tore’s adventures in China on his blog or view some of the work being done in China on his LinkedIn site. His profile page links to a showcase for a Swedish company, Sveba-Dahlen, that needed a Chinese name and more.

About Tore Claesson

Tore’s background at agencies such as Ogilvy and Anderson & Lembke McCann, based in Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong in Asia, and Amsterdam in Europe, in addition to his many years in New York, means that TIO has a leader that knows the ins and out of cross culture communication better than just about anybody on this small planet.

About TIO Agency

TIO is a creative agency specializing in brand strategy, market communication, advertising, and design. TIO helps businesses communicate to their stakeholders with a unique, clear, and consistent voice. To be heard in today’s over-saturated media landscape, efficient brand communication must be designed holistically to convey a unified message to internal and external stakeholders, then transmitted via multiple media.By aligning to each client’s strategic vision, TIO ensures that its work is focused on concrete marketing objectives, rather than dictated by simple creative whims or technological indulgences.

TIO was founded in 2009 by designer Norman Rabinovich and brand strategist Michael Raisanen. Its team consists of 20 creative professionals across design, strategy, communication, technology advertising, public relations, and new media. The agency is headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA, with an office in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Quality Systems Wins Grand Stevie Award as Organization of the Year in 12th American Business Awards

  
  
  
  
  
  

Other Grand Stevie Winners Include AMD, Makovsky, MWW, and Slack and Company

The Stevie® Awards held one of its awards galas for its 12th annual American Business Awards competition on Friday night, and announced the winners of its Grand Stevie Award trophies.

Quality Systems of Irvine, CA received the Grand Stevie for organization of the year, for earning the most award points in The 2014 American Business Awards.  Other top ABA Grand Stevie winners include Makovsky for interactive services agency of the year, Slack and Company for marketing agency of the year, and MWW for public relations agency of the year.  This is the second year in a row that Makovsky, Slack and Company, and MWW have won those awards.

attThe Grand Stevie Awards were presented to the organizations that submitted the best body of entries to The American Business Awards this year, in their own name or in the names of one or more clients.  The organizations with the most points won, with a Gold Stevie Award win counting for three points, a Silver Stevie win for two points, and a Bronze Stevie win counting for 1.5 points.

Besides Quality Systems, Makovsky, MWW and Slack and Company, Grand Stevies were also awarded to the 10 other organizations with the most points in the 2014 competition.  They are

  1. AMD
  2. USANA Health Sciences
  3. AT&T
  4. Accenture
  5. CallidusCloud
  6. Engility
  7. PAN Communications
  8. Lewis PR
  9. Jeunesse Global
  10. John Hancock Signature Services

Friday’s gala, focused on new product awards, website awards, and other tech awards, was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year.  The first ceremony took place in Chicago on June 13 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing. 

The American Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of American business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, product developers, marketers and web development teams.

More than 260 executives attended Friday’s event at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.  Stevie Awards were conferred in three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze.  See the blog post issued earlier today for a summary of the other Stevie Award winners.

For a complete list of all 2014 American Business Awards’ Stevie Award winners visit  www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

More than 3,300 entries were submitted to The 2014 American Business Awards and more than 240 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners. 

Entries for The 2015 American Business Awards will be accepted starting in October.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sponsors and partners of The 2014 American Business Awards include Biz Talk Radio, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Cvent, Engility, John Hancock, LycaMobile, PetRays, and Softpro.


12th American Business Awards Announce Winners in New Product & Tech Categories

  
  
  
  
  
  

AT&T Tops Gold Stevie® Winners; Quality Systems Wins Grand Stevie for Company of the Year

The 12th Annual American Business AwardsSM announced Stevie® Award winners on Friday at its event focused on outstanding new products and services and on achievements in technology industries.

Steve Plochocki Quality SystemsFriday’s gala was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year.  The first took place in Chicago on June 13 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing.  Winners in all new product awards and technology-related categories were announced at the event in San Francisco on Friday.

The American Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of American business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, product developers, marketers and web development teams.

More than 260 executives attended Friday’s awards banquet at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.  Stevie Awards were conferred in four levels of distinction: Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The Grand Stevies were awarded to the organizations who received the most awards overall – Gold, Silver or Bronze – in the ABAs this year.  Quality Systems of Irvine, CA was presented with the Grand Stevie for Organization of the Year.  The winners of the other Grand Stevie Awards will be named in a followup press release today.

AT&T, Inc. was the top Gold Stevie winner on Friday, with four.  Winners of two Gold Stevies include Accenture, Agiliance, Akavit, Engility, Haneke Design, MarketLive, MicroStrategy, Spingo, VeriFone, Vimeo, and WillowTree Apps.

Notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced on Friday include:

­   Information Technology Executive of the Year: Jake Dominguez, CIO of AMD

­   Company of the Year - Computer Software - More Than 250 Employees: Bigcommerce

­   Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees: BrightRoll

­   Best Training App: Microsoft Corporation’s FY14 Standards of Business Conduct Training

­   Best Pharmaceuticals Website: The Navicor Group

­   Executive of the Year - Computer Software - Up to 500 Employees: Jahangir Mohammed, Founder & CEO of Jasper

­   Tech Innovation of the Year - At Organizations With Up to 100 Employees: Newlight Technologies commercial scale-up of carbon-negative plastic

­   New Health & Pharmaceuticals Service of the Year: Optum’s ACO Solutions Market Launch

­   New Peripheral Hardware Product of the Year: Epson America’s BrightLink Pro

­   New Industrial Product or Service of the Year: World Water Work's DEMON Process

­   New Content Management Solution of the Year: AirWatch’s Secure Content Locker

For a complete list of The 2014 American Business Awards winners announced Friday visit  www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, which were determined by more than 57,000 votes in July and August, were announced in August and presented their crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards on Friday.

More than 3,300 entries were submitted to The 2014 American Business Awards and more than 240 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners. 

Entries for The 2015 American Business Awards will be accepted starting in October.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sponsors and partners of The 2014 American Business Awards include Biz Talk Radio, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Cvent, Engility, John Hancock, LycaMobile, PetRays, and Softpro.

Who's Coming to The American Business Awards on Friday?

  
  
  
  
  
  

The second part of The 12th Annual American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., will take place this Friday evening in San Francisco.  Tickets are still on sale.

A few years ago the ABAs were split into two ceremonies.  The first ceremony this year took place on June 13 in Chicago, where Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Awards were conferred in categories for human resources awards, customer service awards, most of the marketing awards, PR awards, video awards, live event awards, publication awards, and many of the management awards and company awards categories.

This Friday evening, September 12 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, we'll present Stevies in the categories for websites, apps, IT, new products and services, and for management and organizational excellence in all technology-related industries.

We're expecting more than 250 executives from nominated executives to attend.  Get a PDF of the awards banquet program book here.

The results will be published at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA late Friday night.  The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by the BizTalkRadio network on the following Friday, the 19th, at 8:00 pm ET.

Stevies 2014 LogoSo who's coming this to this Friday's awards gala?  Here's the confirmed list as of this moment.

Acxiom Corporation
Adgistics
ADTRAN
Agiliance
AKQA
Altitude Digital
AMD
American Express Global Business Travel
Anametrix
AOL Inc
Applause
Articulate
AT&T
Automotive Research and Design
Avention
Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg LP
Blue Wheel Media
Boeing
BP Logix
Brainshark, Inc.
CallidusCloud
Capital One ShareBuilder
CD2 Learning
Celtra Inc
Cigna
Cisco Systems
Citrix
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Company
Connect2 Communications
Constant Contact
CoverMyMeds
Credit Sesame, Inc
CyrusOne
DataRPM
Dell Software
Digital Life Group / WillowTree Apps
DISYS LLC
Domo
Drawbridge Inc.
EffectiveUI
Engility
Experian
Fieldglass
FlightScope
General Electric
GPS Insight
Graco Inc.
Hospitality eBusiness Strategies DBA HeBS Digital
Innography
INSZoom.com
Interactions
Internap
Intrepid Learning
ion interactive
Jeunesse Global
John Hancock Signature Services
KEO Marketing Inc
KidoZen
Makovsky
MarketLive
Marvell Semiconductor
Merchant Warehouse
MicroStrategy Inc.
Mohu
Navicor Group
NetScout Systems, Inc.
NuCompass Mobility Services
OmniTI Computer Consulting Inc
One Eighty/Leisure Care
OrionVM
OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc.
Peel
PGi
Pluralsight
Prism Skylabs
ProcessPro
ProProfs.com
Protection 1
Qless, Inc.
Quality Systems, Inc.
QUEsocial
Responsys
Sales Intellect Company
SciQuest
SCRA
Secure Cloud Systems
Signet Interactive
SoftPro
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
SpinGo
Stoneware, Inc.
SunGard Availability Services
SYSPRO USA
Talari Networks
Tanis Communications
Telerik
Temperature@lert
The Hybrid Shop
ThinkTank
Thomson Reuters
TIAA-CREF
Tire Business / Crain Communications
Tollgrade
TriNet
UberConference
UBM Tech
UnitedHealthcare
USANA Health Sciences, Inc
VeriFone
VerticalResponse
Videology
Vinci Education Corp
wefi, inc.
Wheels Inc
Workiva
Workplace Answers
World Water Works, Inc.
Xora, a ClickSoftware Company
Zendesk Inc.

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