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144 Heroes of The 2013 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, May 10, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

The following professionals participated in preliminary judging of The 2013 American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program, in April-May. Their average scores determined the Finalists.  We thank them for their time, insights, and support.The Stevie Awards Logo

Pam Abrahamsson, Vice President, Stephenson Group, Portland, OR, USA         
Amal  Al-Najjar, HR Manager, Fluor Kuwait, Kuwait       
Stewart Andrews, Owner, Noodlebox Design, Washington, DC, USA      
Zainab Ansari, Director/CEO, Xenith PR (Pvt.) Ltd, Karachi, Pakistan         
Alex Backer, Founder and CEO, Abinventio, Altadena, CA, USA   
Michele Baer, Founder and President, Baer Consulting Inc., New York, NY, USA
Nancy Bass, Lead Visual Artist, eLearning, Bytes of Knowledge, Nashville, TN, USA            
Jeremy Beckman, Instructional Design/Art Director, LawRoom, Walnut Creek, CA, USA 
Christy Belden, VP, Media and Marketing, LeapFrog Interactive, Louisville, KY, USA         
Jeff Bell, Partner, NCT Ventures, Kirkland, WA, USA       
Daniel Bharadwaj, Vice President Quality, Billtrust, Hamilton, NJ, USA    
Jill Blankenship, CEO, Frontline Call Center, Eastsound, WA, USA             
Israel Bonequi, Creative Director, Birds Nest Foundation, Montreal, Canada       
Jennifer Brand, Principal, Brand Solutions Group, Washington, DC, USA
Julien Brandt, CEO, OrganikSEO.com, Solana Beach, CA, USA      
Craig  Brown, Sr. Technology Consultant, STEM Resource Partners, Houston, TX, USA    
Heena Bulchandani, Specialist - Training & Development, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Dubai, UAE         
JL Cabrera, IT Program Manager, TRWD, Fort Worth, TX, USA     
Tanya Candia, CEO, Candia Communications, Saratoga, CA, USA
Lynne Cannavan, Global Channels Enablement Manager, IBM Corporation, Dedham, MA, USA 
George Cauttero, Producer, Cauttero & Assoociates, Bronx, NY, USA     
Susan Chait, VP, Creative Director, Lebowitz | Gould | Design, Inc., New York, NY, USA            
Kevin Chen, President/CEO, Business Methods Corporation, Randolph, NJ, USA               
Jason Childers, VP Brand Strategy, OneEighty, Seattle, WA, USA               
Pamela Clark, Founder/Director, New Heights Educational Group, Defiance, OH, USA    
Rebekah Clerk, National Customer Service Manager, Empire Today, Northlake, IL, USA 
Ken Collis, CEO, VIIVIIVII, Toluca Lake, CA, USA 
Travis Connors, Partner, Egan-Managed Capital, Boston, MA, USA           
Erin Craft, Principal, Nimble Bee, Washington, DC, USA 
David Craig, Vice President, Human Resources, Fazoli's Restaurants, Lexington, KY, USA               
Dan Davenport, VP Marketing, Adecco, Coopersburg, PA, USA 
Mary DiMaggio, President, HMA, Washington, DC, USA
Richard Dixon, Advertising Director, Dallas Business Journal, Keller, TX, USA        
Sue Dowd, Senior VP-Financial Services, Miller Zell, Atlanta, GA, USA     
Michael Drake, Instructional Designer, Frog Design, New York, NY, USA
Brenda Dukart, Executive Account Manager, Managed Business Solutions, Colorado Springs, CO, USA   
Whitney Duprey, Sales and Marketing Assistant, IAPP, Portsmouth, NH, USA     
Thomas Evansen, Portfolio Director, JM Family Enterprises, Deerfield Beach, FL, USA     
Corinna Fabre, Assistant Account Executive, Duo Public Relations, Seattle, WA, USA       
Marc Foelsch, Associate Creative Director, Fraser Wallace Advertising, Dulles, VA, USA 
Julia Forsyth, Senior Marketing Manager, GSMA, London, UK    
Steve Gallagher, Teacher, Truman High School, Bronx, NY, USA 
George Georgallides, Managing Partner, Curious Ventures, Los Angeles, CA, USA            
David Gilman, President, Gilman Performance Systems, Brookfield, CT, USA      
Katharine  Goldman, SVP, Executive Creative Director, Jack Morton Worldwide, New York, NY, USA       
Carolyn Goodman, President/Creative Director, Goodman Marketing Partners, San Rafael, CA, USA       
Connie Guglielmo, Technology Reporter, Forbes Magazine, Los Altos, CA, USA  
Eric Halvorson, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo, Minneapolis, MN, USA           
Christopher Harmon, Principal & CEO, theBATstudio, Oakland, CA, USA 
Batul Hasan, CEO, BSH Consultants, Karachi, Pakistan     
Peggy Heafey, Director - Intermediary Partner Care, Marriott Intl, Inc., Omaha, NE, USA               
Mary Ann Henker, President, The Henker Group, Easton, MD, USA        
Brian Henrichs, Chief Business Development Officer, Actiontec Electronics, Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Johan Hernández, SEO & Web Developer, Swiss Travel Costa Rica, Santa Ana, Costa Rica               
Courtenay Higgins, Senior Partner, Winning Strategies, Newark, NJ, USA              
Brent Howison, President, Remi, Charlotte, NC, USA      
Susan Hudgins, Producer, Fourth Wall Events, New York, NY, USA           
Sumaiya Hussain, Assistant Manager, Compensation & Benefits, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Abu Dhabi, UAE    
Joe Jessen, Chief Solutions Officer, Gotham Technology Group, Montvale, NJ, USA        
Stuart John, CEO, SJ Strategy, Santa Monica, CA, USA    
James Johnson, Chairman, The Standish Group International, Inc., Boston, MA, USA      
David Johnston, President, Sales Resource Group Inc., Oakville, Canada               
Kim Jones, CEO, Verite, Inc., Sandy, UT, USA      
Anila Kalleshi, President, Kalleshi Center, Tirana, Albania              
Craig  Kavicky, Director, Business Development-North America, FITCH, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA               
Stafford Kendall, Principal, Covalent Logic, Baton Rouge, LA, USA             
Bob Kersten, Strategy Director, Landor Associates, San Francisco, CA, USA          
Patrick King, Founder/CEO, ImagineDesign, Manassas, VA, USA
Lesley Kirchman, Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing, Actiontec Electronics, Sunnyvale, CA, USA              
Slade Kobran, CMO, Chief Outsiders, New York, NY, USA             
Nitin Kumar, Director, PWC, New York, NY, USA               
Hao Kuo, Marketing Coordinator, Aurico, Arlington Heights, IL, USA        
Micah Laney, Sr. Digital Communications Manager, Walmart Global Associate Communications, Fayetteville, AR, USA    
Frank Laudo, Senior VP Creative Director, GES, Grapevine, TX, USA         
Robert Leggat, Senior Vice President, Goddard Global, Brussels, Belgium           
Robin Lenihan, Portfolio Director - JM&A PMO, JM Service Center, LLC, Deerfield Beach, FL, USA             
Peter Levy, President, Corniche Productions, Brooklyn, NY, USA              
Alex Louie, Creative Director, Wilshire Axon, Los Angeles, CA, USA          
Ginger Lynch, Outrageous Marketing Manager, PrintingForLess.com, Livingston, MT, USA           
Darren MacLennan, President, SureShip (a G&G Outfitters Company), Lanham, MD, USA            
Janice Maiman, Senior Vice President, Communications & Media Channels, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York, NY, USA             
Joseph Mangiaracina, Principal/Owner, SurfNet.Inc., Levittown, PA, USA             
Maggie Mayer, Founder, Mayer & Associates, CPA, LLC, Madison, CT, USA          
Anne McCarthy, President and Founder, Westmeath Communications, Castle Rock, CO, USA    
Sharon McGowan-Spinelli, Director, Corporate Communications, Avid, Burlington, MA, USA       
Colin McKillop, Chief Executive Officer, Butcher Enterprises, Windsor, Canada   
Stan Mendoza, President, Mendoza Media, Montclair, NJ, USA
Kathy Menzie, Associate Professor & Chair, Washburn University, Topeka, KS, USA        
Feroz Merchhiya, CTO, California Insurance Guarantee Association, Diamond Bar, CA, USA          
Carlos Minetti, President, Consumer Banking, Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods, IL, USA  
Jay Mitchell, Managing Director, Mereo, LLC, Irving, TX, USA      
Brian Mulvey, Vice President, Investor Growth Capital, New York, NY, USA         
Mark Murphy, Director of Content Management, Reliv International, Chesterfield, MO, USA     
Kirk Musselman, Director, Human Resources, Classified Ventures LLC, Chicago, IL, USA 
Steve Nelson, Partner & CTO, AP42, San Ramon, CA, USA            
Judi Niedercorn, President and CEO, SysTactics, McLean, VA, USA           
Cynthia Nustad, SVP, CIO, HMS, Irving, TX, USA
Bob Older, President, Creative Travel Inc., Wilmington, DE, USA               
Linda Olsan, Director, Operations & Customer, 3iCorp.com, Irvine, CA, USA        
Paul Patton, Senior R&D/Regulatory Manager, Delta Faucet Co., Indianapolis, IN, USA   
Don Pearce, New York, NY, USA             
Rob Peglar, CTO Americas, EMC Isilon, Wildwood, MO, USA        
Mary Pettersen, Director, Corporate Practice, Burson-Marsteller, Chicago, IL, USA          
Fabi Preslar, President, SPARK Publications, Matthews, NC, USA              
Jesintha Rajaratnam, Partner, Joje India Consultants-Finance & HR, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Daniel Recanati, CEO, Rhodium, New York, NY, USA        
Zev Remba, Creative Director, Unconformity, Alexandria, VA, USA          
Dennis Reno, Vice President, Customer Portal Experience, Oracle, San Francisco, CA, USA         
Julie Ridenour, Senior QA Specialist, Cigna, West Hartford, CT, USA         
Chris Risheill, Director of Sales, Marketing and Exhibits, Association for Middle Level Education, Westerville, OH, USA     
Randall Romberger, Principal, Advantage Healthcare Solutions, LLC, Greenville, SC, USA               
Viurniel Sanchez, Program Management Coordinator, NextEra Energy, Inc., Miami, FL, USA        
Luz Sanchez, Social Catering Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami, FL, USA 
Scott Sauder, Area Operations Consultant, The UPS Store, Noblesville, IN, USA 
Jodi Sawyer, Director, John Hancock, Boston, MA, USA 
Harry Schechter, CEO/President, Temperature@lert, Boston, MA, USA
Lauren Selikoff, Managing Director, Selikoff+Company, Orange, NJ, USA              
Bill Shelton, Vice President, USHEALTH Advisors, Grapevine, TX, USA     
Lisa Sigler, Marketing Manager, Apptix, Herndon, VA, USA          
Erica Smith, Principal, Social Combustion Promotions, San Francisco, CA, USA     
Michael Spurlin, VP, Operations, Crystal Technologies Group, Inc., West Chester, PA, USA           
Michael Stephenson, Senior Director, Oracle Corp., New York, NY, USA
David Street, Owner, Street Works Studio, Boston, MA, USA    
Joe Thoma, President/CEO, Primary Source Press Inc., Oviedo, FL, USA 
Scott Thomas, CEO, Jake Records, Puyallup, WA, USA    
Lillian Valdes, President, At Your Service Hospitality, Miami, FL, USA             
Manuel Valencia, VP-Strategy, Excelerant, Baton Rouge, LA, USA            
Greg Van Dyke, SVP Marketing, PSAV Presentation Services, Los Angeles, CA, USA         
Lori Van Dyke, Manager Customer Care, Access One Inc, Chicago, IL, USA            
Chris Vasan, Communications Lead, Cisco Systems, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC, USA             
Rajani Veeramachaneni, President, E Center, Inc., Newtown, PA, USA  
Vinny Verdi, Producer, CUNY-TV, New York, NY, USA    
Mary Verdin, Owner, Verdin Marketing Ink, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA       
Terry Waitzman-Bannister, Vice President, Corporate Development, C2 Solutions Group, Inc., Reston, VA, USA
Brian Ward, SVP Client Engagement, Stylesight, New York, NY, USA       
Jerry Weinberger, Sr. Director, Customer Service and Retention, Webs, Inc., Washington, DC, USA         
Daryl Wieland, Managing Director, Accenture, Arlington, VA, USA            
Sharon Wienbar, Partner, Scale Venture Partners, Foster City, CA, USA 
Kelli  Williamson, Manager, Loyalty and Engagement, Rymax, Inc., Orange County, CA, USA        
Becky Wilson, President, WDS Marketing and PR, Overland Park, KS, USA            
Gregory Wright, Communications Manager, AICPA, New York, NY, USA
Joseph Zitzelberger, Director of Manufacturing Development, PACCAR Inc, Chillicothe, OH, USA              
Chris Zoloth, Director, Global Customer Care, IHG, Salt Lake City, UT, USA            
Linda Zumstein, CEO, IntelliSales Training, Arden, NC, USA          

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STEVIE® AWARDS ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF BEST OF THE ABA AWARDS

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

Top Overall Award Winners in The 2012 American Business Awards Are Named

Fairfax, VA, September 26, 2012 – The Stevie® Awards have announced the winners of the Best of the ABA Awards in The 2012 American Business Awards, the U.S.A’s premier business awards competition. This new addition to the ABAs' repertory of awards includes five best-of-competition prizes that are awarded to the organizations that submitted the best body of work to the competition, in their own name or in the names of one or more clients. 

The American Business Awards honors 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.

Nominees in The 2012 American Business Awards were not able to apply for the Best of the ABA Awards directly.  Winners were determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the ABAs, with a Gold Stevie Award win counting for 3 points, each Silver Stevie Award for 2 points, and each Bronze Stevie win counting for 1.5 points. LifeLock, Organization of the Year

The winners of the Best of the ABA Awards this year are:

Organization of the Year: LifeLock, Tempe, AZ.  With 61 total points, LifeLock is the most honored organization in the 2012 ABAs.

Public Relations Agency of the Year: MWW, East Rutherford, NJ.  MWW offices across the U.S.A. won a total of 32 points for nominations in their own name or in the names of their clients.

Marketing Agency of the Year: Slack and Company, Chicago, ILSlack earned 16 points, tops among all marketing services agencies in this year's ABAs.

Interactive Services Agency of the Year: BGT Partners, Miami, FL.  With 11.5 points, BGT Partners is the most honored of this year's field of interactive agency contestants.

Top 10: After the winners of the above prizes, the following organizations earned the most award points in the 2012 ABAs:

1. Quality Systems, Inc., Irvine, CA (49.5 points)
2. John Hancock, Boston, MA (36)
3. Nutricap Labs, Farmingdale, NY (32.5)
4. PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Consultants, The Woodlands, TX (32.5)
5. VerticalResponse, San Francisco, CA (30)
6. iolo technologies, Los Angeles, CA (25)
7. Accenture, Chicago, IL (22)
8. Achievers, San Francisco, CA (10)
9. DRC, Reston, VA (18)
10. American Institute of CPAs, Durham, NC (16)

Best of the ABA winners have been granted the exclusive right to use a unique Best of the 2012 ABAs logo.

More than 3,000 entries were submitted to The 2012 American Business Awards and more than 270 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners, who were honored during ceremonies in June in New York and September in San Francisco.

For a complete list of The 2012 American Business Awards winners in all categories visit: www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Entries for the 2013 edition of The American Business Awards will be accepted starting this October 22.

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business 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, and follow the Stevie Awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube

Sponsors and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.

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10th Annual American Business Awards Announces Winners in New Product and Technology Categories

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Apple, Cisco, PayPal, VerticalResponse Among Winners of Gold Stevie Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 18, 2012 – The 10th Annual American Business AwardsSM announced Stevie® Award winners last night at its first event to focus on outstanding new products and services and on achievements in technology industries.The Stevie Awards

For the first time, The American Business Awards were presented at two awards ceremonies this year.  The first ceremony took place in New York City on June 18 and honored winners in categories 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 and technology-related categories were announced at a new event in San Francisco last night.

The American Business Awards honors 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 250 executives attended last night’s awards banquet at San Francisco’s Julia Morgan Ballroom.  Stevie Awards were conferred in three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced last night include:

  • ­New Telecommunications Product of the Year: ADTRAN’s Virtual Wireless LAN (vWLAN®) Solution
  • ­Company of the Year - Computer Hardware: Apple Inc.
  • ­New Cloud Application/Service of the Year: Carbonite Business and Business Premier
  • ­Best Online Press Room: Cisco's Technology News Site
  • ­Computer Software Website of the Year: HubSpot’s Marketing Grader
  • ­Company of the Year - Internet/New Media: IAC/InterActiveCorp
  • ­Tech Innovation of the Year: Life Technologies’ Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencing technology
  • ­Tech Innovator of the Year: David Marcus, President, PayPal, Inc.
  • ­Executive of the Year - Computer Services: Steven T. Plochocki, CEO, Quality Systems, Inc.
  • ­Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees: FireEye, Inc. and Unity Technologies, Inc.
  • ­Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees: YouSendIt

VerticalResponse won three Gold Stevie Awards, more than any other organization last night. Winners of two Gold Stevie Awards are Acquity Group, Brainshark, Inc., Citrix, DRC, FireEye, Inc., LifeLock, Qualcomm Incorporated, Terralever, and ZAGG Inc. 

The ABA’s 2012 Difference Maker Award, an honorary Stevie Award, was presented to LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

Winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, which were determined by more than 98,000 votes in July and August, were announced last week and presented their crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards last night.

More than 3,000 entries were submitted to The 2012 American Business Awards and more than 270 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners. 

For a complete list of The 2012 American Business Awards winners announced last night visit:  www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Next week the Stevie Awards will announce its Best of the ABA prizes, which will be awarded to the organizations with the best overall showing across all categories in The 2012 American Business Awards.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business 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, and follow the Stevie Awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube

Sponsors and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN PEOPLE’S CHOICE STEVIE® AWARDS FOR FAVORITE NEW PRODUCTS

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

Awards to Be Presented at Gala Ceremony on September 17 in San Francisco

Fairfax, VA – September 12, 2012 – More than 98,000 votes were cast in the 2012 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, part of The 10th Annual American Business Awards, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program. 

People's Choice Stevie AwardsThe nationwide public vote was conducted this summer, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in 30 categories.  Among the winners, which will each receive the coveted crystal People's Choice Stevie Award at a gala ceremony in San Francisco on September 17, are:

-      Favorite Smartphone: Apple iPhone 4S

-      Favorite Business-to-Business Product: Humana Integrated Proposal System

-      Favorite Collaboration/Social Software: Mindjet Connect

-      Favorite Financial Service: FreeMonee

-      Favorite Media/Entertainment Product or Service: appsbar

The complete list of People’s Choice Stevie Award winners is available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Nicknamed the Stevie® for the Greek word “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at The American Business Awards’ new product and tech awards banquet on Monday, September 17 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.  Tickets for the event are now on sale.  More than 200 nominees and their guests are expected to attend.

All organizations honored in the new product awards categories of this year’s American Business Awards were eligible to be included in voting for the people’s choice awards.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business 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 and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.

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REID HOFFMAN TO RECEIVE DIFFERENCE MAKER AWARD AT 2012 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS CEREMONY

Posted by Liz Dean on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 @ 01:00 AM

Honor Recognizes LinkedIn Co-founder’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Stevie® Awards today announced that Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman of LinkedIn Corporation and a Partner at Greylock Partners, will be honored with its 2012 Difference Maker award at The 10th Annual American Business Awards new product and tech awards banquet on September 17 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.Reid Hoffman

Hoffman will be just the second recipient of this honorary Stevie Award, which will be presented in recognition of his role in shaping social networking and entrepreneurship in the U.S.A.  DefJam Recordings founder and entertainment industry leader Russell Simmons received the ABA’s Difference Maker award in 2011.

“Reid Hoffman embodies the entrepreneurial spirit in America,” said Stevie Awards President Michael Gallagher.  “In addition to being an influential entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Reid devotes his energies to philanthropic and educational initiatives that work to inspire a new generation of startups in the U.S.A. and worldwide.  We’re honored to be able to recognize his achievements with an honorary Stevie Award.”

In 2003, Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in his living room.  LinkedIn has more than 175 million members in 200 countries and territories around the world.  He led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as CEO and Chairman. 

Hoffman joined Greylock Partners in 2009 and currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Edmodo, Mozilla (Firefox), Shopkick, Swipely, Wrapp, and Zynga and has co-led investments in Coupons.com, Groupon, and Viki.  He also leads the Greylock Discovery Fund, which invests in seed stage entrepreneurs and companies. 

He believes strongly in the ability for entrepreneurship and technology to improve the world.  Hoffman serves on the boards of Kiva.org, Endeavor.org, DoSomething.org, and StartupAmericaPartnership.org.  He also co-authored the best-selling book The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Widely recognized as the premier business awards program in the U.S.A, The American Business Awards honor organizations and individuals in a wide variety of categories -- from management and public relations to technology, human resources, new products and more.

The ABA’s September 17 banquet in San Francisco will feature the announcement of 2012 Stevie Award winners in categories for new products and services and achievements in technology industries.  Awards in other categories were announced in New York on June 18.

For more information about The American Business Awards or for press credentials to cover the September 17 ceremony, please contact Liz Dean at 703-547-8389 or by email at liz@thestevies.com.

About The Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business 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

Sponsors and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.

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Vote Now for Your Favorite New Products of the Year

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 12:34 PM

Favorite New Products of the YearVoting for the 4th edition of the People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, as part of The American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program, opened today will go through August 29.

Vote now at http://peopleschoice.stevieawards.com.

This is a nationwide vote in which the general public will get to choose one favorite product in 30 categories including:

  • Favorite New Smartphone
  • Favorite New Tablet
  • Favorite Consumer Product
  • Favorite Media or Entertainment Product

All new products and services that are nominated in the new product awards categories of The 2012 American Business Awards are automatically included in the public voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products. Organizations will have the opportunity to win two awards: a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award, as determined by professionals in the ABAs’ peer-review judging, and a crystal People's Choice Stevie Award, as determined by the public vote.

Winners of the crystal People's Choice Stevie Awards will be announced at the American Business Awards' new product and tech awards banquet at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on September 17.

Winners in the 3rd edition of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products were celebrated in New York on Monday, June 20, 2011. Past winners include Apple, Boost Mobile, Dow Jones, and Samsung, among others. 2011 results are summarized, at http://blog.stevieawards.com/new-product-awards/bid/55322/People-s-Choice-Stevie-Awards-for-New-Products-Award-Winners.

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10th American Business Awards Announces First Group of Stevie Winners

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 @ 09:59 AM

NASCAR, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Blackboard Among Winners of Gold Stevie Awards; New Product and Tech-related Winners to Be Announced at Second Event in San Francisco on September 17

NEW YORK, NY, June 19, 2012 – Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest executives, organizations and employees in America, The 10th Annual American Business AwardsSM announced Stevie® Award Winners last night at the first of two gala award ceremonies taking place this year.

Stevies 2012 LogoFor the first time, The American Business Awards are being presented at two awards ceremonies.  The first ceremony took place in New York City last night and honored winners in categories 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 and technology-related categories will be announced at a new event in San Francisco on Monday, September 17. 

The American Business Awards honors 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, corporate communicators, support staff and customer service teams.

With more than 500 executives in attendance, last night’s awards banquet took place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, and the emcee for the evening was Fox Business Network anchor Cheryl Casone. Also for the first time at the ABAs, Stevie Awards were conferred in three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Previously, only overall category winners received Gold Stevie Awards.

Notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced last night include:

­   Best Association Event or Meeting: NASCAR

­   Best New Company of the Year: Corkcicle

­   Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Low Budget: Verizon Wireless

­   Company of the Year - Automotive: Ford Motor Company

­   Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year: Pioneer Financial Services

­   Customer Service Team of the Year: Stamps.com

­   Executive of the Year – Hospitality & Leisure: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Co-CEOs Steve Ells and Montgomery Moran

­   Fastest Growing Company of the Year: Dealer.com

­   Maverick of the Year: Peter Aquino, President and CEO of PTGi

­   Online Marketing Campaign of the Year: InterContinental Hotels Group

­   Support Team of the Year: Blackboard Incorporated

 MWW Group won four Gold Stevie Awards, more than any other organization last night, followed closely by Crispin Porter + Bogusky & Digitas, with three.  Winners of two Gold Stevie Awards are Achievers, BevMo!, Ford Motor Company, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, LifeLock, Makovsky + Company, MediaCom, National Association of Realtors, North American Power, Northwestern Mutual, Nutricap Labs, Overstock.com, Quality Systems, Inc., Resonate Pictures, Slack and Company, Staff Management, SynCardia Systems, Inc.,  Vertical Response, and Vivint.

More than 3,000 entries were submitted to The 2012 American Business Awards and more than 270 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners. 

For a complete list of The 2012 American Business Awards honorees announced last night visit:  www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Every new product or service nominated in The 2012 American Business Awards will automatically be included in voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products.  Voting will open to the general public in July, and the winners will be honored at The American Business Awards ceremony in San Francisco on September 17.

The presentation was broadcast live by the Business TalkRadio Network (http://www.businesstalkradio.net), and the recording will be available online in the coming weeks.

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business 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, and follow the Stevie Awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube

Sponsors and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.

 

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Who's Coming to The American Business Awards on Monday Night?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 09:39 AM

The first of two awards banquets for The 10th Annual American Business Awards will take place on Monday evening, June 18 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  Tickets are still on sale.

Stevies 2012 LogoThe American Business Awards are the U.S.A.'s top business awards program.

The June 18 banquet will announce the winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards in the categories for PR & Corporate Communications, Live Events, Publications & Annual Reports, Video, Customer Service, HR, Support, and selected categories for Company/Organization, Management and Marketing.

The second banquet will take place on September 17 in San Francisco, where the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners in the new product and tech-related categories will be announced.

Here is the list of organizations that have confirmed their attendance for the June 18 banquet (confirmed as of June 14).

Are you planning to join them?

AAC Enterprises Inc New Orleans LA
ABS Associates Inc. Schaumburg IL
Access Receivables Baltimore MD
Achievers San Francisco CA
Acorda Therapeutics Inc. Hawthorne NY
AECOM Technology Corporation New York NY
Affinnova Inc. Waltham MA
Agility Recovery Charlotte NC
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Meadville PA
Altria Richmond VA
American Bar Association Chicago IL
Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) Chicago IL
Aprimo Indianapolis IN
Arkadium New York NY
A-T Solutions Inc. Vienna VA
Atlantic Shores Retirement Community Virginia Beach VA
AXA Equitable New York NY
Axis Teknologies Sandy Springs GA
Bacardi Limited Miami FL
BCI Acrylic Bath Systems/Bath Planet Palatine IL
BDS Marketing Inc. Irvine CA
Best Doctors Inc. Boston MA
Big Ass Fan Company Lexington KY
Bill.com San Francisco CA
Blackboard Incorporated Washington DC
Blue Trumpet Group Alameda CA
BMO Capital Markets New York NY
Boyd Gaming Las Vegas NV
Bronto Software Durham NC
Cabell Huntington Hospital Huntington WV
CALIBRE Alexandria VA
Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group Charlotte NC
Clinical Research Advantage Tempe AZ
Coloredge New York * Los Angeles
Columbia Management Boston MA
Corkcicle Orlando FL
Cross Country Home Services Inc. Sunrise FL
CSA Travel Protection San Diego CA
Datapipe Jersey City NJ
Delta Air Lines Inc. Atlanta GA
DHL Express Tempe AZ
DHL Global Forwarding Miami FL
Direct Edge Jersey City NJ
Direct Energy Pittsburgh PA
Donlen Northbrook IL
DRC Reston VA
Eastman Chemical Kingsport TN
eCornell Ithaca NY
e-Cycle LLC Hilliard OH
Electric Insurance Company Beverly MA
EMKAY Inc. Itasca IL
Empire Today Northlake IL
Enterprise Fleet Management St. Louis MO
Facebook Palo Alto CA
Fazoli's Italian Restaurants Lexington KY
First Niagara Bank Buffalo NY
Fitness Consulting Group Elizabethtown KY
Fitness Revolution Elizabethtown KY
Fox Business Network New York NY
GPS Capital Markets Salt Lake City UT
Grand Canyon University Phoenix AZ
Hamilton Sundstrand Windsor Locks CT
Huge Brooklyn NY
IDEXX Laboratories Westbrook ME
IDG Connect Framingham MA
IgnitionOne New York NY
Information Builders New York NY
ING DIRECT Investing Seattle WA
Integrate Scottsdale AZ
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Atlanta GA
International Financial Data Services (Canada) Toronto
iolo technologies Los Angeles CA
Isagenix International LLC. Chandler AZ
IZEA Orlando FL
John Hancock Boston MA
Junction Networks New York NY
K'NEX Hatfield PA
Legacy Washington DC
Leverage a Lawyer LLC Albuquerque, NM
LifeLock Tempe AZ
Lisa Tener Saunderstown RI
M & E Painting Loveland CO
Macy's Cincinnati OH
Makovsky + Company New York NY
Marvell Santa Clara CA
MediaCom New York NY
Medtech Atlanta GA
MELA Sciences Inc. Irvington NY
Mendoza Media LLC Montclair NJ
MSLGROUP Chicago IL
NASCAR New York NY
National Association of Realtors Chicago IL
National Merchants Association Burbank CA
NetCom Learning New York NY
Network9 New York NY
NetWorth Services Inc Phoenix AZ
NIIT Technologies Inc Atlanta GA
Nongshim America Rancho Cuamonga CA
North American Power South Norwalk CT
Northwestern Mutual Milwaukee WI
Nutricap Labs Farmingdale NY
OgilvyEntertainment New York NY
Outsell LLC Minneapolis MN
Overstock.com Salt Lake City UT
Overture Networks Morrisville NC
PAREXEL International Waltham MA
PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Consultants The Woodlands TX
PGi Atlanta GA
PHH Corporation Sparks MD
Philadelphia Insurance Companies Bala Cynwyd PA
Pioneer Financial Services Kansas City MO
PM Digital New York NY
PrimeRevenue Inc. Atlanta GA
Productivity Associates Inc. San Diego CA
Psion Mississauga ON Canada
Qualcomm Enterprise Services San Diego CA
Quality Systems Inc. Irvine CA
RateSpecial Interactive Pasadena CA
ReachLocal Woodland Hills CA
Resonate Pictures Lawrence Kansas
Responsys San Bruno CA
RiseSmart Inc. San Jose CA
Root Sylvania OH
Ruder Finn New York NY
Safelite AutoGlass Columbus OH
SCRA Charleston SC
SecureAuth Corporation
Shear Enterprises LLC St. Petersburg FL
Shred-it International Inc. Toronto Canada
SoftPro Raleigh NC
Squarespace New York NY
Staff Management Chicago IL
Stream Energy Dallas TX
Sun Life Financial Wellesley Hills MA
Sundance Vacations Wilkes Barre PA
SynCardia Systems Inc. Tucson AZ
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Inc
The Visionary Group Los Angeles CA
thebigword New York City NY
Time Warner Cable New York NY
Tristate Financial Inc. Wilkes-Barre PA
UBM Studios Chicago IL
United Water Harrington Park NJ
US Airways Phoenix AZ
USANA Health Sciences Salt Lake City UT
VerticalResponse San Francisco CA
Virtusa Corporation Westborough MA
Visionista Falls Church VA
Vivint Provo UT
WellPoint Foundation Indianapolis IN
Wells Fargo Bank Los Angeles CA
Williams Lea Americas New York NY
Wowwe The Woodlands TX
Xcelus LLC Provo UT
YellowHammer Media LLC New York NY
Zing USA Inc. Venice CA

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Meet the Final Judges of The 2012 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 11:02 AM

The following professionals participated on the 10 final judging committees of The 2012 (10th Annual) American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program. Their average scores determined the 2012 Stevie® Award winners. We thank them for their time, insights, and support. (2012 winners will be announced at one of our two awards banquets: June 18th at the Marriott Marquis in New York City or September 17th at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. Click here to order tickets.)


2012 Management
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Therese Tucker, CEO, BlackLine Systems, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Committee:
Charles Best, CFO, BlackLine Systems, Los Angeles, CA, USA 
Chris Blake, President, Pacific Western Bank, Brea, CA, USA
Carlo Brignardello, Principal, CresaPartners, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Peter Cyffka, Former CFO , O'Melveny & Meyers, Calabasas, CA, USA
Dan Dougherty, CFO, Nexus, Valencia, CA, USA
Leo Fang, President & CEO, Easyconnex, San Mateo, CA, USA
Anthony Ferguson, Partner, BDO, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Josette Ferrer, Owner, Clarient Advisors, Belmont, CA, USA
Jack Fitzpatrick, CFO, Skylight Healthcare Systems, San Diego, CA, USA
Bill Hall, Partner, KPMG LLP, Woodland Hills, CA, USA
Stephen Hughes, SVP, Silicon Valley Bank, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
Jason Lawson, Partner, Moss Adams LLP, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bob Pearlman, Partner, BDO, Atlanta, GA, USA
Kami Rafa, Business Assurance Senior Manager, Moss Adams LLP, Irvine, CA, USA
Lonnie Schnell, CEO, Talon International, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA, USA
David Schofield, Former CEO, Skylight Healthcare Systems, San Diego, CA, USA
Gene Spies, CFO, Nexsan.com, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Rod Vesling, President, Softpro NA, Westlake Village, CA, USA


2012 Company/Organization Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Doron Reuveni, CEO and co-founder, uTest, Southborough, MA, USA
 
Committee:
Deirdre Breakenridge, Chief Executive Officer, Pure Performance Communications, Marlboro, NJ, USA
Travis Connors, Partner, Egan-Managed Capital, Boston, MA, USA
Sharon Erde, Director of Marketing Communications, Pitango Venture Capital, Herzliya, Israel
Yaniv Golan, Managing Partner, Lool Ventures, Tel Aviv, Israel
Erik Hogan, VP of Product, Attributor, San Mateo, CA, USA
Matt Johnston
, CMO, uTest, Southborough, MA, USA
David Kaufer
, Chief Dynamic Officer, Twelve23, Seattle, WA, USA
Brittany Lincoln, Social Media Director, Crowdsortium, Denver, CO, USA
Ayelet Noff, Co-CEO and Founder, Blonde 2.0, Tel Aviv, Israel
Neil Robertson, CEO, Trada, Boulder, CO, USA
Erik Robinson
, Managing Director, eBusiness, AAA, St Louis, MO, USA
Michael Ruby
, Creative Director, Stein & Partners Brand Activation, New York, NY, USA
Doug Shattuck, CFO, OwnerIQ, Boston, MA, USA
Narinder Singh, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Appirio, Cambridge, MA, USA
Savaneet Singh, Founder, Gold Bullion International, New York, NY, USA
Erica Smith, Principal, Social Combustion Promotions
Bill Southard
, Founder/President, Southard Communications, New York, NY, USA
Eric Tilenius, Executive-in-Residence, Scale Venture Partners, Foster City, CA, USA
Sharon Wrenbar, Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners, Foster City, CA, USA


2012 Marketing
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Charles Kirby Wadsworth, Vice President of Global Marketing, F5 Networks, Seattle, WA, USA
 
Committee:
Bart Bartlett, VP, Marketing, Acunu, Raleigh, NC, USA
Lynn Cannavan*, Marketing Manager, IBM Corporation, Dedham, MA, USA
Lee Caswell, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Pivot3, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA
Laurie Cole, Founder/CEO, DSI Marketing, Chelmsford, MA, USA
Alyssa Dver, Founder/CEO, Mint Green Marketing, Westborough, MA, USA
Dianna Eastty, VP Marketing, Enterprise Strategy Group, Milford, MA, USA
H. David Hennessey, Professor of Marketing, Babson College, Charlestown, MA, USA
Eric Herzog, SVP, EMC, Hopkinton, MA, USA
Bill Hobbib, VP of Marketing, ExaGrid Systems, Inc., Westborough, MA, USA
James Johnson, Chairman, The Standish Group International, Inc., Boston, MA, USA
Michael J. Katz, Chief Penguin, Blue Penguin Development, Inc, Hopkinton, MA, USA
Sharon McGowan-Spinelli, Director, Corporate Communications, Avid, Burlington, MA, USA
Anne O'Donnel*, Global Marketing Manager, IBM Global Alliances, Walpole, MA, USA
Rob Peglar, CTO Americas, EMC Isilon, Wildwood, MO, USA
Barbara Riordan, Sr. Director Market Solutions, Avid, Burlington, MA, USA
Allyson Stewart-Allen, Chief Executive, International Marketing Partners Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Edward Weisberg, Senior VP of Marketing and Business Development, GXT Green, Billerica, MA, USA


2012 Support
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Jerry Weinberger, Sr. Director, Customer Service and Retention, Webs, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, USA
 
Committee:
Dawn Byrd, Project Manager-Services Delivery, BT Americas, Silver Spring, MD, USA
Faye Cooley-Healy
, Sales & Customer Service Specialist, Cedar Rapid, IA, USA
Linda Olsan, Director, Operations & Customer, 3iCorp.com, Irvine, CA, USA
Lori R Stone, Managing Partner/CEO, Integrity Informatics, LLC, Germantown, MD, USA
Cory T. Taylor, Manager, Product and Premium Support, Webs.com, Silver Spring, MD, USA


2012 Creative
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Stafford Kendall, Principal, Covalent Logic, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Committee:
John Forrest Ales, Senior Director - Global Brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, McLean, VA, USA
Suraya Bliss, Senior Director, Digital Communications, Walmart, Bentonville, AL, USA
Rob Davis, CEO & Founder, Akavit, Denver, CO, USA
Richard J. Dixon, Advertising Director, Dallas Business News, Keller, TX, USA
Scott Hoffman, COO, Sociocast, New York, NY, USA
Ross Kimbarovsky, CoFounder, crowdSPRING, Chicago, IL, USA
Janice Lamy, VP, Marketing & Development, HCA North Florida Division, Tallahassee, FL, USA
Rob Leggat, Senior Vice President, Goddard Global, Brussels, Belgium
Susan Saurage-Altenloh, President, Saurage Research, Inc, Houston, TX, USA
Manuel F. Valencia, Founder, 300seats, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Emily Wilson, Managing Director, NJF PR, New York, NY, USA
Nancy J Friedman, CEO, NJF PR, New York, NY, USA
Lucy Zepp, Senior Vice President, Murphy O'Brien, Santa Monica, CA, USA 


2012 Corporate Communications/Investor Relations/Public Relations
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Alison Graves, WW Influencer Relations, Printing, Hewlett-Packard Company, Escondido, CA, USA
 
Committee:
Ray Aldrich, Director, Development, Marketing & Communications, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Patricia Beitler, President, Velocitas, Miami, FL, USA
Andy Blankenburg, Associate Partner, VSA Partners, Chicago, IL, USA
Abbott Chaz, Senior Manaager, Public Relations, LG Electronics, San Diego, CA,  USA
Connie Guglielmo, Technology Reporter, Forbes Magazine, Los Altos, CA, USA
Jeremy James, Partner, Seismic Marketing LLC, Poway, CA, USA
Derik A. Johnson, Creative Director, N2itive, Inc., Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jonathan Littman, Founder, Snowball Narrative, Mill Valley, CA, USA
Jackie Mathys, Principal, Mathys + Potestio Creative Staffing, Portland, OR, USA
Anne McCarthy, Founder, Westmeath Communications, Castle Rock, CO, USA
Mary Petterson, Director, Corporate/Financial, Burson-Marsteller, Chicago, IL, USA
Cliff Pia, Creative Director/President, M Creative Group, Carlsbad, CA, USA
Craig Rettig, Senior Vice President, Praxis Integrated Communications, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Lisa Rodriguez, Managing Director, Seismic Marketing LLC, Orinda, CA, USA
Natalia Sandin, Senior Vice President, Edelman Silicon Valley, San Mateo, CA, USA


2012 Human Resources
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
John Hovnanian, Senior VP of Human Resources & Chief Talent Officer, Williams Lea Americas, New York, NY, USA
 
Committee:
Thomas Connolly, SVP- HR, MF Global, New York, NY, USA
Drew Dippolito, VP, HR Field Operations - North America, DHL Global Forwarding, Jamaica, NY, USA
Michael Elliott, Vice President, Crew Relations, JetBlue, Long Island City, NY, USA
Jim Minogue, Chief Human Resources Officer, Gleacher & Company, New York, NY, USA
Ramsey Mirza, European Head of HR, Williams Lea, New York, NY, USA 
Kathy Walker, HR Director, Select Business Insurance Travelers, Hartford, CT, USA 


2012 Customer Service
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Anita Samojednik, VP, Customer Operations, The Ladders, New York, NY, USA
 
Committee:
Angelique Electra, Vice President-Law, Vonage Holdings Corp., Holmdel, NJ, USA
Jim Fernandez, Vice President of Operations, Universal Survey, New York, NY, USA
Art Gairo, SVP of Operations, Broadview Networks, Schwenksville, PA, USA
Dennis Gallagher, Director of Customer Service & Inside Sales, Shutterstock Images LLC, New York, NY, USA
Sairam Gopolan, VP - OpEX Optimization, iOPEX Technologies, Inc., New York, NY, USA
Rene Joseph, Director, Universal Survey, New York, NY, USA
Paulo Kluber, AVP of Reengineering, Genpact, New York, NY, USA
Diana Kyser, Sr. Director SEM Operations, LexisNexis, Summit, NJ, USA
Mario Lopez Alcala, Senior Analyst, Morgan Stanley Capital International, New York, NY, USA
Josie Martinez, Senior Area Manager, Datamatics Inc., Corona, CA, USA
John M Perez, Customer Experience Strategist, Oracle, New York, NY, USA
Matthew Restucci, VP, Inside Sales/Customer Service, McGraw-Hill Construction, Hightstown, NJ, USA


2012 New Product/Product Management Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Mike Oeth, CEO, OnSIP Business VoIP, New York, NY, USA
 
Committee:
Cynthia Artin, Partner, Artin Arts, USA
Joseph Brennan, President, Trinity-Noble, LLC, Doylestown, PA, USA
John Calderaio , Chemist, Dow Chemical Company, Warrington, PA, USA
William Campbell, Vice President, Orbit FR, PA, USA
Graham Francis, CEO, The SIP School, Birmingham, United Kingdom
John Garbarino, Founder/VP of Business, Yabblr, Maplewood, NJ, USA
Jason Hendry, President/ Owner, RSWH Consulting, Wallingford, CT, USA
Jeremy Kagan, CEO & Founder, Price Engine, New York, NY, USA
Julie Libman, Senior Technology Project Manager, National Geographic Learning, Pacific Grove, CA, USA
Lily Liu, CEO & Founder, PublicStuff, New York, NY, USA
Joel Maloff, Principal Consultant, Maloff NetResults, Baltimore, MD, USA
Bita Milanian, President, BMG Consulting, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Matt Mlodzinski, Category Manager, Commercial Services Procurement, Johnson and Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Fort Washington, PA, USA
Christopher Pacilio, Product Manager, Eagle Ridge Paper Company, Chalfont, PA, USA
Julie Ridenour, Senior QA Specialist, Cigna, West Hartford, CT, USA
Francesca Schuler, Chief Marketing Officer, BevMo!, Concord, CA, USA 


2012 Information Technology
Final Judging Committee
Chair:
Elizabeth Redding, President, Tellago, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, USA
 
Committee:
Teri Power, Director, Application Development, Bluegreen Corporation, Boca Raton, FL, USA
Samvit Raina, Senior Vice President, Patni Americas, Inc., Fremont, CA, USA
Rick Rumbarger, VP, Product Management, Neustar, Inc., Sterling, VA, USA
Barbara Russo, PMO Director, JM Family Enterprises, Deerfield Beach, FL, USA
Jack L. Stem, Senior Vice President, Maritime and Defense Agencies, CACI International, Inc., Ashburn, VA, USA
Dr. Peggy Strong, Global Technology Education, eBay, Inc., Austin, TX, USA
Anyck Turgeon, EVP of Artistic Promotion, Classical Artists Development Foundation, Austin, TX, USA

*Statements and decisions by Judges are not made on behalf of IBM and do not reflect any representations or endorsements by the IBM company.

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141 MVPs of The 2012 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, May 11, 2012 @ 04:24 PM

The following professionals participated in preliminary judging of The 2012 American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program, in April-May. Their average scores determined the Finalists.  We thank them for their time, insights, and support.

Tsvika Abramovitch, Vice President, HR, Hadera Paper, Hadera, Israel
Ilene Adler, CEO, Vantage Communications, San Francisco, CA
Stewart Andrews, Creative Director, Noodlebox Design, LLC, Arlington, VA   
Zainab Ansari, Director/CEO, Xenith PR (Pvt.) Ltd, Karachi, Pakistan  
Jon Baer, President, Wakefly, Westborough, MA             
Jeff Bell, Partner, NCT Ventures, Kirkland, OH
Ray Benjamin, President, Ray Benjamin Productions, New York, NY        
Israel Bonequi, Creative Director, Birds Nest Foundation, Montreal, Canada
Jonathan Bruns, Art Director, The Design Channel, Chevy Chase, MD
Heena Bulchandani, Specialist - Training & Development, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Dubai, UAE            
Joy Carter, Communications Manager, American Cast Iron Pipe Co., Birmingham, AL       
William Casey, Vice President, Global Marketing, Brightpoint, Inc., Indianapolis, IN          
Annie  Castellano, Chief Creative Officer, Switch, St. Louis, MO         
Susan Chait, VP, Creative Director, Lebowitz | Gould | Design, Inc., New York, NY       
Kevin Chen, President/CEO, Business Methods Corporation, Randolph, NJ
Denise Clancey, President, Teledirect Partners, Boston, MA       
David Clarke, Managing Director, BGT Partners, Miami, FL            
David Craig, Vice President, Human Resources, Fazoli's Restaurants, Lexington, KY          
David Crawford, Senior VP, Managing Group Creative Director, GSD&M, Austin, TX        
Cynthia Cruz, PR Account Coordinator, iolo technologies, Los Angeles, CA      
Karen Danielson, Marketing Communications & Brand Manager, US Water Services, Inc, St Michael, MN              
Sherri Davis, Manager, Internet Marketing Services, Delphi, Troy, MI      
Jennifer Deare, President, Deare Marketing, Inc, Tenafly, NJ     
Rachel Deutsch, Creative Director, The Design Channel, Chevy Chase, MD
Kevin Elliott, Senior Vice President, Hill & Knowlton Strategies, Irvine, CA           
Hossein Eslambolchi, Chairman and CEO, 20/20 Venture Partners, Charlotte, NC    
Robert Feeney, Sales Manager, catchfire, Minneapolis, MN       
Mike Fernandez, Corporate VP, Corporate Affairs, Cargill, Inc., Wayzata, MN     
Jennifer Fisher, Director, Sales Operations and Production, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington, DC
Marc Foelsch, Senior Art Director, Fraser Wallace Advertising, Montgomery Village, MD 
Anna Garcia, Owner, CouponAnna, West Covina, CA      
Kristina Garcia, Managing Director, German State of Hessen U.S. Office for Economic Development, New York, NY          
Mark Geiger, Assoc. Director of Marketing & Communication, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Atlanta, GA    
Paul Gennaro, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, AECOM, New York, NY       
Stephen Gifford, Director of Human Resources, Eurpac Service, Inc., Norwalk, CT            
David Gilman, President, Gilman Performance Systems, Brookfield, CT 
Justin Grenier, Support Team Manager, Listrak, Lititz, PA             
Andrew Gutman, Chief Financial Officer, Farbman Group, Southfield, MI             
Rosemary Haefner,Vice President, Human Resources, CareerBuilder.com, Minneapolis, MN       
Christopher Harmon, Principal & CEO, theBATstudio, Oakland, CA            
Peggy Heafey, Director - Intermediary Partner Care, Marriott Intl, Inc., Omaha, NE          
Courtenay Higgins, Senior Partner, Winning Strategies, Newark, NJ         
Diego Hoic, Product Manager, Church & Dwight, Princeton, NJ  
Carole Holden, Founder/CEO, Gelmtree Advertising, Howey in the Hills, FL         
Jamie Holt, President/CEO, JMK Notary & Services, Miami, FL    
Susan Hudgins, Technical Producer, Fourth Wall Events, New York, NY           
Jodi Hutchison, Director of Communications, Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks, CT   
Ananda Jagoda, Chief Creative Officer, Smart Media - The Annual Report Company, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Robert Jeppsen, Sr. Vice President, Commercial Sales, Zions Bank, Salt Lake City, UT       
Allen Jernigan, President & CEO, My Marketing Department, Inc., Seminole, FL
Mike Jingozian, Founder and CEO, AngelVision, New York, NY               
Robert Jones, Vice President, Corporate Development, DRC, Reston, VA
Peter Justen, CEO, MyBizHomepage, Inc., Middleburg, VA          
Nagib Khallouf, President, Trademart International Trading, Santa Rosa, CA        
Ross Kimbarovsky, Co-Founder, crowdSPRING, Chicago, IL          
Patrick King, Founder, ImagineDesign, Manassas, VA     
Bob Klee, CEO, HometownQuotes.com, Franklin, TN      
Nitin Kumar, Director, PWC, New York, NY          
Micah Laney, Sr. Digital Communications Manager, Walmart Global Associate Communications, Fayetteville, AR         
Brook Larios, CEO and Founder, PlainClarity Communications, San Diego, CA
Laure LeBlanc, President, ubi.Q Inc, East Greenwich, RI 
Peter Levy, President, Corniche Productions, Brooklyn, NY         
Lloyd Lofton, Vice President COO, American Eagle Consultants, Inc, Smyrna, GA               
Krushna Prasad Mahapatra, Global Head HR- GE ISU, Tata Consultancy Services, Edison, NJ         
Janice Maiman, Senior Vice President, Communications & Media Channels, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York, NY        
Joseph Mangiaracina, Principal/Owner, SurfNet.Inc., Levittown, PA        
Laura Maniccia, Principal, Interactive Marketing Solutions, South Lyon, MI           
Andrew Mauriello, Sr. Manager, Global Sales Operations, Mimio - A Newell Rubbermaid Company, Cambridge, MA       
Maggie Mayer, Founder, Mayer & Associates, CPA, LLC, Madison, CT     
Dawn McDermott, Marketing Associate Director, Sun Life Financial, Wellesley Hills, MA
Jeannine McHenry, Art Director, One17 Creative, Marina Del Rey, CA    
Colin McKillop, Chief Executive Officer, Butcher Enterprises, Windsor, Canada   
Catherine McQuaid, Principal, Big Game Hunting, Toronto, Canada          
Gabrielle Medecki, Chief Marketing Officer, Wolfgang's Vault, San Francisco, CA              
Stan Mendoza, President, Mendoza Media, Montclair, NJ 
Kathy Menzie, Associate Professor & Chair, Washburn University, Topeka, KS   
Jessica Merz, Director Global Corporate Communications, Bacardi-Martini, Inc, Coral Gables, FL
Sharon Metzung, Publications & Graphics Manager, Lake Metroparks, Concord Township, OH   
Andrea Michaels, President, Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, CA   
Thaddeus  Miles, President, Neighborhood Networks National Consortium, North Little Rock, AR            
Carlos Minetti, President, Consumer Banking, Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods, IL             
Simona Mollova, CEO, www.nokbg.eu, Sofia, Bulgaria   
Brian Mulvey, Vice President, Investor Growth Capital, New York, NY    
Christina Mulvihill, Director, Government and Public Affairs, Sony, Washington, DC         
Ann Murphy, Senior VP, O'Neill & Associates, Boston, MA           
Kirk Musselman, Director, Human Resources, Classified Ventures LLC, Chicago, IL            
Rajendran Nair, Director, Marketing, Callidus Software, Pleasanton, CA
Steve Nelson, Partner & CTO, AP42, San Ramon, CA       
Cheryl Nguyen, Manager, Sales & Marketing Communications, Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda, MD           
Judilynn (Judi) Niedercorn, President and CEO, SysTactics, McLean, VA 
Kevin O'Donnell, Vice President, Credit Issuance, Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods, IL      
Bob Older, President, Creative Travel Inc. dba Rainbow Charter Service, Wilmington, DE               
Kirsten Osolind, CEO, Reinvention Marketing, San Diego, CA      
Mark O'Toole, Managing Director, Public Relations & Content Marketing, H|B, Newton, MA       
Audrey Pannell, Director of Public Relations & Social Media, STYLE Advertising, Birmingham, AL 
Paul Patton, Senior Product Development Manager, Delta Faucet Co., Indianapolis, IN  
Michael Pisner, Graphic Designer, The Design Channel, Chevy Chase, MD
Mac Premo
, Creative Director, MacPremo, Brooklyn, NY              
Fabi Preslar, President, SPARK Publications, Matthews, NC         
Toni Purry, President, Purry Communications Group, Los Angeles, CA    
Gillian Rawcliffe, Business Development Manager, Vérité, Sandy, UT     
Dennis Reno, Vice President, Global Customer Service, Oracle, San Francisco, CA             
Avis Richards, President/CEO, Birds Nest Productions, Purchase, NY       
Bridgette Ridgeway, President & CEO, Taylorfield & Company, Brown Deer, WI 
Viurniel Sanchez, Program Management Coordinator, NextEra Energy, Inc., Miami, FL   
Scott Sanfilippo, Co-Founder, Solid Cactus, Shavertown, PA        
Russell Sarder, CEO and Chairman, NetCom Learning, New York, NY       
John Sawyer, Senior Security Analyst, InGuardians, Inc., Gainesville, FL 
Karen Schadow, President, The Voice of Success, New York, NY               
Francesca Schuler, Chief Marketing Officer, BevMo!, Concord, CA           
David Sentman, SVP-Change Management Executive, Bank of America, Newark, DE      
Bill Shelton, Vice President, USHEALTH Advisors, Grapevine, TX
Gary Shumaker, President, Gary E. Shumaker, Inc., Fairfax, VA 
Jeffrey Shuman, Senior VP Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Harris Corp., Melbourne, FL       
Ravinder Paul Singh, Director - Strategy and Online Marketing, Kulwant Advisory, Nairobi, Kenya             
DeAllous Smith, Public Information Officer, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA              
Julian Soler, Director of Marketing, Studio One Networks, New York, NY              
Cate Sommervold, Vice President of Development and Patient Outreach, pharmaCline, Sioux Falls, SD 
Lacey Stephen, Project Manager, Strativity Group, LLC, Rochelle Park, NJ             
Caroline Storey-Sabetti, Executive Director, Marketing & Business Solutions, Staff Management | SMX, Amherst, MA   
Julie Suntrup, SVP Marketing and Business Development, Switch, St. Louis, MO               
Daniel Sweeza, SVP, Operations, Air Evac EMS, Inc., West Plains, MO     
Julie Thomas, CEO, ValueSelling, Santa Fe, CA    
Stephen Thompson, Executive Creative Director, iCrossing, Chicago, IL  
Michelle Thorsell, Principal, SMT Architects, P.C., Glen Ellyn, IL  
Han Tjan, Corporate Communications, Daimler, New York, NY   
Beverly Turek, Owner/Operator, Turek's Computer Dr, Bryan, TX            
Rajani Veeramachaneni, President, E Center, Inc., Newtown, PA             
Vinny Verdi, Producer, CUNY-TV, New York, NY
Kate Watts, VP of Client Services, Huge, Brooklyn, NY    
Jake Wengroff, Global Director, Social Media Strategy & Research, Frost & Sullivan, San Antonio, TX       
Vicki Whisenhant, SVP Cultural Transformation, Medtech, Atlanta, GA  
Kirsten Wilkinson, Customer Service Manager, Heeling Sports, Ltd., Carrollton, TX           
Keith Wolf, VP of Marketing, Murray Resources, Houston, TX    
Leslie Yeransian, Communications/Media, Rising Medical Solutions, Chicago, IL
Michael Yue, Senior Writer, The Design Channel, Chevy Chase, MD
Didi Yunginger, Director of Strategy & Development, Wolper Subscription Services, Easton, PA           
Julia Zamorska, VP of Corporate Communications, iolo technologies, Los Angeles, CA     
Matthew Zintel, President, Zintel Public Relations, Cypress, TX  
Joseph Zitzelberger, Director of Manufacturing Development, PACCAR Inc, Chillicothe, OH         
Chris Zoloth, Director, Global Customer Care, IHG, Salt Lake City, UT       

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