The Stevie Awards Blog

Winners Announced in 2017 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 10:32 AM

Awards to Be Presented at Gala Ceremony on June 20 in NYC

Cirkled in is the top winner in the 2017 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program, which are now in their 15th year.

The nationwide public vote was conducted last month, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of product categories. More than 38,000 votes were cast.  To win, a category’s leading vote-getter had to have received at least 100 votes.

ABA peoples choice-2.jpgCirkled in, the Redmond, WA based company won the most People’s Choice Stevie Awards in two categories, Education - Classroom Mgmt and Education - Cloud-Based. 4LifeTransform Burn collected the most votes of any nominee.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The American Business Awards’ banquet on Tuesday, June 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, NY. Tickets for the event are now on sale. There, the winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will also be presented their awards. More than 550 nominees and their guests are expected to attend.

All new products and services recognized as winners 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.

The winners of the 2017 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are:

B2B Products: Qstream's Coaching Hub
B2B Services: Arise Starmatic Scheduling System
Computer Hardware: IGEL UD Pocket
Consumer Electronics: Anki's Cozmo
Consumer Products & Services: 4LifeTransform Burn
Content - Content Marketing: Thomson Reuters' Checkpoint Marketing Social Media Solutions
Content - Other: AT&T Global Video Player
Content - Reference/Legal: Enquiron
Content - Sales/Marketing Intel: Ignite Sales Customer Engagement Management Platform
Education - Classroom Mgmt: Cirkled in School Offering
Education - Cloud-Based: Cirkled in School Offering
Education - Game/Virtual/Other Curric: Advantexe Learning Solutions Drivers of Business Performance Business Simulation
Education - Other: United Way Worldwide, NFL, Verizon and Everfi: Character Playbook
Health & Pharmaceuticals: Makers Nutrition's Private Label Product Line
Industrial: Magline LiftPlus
Software - Big Data: CareerBuilder's Customer Health Score Tool
Software - Cloud App/Service: FieldEdge
Software - Cloud Backup/Storage: Quest Rapid Recovery v6.1
Software - Cloud ERP: Intacct Contract and Revenue Management
Software - Cloud Infrastructure: Wind River Titanium Control
Software - Content Mgmt: Built.io Contentstack
Software - Data Visualization: Lucky Orange Dynamic Heatmaps
Software - Ecommerce: Ve Interactive VePanel
Software - Endpoint Security Mgmt: Dell Data Guardian
Software - FinTech: Ingo Instant Payments
Software - Human Capital Mgmt: RiseSmart Insight
Software - Identity/Access Security: IdentityForce's UltraSecure+Credit (Version 5.1)
Software - Infrastructure/Platform AAS: FIS Merchant Processing System
Software - Integration Solution: West Video Meeting Gateway
Software - Learning/Workforce Dev: Articulate 360
Software - Marketing/PR: Digital Air Strike's Mission Control
Software - Mobile On-Demand App: Equo by Runzheimer
Software - Network Security: Cisco Stealthwatch 6.8
Software - Other: MindTickle
Software - Payments: BluePay?s Premier Payment Gateway
Software - Relationship Mgmt: Vlocity Communications
Software - Supply Chain Mgmt: PRO Unlimited's Wand VMS
Telecommunications - Product: Nextivity's Cel-Fi GO

Tags: new product awards, best new product or service, best new products, new service awards

Chargebacks911: Reducing Costs, Enriching Understanding, and Recovering Revenue

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 @ 04:52 PM

Chargebacks911 won Gold and Silver Stevie Awards in The 2016 American Business Awards for Best Business-to-Business Product and New Product of the Year - Software Commerce Solution. 

The 2017 American Business Awards are accepting entries through April 7. Review the entry kit here. Learn more about New Product Awards.

We spoke with Gary Cardone, CEO of Chargebacks911 to learn more about the organization and what winning Stevie Awards has meant to their successes.

chargebacks banner.jpgIn a sentence or two, what does your organization do?

Chargebacks911 is dedicated to eliminating chargeback fraud (friendly fraud, family fraud, unauthorized claims and mis-coded disputes) for merchants, issuers, and acquirers. Last year, we safeguarded over 2.4 billion online transactions in 87 countries, working hand-in-hand with thousands of e-stores all over the world.  In a nutshell, we take the guess work out of chargebacks, which means reducing costs, enriching understanding, and recovering revenue. 

What is the vision behind your organization?

Our vision is simple: begin and end with a win-win scenario. When it comes to chargeback fraud, everyone is victimized: merchants pay fees and lose money to fake claims, banks devote expensive resources, and consumers end up paying higher prices and forfeiting friendly policies. 

We are passionate about identifying the true source of the problem and not just treating the symptoms.  Everything we do is backed by an ROI guarantee that is only possible due to our first-hand expertise and technology. Our vision has been built upon a mission to bring our understanding and workable results to enough merchants and banks that as an industry, we can overcome the growing chargeback problem. 

Ironically, this type of vision does not leave us without a business. Helping merchants achieve sustainability and growth is our primary goal, and understanding the best methods to use for managing chargebacks is a key component. There will always be disputes or issues to resolve between buyers and sellers. What is most relevant is the innovation undertaken to meet these growing requirements–a vision that keeps pace with evolving technology and consumer behavior...this is where we fit!

Is there a story or reasoning behind the nomination?

Our two company founders–Monica Eaton-Cardone and Gary Cardone–were jointly selling products online in 2010, when they were victims of chargeback fraud.

Chargeback fraud is an unjustified refund that’s forced upon merchants, occurring when a cardholder reports an unwarranted charge to their bank. The burden of proof is then on the merchant to defend the legitimacy of the sale, which is an extremely difficult threshold for online purchases, card-not-present transactions and shipped merchandise. Merchants lose $40 billion annually to chargebacks and the payments industry suffers even higher losses as a result.

Monica and Gary searched for a company to protect them from chargeback fraud, but to their astonishment, no such company existed. So, they studied chargebacks and became expert themselves, launching Chargebacks911 in 2011.

Roughly five years later, Chargebacks911 has 300+ global employees, thousands of clients, and corporate offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

How did your organization first become acquainted with the Stevies?

The Stevie Awards are internationally recognized as “The World’s Premier Business Awards,” because it’s not about politics, pay-for-play, or personal connections; it’s truly a merit-based honor that celebrates excellence in the field of business. We’ve admired the Stevie Awards for many, many years, and we’re deeply humbled to be included among such a distinguished list of trailblazing entrepreneurs, innovators and international trendsetters.

What was it like for your organization to win this award?

It validated what we believed all along: excellence deserves to be recognized, and if you “build a better mousetrap,” you’ll achieve success. It’s an honor that we share with our dedicated, passionate team-members, and they’re just as proud of this award as our cofounders are!

How has the win affected your business?

The eCommerce industry is extremely technical and very nuanced; even savvy, veteran online merchants often have difficulty understanding the latest developments in chargeback fraud, banking regulations and dispute resolution.  Capturing gold and silver Stevie Awards differentiates us from the competition, and offers an invaluable third-party testimonial to our clients. 

In short, it communicates something very special: We’re the best at what we do. 

What results have been gained since this award was won? Have any documents such as case studies been created that you can share with us?  

We just opened a new location in the UK so we can expand our service levels to better support our growing European customers. This addition comes on the heels of our increased focus on the travel industry. A case study, outlining how our services have impacted the travel industry, can be found here.

Please look out for exciting news–case studies and trends are due to be released Q2 2017.  With the changes from Visa and other payment providers taking hold this year, it is due to be an exciting one for industry news. We plan to release insider tips and regulatory updates shortly.

What changes in the industry does your team find interesting and why?

Perhaps “interesting” isn’t the right word, but it’s certainly noteworthy – cyber-fraud is growing by leaps and bounds:

  • The chargeback issuance rate is growing by 20 percent each year
  • There’s been a 300+ percent increase in fraud attacks on digital goods
  • 94 percent of websites experienced a “bot” (nonhuman) cyber-attack last year
  • 6 percent of an online merchants’ total annual revenue is now spent exclusively on fraud-prevention
  • Chargeback fraud has grown by 41 percent and continues to climb each quarter

It’s an extraordinarily dangerous time for online merchants. It’s becoming as inevitable as death and taxes.

That’s why you NEED to be prepared.  And that’s why Chargebacks911 is here to help.

Is there an inspirational story related to your organization that might appeal to our blog readers?

Because of our rapid growth, Chargebacks911 has hired hundreds of new employees, largely from our hometown in Tampa Bay, Florida.  Sadly, we soon realized that many young people lack the confidence that is a prerequisite for success in such a fast-paced, hi-tech environment. This led our cofounder and Chief Operating Officer Monica Eaton-Cardone to launch a non-profit program called “Get Paid for Grades.” It offers a financial incentive to struggling high schoolers, focusing on improving literacy and mastering the life-skills that so important in today’s economy—thereby, improving self-confidence. 

Chargebacks911 is a sponsor of Get Paid for Grades, and the program recently expanded to four additional schools across Florida. We hope to eventually introduce the program nationally – because every child deserves an opportunity to succeed.

Tags: new product awards, America Business Awards, new product of the year, best new product or service, best new products

One Week Until Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service Final Entry Deadline

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

World’s Top Honors Accepting Nominations Through January 11

The final entry deadline for the 2017 (11th annual) Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service is Wednesday, January 11.  Entry kits and complete details on the competition are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

These are the world’s top honors for customer service, contact center, business development and sales professionals.  All organizations and individuals worldwide may submit nominations.  The 2017 awards will recognize achievements since July 1, 2015.

sascs17entrykit_001.jpgFinalists will be announced on Thursday, January 19.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on Friday, February 24 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.   Attendance is not required to win.

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service feature more than 135 sales awards, customer service awards, business development awards, new product awards and solution provider awards categories. Entrants may submit any number of nominations to any number of categories.   

The competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world, and nominees will have access to all of the judges’ comments about their entries – an invaluable resource.

The 2017 program offers new categories for new products and services and solution providers. New categories for new products and services include Customer Service or Sales Book of the Year, Customer Service Training Product of the Year and Sales Training Product of the Year. The new solution provider category for 2017 is Leadership or Management Training Practice of the Year.

2017 will see the return of a popular feature of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. All finalists in the Customer Service Department of the Year categories will be included in the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service, a worldwide public vote. Voting will open January 19 and close February 10.  Winners of the public vote will receive a special crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award trophy.

Winners of the 2016 edition of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service included Cars.com, Comcast, CubeSmart, Delta Air Lines, Etiya, eZCom Software, FedEx, HubSpot, Kohl’s Department Stores, Office Depot, SAVO, ShopKeep POS, Vestmark, and VIZIO, Inc., among others.

The 2017 entry kit and a complete history of the awards program are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

Tags: customer service awards, sales awards, best new products, solution provider

Winners Announced in People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

Awards to Be Presented at Gala Ceremony on June 20 in New York City

Liaison Technologies and West Unified Communications are the top winners in the 2016 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program, which are now in their 14th year.

The nationwide public vote was conducted last month, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of product categories. More than 26,000 votes were cast.  To win, a category’s leading vote-getter had to receive at least 100 votes.

Peoples_Choice-2.jpgLiaison Technologies, the Alpharetta, Georgia-based provider of integration and data management solutions, and West Unified Communications, the Omaha, Nebraska-based telecommunications group, both won People’s Choice Stevie Awards in two categories. LIMU LEAN BURN garnered the most votes of any nominee.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The American Business Awards’ gala event on Monday, June 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will also be presented their awards that evening. More than 400 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend.

All new products and services recognized as Stevie winners in the new product awards categories of this year’s American Business Awards were eligible to be included in public voting for the people’s choice awards.

The winners of the 2016 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are:

Business-to-Business Products: ClearSlide Mail
Business-to-Business Services: iTalent Digital Transformation Service
Computer Hardware: Link by Fasetto
Consumer Electronics: TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch
Consumer Products & Services: LIMU LEAN BURN
Content Solution: West Unified Communications’ Webcast Pro
Education – Cloud/Virtual: Study.com Video Lessons
Education – Enterprise Solution: SchoolMint
Education – Other: Youth Digital’s Server Design 1
Education – Personalized Learning: Epiphany Learning K-12 Learning Relationships Management (LRM) Solution
Financial Services: The Caregiver Mortgage
Health & Pharmaceutical: Beltone Legend 17 – Custom
Other Products/Services: Gorilla Safety’s Fleet and Safety Management Mobile App
Software - Big Data:  Progress® DataDirect
Software –  Cloud Application/Service: Infor CloudSuite Facilities Management
Software – Cloud Backup/Storage: Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform
Software – Cloud Infrastructure/Platform: Liasian Alloy Platform
Software – Collaboration/Social: Zoom’s Collaboration Product Suite
Software –  Content Management: Progress® SitefinityTM
Software – Ecommerce: Elavon’s Commerce SDK
Software – Financial Management: Host Analytics’ Cloud-Based Financial Modeling
Software –  Governance/Risk: Simility’s Fraud Prevention
Software – Human Capital Management: mroads Paññã
Software – Integration Solution: Liaison ALLOY Platform
Software –  Learning/Workforce Development: Brainshark for Coaching
Software –  Marketing/Public Relations: West Unified Communications' Webcast Essentials
Software –  Mobile: CD2 Mobile Platform with Enhanced Gamification
Software – Project/Systems Management: Epicor ERP 10.1
Software—Security Solution: SecureAuth’s SecureAuth IdP
Software –  Social Business: TouchCommerce TouchSocial
Software– Other: Qmatic Orchestra 6
Telecommunications – Product: Ooma Telo
Telecommunications – Service: Broadview Networks' MyOfficeSuite

Tags: American business awards, new product awards, People's Choice Stevie Awards, best new products

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers to Recognize Best New Products & Services

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 12:34 PM

The Stevie® Awards is accepting entries for the first annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers, which will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR teams and professionals, HR achievements, new products and services, and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

The final entry deadline is June 8, but late entries will be accepted through July 20 with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR

SAGE_Logo_C_SmallRK-3.gifOther Stevie Awards programs such as The American Business Awards and The International Business Awards offer human resources categories, but The Stevie Awards recognized the need for more specific HR awards categories. Today we will highlight the New Product & Services categories in the Stevie Awards for Great Employers.This is the first time these categories are availble for HR-related products and services.

REQUEST THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

The New Product & Services categories in the Stevie Awards for Great Employers will recognize software, training programs or media, and curated training platforms. See entry requirements and all of the categories offered below.

The information requirements for entries in these categories in the 2016 competition include:

a.  An essay of up to 625 words describing the nominated product or service: its benefits, features, functions, and sales results to date.

b.  Summarize in up to 10 bullet points (up to 150 words) the chief benefits, features, and functions of the nominated product or service.

c.  Add to your entry up to 10 webpage links and up to 10 document uploads to support your case to the judges.  These might be press articles, press releases, videos, or images, for example. 

SOFTWARE

F01      360 Degree Feedback Solution - New
F02      360 Degree Feedback Solution - New Version
F03      Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution - New
F04      Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution – New Version
F05      Attendance Tracking Solution - New
F06      Attendance Tracking Solution - New Version
F07      Benefits Management Solution - New
F08      Benefits Management Solution - New Version
F09      Compensation Management Solution - New
F10      Compensation Management Solution - New Version
F11      Course Authoring Solution - New
F12      Course Authoring Solution - New Version
F13      Employee Engagement Solution - New
F14      Employee Engagement Solution - New Version
F15      Employee Recognition Solution - New
F16      Employee Recognition Solution - New Version
F17      Employee Scheduling Solution - New
F18      Employee Scheduling Solution - New Version
F19      HR Reporting Solution - New
F20      HR Reporting Solution - New Version
F21      Human Capital Management Solution - New
F22      Human Capital Management Solution - New Version
F23      Human Resource Information System - New
F24      Human Resource Information System - New Version
F25      Human Resource Management System - New
F26      Human Resource Management System - New Version
F27      Job Board Solution - New
F28      Job Board Solution - New Version
F29      Learning Management Solution - New
F30      Learning Management Solution - New Version
F31      Onboarding Solution - New
F32      Onboarding Solution - New Version
F33      Payroll Management Solution - New
F34      Payroll Management Solution - New Version
F35      Performance Appraisal Solution - New
F36      Performance Appraisal Solution - New Version
F37      Performance Management Solution - New
F38      Performance Management Solution - New Version
F39      Self-Service HR Solution - New
F40      Self-Service HR Solution - New Version
F41      Talent Management Solution - New
F42      Talent Management Solution - New Version
F43      Time and Expense Solution - New
F44      Time and Expense Solution - New Version
F45      Workforce Management Solution - New
F46      Workforce Management Solution - New Version

TRAINING PROGRAMS OR MEDIA

May be blended, instructor-led, microlearning, video or web-based. 

F50      Brand Training
F51      Compliance Training
F52      Consumer Education Training
F53      Diversity or Sensitivity Training
F54      Interpersonal Skills Training
F55      Leadership Training
F56      Literacy Training
F57      Managerial Training
F58      New Hire Training
F59      Problem-Solving Training
F60      Product Training
F61      Professional or Legal Training
F62      Quality Training
F63      Safety Training
F64      Sales Training
F65      Skills Training
F66      Systems Training
F67      Technical Training
F68      Other


CURATED TRAINING PLATFORM OF THE YEAR

F70      Consumer
F71      Industrial/Technical
F72      Managerial/Professional
F73      Technology
F74      Other

Tags: hr awards, human resources awards, new product awards, best new products, best new services, new services

Vote Now for Your Favorite New Products of the Year

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 11:47 AM

People’s Choice Stevie Awards Voting Open Through June 3

The Stevie® Awards, organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs, today opened public voting at http://peopleschoice.stevieawards.com for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, an annual feature of its American Business Awards.

votenowpcsafnp.jpgAll, worldwide, are welcome to vote for their favorite new products and services in 38 categories, from consumer products and services to B2B software solutions.  Voting will close on June 3, and the top vote-getter in each category will be presented with a crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award trophy in New York on June 20 at The 14th American Business Awards gala.

All new product and service nominees in The 2016 American Business Awards were eligible to be included in people’s choice voting. 

All organizations operating in the U.S.A. – large and small, public and private, for-profit and non-profit - are eligible to submit nominations to the ABAs in a wide range of categories, honoring achievement in every aspect of work life, from customer service and management to public relations and product development.  More than 3,400 nominations were reviewed in the judging process this year by more than 250 professionals, whose average scores determined the winners.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the peer-review judging were announced yesterday.  For a complete list of the Stevie Award winners announced yesterday, visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

2016 Stevie winners will be celebrated and presented their awards during a gala event on Monday, June 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.  Tickets are now on sale.  The presentations will be broadcast live via Livestream.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the new Stevie Awards for Great Employers. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. 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.

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American Business Awards 2016: New Product and Service / Information Technology Awards Judging Committee

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 @ 02:43 PM

The New Product and Service awards categories in The American Business Awards are some of the most competitive. Not only will they be judged by the committee below, many of the categories will also be included in a worldwide public vote for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products. The categories include all product management, product development, product engineering, manufacturing, etc. functions. New products and services released in the U.S.A. since January 1, 2015 are eligible to be nominated.

The Information Technology awards categories include all information technology, software, and web development,  teams, departments, and professionals.

Today we would like to thank the New Product and Service / IT Awards judging commitee. Their review will determine the Stevie Award winers in these categories.

It's not too late to submit your 2016 American Business Awards nominations. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2016 awards honor achievements since the beginning of 2015.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Meet the judging chair and committee:

Chair:

Derek Gerry, Director, Strategic Accounts
C-4 Analytics, Saugus, Massachusetts, USA

16-ABA-NP_IT-Chair-1.gifDerek Gerry is Director, Strategic Accounts at C-4 Analytics, a provider of customizable full service digital marketing solutions in Boston. A skilled content and search optimization strategist with a deep appreciation for Saul Bass, Ken Nordine, and the fundamentals of marketing communication, Derek has been part of the team at C-4 Analytics since 2010. In his capacity as Director of Strategic Accounts, Derek has developed and implemented campaigns in the health care, consumer retail, energy, and automotive sectors.

Derek has spent nearly 20 years creating content and marketing campaigns for online audiences, working for some of the United States’ top companies, including Standard & Poor’
s, Harcourt Brace, and IAC.

Derek is also an accomplished broadcaster who hosts a weekly news and commentary show in Boston, and he has appeared on several talk stations in the Boston area.

Committee:

Pamela Clark Pamela Clark, Founder & Executive Director
New Heights Educational Group, Defiance, Ohio, USA
Pamela Clark is the Founder/Executive Director of the New Heights Educational Group (NHEG). NHEG is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Defiance, Ohio. Ms. Clark has been assisting families with their educational needs for 12 years. She is married and has two grown married children and one grandchild, all of whom reside in Defiance, Ohio. Throughout the years, the NHEG organization and Ms. Clark have received several business awards and other forms of recognition from the Stevie Awards. Ms. Clark is honored and happy to help judge this year's American Business Awards.

Michael Gale Michael Gale, Partner
Pulsepoint Group, Austin, Texas, USA
Michael is a partner at PulsePoint group. He is a recognized industry expert in integrated technology marketing, having founded Strategic Oxygen in 2001, which is widely seen as one of the technology industry’s primary data toolset for marketers. The company was sold to Forrester Research in 2009. He has worked directly on over 500 global programs and campaigns for major technology brands since 2001. The long-term engagements covered marketing re-structuring architectures, a scorecard, and a marketing audits process (with industry norms), as well as marketing thought leadership initiatives.

Stuart John Stuart John, CEO
SJ Strategy, Santa Monica, California, USA
Strategic Product Management Leader with experience of launching global products in the mobile industry, extensive team mentoring experience and a software architecture background.

Stephen Lavin Stephen Lavin, Senior Vice President Corporate Information Technology
Outerwall Inc., Bellevue, Washington USA
Stephen and his teams innovate, develop, and operate performance driven, low cost business products and technology service solutions for the Outerwall family of companies; redbox, Coinstar, and ecoATM. Stephen also drives corprorate technology R&D, strategy, and execution for new adjacencies.

George Lin George Lin, Chief Information Officer
CallidusCloud, Dublin, California, USA
George Lin currently serves as the Chief Information Officer of CallidusCloud, the global leader in cloud based sales, marketing, learning and customer experience solutions. Previously, George was CIO of Dolby Laboratories, Advent Software, EMC Software Group, a Division of EMC and Documentum. George is a recipient of three industry awards.

Ajoy Mallik Ajoy Mallik, SVP, Emerging Tech and Innovation at SYNTEL
Follow[the]seed, Saratoga, California, USA
I co-founded Follow[the]seed, a set of funds using data driven technology to invest in consumer and enterprise grade disruptions across Australia, US, Israel, and China. I am also involved in an ambitious project at a mid cap company, setting up a Business Unit in Innovation, to take the company to its next level in growth and prominence.My large cap public company senior executive roles have covered companies from India’s premier brand (TATA), to Cognizant. Each of my public company roles involved being the "map"? between the entrepreneurs and innovators.

Bruce MastersonBruce Masterson, CEO & Co-Founder
Respect Care, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bruce has 20 years experience growing multiple start-up and early stage ventures on top of 12 years experience as a senior executive with the Reuters Group, Plc in Chicago, London and New York. Bruce earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, w and a BA in Economics from MSU.

Catherine McQuaid Catherine McQuaid, Consultant
CMassociates, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Catherine Mcquaid is a Big Game Hunter in the Urban Jungle. Her clients are business services firms who want to become suppliers to the Fortune 1000.

Feroz Merchhiya Feroz Merchhiya, CTO -Director of Technology
CIGA, California Insurance Guarantee Association, Glendale, California, USA
Mr. Merchhiya is an accomplished award winning technology leader with over eighteen years' experience; He has a strong interest in business and enterprise technology. A practitioner of integrated program and portfolio management approach that looks at infrastructure rationalization road maps aligned to application consolidations, process standardization and efficiency improvement strategies.

Carlos Minetti Carlos Minetti, President, Consumer Banking
Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods, Illinois, USA
Carlos Minetti is the President of Consumer Banking for Discover Financial Services and has also served as the Chief Risk Officer and EVP, Cardmember Services. Prior to Discover, Mr. Minetti was the SVP of Card Operations for American Express. An engineering graduate of Texas A&M and Booth School of Business.

Judy Mod Judy Mod, Founder, CEO, Chief Adoption Officer
RevenueSphere, LLC., Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Today, as the Founder, CEO and Chief Adoption Officer of RevenueSphere and Social Gastronomy (for-profit) and the Founder and President of the Social Executive Council and futurewired (non-profit), Judy is helping senior executives understand and address the new complexities this is creating and the foundational changes that are needed to bridge the widening gap between the innovation and the adoption. Judy has 30+ years of experience in driving top line revenue in multiple areas (CEO, sales, business development, channel, strategic alliances, marketing, consulting).

Rajesh Mudiakal Rajesh Mudiakal, Senior Consultant
Ernst & Young India, New Delhi, India
Rajesh Kumar Mudiakal is a Senior Consultant in IT Advisory with Ernst & Young, India. He has an overall Experience of 19 years in areas like IT, Manufacturing and Project Management. He has completed M.S in Mechanical Engineering from University of Bristol in UK and an Executive Certification in Strategy Consulting (Driving Strategic Impact) from Columbia Business School, US and was a commonwealth Scholar. He has expertise in the areas of Project Management, Program Management, Strategy Consulting, Risk Management, Agile project Management and SAP Consulting.

Govindraj Muthyaly Govindraj Muthyaly, CEO
Cashpundit Inc., Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Govindraj is a CPA and has more than 25 years of finance, accounting, and IT experience. He has worked as a controller and a CFO of many multi-million dollar companies. He is the CEO of Cashpundit Inc., a startup that he founded to help businesses manage their cash flows.

Paul Patton Paul Patton, Senior Manager, R & D and Regulatory
Delta Faucet Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
As a voice of the customer, he ensures products brought to market offer relevant innovations for end-users. Products developed under his guidance have received prominent industry awards including ADEX and Stevie Awards. He also actively interacts and works to influence legislation for federal, state and 40,000+ local jurisdictions.

Ken Phelan Ken Phelan, CTO
Gotham Technology Group, New York, New York, USA
Ken Phelan is a founding partner and Chief Technology Officer of Gotham Technology Group. Founded in 2001, Gotham has grown to 87 million dollars in annual revenue, and serves many of the world’s largest organizations with integrated solutions in virtualization and security. Ken's blog can be found at: http://blog.gothamtg.com/author/kenphelan/.

John Sidell John Sidell, Managing Principal
SCApath LLC, University Place, Washington USA
John Sidell is an award winning entrepreneur and Supply Chain technology pioneer. Since the late 80's he's be a leader in the application software and Management Consulting market. He has build and sold multiple companies over the last 15 years and is a recognize speaker for conferences and industry events.

Wayne Sleight Wayne Sleight, COO
97th Floor, Lehi, Utah, USA
Wayne Sleight is the COO of 97th Floor, an award-winning, full-service digital marketing agency with locations in Utah and California. He has been a featured speaker at marketing conferences in North America and Europe. In 2015, Utah Business Magazine recognized Sleight as a '20 in their 20s' business leader.

Milo Sprague, Chief Technology Officer
Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, California, USA

Shoab Syed, Systems Support Management
SJS Solutions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rajani Veeramacha, President
E Center, Inc., Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Daryl Wieland Daryl Wieland, Risk Management Practice Lead
IT Cadre, Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Daryl Wieland is IT Cadre’s Customer Financial and Risk Management Practice Lead where he provides trustworthy insights by helping organizations move their risk exposure within their risk appetite.

Kirsten Wilkinson Kirsten Wilkinson, EDI Analyst
AmerisourceBergen, Frisco, Texas, USA
I have been honored to have had a successful career in Customer Service Management and IT in the consumer goods manufacturing industry. I have recently entered the pharmaceuticals industry which I have found to be very challenging and exciting. I am happily married and we have a seven year old son.

New Product and Service categories include:

Products & Services

P01. Business-to-Business Products
P02. Business-to-Business Services      
P03. Consumer Electronics
P04. Consumer Products
P05. Consumer Services
P06. Financial Services
P07. Hardware - Computer
P08. Hardware - Networking
...and many more. See all of them here.

Software

P30. Software - Asset Management Solution
P31. Software - Big Data Solution
P32. Software - Business or Competitive Intelligence Solution
P33. Software - Cloud Application/Service
P34. Software - Cloud Infrastructure
P35. Software - Cloud Platform
P36. Software - Cloud Storage & Backup Solution
P37. Software - Collaboration/Social Networking Solution
P38. Software - Content Management Solution
P39. Software - Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution
P40. Software - Electronic Commerce Solution
P41. Software - Financial Management Solution
...and many more. See all of them here.

Content
These categories recognize products, technology and services created by, or for, Media, Publishers and Information Services Providers.

P65. Content - Advertising or Campaign Management Platform
P66. Content - Aggregation Platform
P67. Content - Business Directory
P68. Content - Business Information Solution
P69. Content - Content Analytics Solution
P70. Content - Content Marketing Solution
P71. Content - Content Rights and Delivery Solution
P72. Content - Crowd Sourced Information Solution
P73. Content - eCommerce & Billing Platform
P74. Content - Financial & Market Data Information Solution
...and many more. See all of them here.

Education
These categories recognize applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.

S01. Education - Arts & Creativity Solution
S02. Education - Career and Workforce Readiness Solution
S03. Education - Classroom Management Solution
S04. Education - Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
S05. Education - Cross-Curricular Solution
S06. Education - Education Cloud-based Solution
S07. Education - ELL/World Language Acquisition Instructional Solution
S08. Education - Game-based Curriculum Solution
...and many more. See all of them here.

Information Technology categories include:

N01. Information Technology Department of the Year

N02. Information Technology Team of the Year

N03. Information Technology Executive of the Year

N04. Technical Professional of the Year: for non-executive technical professionals including software developers, web developers, technical writers, etc.  There is no entry fee for this category

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Winners Announced in People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Awards to Be Presented at Gala Ceremony on September 12 in San Francisco

CD2 Learning is the top winner in the 2014 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program, which are now in their 12th year.

PCSAFNPThe nationwide public vote was conducted this summer, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in 42 product categories. More than 57,000 votes were cast.

CD2 Learning, the Overland Park, KS –based developer of a cloud-based learning architecture, is the winner of People’s Choice Stevie Awards in four categories.  NetScout Systems, Inc., the Westford, MA –based provider of integrated computer network performance management products, won People’s Choice Stevie Awards in three categories.  Winners of two People’s Choice Stevie Awards include CardioVet, Dell Software, MicroStrategy, Inc., Other World Computing, and Telerik.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The American Business Awards’ new product and tech awards banquet on Friday, September 12 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Tickets for the event are now on sale. There, the winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will also be announced and presented their awards. More than 250 nominees and their guests are expected to attend.

All new products and services recognized as Finalists 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.

The winners of the 2014 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are:

Business-to-Business Product: NCR Small Business’s NCR Silver Small Business Platform
Business-to-Business Service: Dealer.com Unified Advertising Exchange
Consumer Electronics: Other World Computing's DIY Hard Drive Upgrade Kit for PlayStation 4
Consumer Product: LIMU's BLU FROG 2
Consumer Services: The Hybrid Shop
Financial Services: Engility's Secure Payment System for the U.S. Treasury
Hardware - Networking: NetScout Systems’ nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch
Hardware - Other: NetScout Systems’ nGenius InfiniStream 4500 series appliance
Hardware - Semiconductor: Marvell 88EM8187 LED Controller
Hardware - Storage: Other World Computing's Envoy Pro EX USB 3.0 Portable SSD Storage Solution
Health & Pharmaceutical Product: CardioVet
Health & Pharmaceutical Service: CardioVet
Industrial Product or Service: Graco Inc.'s InvisiPac® Tank-Free' Hot Melt Delivery System
Media & Entertainment: Signiant SkyDrop
Software - Asset Management: Raritan Asset Management DCIM Software
Software - Big Data: MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop
Software - Business Intelligence: MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop
Software - Cloud Application/Service: Rackspace DevOps Automation Service
Software - Cloud Infrastructure: OrionVM Wholesale Cloud Platform
Software - Cloud Platform: SDL Customer Experience Cloud (CXC)
Software - Cloud Storage: Bitcasa
Software - Collaboration/Social: CD2 Learning Collaboration Cloud
Software - Content Management: CD2 Learning’s Innovator Interaction Engine
Software - Financial Management: Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Pocket Assistant
Software - Governance/Risk: Dell Software's Change Auditor Compliance Solution
Software - Human Capital Management: CD2 Learning Toolkit
Software - Lead Generation: TIAA-CREF Annuity Cost Savings Tool
Software - Learning/Workforce Development: CD2 Learning’s Leadership - Blanchard Essentials Edition
Software - Marketing/PR: Acxiom Audience Operating System
Software - Mobile On-Demand: Brainshark's SlideShark 3.0
Software - Mobile Operations Management: Aternity for Mobile App Developers
Software - Other: Telerik Kendo UI
Software - Project Management: Upland Software’s Tenrox Cloud Project Management Solution
Software - Relationship Management: Experian Marketing Services' Cross Marketing Platform
Software - Security: Unisys Stealth
Software - Software Development: Telerik DevCraft
Software - Supply Chain Management: SYSPRO 7 Enterprise Resource Planning Software
Software - Systems Management: Dell Software's Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition
Software - Web Services: ion interactive's Marketing Apps Platform
Telecommunications Product: NetScout Systems’ nGeniusONE Unified Performance Management platform
Telecommunications Service: AT&T Mobile Security
Transportation: VeriFone's Way2ride

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.

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