The Stevie Awards Blog

Fourth Annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards Issues Call for Entries

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 10:23 AM

The Stevie® Awards has issued a call for entries for the 2017 (fourth annual) Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the only business awards program to recognize innovation in business throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region. 

The early-bird entry deadline is November 30.  The final entry deadline is February 8, 2017, but late entries will be accepted through April 5 with the payment of a late fee. Complete entry details are available at http://Asia.StevieAwards.com.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Asia-Pacific Stevies 2016.jpgThe Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The awards focus on recognizing innovation in all its forms, wherever it is achieved in the workplace. Entries will be accepted in seven languages – Chinese, English, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay and Thai - in the following awards category groups:

Asia-Pacific Stevie Award winners will be announced on April 19. Winners will be celebrated and presented their awards during a gala banquet on June 2 in Tokyo, Japan.

Scores of professionals from throughout the region will participate in the judging process to determine the Stevie winners.

Some of the Asia-Pacific region’s most innovative organizations have won Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in the past three years including Cisco Systems, Crocs Singapore, DHL Express, Ford China, Freelancer.com, Globe Telecom, Harvey Norman, MetLife Asia Ltd., Samsung, Singapore Airlines, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Volkswagen Group China, and more.

Judging committees for the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are now being formed. Those interested in participating in the judging process may also apply at http://Asia.StevieAwards.com.

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American Business Awards to Be Broadcast Live on June 20

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 01:39 PM

The Stevie® Awards will present The 14th Annual American Business Awards, the top business awards program in the U.S.A., on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 pm ET at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.   The presentations will be broadcast live via Livestream.

ABA-picture-2015-deadline-1.jpgClose to 500 executives from across America will attend the June 20 presentations. More than 3,400 nominations were reviewed in The American Business Awards (ABA) judging process this year by more than 250 professionals, whose average scores determined the winners in categories such as Executive of the Year, Woman of the Year, Startup of the Year, and many more.

The format of the ABA presentations has been changed this year.  In the past, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winner placements were not revealed until the gala.  At the event, only Gold Stevie winners were called to the stage to accept their awards and make a speech.  This year all Stevie winners were pre-announced on May 2. All Stevie-winning organizations that attend the gala will come to the stage to accept their awards. 

Monday's event will feature a silent auction to benefit CARE.  CARE fights poverty for all by focusing on girls and women with programs that bring lasting change to whole communities

For a complete list of the Stevie Award winners, visit www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

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Who's Coming to The American Business Awards Next Monday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

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The 14th Annual American Business Awards, the top business awards program in the U.S.A., will be presented on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 pm ET at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.   The presentations will be broadcast live.

Download the awards presentations program book here.

Close to 500 executives from across America will attend. The event is a sellout: no new ticket orders will be accepted, although organizations that have already purchased tickets may purchase additional tickets through tomorrow (June 15).

We changed the format of the ABA presentations this year.  In the past we announced the finalists about a month before the awards banquet, and didn’t reveal the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® placements until the gala.  At the event, only Gold Stevie winners were called to the stage to accept their awards and make a speech.  This year we decided to pre-announce the Stevie winners (winners were announced on May 2), and to invite all Stevie-winning organizations that attend the gala to come to the stage to accept their awards.  While Monday's event won’t hold as much suspense as past ABA presentations, we think the new format will be more enjoyable for all Stevie winners. 

Monday's event will feature a silent auction to benefit CARE.  CARE fights poverty for all by focusing on girls and women with programs that bring lasting change to whole communities. 

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.

Here is the list of organizations that will attend The 2016 American Business Awards.

4Life Research Sandy UT
97th Floor  Lehi  UT
Active Leadership, LLC  New York NY
Ad Exchange Group Irvine CA
Ad*vantage Printing Inc  Kew Gardens NY
AGS Health New York NY
Alexium International Greer SC
Alliance for Downtown New York New York NY
Allianz Global Assistance Richmond VA
American Standard  Piscataway  NJ
AMN Healthcare San Diego CA
Amobee  San Diego  CA
AT&T  Dallas  TX
BDNA Mountain View CA
Black Oak Casino Resort Tuolumne CA
BlackDoctor.org  Chicago  IL
BluePay Processing Naperville IL
Blueshift Labs San Francisco CA
BMO Capital Markets Chicago IL
BrainStorm, Inc.  American Fork UT
C-4 Analytics  Saugus MA
Callidus Software  Dublin  CA
Capital One Investing  Seattle WA
Capstrat  Raleigh  NC
Carbonite Inc. Lewiston ME
Cartus Corporation  Danbury  CT
CAS  Columbus  OH
Cast & Crew Burbank CA
Ceridian  Minneapolis  MN
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission  Charleston SC
Christmas in Hollywood Hollywood CA
Cigna  Bloomfield  CT
Cisco Systems  San Jose  CA
Cisco Systems Inc. Research Triangle Park NC
ClearSlide  San Francisco  CA
Coastal Risk Consulting Plantation FL
College Works Painting  Irvine  CA
ConforMIS  Inc.  Bedford  MA
Cricket Wireless  Atlanta  GA
Curriculum Associates North Billerica MA
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport  DFW Airport  TX
Davies Santa Barbara CA
Delhaize America Salisbury NC
Deluxe Corporation  Shoreview  MN
DHL Doral FL
Diligent Corporation New York NY
Donlen Fleet Leasing And Management Northbrook IL
Echelon Design Inc Gilberts IL
EffectiveUI  Denver CO
Effex Management Solutions Houston TX
Elemica Wayne PA
ezCater  Boston  MA
Fazoli's Italian Restaurants  Lexington KY
Fiksu Boston MA
First GREEN Bank Mount Dora FL
Fluor Enterprises Inc Dallas TX
Forter  San Francisco CA
Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket CT
Future Energy Solutions Ft. Laudersdale FL
GTT Communications Inc. McLean VA
GuideWell Connect Jacksonville FL
HCSS Sugar Land TX
Henry Repeating Arms Bayonne NJ
ICON Clinical Research  LLC  North Wales  PA
Ignite Sales Dallas TX
Independent Security Evaluators (ISE)  Baltimore  MD
Integral Ad Science  New York  NY
Isagenix International Gilbert AZ
iText Software Corp. Cambridge MA
Ixia  Calabasas  CA
Karma Agency  Philadelphia  PA
Kia Motors America  Irvine CA
L4 Digital Seattle WA
Lakeshore Recycling Systems  Morton Grove  IL
LanguageLine Solutions  Monterey  California
LCG  Ltd. & H.E.L.P.® Legal Plan   Philadelphia PA
Lion Agency  Miami FL
Lockheed Martin Bethesda MD
M&M Electric Service  Inc. Gastonia  NC
Managed Maintenance Inc. Boca Raton FL
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Orlando FL
Meals on Wheels America  Arlington  VA
MediaBrix New York NY
Mendoza Media LLC Montclair NJ
Merkle  Columbia  MD
MetLife  New York NY
MicroHealth LLC Vienna VA
Minacs Marketing Solutions Milwaukee WI
Momentum Worldwide  New York  NY
MONAT Global Doral FL
Monitronics Security Farmers Branch TX
mroads LLC.  Dallas  TX
MSLGROUP  Los Angeles  CA
National Association of Convenience Stores Alexandria VA
NCR Small Business  Alpharetta  GA
Northstar Travel Group  Secaucus  NJ
Novus Global Solutions LLC  North Brunswick  NJ
Nutrisystem  Fort Washington  PA
Opmantek  Charlotte  NC
OptumRx Irvine CA
Opus Capital Markets Consultants a Wipro Limited Company Chicago IL
Palm Beach County Schools West Palm Beach FL
Panasonic Automotive  Peachtree City  GA
Peapod  Skokie  IL
Pearson English Business Solutions  Brisbane  CA
Philadelphia Insurance Companies Bala Cynwyd PA
Popular Ink McKinney TX
Prevedere Columbus OH
Prositions  Inc.  Urbandale  IA
QLess Inc.  Pasadena  CA
Qmatic Atlanta GA
Regal Beloit Inc. Florence KY
Rhea Lana's Franchise Systems  Inc.  Conway  AR
RiseSmart  San Jose  CA
Sentient Interactive  Morristown  NJ
Shinola Detroit MI
Signet Interactive Houston TX
SocialCode New York NY
SoftPro  Raleigh  NC
Southwest Michigan First Kalamazoo MI
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital  Boston  MA
Squarespace  New York  NY
Studio 11 Design  Dallas  TX
Swiss Post Solutions New York NY
Tata Consultancy Services New York  NY
Technica Communications Ojai CA
Thomson Reuters  New York  NY
Timberland Stratham NH
TMG (The Members Group)  Des Moines  IA
TomTom Inc Burlington MA
TopSpot Internet Marketing  Houston  TX
TouchCommerce Agoura Hills CA
TransPerfect  New York  NY
TriNet  San Leandro  CA
USHEALTH Advisors LLC Grapevine TX
Ve Interactive Boston MA
VirtusaPolaris  Westborough  MA
W Magazine New York NY
WalletHub Washington DC
Waxman  Bedford Heights  OH
Wells Fargo Treasury Management San Francisco CA
Wheels Inc. Des Plaines IL
Workiva Inc. Ames IA
Worldwide Clinical Trials King of Prussia PA

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American Business Awards 2016: Marketing Awards Judging Committee

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 05:07 PM

The Stevie Awards would like to thank the 2016 American Business Awards Marketing Awards judging chair and committee.

Now through the end of April, the professionals listed below will determine the Stevie Award winners in over 50 categories for marketing campaigns and professionals. See the full list of categories they will be reviewing at the end of the post.

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:
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Gina Ellis-Strother, Director of Marketing
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Gina Ellis-Strother has been Director of Marketing for Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission since 2013.  She has had more than 20 years of experience in travel and technology marketing, and previous employers included American Airlines, SABRE, Worldspan, and Verizon Wireless. 

In 2015, the American Marketing Association of Charleston awarded Gina the Spark! Award for Marketer of the Year for her innovative rebranding and advertising work for Charleston County Parks. That same year, she was presented with the Gold Stevie Award for Marketer of the Year at the American Business Awards in Chicago. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, serves as an officer of the board at the Charleston Collegiate School, and continues to use her marketing expertise to support the nonprofit organization, The Parklands Foundation. 

Gina graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree from
Hunter College at The City University of New York, and received a Master of Business Administration at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. She presently lives in Charleston, SC with her husband Troy and daughter Gabrielle.

Committee:

Sana Baig, Vice President, Global Digital Marketing
Worldwide Clinical Trials, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA

Debra Bergevine Debra Bergevine, SVP, Marketing and Sales Operations
DCR Workforce, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, USA
As Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of DCR Workforce, Debra is responsible for overseeing the company’s global marketing activities, driving sales excellence and go-to-market effectiveness. She has consulted with dozens of Fortune 500 companies, helping to shape their indirect procurement and workforce management programs.

Richard Black Richard Black, Managing Director
Momentum Worldwide, New York, New York, USA
With 25 years of experience in the integrated marketing industry, Richard is the General Manager of the NYC headquarters of Momentum Worldwide. He sets the vision for the leadership teams and is accountable for their development. A catalyst for innovation, Richard is a driving force behind Verizon, American Express, Porsche, Google and other businesses as well as business development within Momentum.

Deirdre Blackwood, Global Media & Analyst Relations
Accenture, Washington, D.C., USA

Julien Brandt Julien Brandt, CEO
OrganikSEO.com, Solana Beach, California, USA
Julien Brandt is the Founder & CEO of Organik SEO, a San Diego-based online marketing company that harnesses the power of SEO, social media and content marketing to help businesses increase their online exposure. Julien and his team of specialists manage search engine optimization projects, social media campaigns, web development projects and content marketing campaigns.

Leslie Cozatt Leslie Cozatt, CEO
Optum, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA
Director of Marketing, Provider - Thought Leadership & Content Strategy at Optum. Lead strategist in developing Optum's award-winning thought leadership & content strategy. Authored eBook on best integrated content marketing practices utilized throughout Optum.

Natalia Diaz Payton Natalia Diaz Payton, Marketing Specialist
Forte Payment Systems, Allen, Texas, USA
Natalia obtained a B.A. in Speech Communications with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Colorado State University. Her adaptability has enabled her to work in various fields including film, education, finance, sports and live entertainment. She has worked in tandem with some of the biggest event producers including Clear Channel Radio, The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles Clippers, LA Galaxy and the LA Kings.

Mary DiMaggio-Finley Mary DiMaggio-Finley, Senior Vice President
BioCentric Inc., Collingswood, New Jersey, USA
Ms. DiMaggio has more than 25 years of experience in a complete range of strategic multi-media health communication services for government programs, consumer awareness and health education, social marketing, partnership development and brand management. Ms. DiMaggio is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for BioCentric Inc. a medical communications company.

Toby Eckhardt Toby Eckhardt, President
Focused Image, Falls Church, Virginia, USA
Toby Eckhardt is the founder of Focused Image, a communications firm that helps clients realize their business potential and growth opportunities through brand development, marketing, advertising and PR. Toby has developed strategic plans, award-winning designs, and highly creative campaigns brands such as Airbus, Bechtel, Black & Decker, CACI, CSC, Spirit Aerosystems and many others.

Christopher Faust Christopher Faust, Chief Marketing Officer
Qvidian, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA
Christopher Faust is an accomplished global marketing executive with deep domain expertise in the technology sector, and a proven track record with startup, venture-backed, and private equity based high growth companies. Mr. Faust is a thought leader presenting and writing on best practices in successful marketing and sales execution.

Jean Gea Jean Gea, Product Marketing Strategist
ESRI, Kirkland, Washington, USA
Experienced software marketer, passionate about tech and its ability to make positive, disruptive change in lives and livelihoods. Positioned products toward the cloud and SaaS licensing models. Lived, worked and studied on 3 continents. Effective, efficient and adaptable, honed through years of high-pressure marketing agency experience. INSEAD alumna.

Deanna Harms Deanna Harms, Executive Vice President
Greteman Group, Wichita, Kansas, USA
Clients naturally seek Deanna Harms counsel. Maybe its her solid background in journalism, public relations and account management. Or the smarts she brings to every challenge. She rolls up her suit-jacket sleeves, works with terrier-like tenacity and loves every moment. Deanna guides clients through choppy waters, from new-product rollouts in fiercely competitive markets to leveraging interactive media for brand building. Sonia and Deannas yin-yang creates a force that breaks down barriers and drives projects forward. Deanna ensures that we think through every project with equal attention to quality and outcomes, creating a responsive, resourceful, client-first team.

Gordon Hochhalter Gordon Hochhalter, Head of All Creation
Art Of It, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Gordon started life as a copywriter.Today he is the "Head of All Creation" at the Art Of It, a creative consultancy. Along the way he has been a Creative Director, Director Creative Development, Vice President Creative Director, Group Director / Integrated Marketing Communications Creative, Partner Creativitystrategyconnectivity, and Managing Partner.The proud owner of more than 450 creative awards from the likes of The One Show, Clio, Art Directors Club, Addy, Andy, New York Festivals, International Titan, Telly, CEBA, and Ace Awards, Gordon has also reinvented a very successful integrated branding firm not once but four times.

Chris Hook, Director, Global Marketing
AMD, Austin, Texas, USA

Erik Huberman Erik Huberman, CEO & Founder
Hawke Media, Santa Monica, California, USA
As the founder and CEO of Hawke Media, Erik Huberman is a serial entrepreneur and brand marketing consultant who founded, grew and sold three startups in the last eight years.

Allen Jernigan, President & CEO
My Marketing Department, Inc., Seminole, Florida, USA

Sean Kapoor Sean Kapoor, Vice President, Global Marketing
Harman International, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Sean Kapoor serves as Vice President of Global Marketing at Harman International (NYSE:HAR). He leads the definition, expression and implementation of the company’s brand portfolio strategy across all customer touch points. In his role, he spearheads the conceptualization, development and execution of innovative and disruptive marketing strategies that drive consistent profitable growth for Harman's industry defining audio brands - JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity and AKG.

Patrick King Patrick King, Founder & CEO
Imagine, Inc., Manassas, Virginia, USA
Patrick’s experience in branding, graphic design, website development, marketing technology and doodling has helped him win the company dozens of industry awards, including those from the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, VEMA, Marcom and W3. Patrick serves on several boards of directors including those of Historic Manassas, Inc., Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation. He is on the advisory boards of the Greater Prince William Food Council and The New School.

Hao Kuo Hao Kuo, Marketing Manager
Aurico, Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA
Hao Kuo is the Marketing Manager for Aurico, a global leader in background screening and drug testing services. He has been with Aurico for 5 years developing marketing strategies to further the growth of the company leading to its recent acquisition by CareerBuilder.

Dan Lobring Dan Lobring, Managing Director, Communications
rEvolution, Chicago, Illinois, USA
A communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in public relations, sports and marketing, including work with leading global and national brands such as the America's Cup World Series Chicago, Continental Tire, ESPN, EA SPORTS and Travelers, as well as the Chicago Fire Soccer Club.

Acacia Mace Acacia Mace, Communications Specialist
OptumRx, Overland Park, Kansas USA
Acacia Mace is a communications specialist with a natural ability to promote ideas through written, verbal and nonverbal types of communication. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and is skilled in project management, internal communications and overcoming challenges with ease.

Ashley Mayhew Ashley Mayhew, Employer Brand Specialist
TD Bank, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Graduated with a Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resources from U of T while working in the Employer Brand space- a true hybrid between HR and Marketing. Specialize in Branding, Online Marketing and Social Media strategy. Passionate about developing company brands and storytelling.

Diane Seay McNulty Diane Seay McNulty, Associate Dean for External Affairs and Corporate Development
Jindal School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA
Dr. McNulty coordinates the marketing/pr, community, and corporate relations strategies at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas. She is editor-in-chief of MANAGEMENT and the Jindal School's eNewsletter, and teaches in the executive MBA and undergraduate programs for corporate governance and ethics. Dr. McNulty serves on the boards of several charitable and professional organizations nationwide.

Bruce D. Murdy Bruce D. Murdy, President
Rawle Murdy Associates Inc., Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Bruce Murdy is president of Rawle Murdy, a full service integrated marketing firm in Charleston, SC. Bruce started his career at top tier advertising firms in Tampa and Chicago before moving to Charleston in 1987. The digitally-savvy agency focuses on strategic development, with a vision of creating ideas that can change the future for their clients.

Beth Nathan Beth Nathan, Assistant Director of Marketing & Sales
South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Beth began her career in the for profit space more than 15 years ago. Currently thriving in the non-profit world, Beth joined the South Carolina Aquarium for a second-stint in 2013 to run the marketing and sales teams implementing creative, results driven products that move the audiences of today and tomorrow.

Christopher Risheill Christopher Risheill, Senior Director of Communications and Events
Ohio AEYC, Westerville, Ohio, USA
A previous American Business Award winner himself, Chris works with the best for profit and non-profit organizations in the country because he is good enough, smart enough and gosh darn it, people like him!

David Rockenbaugh David Rockenbaugh, Senior Writer and Creative Director
AbbVie, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Award-winning people persuader and client delighter. Over 30 years in marketing communications as a creative director and writer for boutique and megatique agencies such as Ogilvy, Wunderman and Della Femina McNamee. Published four kudos-conferred family games and wrote a musical about Alfred Hitchcock wooing his blonds in Heaven.

Jean Romano Jean Romano, Marketing Specialist
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
With 30+ years of advertising and marketing experience for industries such as telecommunications, pest control, tourism and healthcare, Romano has worked in both corporate and agency settings. She’s currently Marketing Specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she develops and implements brand advertising and other marketing initiatives.

Vishal Sapra Vishal Sapra, Growth & Innovation
MRY, New York, NY, USA
Sitting at a quirky and awesome intersection of Madison Avenue, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley, I helped lead global new business and innovation efforts at MRY (formally Mr Youth), working with brands to assess their business needs and deploy digital and social media infrastructure, strategy, analytics, and content services.

Susan Saurage-Altenloh Susan Saurage-Altenloh, President & Chief Insights Officer
Saurage Research, Inc., Houston, Texas, USA
Susan employs creative research methodologies that deliver the "big ideas" for successful marketing strategies for planning and brand development. Susan surfs the early adoption curve of new techniques and methodologies and has won several national and regional awards for clever, unique research approaches to securing critical information for clients.

Tina Stafford Tina Stafford, Principal & Client Services Director
Stafford Creative Inc., Edmonds, Washington, USA
As agency principal and client services director, Tina is the lead project manager for all Stafford Creative projects and the primary client contact. Stafford Creative’s groundbreaking work for Seattle-based senior living management company, Leisure Care, has led to seven ABA Stevie Awards.

Nichole Stevens Nichole Stevens, Director of Marketing
Roper St. Francis, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Nichole Stevens is Director of Marketing at Roper St. Francis, Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit health system. Nichole oversees Marketing, Corporate Communications/PR and the system’s Contact Center. Prior to Roper St. Francis, Nichole worked for Southern Regional Medical Center and Wellstar Health System both based in Atlanta, GA.

Scott Thomas, CEO
Exegan Music Group, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Molly Waring Molly Waring, Director of Media Relations
Explore Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Molly Waring is the Director of Media Relations at the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. During her four years with the CACVB, the Charleston area has won numerous awards, including Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice #1 U.S. City Award for five consecutive years as well as Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best #1 U.S. City Award for three consecutive years. Throughout the year, Waring works with scores of editors, producers, photographers, and freelancers affiliated with publications worldwide.

Jake Wengroff Jake Wengroff, Founder/Director
JXB1 Social Business, West Palm Beach, Florida USA
Jake Wengroff is the founder of JXB1 Social Business and advises clients on the full spectrum of paid, owned and earned media strategies, including content marketing, social media, and analytics. Jake also reports on tech news and trends on Overnight America on CBS Radio.

Becky Wilson Becky Wilson, President & Chief Visibility Officer
WDS Marketing and PR, Overland, Kansas, USA
Becky S. Wilson is the Chief Visibility Officer at WDS Marketing & Public Relations, a boutique agency that uniquely utilizes media, accolades, awards, milestones, events and other prime public relations opportunities to help clients get known in the most positive, dynamic, profitable and highly enjoyable ways. Becky is a 2014 Kansas City Influential Women and Stevie Awards for Women honoree. Contact Becky Wilson @bwilson@wdspr.com. www.WDSPR.com

Gregory Wright, Gregory Wright, Director, Content Marketing
Association of National Advertisers, New York, New York, USA
Gregory Wight is a skilled marketing technologist with more than 12 years of experience in marketing, communications and advertising. He has an MBA in Marketing and a BS in Political Science and Geography. Currently with the Association of National Advertisers leading their marketing procurement and brand management events and content areas, he has extensive experience with marketing across a wide range of industries.

Didi Yunginger Didi Yunginger, CMO
LM Wolper Information Delivery, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Didi Yunginger plans and executes content marketing and social media for LM Wolper Information Delivery, a provider of subscriptions and related information services to academic and medical institutions, corporations, public and government libraries. Her prior experience includes B2B marketing for Rodale, Inc. sports magazines and magazine and newspaper writing.

Marketing Awards categories:

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Industry Categories

E01. Agricultural / Industrial / Building: for all related products, materials, tools and services.
E02. Automotive - Aftermarket: gasoline, motor oil, tires, batteries, paint, quick-lube, oil change, muffler, transmission, windshield wipers, enhancements, etc.
E03. Automotive - Vehicles: cars, trucks, motorcycles, both brand and model advertising.
E04. Beauty: cosmetics, fragrances, hair products, nail products, beauty services such as salons, spas, etc.
E05. Beverages - Alcohol: beer, champagne, liquor, wine, wine coolers, after dinner drinks, etc.
E06. Beverages - Non-Alcohol: diet and non-diet soda, coffee, tea, juices, milk, milk substitutes, bottled water, sparkling water, etc.
E07. Breakfast Foods: cereals and other foods intended primarily for breakfast consumption.
E08. Corporate Reputation/Professional Services: includes sponsorships, image & identity, communications to promote corporations, not exclusively their products. Includes business/professional services such as consulting, accounting, legal, employments, etc.
E09. Culture & The Arts: plays, museums, music organizations, concert series, cultural festivals, theater festivals, etc.
E10. Electronics: audio and/or video devices such as TVs, radios, mobile devices, home entertainment (DVD/Blu-ray players), cameras, computer hardware, game consoles, laptops, tablets, sound systems, etc.

...and many more.

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Specialty Categories

E40. Brand Experience of the Year - Business-to-Business: recognizing work that reaches out to business audiences to establish meaningful relationships, memorable, engaging experiences, and unique connections with their brands.
E41. Brand Experience of the Year - Consumer: recognizing work that reaches out to consumer audiences to establish meaningful relationships, memorable, engaging experiences, and unique connections with their brands.
E42. Mobile Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns targeted to consumers' mobile devices.
E43. Branded Content Campaign of the Year: recognizing work that has used branded content - original or sponsored - to reach out to audiences to establish meaningful relationships, memorable, engaging experiences, and unique connections with their brands.
E44. Online Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns that were conducted in their entirety online.
E45. New Product or Service Introduction of the Year: for campaigns conducted to introduce a new product or service to the U.S. market.
E46. Small-Budget Marketing Campaign of the Year (<$3 million)
E47. Viral Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns that used word-of-mouth, video stunts, and other viral tactics as their primary means of communication.
E48. Youth Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns that targeted the youth market (up to age 24).

Marketing Professional Categories

E50. Marketing or Advertising Agency of the Year
E51. Marketing Department of the Year
E52. Marketing Team of the Year
E53. Marketing Executive of the Year
E54. Marketer of the Year: recognizing non-executive marketing professionals.  There is no entry fee for this category

 

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Powering the Nation: How Stevie Award Winner Singapore Power Inspired its Employees and Stakeholders

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 11:31 AM

Singapore Power won the Gold Stevie Award for Best PR Campaign: International Communications in the Communications/PR Awards categories of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

The final entry deadline for the 2016 Asia-Pacific Awards has been extended to Wednesday, April 6.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

We asked Amelia Champion, Head of Corporate Affairs at Singapore Power, what the Stevie award has meant for her team, and for some insight into how Singapore Power plans to continue to Power the Nation.

1603-SingaporePower.gifSingapore Power embarked on a corporate positioning exercise in 2013, with a focus on the company’s role as a reliable and efficient power utilities provider, an employer of choice, and a proactive developer of engineering talent. The journey covered a perception audit among consumers, employees across different employee strata and engagement with the Board and Senior Management.

The result was a corporate position—centered on the aspiration of “Powering the Nation”—adopted as the positioning statement. This position is supported by the three pillars of Trust, Technology, and Talent.

The main target audience included employees and prospective employees, customers, and the public.

As Head of Corporate Affairs at Singapore Power, Amelia Champion was delighted that her company’s campaign won a Gold Stevie Award. “This award is a boost to Singapore Power’s 3,500 employees,” she told us. “These are the people who have enthusiastically participated in telling their story of powering the nation 24/7, and of upholding high standards of reliability and efficiency to improve quality of life.”

Added Amelia: “The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are a solid pulse check and independent benchmark for companies as they build their track record, alongside respected peers.”

The Launch

Engaging employees in this journey was an essential component for the campaign’s success. Singapore Power (SP) launched the “Powering the Nation” positioning internally among its employees at the annual staff convention, and through decentralized road shows using parallel simulcast streaming. A commissioned video featuring SP’s role in supporting nation building was screened at these events. The theme and key pillars were also delivered through 27 Group CEO dialogue sessions with staff between September 2013 and October 2014.

SP introduced a new suite of internal communications channels named spectrum. These included a revamped staff portal featuring up-to-date information and important messages, fortnightly corporate news updates, a bimonthly spectrum magazine distributed to all 3,500 staff, and the “Power Talks” quarterly employee lunchtime platform to introduce the spectrum channels and enable staff to pick up useful information for professional and personal growth.

Branded “Powering the Nation” collaterals and gifts such as notebooks and coasters were produced and distributed to all staff. To inspire organizational pride in all staff, SP also put up National Day celebratory banners with the “Powering the Nation” statement at central locations around Singapore.

Outcomes

Results from the annual staff convention post-event survey revealed that the “Powering the Nation” statement resonated well with staff, who also exhibited high recall and receptivity to the key messages. As high as 96% of 530 staff who participated in the plenary session said that they felt proud of the company’s role in powering the nation. About 91% agreed that “I Power the Nation” accurately described their roles at SP.

Not only has “Powering the Nation” been well-received by staff, they have spontaneously adopted the positioning statement within their own programs and presentations and now regularly use the it when introducing Singapore Power to local and overseas stakeholders.

Powering the Future
Amelia told us some of the activities planned by Singapore Power for 2016. “We aim to establish and enhance more channels of engagement with our customers and employees, in tandem with new ways of staying connected in the digital age. We will also focus on community service and staff volunteerism, continuing our commitment to powering the nation in more ways than one.”


Amelia looks forward to the year ahead. As she told us, she is motivated by “the pride and fulfillment of being part of a team that keeps the lights on round the clock, contributes to Singapore’s economic growth and quality of life, and drives sustainable solutions to serve future generations.

About Amelia Champion:

Amelia Champion is Singapore Power's Head of Corporate Affairs, overseeing corporate positioning, reputation management, internal communications, and corporate social responsibility. She built her career in healthcare and community service organizations. At the SingHealth Group, Amelia was Director, Group Communications, driving programs and initiatives to unify employees and to reinforce the Group’s standing in Academic Medicine. Prior to that, Amelia headed Public Relations, Patient Relations, Events, and Promotions at the National Kidney Foundation in Singapore. She was responsible for running nation-wide campaigns to promote organ donation; international healthcare conferences with marketing efforts in the US, Europe and Asia; policy-making; and for creating holistic self-help programs for patients. In her spare time, Amelia contributes to her school's alumni association as an executive committee member, and volunteers her services in her local parish.

About Singapore Power:

Singapore Power Group (SP) is a leading energy utility group in the Asia Pacific. It owns and operates electricity and gas transmission and distribution businesses in Singapore and Australia, and district cooling businesses in Singapore and China. More than 1.4 million industrial, commercial, and residential customers in Singapore benefit from SP’s world-class transmission, distribution, and market support services. The networks in Singapore are amongst the most reliable and cost-effective worldwide. For more information, please visit www.singaporepower.com.sg and follow us on Facebook fb.com/singapore.power

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Stevie® Awards for Women in Business Announce Finalists in 12th Annual Competition

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Finalists were announced today in the 12th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.

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

Women-in-Business-Finalist-picsThis year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 13. Tickets are now on sale.

More than 400 women and their guests from around the world are expected to attend. The event will be broadcast on Livestream via the Stevie Awards’ Facebook page from 7:30 pm ET, and the red carpet pre-show will air on the Stevie Awards’ Periscope from 6:00 pm ET.

More than 1,400 entries were submitted this year by organizations and individuals around the world for consideration in more than 90 categories including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women-Run Workplace of the Year.

Among the leading contenders with five or more Finalists are Accenture, Chicago, IL; AT&T, Dallas, TX; Collectively, San Francisco, CA; DHL Express Worldwide; Digital Air Strike, Scottsdale, AZ; Digital Risk, Orlando, FL; iFinance Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada; Jacobson Strategic Communications, Philadelphia, PA; LLORENTE & CUENCA, Madrid, Spain; Ooredoo, Doha, Qatar; Pink Elephant, Burlington, ON, Canada; Red Hat, Raleigh, NC; Roshan, Kabul, Afghanistan; and Synchrony Financial, Stamford, CT.

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

Finalists were chosen by more than 120 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of five specialized judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging that begins on October 19.

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Winners of People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

Freelancer.com is the top winner in the 2015 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies, a feature of The International Business Awards, the world's only international, all-encompassing business awards program which is now in its 12th year.

The worldwide public vote was conducted this summer, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of company categories. More than 10,000 votes were cast. All Stevie Award winners in the Company of the Year categories of this year’s International Business Awards were eligible to be included in voting for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards.

Peoples-choice-for-fave-companyFreelancer.com, the Sydney, Australia-based outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small businesses, won People’s Choice Awards in two categories, and also collected the most votes of any nominee.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The International Business Awards banquet on Friday, October 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Tickets for the event are now on sale. There, the winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will be presented with their awards along with the People’s Choice Stevie Awards. Stevie winners were selected from more than 3,700 nominations received from organizations and individuals in more than 60 nations.

The winners of the 2015 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are:

-          Banking: Odeabank AS, Istanbul, Turkey

-          Business / Professional Services: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia

-          Computer Services: ScaleFocus, Sofia, Bulgaria

-          Computer Software: RheinBrücke IT Consulting GmbH, Cologne, Germany

-          Energy: Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C.), Manama

-          Financial Services / Insurance: USHEALTH Advisors, Grapevine, TX, USA

-          Health / Pharmaceuticals: OptumCare Operations, Phoenix, AZ, USA

-          Hospitality & Leisure: Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY, USA

-          Internet / New Media: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia

-          Non –Profit / Government: The National Archives (UAE) – Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

-          Transportation: Road & Transport Authority – Rail Agency, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Fareportal Wins Grand Stevie® Award for Organization of the Year in 2015 American Business Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:53 AM

The Stevie® Awards held one of its awards galas for its 13th annual American Business Awards competition on Friday night, and announced the winners of its Grand Stevie Award trophies.

Fareportal of New York, NY received the Grand Stevie for organization of the year, for earning the most award points (54.5) in The 2015 American Business Awards. Other top ABA Grand Stevie winners include C-4 Analytics (Saugus, MA) for interactive services agency of the year (11 points), MSLGROUP (nationwide) for marketing agency of the year (21), and MWW (nationwide) for public relations agency of the year (30). This is the third year in a row that MWW has won this award.

Engility2The Grand Stevie Awards were presented to the organizations that submitted the best body of entries to The American Business Awards this year, in their own name or in the names of one or more clients, with a Gold Stevie Award win counting for three points, a Silver Stevie win for two points, and a Bronze Stevie win counting for 1.5 points. The organizations with the most points won.

Besides Fareportal, C-4 Analytics, MSLGROUP, and MWW, Grand Stevies were also awarded to the 10 other organizations with the most points in the 2015 competition. There were a few ties this year which resulted in 11 members of the top 10. They are:

1. Tied at 23.5 points: AT&T (Dallas, TX) and Accenture (Chicago, IL)

3. Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA, 21.5)

4.   Tied at 19.5 points: Isagenix International (Chandler, AZ) and SoftPro (Raleigh, NC)

6.   Dell Inc., Round Rock, TX (19)

7.   Capital One Investing, Seattle, WA (18)

8.   Engility, Chantilly, VA (17.5)

9   Three-way tie at 17 points: Cisco Systems (nationwide), Davies Murphy Group (Burlington, MA), and Finn Partners (nationwide)

Friday’s gala was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year. The first took place in Chicago on June 22 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, information technology, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing.

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

More than 200 executives attended Friday’s event at San Francisco’s Julia-Morgan Ballroom. Stevie Awards were conferred in five levels of distinction: Grand, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and People’s Choice. See the press release issued earlier today for a summary of the other Stevie Award winners.

For a complete list of all 2015 American Business Awards’ Stevie Award winners visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

More than 3,300 entries were submitted to The 2015 American Business Awards and more than 200 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Entries for The 2016 American Business Awards will be accepted starting in October.

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13th American Business Awards Announce Winners in New Product and Technology Categories

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

The 13th Annual American Business Awards announced Stevie® Award winners on Friday at its event focused on outstanding new products and technology-industry categories, including technology organization management.

Friday’s gala was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year. The first took place in Chicago on June 22 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, information technology, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing. The American Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of American business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, product developers, marketers and web development teams.

ABA_in_SF_tinyMore than 200 executives attended Friday’s awards banquet at San Francisco’s Julia-Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building. Stevie Awards were conferred in five levels of distinction: Grand, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and People’s Choice.

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

Prositions Inc. (Urbandale, IA) and Workplace Answers (Austin, TX) were the top Gold Stevie winners on Friday, with three each. Winners of two Gold Stevies include Agiliance, AT&T, Auto Integrate, Discovery Education, Fareportal, Five Elements Robotics, and TangoMe.

Other notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced on Friday include, among others:

- New Financial Service: Azul Systems’ ReadyNow!
- Integrated Mobile Experience of the Year: Fidelity Mobile® for Apple Watch
- Telecommunications Service of the Year: Broadview Networks' MyOfficeSuite
- Technical Innovation of the Year - At Organizations With 1,000 or More Employees: Ernst & Young’s EY ACA COMPASS
- Tech Startup of the Year: SeedInvest
- Marketing App of the Year: FrontFlip’s Marketing App
- New Cloud Application/Service: Verifone Cloud PS
- New Business-to-Business Services: Language Line’s eLanguage Proficiency Test
- Company of the Year - Computer Software - 500 or More Employees: Epicor Software Solutions
- New Computer Hardware Product: Imation's IronKey Workspace W700
- Executive of the Year - Computer Software - Up to 500 Employees: Jordan Kretchmer, CEO and Founder, Livefyre

Winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, which were determined by more than 16,000 votes in July and August, were announced in August and presented their crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards on Friday.

More than 3,300 entries were submitted to The 2015 American Business Awards and more than 200 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Entries for The 2016 American Business Awards will be accepted starting next month.

See the Full List of ABA Winners

Tags: business awards, American business awards, tech awards, new product award

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

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

This Friday, September 11, the new product and technology awards banquet of The 2015 American Business Awards, the top honors in business in the U.S.A., will be staged at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco's historic Merchants Exchange Building.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in categories for apps, new products and services, and the management of technology-industry companies will be presented.

Also to be announced are the top overall honors in this year's ABAs: the Grand Stevie Award winners, for Organization of the Year, Interactive Agency of the Year, Marketing Agency of the Year, Public Relations Agency of the Year, and the Top 10.  Grand Stevie Award winners have been determined by the total number of awards won in the ABAs this year, including those to be announced this Friday and those announced in Chicago this past June.

The presentations will be taped for broadcast by BizTalkRadio at 8:00 pm ET on Tuesday, September 15.  Download the BizTalkRadio smartphone app to listen in!  Available for iOS and Android.

Also download your copy of the program book that will be distributed at Friday's banquet:

Download the Banquet Program

Here's a list of the organizations that have already reserved their tickets for Friday's awards gala.  Only a handful of tickets are still available.

ADTRAN Inc. Huntsville AL
Agiliance Sunnyvale CA
Articulate  New York  NY
AssetLock Centennial CO
AT&T Inc.  Dallas TX
Auto Integrate Itasca IL
BayPoint Benefits San Francisco CA
BDNA Mountain View CA
BioIQ Santa Barbara CA
Biscom Chelmsford MA
Bloomz Inc Redmond WA
BMO Capital Markets  Chicago  IL
Brainshark Inc. Waltham MA
Broadview Networks Long Island City NY
CallidusCloud  Dublin CA
Capsilon Corporation San Francisco CA
CCA and B LLC Atlanta GA
CD2 Learning  Overland Park  KS
Cisco Systems Inc. Research Triangle Park NC
Cision Chicago IL
CitiusTech Inc.  Princeton  NJ
Credit Sesame Mountain View VA
Darktrace Cambridge United Kingdom
Datapipe Inc. Jersey City NJ
DigiCert Inc. Lehi UT
Digital Air Strike Scottsdale AZ
DreamWare Inc.  Naples  FL
EffectiveUI Denver CO
Electric Cloud San Jose CA
Element Fleet Management Sparks MD
EMD Millipore  Billerica  MA
EMD Millipore Billerica MA
Engility  Reston VA
Exact Sciences Madison WI
Fareportal  New York NY
Five Elements Robotics Wall NJ
GE Software San Ramon CA
GTT Communications Inc. McLean VA
GuideWell Connect Jacksonville FL
Harbortouch Allentown PA
Ignite Sales Dallas TX
Imation Campbell CA
Infor  New York  NY
Infor New York NY
InMoment  Salt Lake City  UT
InsightSoftware.com Denver CO
Interactions Corporation Franklin MA
Internap Atlanta GA
IQMS Paso Robles CA
iText Software Corp. Cambridge MA
LanguageLine Solutions Monterey CA
Maximum Games Walnut Creek CA
Métier Healdsburg CA
Omnitracs LLC Dallas TX
Opmantek  Charlotte  NC
ORBCOMM Rochelle Park NJ
Prezi  San Francisco  CA
PROS Inc.  Houston  TX
Prositions Inc. Urbandale IA
QuickPivot  Boston  MA
ReachLocal Woodland Hills CA
RES Software  Radnor  PA
Shoutz Inc.  Austin  TX
Smith & Nephew Fort Worth TX
SoftPro Raleigh NC
SolidFire Boulder CO
SYSPRO Costa Mesa CA
TangoMe Mountain View CA
Tata Consultancy Services  Edison  NJ
Telerik  a Progress company  Boston  MA
The Control Group San Diego CA
Thomson Reuters New York NY
TouchCommerce Agoura Hills CA
Tracx New York NY
TriNet Group Inc San Leandro CA
UnitedHealthcare Minnetonka MN
Utopic Software Tampa FL
Virtela  Greenwood Village CO
Wheels Inc. Des Plaines IL
Workplace Answers Austin TX

Entries for the 2016 edition of The American Business Awards will open in October.

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