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Backpacking from Hanoi to the River Main – Xuan Tinh Herfort: A Businesswoman with Heart

Posted by Daniel Ferguson on Mon, Feb 24, 2020 @ 01:52 PM

The travel market is constantly experiencing change. Find out how Xuan Tinh Herfort, founder of Stevie-winner Indochina Travels, has learned to compete with major online booking platforms while meeting the growing demands of discerning travelers.

In May 2019, the founder and director of Indochina Travels, Xuan Tinh Herfort, received a Gold Stevie Award for Entrepreneur of the Year in the Leisure and Hospitality Industry category in the German Stevie Awards. Her company, a travel operator specializing in guided tours of Asia with a focus on the Indochinese Peninsula, also won a Bronze Stevie for Company of the Year in the same category.  

But what brought the successful Vietnamese businesswoman to Frankfurt? And what’s her recipe for success in the ever-changing travel sector?

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“Love at First Sight”

Xuan Tinh Herfort first came to Germany in 2002. After completing her economics degree at the University of Hanoi and gaining some professional experience, the young Vietnamese entrepreneur grabbed her backpack and set out on a European tour, where she would also stop in Germany. She still describes her encounter as “love at first sight.”

She was so impressed by the land of poets and philosophers that she decided to apply for a scholarship from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development as soon as she returned to Hanoi, and it wasn’t long before she was accepted onto a 14-month program with stages in Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt.

And of all the places, she was captivated by the Main metropolis. This is where she teamed up with Euvibus GmbH in 2004 to found a consultancy firm that took care of business interactions between German and Vietnamese companies and held events in Germany on behalf of the government in Hanoi. This also involved organizing business trips, which laid the foundations for her next business concept: Indochina Travels. 

Since 2008, Herfort has been creating and selling tour packages to South-East Asia from her office in Frankfurt, putting German holidaymakers in touch with her homeland. Her company has become one of Germany’s leading tour operators for Indochina.  

The Changing Face of Travel

The travel market is characterized by constant and sometimes rapid change. Medium-sized companies like Indochina Travels have to face competition from major online booking platforms while meeting the growing demands of discerning travelers. That’s why Indochina Travels has developed numerous innovations over the past two years to improve the experience of its direct customers and B2B partners.

“The behavior and demands of travelers are constantly changing – and they’re often highly diverse. For example, if you book a hiking trip to the Alps this year, you might be looking for a luxury beach holiday in the Caribbean next year”, explains Herfort. However, one incredibly important trend is the growing digitization of the sector, which is a tremendous challenge for smaller tour operators looking to compete against the major companies. “We see this trend as a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity for our company. We’ve made quite an effort over the past two years, including the relaunch of our website and the introduction of a tour operator system to automate the booking process and improve our customer experience in the B2B sector”, says Herfort.

The relaunched website ( allows the company to clearly and attractively present its wide range of package deals, which can now be booked in just a few clicks. Customers can check the availability and prices of over 300 different tours before making a quick and easy booking. The website came in second place at the Hessian Website Awards in September 2018 for its innovative design and presentation.

Authentic Trips with Exceptional Service

“We find it very important that our trips are authentic”, says Herfort. That’s why the company handpicks all accommodation and meticulously plans its itineraries.

The company is supported by Indochina Pearl, an inbound tour operator founded specially by Herfort in 2010. It’s based in Hanoi with offices in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. What else makes Indochina Travels so special? “Indochina Travels is one of the few tour operators in Germany with its roots in the region. We work with our own local subsidiaries to purchase and operate the trips”.

The businesswoman also appreciates her employees’ personal connection to the travel destinations. “Each of our trained advisors has traveled around Indochina on many occasions or even lived there!”, continues Herfort.

The ingenuity of Herfort’s business idea is reflected by her company’s sustained growth. In November 2018, Indochina Travels moved to a larger office building directly opposite the famous Goethe House; its relocation was necessary, as the company had steadily increased its workforce to 17 people and wanted to continue growing in the years to come.

A Businesswoman with Heart

Outside the work that she puts into her own travel brand, Herfort also acts as the Director of Indochina within the Diplomatic Council, a UN-recognized NGO that promotes international understanding through successful business diplomacy. 

As part of her role, Herfort is committed to improving the education of disadvantaged children in Vietnam. Her company makes regular charitable donations in the Indochinese Peninsula. “We see ourselves as sponsors of the region. We support low-income families and promote the education of children in poorer countries. We’re constantly looking for partners to achieve our goals together. We’re also working hard to protect and preserve Hạ Long Bay”.

In 2016, Herfort was recognized by the City of Frankfurt as an “Outstanding Person from a Migrant Background”. Within the travel sector, the 40-year-old has also chaired the Committee for Travel Operators at the asr Alliance of Independent Travel Traders and currently sits on the advisory board at the Travel Industry Club (TIC).

Interested in entering the 2021 German Stevie Awards?

Request the entry kit here.

Tags: German Stevie Awards, entrepreneur of the year, Indochina Travels

Stevie Awards Announce Winners in the 4th Annual German Stevie Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

The organizers of the Stevie Awards announced the winners in the 2018 German Stevie® Awards. The big winner overall with a total of ten Gold Stevies is Crowdconsultants 360 GmbH from Berlin.

With ten gold, one silver, and one bronze Stevie Award, Crowdconsultants 360 GmbH is the most awarded organization of the German Stevie Awards this year. The Berlin-based company can look forward to Gold Stevie Awards for most innovative company, startup of the year, and more.

German stevie 2016 3-2.jpg50 executives from all over Germany were named as a part of the expert judging panel who determined the Stevie Award winners. They have reviewed over 400 nominations, selected the most innovative solutions, organizations, and individuals, and finally crowned the winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards.

Agenda Informationssysteme GmbH & Co. KG from Rosenheim and the Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA from Heidenheim each won five Gold Stevie Awards. Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards, congratulates all winners on their achievements. "We are looking forward to a great award ceremony in Berlin", he says, and is proud that it takes place at the Hotel Adlon. On 27 April 2018, the winners will receive their trophies at a festive award ceremony.

All winners of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards are listed on the homepage of the German Stevie Awards.

Anyone wishing to be one of the winners of the German Stevie Awards next year can request an entry kit on the awards website in order to be informed in good time about deadlines and participation documents:

Tags: German Stevie Awards, company of the year, top business awards

Stevie Awards Issue Call for Entries for the 2018 German Stevie Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

The 4th annual German Stevie Awards is now accepting entries. Companies and organizations from all industries can now enter nominations free of charge for their best projects and achievements, to compete for the coveted Stevie Awards trophies.

Early-bird entrants will benefit from a reduced winners fee until December 6, 2017.

Since the founding of the International Business Awards in 2003, the Stevie Awards have become firmly established in the global economic world. Since 2014, the German Stevie Awards have been offering companies operating in the German market a competition platform for national benchmarking.

German Stevies April 2017 3.jpgThe special feature of the Stevie Awards: “They are not just another industry award for the big players,” says Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “Certainly, many of the world’s largest and best known companies are among our winners. But most winners of the Stevie Awards are small and medium-sized companies that are still growing and are still building their brands.”

The entrants may choose from a great variety of categories, such as awards for entire companies and organizations, that honor the achievements of for profit and non-profit organizations, large and small, private and public. New at the German Stevie Awards in this year are the categories “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 34 industries as well as the title “Solo Entrepreneur of the Year”.

The entry kit and a complete overview of the categories and subcategories are available at

There are many other categories to recognize achievement in every major business function, including product development, marketing, customer service, human resources, public relations, technology, and more.  Michael Gallagher adds: “Many categories of the German Stevie Awards also honor great achievements in the field of business-related media and publications.” This includes awards for live events, annual reports and publications, app development, videos and websites.

This year, participating organizations can expect a slightly different way to submit nominations. For the first time, the German Stevie Awards will waive the general entry fees and replace them with a special winners fee. This means that entrants can submit unlimited nominations in unlimited categories free of charge. Instead of paying an entry fee for each submitted entry, entrants will only pay a winners fee per successful nomination.  Each nomination that wins a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award will be assessed a winners fee of 400 euros. Companies submitting their nominations through the first entry deadline, December 6, 2017 will benefit from a reduced winners fee of 375 euros per winning nomination.

“We have decided to take this step to encourage more organizations to participate in the German Stevie Awards,” said Michael Gallagher. “With the new model, companies will only be charged if their nomination is recognized as a winner by the jury”

The payment of the winners fee will unlock the right to publicly claim Stevie-winner status and the winner will be listed in the official winners list. There are more benefits, including access to all judges’ comments about all of their entries and the right to receive their award on stage at the awards ceremony.

If entrants miss the December 6 entry deadline, they will still be able to submit their nominations through January 24, 2018.

Several juries of leading German business executives will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

On April 27, 2018, the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be celebrated and honored with their Stevies at a festive awards ceremony in Berlin. New this year: Each award winner will receive a trophy according to his level in Gold, Silver or Bronze. (In the past, only the Gold Stevie winner automatically received a trophy.)

A complete list of all 2017 Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners by category is available here. For high-resolution photos of the Stevie Award trophy or the German Stevie Awards logo, visit We are happy to provide you with more press photos from previous winners and awards shows on request.

Learn more about the German Stevie Awards 2018 at

Tags: German Stevie Awards, entrepreneur awards, best entrepreneur, german business awards

2017 German Stevie Award Winners Celebrated at Gala Banquet

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Apr 03, 2017 @ 06:07 PM

Entry Fees Waived for 2018 German Stevie Awards; Weber Shandwick Wins the Grand Stevie Award

The third annual German Stevie Awards were celebrated at the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg on Friday, March 31. President and Founder of the Stevie Awards, Michael Gallagher, handed out the gold, silver and bronze Stevie Awards to winners from across Germany. Highly-ranking representatives from more than 50 winners received their awards on stage.

German Stevies 2017.jpgIn their third year, the German Stevie Awards have already established a leading role in Germany. They are part of the Stevie Awards programs, which are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in the workplace in programs such as The International Business Awards for more than a decade.  All organizations in Germany were eligible to submit nominations.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Grand Stevie Award to the communications agency Weber Shandwick Germany. The PR agency, headquartered in Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt has won German Stevie Awards for three consecutive years. This year they won two Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze Stevie Award. Because of these successes, Weber Shandwick earned the most points out of any other organization and recieved the Grand Stevie Award, the top honor.

Winners were selected in variety award categories, ranging from best companies of the year to best customer service and HR solutions, to new products and marketing campaigns. There were many categories for creative minds such as best videos, company-related e-books, and apps or websites. "The quality of the nominations this year was just outstanding," said Michael Gallagher. He was delighted to meet many of the winners in Hamburg at the awards gala.

At the end of the award ceremony, some exciting news about the German Stevie Awards 2018 was announced. The big surprise: This coming year, the 4th annual German Stevie Awards will not have any entry fees. "We want to give all companies the opportunity to participate in the German Stevie Awards," explains Michael Gallagher. "This is why we are completely waiving the entry fees for the 4th German Stevie Awards." The award ceremony will then take place on April 13, 2018 in Berlin. Nominations for the 2018 German Stevie Awards starts on September 6, 2017. Request your entry kit for 2018 here.

Tags: company awards, German Stevie Awards, Grand Stevie Award

Who's Coming to the German Stevie Awards on Friday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 12:43 PM

The second edition of the German Stevie® Awards will culminate with a gala awards dinner this Friday, April 8 at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich.  More than 140 executives from across Germany will gather for the presentations, which will be streamed live via Livestream starting at 7:15 pm / 19:15 local time (1:15 pm ET).  The presentations will be preceded by a red-carpet show on the Stevie Awards' Periscope at 6:00 pm / 18:00 local time (12:00 pm ET).

16766251279_14b99e416d_m.jpgThe German Stevie Awards are open to all organizations operating in Germany.  The 2016 edition recognized achievements since the beginning of July 2014.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners were announced on February 24.  Nominations were accepted in categories honoring achievement in every aspect of work life, from management and marketing to new products, customer service, websites, and public relations.

Nominations for the 2017 edition of the GSAs will open in August 2016.  Join the mailing list to receive the entry kit as soon as it's available.

Here is the list of organizations that are currently scheduled to attend the event on Friday:

5Analytics  Köngen Baden-Württemberg
Adello Technologies Karlsruhe BW
ARI Fleet Germany GmbH Stuttgart Baden-Württemberg
artegic AG Bonn Nordrhein Westfalen
Arxan Technologies Bethesda MD USA
Bankhaus August Lenz München Bayern
Bettenhaus Uwe Heintzen Oldenburg Niedersachsen
BWI Leistungsverbund Meckenheim Nordrhein-Westfalen
CCC Berlin
COMBITEL GmbH München Bayern
consus clinic management GmbH Freiburg im Breisgau Baden Württemberg
Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e. V. Berlin
Deutsche Post DHL Group Bonn
Ernst & Young
Familotel Ebbinghof Schmallenberg Nordrheinwestfalen
Faurecia Automotive GmbH Stadthagen Niedersachsen
Fauth & Gundlach GmbH Wiesbaden Hessen
Fincite GmbH Frankfurt
fischerAppelt relations GmbH Köln
Flughafen München GmbH München Bayern
Frau im Business  Kempten Bayern
Havana Orange GmbH München Bayern
imgZine  Amsterdam The Netherlands
intelliAd Media GmbH München Bayern
Inventorum GmbH Berlin
Inxmail GmbH Freiburg Baden-Württemberg
Ketchum Pleon GmbH Düsseldorf NRW
King & Mayr GmbH & Co.KG Geilenkirchen NRW
Kübler Group - Fritz Kübler GmbH   Villingen-Schwenningen  Baden-Württemberg
mobilcom-debitel GmbH Erfurt Thüringen
MSC Software München
Neoskop GmbH Hannover Niedersachsen
New JazzRadio GmbH  Berlin
Nexthink Frankfurt
Novartis Consumer Health GmbH / Edelman.ergo Frankfurt
NUMBER26 Berlin GmbH  Bonn
regio iT GmbH Sitz: Aachen NRW/D
RheinBrücke IT Consulting GmbH Köln NRW
Sixt SE Pullach Bayern
Sky Deutschland Unterföhring Bayern
Spreadshirt Leipzig Sachsen
TA Triumph-Adler GmbH  Hamburg
thyssenkrupp Elevator AG Essen Nordrhein-Westfalen
Versicherungskammer Bayern und CreaLog München Bayern
Vodafone GmbH  Düsseldorf Nordrhein-Westfalen
Weber Shandwick  München Bayern
Westend. Public Relations GmbH Leipzig Sachsen
ZEICHENSAELE Mönchengladbach NRW
ZF Friedrichshafen AG Friedrichshafen Baden-Württemberg
ZIEHL-ABEGG SE Künzelsau Baden-Württemberg
Ziehm Imaging GmbH Nürnberg Bayern

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German Stevie Awards Announces Winners in Second Annual Competition

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 04:07 PM

The news is out: German Stevie Awards winners were announced this morning at a press conference in Munich, Germany. The big winner of the second annual German Stevie Awards is Public Relations agency, Weber Shandwick Germany. They were the most awarded with six Gold, a Silver, and three Bronze Stevie Awards.

Banner_German_Stevie_AS_web.jpgThe press conference and Periscope event featured Michael Gallagher, President & Founder of the Stevie Awards, judging chairman Christiane Shulz (Weber Shandwick Germany), Wolfram Winter (Sky Germany), and Klaus Mitterer (intelliAd), who all announced the winners.

More than 50 executives from all over Germany reviewed nominations to decide who received the coveted Stevie Awards. The judges intensely reviewed entries, selected some of the most innovation solutions, and ultimately named the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award Winners. Next to Weber Shandwick Germany, Havana Orange GmBH was the next big winner of the year. The marketing agency based in Munich won three Gold Stevie Awards as well as three Silver and Bronze.

Other organizations that won multiple Gold Stevie Awards include: Alacris Thernostics (Berlin), German Post DHL Group (Bonn), ZF Friedrichshafen (Friedrichshafen), King & Mayr (Geilenkirchen), mobilcom-debitel (Erfurt), and Vodafone (Dusseldorf).

Taking home the Stevie Award for the most innovative technology company of the year with more than 2,500 employees was ABB AG (Mannheim) and Startup of the Year was won by Consus clinic management GmbH & Co KG (Freiburg). Inventorum GmbH (Berlin) took home Retail Company of the Year.

All Stevie Award winners are listed on the German Stevie Awards homepage at®-awards.

Winners will be presented with their awards at an awards ceremony on April 8, 2016 at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich..

Want to learn more?
For more information, images, or interviews, contact The Stevie Awards in Germany, c / o Catrin Beu
Mobile: +49151400747 54, email :

Tags: German Stevie Awards, German Business

Final Deadline Approaching to Recognize the Best in Business in Germany

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 11:17 AM

The organizer of the world’s leading business awards programs invites you to submit nominations to the 2016 (second annual) German Stevie Awards. Welcoming nominations from all organizations with operations in Germany, the final entry deadline is five days away on Tuesday, January 26.


German_2016_group.jpgThe German Stevie Awards is the second national Stevie Awards program, after the 14-year-old American Business Awards.  The first German Stevie Awards was a great success. “In 2015 we received a great variety of compelling entries from organizations all over Germany. We look forward to even more companies and individuals being recognized for their innovations this year”, said Michael Gallagher, the president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

The German Stevie Awards welcome nominations from all organizations operating in Germany – large and small, for-profit and non-profit, publicly-held and privately-held - with a wide range of categories to choose from, including

New categories this year include Best E-Book and Best Business Book.  The Startup of the Year and Technology Startup of the Year categories have a small fee of only 35 Euros.

Judging for the competition will be conducted in two rounds.  The first round will determine Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in each category.  Those winners will be announced on February 24 at a press conference.  All of the Gold Stevie Award winners will then compete in the second round of judging for the right to be named the Grand Stevie Award winner in their category groups.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners will be honored, and Grand Stevie Award winners announced, at a gala awards banquet in Munich at the Hotel Vier Jahrezeiten Kempinski on April 8, 2016.

Applications to judge the German Stevie Awards are still being accepted.  Those interested in participating in the judging process may also apply at If your application is accepted, you will be assigned to a category based on your experience. As a judge you'll see how individuals and organizations are achieving success, and you'll receive a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing

Some of last year’s German Stevie Award winners included Black Lane GmbH, CCC, JUNIQE, Feingold Technologies GmbH, Emanate PR, Coca-Cola Germany, Sky Germany, SATTLER, and MID GmbH, among others.

To learn more about the German Stevie Awards, visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage at

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

Tags: marketing awards, German Stevie Awards, management awards, German Business

Who's Coming to the German Stevie Awards in Berlin This Friday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:23 PM

GSA_LogoThis Friday, March 27 will mark the historic occasion of the presentation of the very first German Stevie Awards, the newest Stevie Awards competition.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards to recognize the best in business throughout Germany will be presented during a gala event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin.

The 2015 German Stevie Awards accepted nominations in a wide variety of categories, including

* Management Awards
* Company of the Year Awards
* PR Awards
* Marketing Awards
* New Product Awards
* Website & App Awards
* HR Awards
* IT Awards
* Customer Service Awards
* Video Awards
and more

All organizations operating in Germany were eligible to submit entries. Nominations of more than 200 organizations were considered for the awards this year.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners, selected by more than 50 executives who participated in judging, were announced on February 26.   The Grand Stevie winner, presented to the organization that submitted the best body of nominations to the awards, will be announced at the March 27 banquet in Berlin.

The Stevie Award trophy, made by the company that makes the Oscar and other major international awards, is among the world's most coveted prizes.

Here are the organizations who've already booked their place at this Friday's awards banquet.

affilinet GmbH München Bayern
aok teleservice marketing- und callcenterdienstleistungen der defacto GmbH Erlangen Bayern
Arkadin Frankfurt
AVL Emission Test Systems GmbH Neuss
Blacklane GmbH Berlin
CB-PraxisBeratung, Heidelberg
CCC Berlin
CocaCola GmbH Berlin
COMBITEL GmbH München Bayern
Deutsche Post DHL Bonn NRW Deutschland
E2open AG Karlsruhe Baden-Württemberg
Emanate PR München Bayern
Epicentrum de Colonia Köln
F&H Public Relations GmbH München Bayern
Feingold Technologies GmbH Unterföhring München Bayern
fischerAppelt Hamburg
Hamburger Software GmbH, Hamburg
Hewlett Packard CDS GmbH Bad Homburg Hessen
Integration Matters - Faiz & Siegeln Software GmbH Essen NRW
Inventorum GmbH Berlin
JUNIQE (Kollwitz Internet GmbH) Berlin
Kemper Kommunikation GmbH Frankfurt Hessen
Ketchum Pleon Dusseldorf
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Berlin
METRO Cash & Carry Deutschland GmbH Düsseldorf NRW
MID GmbH Nürnberg Bayern
mobilcom-debitel GmbH Erfurt Thüringen
optivo GmbH Berlin
Packsize GmbH Herford NRW
The Phone House Telecom GmbH, Münster Gmbh Bonn Nordrhein-Westfalen
RheinBrücke IT Consulting GmbH Köln NRW
Sky Deutschland Unterföhring Bayern
trio-group GmbH Mannheim Baden-Württemberg
uberMetrics Technologies GmbH Berlin Deutschland
Vocalcom GmbH Mannheim Baden Württemberg
Weber Shandwick München Bayern
Zebra Advertisement Dudenhofen Germany
ZIEHL-ABEGG SE Künzelsau Baden-Württemberg

Entries for the 2016 edition of the German Stevie Awards will open this August.  Add your name to the mailing list, and you'll receive the entry kit by email as soon as it's available.

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Verlängerte Teilnahmefrist bei den ersten German Stevie Awards

Posted by Catrin Beu on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Auf Grund der regen Nachfrage verlängern die Organisatoren der German Stevie Awards die Teilnahmefrist bis zum 11. Februar 2015. „Eigentlich sollte der Einsendeschluss gestern enden“, erklärt Michael Gallagher, Präsident und Gründer der Stevie Awards. „Doch auf vielfachen Wunschhaben wir die Teilnahmefrist für alle Kategorien der German Stevie Awards verlängert. Jetzt haben die Interessenten noch rund neun Wochen Zeit, um die Teilnahmeunterlagen anzufordern, ihre Bewerbungen aufzubereiten und einzureichen.“  

Stolze Stevie Award Gewinnerinen

Teilnahmeberechtigt sind Unternehmen, die in Deutschland tätig sind: jeder Größe, gemeinnützig oder gewinnorientiert sowie privat oder öffentlich. Auch Einzelpersonen dürfen sich bewerben. Die Teilnahme erfordert in den meisten Kategorien eine Beschreibung der Unternehmensleistungen in Bezug auf die gewählte Kategorie. „Wichtig ist hier: authentisch bleiben!“, rät Gallagher. „Darüber hinaus können die Teilnehmer zusätzliche Unterlagen wie Weblinks, Videos, Presseberichte und andere Referenzen auf unseren Server hochladen, damit die Jury einen umfassenderen Eindruck von dem Unternehmen und seinen Erfolgen erhält.“ 

Ab dem 16. Februar bewertet eine Jury aus Wirtschaftsexperten die Bewerbungen und ermittelt mittels eines Punkteverfahrens die Gewinner der Gold-, Silber- und Bronze-Stevie-Awards in den jeweiligen Kategorien. Ab dem 23. Februar werden dann die Gewinner bekannt gegeben. 

Die feierliche Preisverleihung findet am 27. März in Berlin statt.  

Weitere Informationen über die Teilnahme finden Sie unter 



Tags: German Stevie Awards, deutschland, Teilnahmefrist, Verlängerung, Kategorien

How a Stevie Award Winner Thinks Globally and Acts Locally in Germany

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

F&H Porter Novelli in Munich Germany won a Silver Stevie® Award and two Bronze Stevie® Awards in the Communications Awards, IR Awards, and Public Relations Awards categories of The 2014 International Business Awards.

F&HFreiherr Helmut von Fircks, CEO of F&H Porter Novelli, is a regular judge for the International Business Awards. We talked to him about what winning a Stevie® Award means to him, and for his view on the upcoming German Stevie Awards.


On winning a Stevie® Award, Helmut von Fircks had this to say: “Winning an award is a big honor both for the client and for the account team. And it not only motivates the dedicated team, the whole agency also benefits from a real boost to morale.”

Raising Awareness
We asked Helmut for his thoughts on the new German Stevie® Awards.  “Having a German Stevie Awards program will attract even more German businesses to attend and be part of this wonderful awards program,” he commented. “Having a German Stevie Awards is recognition of the importance of the German market and its role in the communications world. It will raise the awareness of the Stevie Awards tremendously.”

Think Global-Act Local
For companies already operating, or considering expanding into the German market, Helmut offers the following advice: “We suggest companies adopt the rule: Think global–act local. Even though we are part of the EU, Germans expect a tailor-made personal approach. So a campaign that might work in the U.K. does not necessarily work here in Germany.”

A Bright Future
Helmut is optimistic about the future. “Communications is an evolving industry, always at the heart of future trends and innovation,” he told us. “Learning something new every day keeps us excited and motivated for future challenges.”

About Freiherr Helmut von Fircks:
Helmut von Fircks founded the F & H agency whilst studying economics. Even though he started his career in advertising, he soon discovered the power of public relations within the communications mix. He has built a team of creative strategists who love consulting for large global organizations as well as medium-sized businesses. His heart beats communications, especially in challenging situations, and he is a proven crisis-communications specialist.

In his private life this father of four enjoys long walks with his Labrador Lady Mercey.

About F&H Porter Novelli:
F&H Porter Novelli was founded in 1980 and currently employs 60 people in its Munich office. The agency is exclusive German brand partner of Porter Novelli. F&H is amongst the top 20 PR agencies in Germany. The full service agency offers all parameters within a modern communication mix from PR to advertising. F&H Porter Novelli is a strategic communications consultancy supporting com- panies, organizations, institutions, and people in a variety of communications needs. Areas of expertise include traditional and social media public relations, crisis, special situations and long-term stakeholder communications. F&H offers international communications consulting from creative strategists. Bold and pas- sionate, the F&H team develops successful high quality solutions. More information via

Tags: communications awards, International business awards, PR awards, German Stevie Awards, public relations awards, ir awards, Busines Awards

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