11-Year-Old Product Innovator Max Ash Becomes Youngest-Ever Stevie Award Winner

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

Max Ash is the 11-year-old "chief creator" of MAX'IS Creations, the Boston-based company whose motto is "The world would be better if we could play with our food!TM"  Max just became the youngest-ever winner of a Stevie® Award when he won the Gold Stevie for Product Developer of the Year in The 14th Annual American Business Awards.  (Winners were announced on Monday, May 2.) 

MaxAsh.jpgHere is Max's story, just as he presented it to the ABA judges, some of the most accomplished people in the world of business.

"I have lots of ideas. But, The Mug With A Hoop!TM is my best so far. In 2nd grade art class my teacher told us to make a mug.  I like sports and hot chocolate so I put a hoop on my mug for tossing marshmallows into hot cocoa.  I pitched my idea at Babson College and was named a top ten finalist in an innovation contest at Fenway Park. I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, found a sourcing partner to allow large scale manufacturing overseas, and launched on the market in 2014.  Now, with LOTS of help from my mom, dad and brother Sam, MAX’IS Creations has become a profitable family business!

"In the last year, my team and I launched a multi-sport product line that now includes The Mug With A Glove! TM, The Mug With A Goalpost! TM, The Soccer Mug With A Goal! TM, and The Hockey Mug With A Net!TM   We sold over 27,500 mugs in 2015 (that’s over $665,000 in retail sales across channels) bringing the total retail sales to over $1 Million since first launching on the market in June of 2014.  Based on industry norms, that’s a LOT of mugs!  

"My mugs created a whole new market. Adults like my mugs because they make them feel like kids again.  And kids like my mugs because they’re fun. My mugs are sold at places like Nordstrom, The Grommet, Uncommongoods, Hammacher Schlemmer, and the Basketball Hall of Fame! The Mug With A Hoop! TM is currently a top selling mug on Amazon.

"Lots of other great things happened in 2015. I got my first patent (at age 10) with additional design and utility patents pending.  I signed my first licensing deal with Typo/Cotton On who quickly sold through the Basketball Mug!  And I entered into a partnership with Boelter Brands, a major licensed drinkware company to bring MAX’IS Creations licensed mugs to market.  An NCAA March Madness program is currently underway with NBA, MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL mugs coming next!

"In the past year, me and my mugs have been featured in places like The Boston Globe, CNN Money and Gift Shop Magazine, with product placements on Real Simple, Woman’s Day and Buzzfeed.  A Vat-19 video of my mug went viral with over 4 million views! Queen Latifah featured me on her show and my basketball and hockey mugs made separate appearances on The Today Show!  

"I happen to have dyslexia, a language-based learning disability often linked to creativity. Kids like me see the world differently and the world is lucky that we do! 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. struggles with learning and attention issues related to reading, writing, math, organization and attention. People with learning and attention issues can thrive when they get the support they need. That’s why I donate five percent of the profits from the sale of my mugs to dyslexia-related charities and nonprofits like Understood.org, which are dedicated to empowering parents of kids like me.

"In the last year I shared the stage with people like Daymond John, John Legend and others to showcase the creative advantage of people with dyslexia.  We recently updated my packaging to feature Understood.org as a public service announcement for this great resource.  Since January 2015 I have donated thousands of dollars to dyslexia-related causes and over 1000 mugs to charity.  Being honored by the Stevie Awards will help people see that kids like me are smart and can achieve success with the right supports. Imagine what other good ideas our world will have when ALL kids who think and learn differently are understood!

Congratulations Max, we look forward to presenting your Gold Stevie Award to you on June 20 at The American Business Awards gala in New York.

Topics: American business awards, product of the year, new product awards, Max'is Creations, Max Ash

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.

Topics: American business awards, product of the year, new product awards, best new products, peoples choice voting, voting

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.

Topics: business awards, American business awards, stevie awards, product of the year, new product awards, best new products

Vote Now in the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Jul 07, 2014 @ 12:13 PM

Today we've opened voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards in which the general public can vote for their favorite new products and services. 

Voting is now open at http://peopleschoice.stevieawards.com

People's ChoiceVoting concludes on 11:59 pm on Friday, August 8. The winners of the crystal People's Choice Stevie Awards will be announced the week before the September 12 awards banquet in San Francisco, California and presented their awards at the event.

There are 42 categories in which the general public can vote for their favorite new products and services of the year. Some of the categories this year include:

Business-to-Business Products
Consumer Electronics
Health & Pharmaceutical Products
Software - Cloud Infrastructure
Software - Web Services
Business-to-Business Services
Consumer Products
Financial Services
Media & Entertainment
Software - Collaboration/Social
Software - Relationship Mgmt
Telecommunications Products
Transportation

Anyone can vote one time in any or all of the 42 categories.

Make your voice heard, vote now at http://peopleschoice.stevieawards.com

Topics: business awards, business awards, American business awards, stevie awards, product of the year, new product awards, new product awards, People's Choice Stevie Awards, people's choice

Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Deadline Extended Through 31 March

Posted by Clara Im on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 05:19 AM

The final entry deadline for the 2014 (first annual) Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the first business awards program to recognize achievement in business throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region, has been extended through 31 March.

Information about the program is available online at http://Asia.StevieAwards.com.

APSA Logo 203x46The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards programs.  The Stevie Award trophies, made by the company that makes the Oscar and other major international awards, are among the world's most coveted prizes.

The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Technology Company of the Year
  • Manufacturing Company of the Year
  • Services Company of the Year
  • Government or NGO Organization of the Year
  • Fastest-Growing Company of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Management Team of the Year
  • Customer Service Leader of the Year
  • Technology Executive of the Year
  • Manufacturing Executive of the Year
  • Services Executive of the Year
  • Government or NGO Executive of the Year
  • Woman of the Year
  • New Technology Product of the Year
  • New Consumer Product of the Year
  • New Consumer Service of the Year
  • New Business Product of the Year
  • New Business Service of the Year

The awards will culminate with a gala awards banquet at the Lottel Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, 30 May.

Topics: stevie awards, product of the year, stevie award, company of the year, service of the year, executive of the year, leader of the year, Organization of the Year, 2014 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, team of the year

Last Day to Vote for Your Favorite New Products of the Year

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Aug 09, 2013 @ 01:12 PM

People's Choice Stevie AwardsToday, Friday, August 9, is the last day to vote in the 5th edition of the People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, as part of The American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program.

Voting is open at http://peopleschoice.stevieawards.com and will conclude at 11:59PM ET tonight.

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

  • Favorite Cloud App/Service
  • Favorite Consumer Product
  • Favorite Hardware
  • Favorite Telecommunications Service

All new products and services that were nominated in the new product awards categories of The 2013 American Business Awards are automatically included in people’s choice voting. Organizations will have the opportunity to win two awards: a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award, as determined by professionals in the ABAs’ peer-review judging, and a crystal People's Choice Stevie Award, as determined by the public vote.

Winners of the crystal People's Choice Stevie Awards will be announced at The American Business Awards' new product and tech awards banquet at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on September 16.

Past winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products include Apple, Boost Mobile, Dow Jones, and Samsung.

Topics: American business awards, stevie awards, ABAs, product of the year, new product awards

One Week Left to Vote for Your Favorite New Products of the Year

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Aug 02, 2013 @ 10:13 AM

Favorite New Products of the Year

August 9 is the last day to vote in the 5th edition of the People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, as part of The American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program.

If you haven't yet voted, you can vote now: http://PeoplesChoice.StevieAwards.com.

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

  • Favorite Cloud App/Service
  • Favorite Consumer Product
  • Favorite Hardware
  • Favorite Telecommunications Service

All new products and services that were nominated in the new product awards categories of The 2013 American Business Awards are automatically included in people’s choice voting. Organizations will have the opportunity to win two awards: a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award, as determined by professionals in the ABAs’ peer-review judging, and a crystal People's Choice Stevie Award, as determined by the public vote.

Winners of the crystal People's Choice Stevie Awards will be announced at The American Business Awards' new product and tech awards banquet at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on September 16.

Past winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products include Apple, Boost Mobile, Dow Jones, and Samsung.

Topics: American business awards, stevie awards, ABAs, product of the year, new product awards

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

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

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

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

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

-      Favorite Smartphone: Apple iPhone 4S

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

-      Favorite Collaboration/Social Software: Mindjet Connect

-      Favorite Financial Service: FreeMonee

-      Favorite Media/Entertainment Product or Service: appsbar

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

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

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

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

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

Topics: American business awards, stevie awards, ABAs, product of the year, new product awards, iPhone 4S, Mindjet Connect, FreeMonee, appsbar, Humana Integrated Proposal System

Vote Now for Your Favorite New Products of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics: American business awards, stevie awards, ABAs, product of the year, new product awards

2 Innovations to Ensure Success: Q&A With Lingotek CEO Rob Vandenberg

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 11:52 AM

Robert Vandenberg is CEO of Lingotek in Draper, Utah, USA and will chair the final judging committee for the New Product Awards & Product Management categories of The 2011 International Business Awards.

0511VandenbergWhich innovations do you think will most improve businesses in the next few years?

I’m a huge believer in social media and how it is enabling a more transparent relationship between business and consumer.  The successful companies of the next few years will be those that use social media to engage with their customers, not those that resist it.

At the same time, increasing globalization will require all of us to be more aware and engaged with people of different countries, languages, and cultures. Companies will need to be able to understand those markets and communicate with them in order to grow.

What item of news recently caught your eye and why?

The phenomenal success of LinkedIn’s IPO underscores the value of permanent, transparent interconnections in professional relationships. Each of us now has the ability and tools to control our own professional brand.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?

As someone who spends too much time on planes I would pick something that involved being outdoors. Being a ski bum in the winter and a sailing bum in the summer sounds ideal right now!

What quality or qualities do you most value in your business associates?

My top four are: curiosity, work ethic, maturity, and the ability to be proactive.

What do you think is the worst bad habit to have at work?

Negativity: Everyone’s a critic, but in the workplace you shouldn’t just complain, you should make the effort to offer a solution.

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
I have the good fortune to engage every day with interesting people who develop creative products and solutions for real-world problems. I’m not a techie, but I learn about customers’ issues as they seek to expand into global markets, and I can discuss these with my technology experts.  It’s a great feeling when we are able to provide those customers with effective solutions.

About Rob Vandenberg

As CEO of Lingotek, Rob Vandenberg is driving the vision as the company looks to change the future of translation. He has never shied away from asking the tough questions that have led to greater understanding, insight, and a more progressive development of new products and services.

Prior to being named president of Lingotek in 2008, Vandenberg served as the company's vice president of sales and marketing, where he provided guidance and inspiration. Before joining Lingotek, Vandenberg served at the helm of several successful ventures. He cofounded and served as the CEO of LocalVoice.com, which was acquired by HarrisConnect in 2005. Afterwards, he was named as the vice president of sales and marketing for HarrisConnect. Prior to that venture, he started as one of the first 20 U.S. employees at INTERSHOP Communications. As a top-performing sales executive with national account responsibilities he helped build the company’s worldwide business: the INTERSHOP initial public offering was one of the most successful enterprise software company IPOs in US history (a $10 billion market cap).

Vandenberg holds a bachelor's degree in political economics from UC Berkeley. 

About Lingotek

Lingotek | The Translation Network gives enterprise business customers new ways to engage their global communities by providing trusted, rapid translations to grow business in a cost effective way. Its exclusive web-based Collaborative Translation Platform™ represents the next step in the evolution of translation through technology and community involvement. Today global organizations, intelligence agencies, and government entities use the platform, saving time and resources on projects ranging from a few pages to several volumes. Lingotek also offers professional translation services for companies. The company is based in Draper, Utah and is funded by Canopy Ventures, In-Q-Tel, and Flywheel Ventures.

Topics: International business awards, stevie awards, product of the year, new product awards, IBAs, lingotek, robert vandenberg