The Stevie Awards Blog

American Business Awards Deadline Extended to April 7

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

No Additional Late Fees for Top Business Honors

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of The American Business Awards, announced today that the final entry deadline for the 15th annual ABA competition has been extended to April 7. No additional late fees will be charged.  Entries submitted through April 7 will not be penalized in any way in the judging process.

ABA consignment lady-2.jpg“We’ve received so many requests for individual deadline extensions that we’ve decided to extend the deadline for everyone,” said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher. The original final deadline was March 15.

GET THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

The American Business Awards are widely considered to be the premier business awards program in the U.S.A. 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 2017 awards will honor achievements since the beginning of 2016.  Entry details are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

The American Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

Close to 150 executives worldwide will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.  The judging process has begun.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners will be announced on May 1, and the awards presented at a gala banquet on June 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Attendance is not required to win.

The list of past Stevie Award winners in The American Business Awards reads like a who’s who of innovation and business success in the U.S.A.  Explore the lists of past Stevie winners here.

About the Stevie Awards
The Stevie Awards are conferred in seven 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, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. 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 follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards.

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Nominate Your Mobile Site or App in The 2017 American Business Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

The 15th annual American Business Awards, the premier business awards competition in the U.S.A. which attracts more than 3,000 nominations from organizations nationwide each year, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 program. 

The American Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Entry details are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/aba

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT.

ABA 2016 winner.jpgAll organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. There are two early-bird entry deadlines this year – November 17 and December 14 – with discounted entry fees. 

A category group that has been greatly expanded for 2017 is Mobile Site & App Awards. 

These categories recognize excellence in mobile websites and apps.

Information to be submitted online for entries in these categories for the 2017 ABAs will include

a. An essay of up to 200 words describing the mobile site or app's purpose and results to date.

b. The mobile site or app itself, in the form of a demonstration video of up to three (3) minutes in length.  You must attach the video to your entry through our attachment/link uploading tool. 

c. Optionally, you may list creative and production credits for your site or app - a list of the people and organizations that contribute to its development

F55. Business/Government
F56. Education & Reference
F57. Entertainment
F58. Events
F59. Experimental & Innovation
F60. Family & Kids (new category for 2017)
F61. Fashion & Beauty (new category for 2017)
F62. Financial Services / Banking (new category for 2017)
F63. Fitness & Recreation (new category for 2017)
F64. Food & Drink (new category for 2017)
F65. Games
F66. Guides/Ratings/Reviews
F67. Health (new category for 2017)
F68. Integrated Mobile Experience
F69. Lifestyle
F70. Magazine / Editorial (new category for 2017)
F71. Marketing
F72. Messaging (new category for 2017)
F73. Music
F74. News
F75. Productivity (new category for 2017)
F76. Professional Education
F77. Professional Services (new category for 2017)
F78. Public Service & Activism (new category for 2017)
F79. Real Estate (new category for 2017)
F80. School / University (new category for 2017)
F81. Shopping
F82. Social
F83. Sports
F84. Training
F85. Travel
F86. Utilities & Services

Gold Stevie winners in the Mobile Site & App Awards categories in 2016 include:

Business/Government - Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations and Business Services Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
EffectiveUI, Denver, CO: City and County of Denver’s PocketGov Web App Allows Citizens to Interact with Government from Anywhere

Business/Government – All Other Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Applied Systems, University Park, IL: Applied Mobile

Education & Reference
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Neocate, Rockville, MD: Neocate Footsteps App

Events
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
BMO Capital Markets, Chicago, IL: Global Metals and Mining Conference App

Experimental & Innovation
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Sharecare.com, Atlanta, GA: Sharecare Voice App

Integrated Mobile Experience
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
LogMeIn, Boston, MA: join.me

Lifestyle
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
ACTIVE Network, Dallas, TX: Couch to 5K: Running App, Training Coach and GPS Tracker

Marketing
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training, Fort Wayne, IN: Audi of America Audi exclusive App

Shopping
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Peapod, Skokie, IL: Smart Shopping Gets Smarter: Peapod's New Mobile App
App

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Making Life Better: A Meaningful Mantra from International Business Awards Websites/Apps Judging Committee Chair

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 10:12 AM

Simon Hardy, Vice President Brand Experience at FCV Interactive in Vancouver, Canada, has been named as the Chair of the Website & Apps Judging Committee of The 2016 (13th Annual) International Business Awards. FCV won a Gold Stevie Award in the Website Categories of The 2015 International Business Awards for their redesign of the Calgary Transit website.

The 2016 International Business Awards will be accepting entries through June 15, but enter by May 11 to avoid a late entry fee. REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

1605FCV.jpgWe asked Simon about being named Chair, what winning the Gold Stevie Award in 2015 had meant to FCV, and what new developments he thought would most affect how companies do business in the future.

On being named Chair of The 2016 International Business Awards Judging Committee for the Website & App Awards categories, Simon observed: This is a great honor, not only for me, but also for FCV. As we expand across Canada and into the US, it’s really exciting to be a part of The International Business Awards, recognizing work that has genuinely made a difference to an organization or an industry, and–most importantly–resulted in a better user experience.”

A Fantastic Validation
Representatives of FCV attended the 2015 International Business Awards in Toronto last October. On winning the Stevie Award for Best Website in the Transportation category, Simon commented: We’re very proud of the Gold Stevie Award we won for our work with Calgary Transit. It was fantastic validation for a site that has transformed the digital experience for one of Canada’s most complex public transportation networks. But as a user-focused transformation agency, it also shone a spotlight on the wider range of work we’re doing in public transportation, travel and tourism, and digital government services across North America.”


Calgary Transit provides over 100 million trips every year to riders across the Canadian city. Its website had been out of date, difficult to use, and lacking in the important features that customers expect: mobile compatibility, accessibility, real-time updates, and trip planning. Calgary Transit approached FCV to design a responsive, customer-focused, future-proof website that would serve the connected riders’ every need.

Information at the Users’ Fingertips
FCV successfully delivered a mobile-friendly, customer-centric, scalable website that streamlined user tasks and integrated all transit services into one site. Features included: WCAG 2.0 (AA) accessibility, real-time service updates, improved information architecture, and responsive design.

FCV Interactive’s award-winning website for Calgary Transit launched in 2014 and transformed how riders obtained transit information. They can now access a responsively designed website via phone, tablet, and desktop. Real-time transit information is now at the fingertips of almost 20,000 daily mobile transit users.

The Future of Web Development

As an expert in this field, we asked Simon for his thoughts on what new developments in social media and web development businesses should be looking out for.

“The last year has seen a wide adoption of tools like Sketch and InVision, helping our teams to rapidly prototype, test, and iterate.” he told us. “For private and public sector organizations, this agile approach means we can transform user and brand experiences into something more powerful and meaningful much faster.”

Looking into the future, Simon added: “As more and more clients see the power of truly serving their users’ needs in order to meet business goals, I think we’re going to see some really exciting and unexpected solutions.”



Improving Digital Services

According to Simon, his job has changed over the years, but for the better. My job used to be all about persuading people to do things,” he explained. “But over the last 10 years, as we’ve all become more and more empowered, it’s evolved into helping people to do things. Working to constantly improve private and public sector digital services with faster access to more relevant data is incredibly exciting.”

In short, Simon told us: “At FCV, the goal that motivates us across every project is always the same: to create a user-focused experience that makes life better.”

About Simon Hardy:
Simon Hardy is Vice President Brand Experience at FCV Interactive. He leads FCV’s Design, Brand, and Content teams, creating solutions that engage customers and deliver results.

Simon is an award-winning creative director, designer, and copywriter with international experience across digital, print, and TV for brands including Starbucks, Nike, lululemon athletica, and EA Sports.  He also serves on the Digital Design Advisory Board at Vancouver Film School.

About FCV Interactive:
FCV Interactive is a user-focused transformation agency. Every day, FCV redesigns organizations and creates digital services that people love. With over a decade of expertise working with public and private sector clients, FCV delivers experiences that make life better. To learn more, visit fcvinteractive.com.

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Stevie Winners Announced in 2016 American Business Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, May 02, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Winners to be Celebrated in New York on June 20
(see summary of major winners by major MSA below)

The Stevie® Awards, organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs, today announced the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners in The 14th Annual American Business AwardsSM.

ABA16_Stevie_Winner_Distribution.pngAll 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.

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.

CallidusCloud (Dublin, CA) is the leader among Stevie Award winners, with 40 wins in a wide range of categories, including six Gold.  CallidusCloud is sure to be among the winners of the Grand Stevie Award trophies, the top overall winners in this year’s ABAs, who will be announced next week.

Winners of four Gold Stevies include CAS (Columbus, OH), Jeunesse Global (Orlando, FL), and MWW (East Rutherford, NJ). 

Notable Stevie winners include:

  • 11-year-old Max Ash of MAX'IS Creations (Boston, MA), winner of the Gold Stevie for Product Developer of the Year and the youngest-ever Stevie winner
  • TiVo's BOLT, Silver Stevie winner for Best New Consumer Electronics Product. Last week TiVo announced that it would be acquired by Rovi
  • Lakeshore Recycling Systems (Morton Grove, IL), winner of 14 Stevies
  • TextRecruit (San Jose, CA), winner of three Gold Stevies including B2B Startup of the Year

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

This is the first year in which Stevie winners in The American Business Awards are announced before the awards gala.  In the ABAs’ first 13 years, finalists were announced in advance of the awards gala, but the Stevie winners weren’t revealed until the night of the presentations.   

Every new product or service nominated in The 2016 American Business Awards will automatically be included in voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, a worldwide public vote. Voting will open tomorrow and conclude on June 3.  People’s Choice Stevie winners will be announced the week of June 6, and will be honored during the June 20 presentations.

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.

 

Key Stevie winners in some major metropolitan statistical area include, among others:

Atlanta: Arketi Group, Liaison Technologies (Alpharetta), CATMEDIA, Citi Retail Services, MessageGears, One Vision Productions, LLC (Clarkston), Panasonic Automotive Systems (Peachtree City), and QASymphony

Austin: AgileCraft, Dell (Round Rock), Epicor Software Corp, Magnitude Software, mindWireless, and Workplace Answers

Boston: Centage Corporation (Natick), Curriculum Associates (North Billerica), Enquiron, Fiksu, Fleetmatics (Waltham), Globoforce (Southborough) Harvard Business Publishing, HubSpot (Cambridge), John Hancock, MAX'IS Creations, Inc., PAREXEL International (Waltham), Progress (Bedford), Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Ve Interactive, VirtusaPolaris (Westborough), and ZipCar (Cambridge)

Chicago: Accenture , Applied Systems (University Park), BMO Capital Markets, Empire Today (Northlake), Endurance (Northbrook), Lakeshore Recycling Systems (Morton Grove), Peapod (Skokie), SIM Partners, and Wheels, Inc. (Des Plaines)

Dallas: ACTIVE Network, AT&T, Monitronics Security (Farmers Branch), Omnitracs, LLC, Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth), and USHEALTH Advisors (Grapevine)

Denver & Boulder: EffectiveUI (Denver), Level 3 Communications (Broomfield), SolidFire (Boulder), and Theresa Bradley-Banta Real Estate Consultancy (Denver)

Detroit: Critical Signal Technologies (Novi), Farbman Group (Southfield), George P. Johnson (Auburn Hills), Great Expressions Dental Centers (Bloomfield Hills), and Shinola (Detroit)

Houston: Effex Management Solutions, Gorilla Safety, PROS, Inc., Signet Interactive, and TopSpot Internet Marketing

Los Angeles: Christmas in Hollywood (Hollywood), Dollar Shave Club (Venice), Ixia (Calabasas), j2 Global® Cloud Services (Hollywood), PMK*BNC (Los Angeles), and ZipRecruiter (Santa Monica)

Miami: Coastal Risk Consulting (Plantation), DCR Workforce (Boca Raton), Future Energy Solutions (Ft. Lauderdale), Lion Agency (Miami), MONAT Global (Doral), ScribeAmerica (Ft. Lauderdale), and TEAM Enterprises (Ft. Lauderdale)

Minneapolis: Ceridian, Deluxe Corporation (Shoreview), Renters Warehouse (Minnetonka), RiverSource Annuities, and RiverSource Life Insurance Company

New York: Broadstreet, Datapipe, Inc. (Jersey City, NJ), Diligent Corporation, Fidelity Investments (Jersey City, NJ), Hudson Group (East Rutherford, NJ), Kaplan Test Prep, Makovsky & Co, MASS Communications, Momentum Worldwide, MWW (East Rutherford, NJ), ProSight Specialty Insurance (Morristown, NJ), Radware (Mahwah, NJ), Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (Mahwah, NJ), SocialCode, Squarespace, Swiss Post Solutions, Thomson Reuters, TouchBistro, TransPerfect, VertaMedia LLC, and W Magazine

Philadelphia: Broadview Networks (King of Prussia), GetResponse Inc. (Wilmington, DE), Karma Agency, LCG, Ltd. & H.E.L.P.® Legal Plan (Bala Cynwyd), Nutrisystem (Fort Washington), and Worldwide Clinical Trials (King of Prussia)

Phoenix: Allbound (Scottsdale), Beyond20, Casino Arizona (Scottsdale), Digital Air Strike (Scottsdale), Isagenix International (Gilbert), The James Agency (Scottsdale), KEO Marketing Inc., Talking Stick Resort (Scottsdale), and Yeager Marketing

Salt Lake City: 4Life Research (Sandy), 97th Floor (Lehi), IHG, Morinda, Inc. (American Fork), SnappConner PR (South Jordan), and USANA Health Sciences

San Diego: AMN Healthcare, Amobee, The Control Group, PACIFIC, Qualcomm, Red Door Interactive, and RippleNami, Inc. (Cardiff)

San Jose: Cisco Systems, Electric Cloud, EMC, Malwarebytes, PayPal, RiseSmart, TextRecruit, TiVo Inc., and Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

San Francisco: Blueshift Labs, ClearSlide, CoreOS, Demandbase, DocuSign, Godfrey Q, Grow Marketing, Scality, SquareTrade, STRV, Teridion, and Wells Fargo Treasury Management

Seattle: Avalara, Capital One Investing, Microsoft Corporation (Redmond), Talking Rain Beverage Company, and T-Mobile US, Inc. (Bellevue)

Silicon Valley: Actiontec Electronics (Sunnyvale), BDNA (Mountain View), Clinovo (Sunnyvale), Cloudinary (Palo Alto), Host Analytics (Redwood City), Intuit (Mountain View), Jasper (Santa Clara), Nexenta Systems, Inc., (Santa Clara), RiskSense (Sunnyvale), Robin Systems (Milpitas), Simility (Palo Alto), SnapLogic (San Mateo), Tanis Communications (Mountain View), Tintri (Mountain View), TriNet (San Leandro), Vendavo (Mountain View), and WebAction, Inc. (Palo Alto)

Washington, DC: Applied Predictive Technologies (Arlington, VA), Bloomberg BNA Software (Arlington, VA), Clarabridge (Reston, VA), CSC (Falls Church, VA), Cvent (Tysons Corner, VA), Deltek (Herndon, VA), GTT Communications (McLean, VA), ICMA-RC, Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD), Meals on Wheels America (Arlington, VA), Merkle (Columbia, MD), Milk Processor Education Program, Neocate (Rockville, MD), Transurban USA (Alexandria, VA), U.S. Green Building Council, and Vistaprint Digital Services (Silver Spring, MD)

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American Business Awards 2016: Website and App Awards Judging Committee

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

The Stevie Awards would like to thank the 2016 American Business Awards Website and App Awards judging committee. Now through the end of April, the professionals listed below will determine the Stevie Award winners in over 55 categories for websites and apps.

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:

Eric Farr, Principal
BrainStorm, Inc., American Fork, Utah, USA

16-ABA-WEB-Chair1-1.gifEric Farr is a Principal at BrainStorm, Inc., a leading provider of end-user adoption and change management solutions. BrainStorm’s mission is to change the way the world works. On top of changing the way the world works, BrainStorm is known for being one of the best places to work in the country. BrainStorm was named to Outside’s Best Places to Work for the fourth consecutive year, three time Utah Business Best Companies, and was featured twice on Fortune.com for being one of the 100 best places to work for both women and camaraderie in the nation. Corporate culture isn’t the only award-winning aspect of the company: BrainStorm has also been recognized by Microsoft, Zip Recruiter, and, of course, the Stevies for their outstanding products and services.

Eric, recently named one of the Ten Coolest Entrepreneurs by Utah Valley Business Q Magazine, has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business leadership, and has been instrumental in building BrainStorm’s unique relationships with its customers and partners. 
In Eric’s free time you can find him exploring each corner of the world, often on a motorcycle.

Eric was thrilled to have BrainStorm honored in the 2015 Stevie Awards and is looking forward to being the Chair of the committee judging the Website and App Awards for the 14th annual American Business Awards.

Committee:

Radhika Alla, Mobile Channel Manager
Cigna, Austin, Texas, USA

Bruce MastersonChristy Belden, Director of Digital Marketing
Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Christy Belden is Director of Digital Marketing at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. Christy has worked in digital marketing for 10 years working across all things digital – SEO, PPC, Social Media, Email, Display Advertising, and Mobile. She speaks, writes and teaches courses on all matters of digital marketing. Christy has a MBA and a MS from the University of Louisville. Connect with Christy at @christy_belden

Stephen Berner Stephen Berner, SVP, New Business & Corporate Marketing
The Biondo Group, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
30 years in marketing and publishing has allowed Stephen Berner the opportunity to lead high-profile marketing programs, ranging from visual identity, brand development and retail environmental to magazine relaunches, major consumer events, as well as product packaging programs and a range of interactive initiatives for an exceedingly diverse client list.

Lee Caswell Lee Caswell, Vice President, Product, Solution & Services Marketing
NetApp, Sunnyvale, California, USA
Lee Caswell is vice president of Product, Solutions and Services Marketing at NetApp, where he leads a team that speeds the customer adoption of new products, partnerships, and integrations. Lee joined NetApp in 2014 and has extensive experience in executive leadership within the storage, flash and virtualization markets. Lee holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Carleton College and a master of business administration degree from Dartmouth College.

Suzanne Darmory Suzanne Darmory, Executive Creative Director
Acxiom Impact, New York, New York, USA
Suzanne has over 20 years of international, award-winning experience creating groundbreaking integrated solutions for highly recognizable clients at world-class agencies. Suzanne is currently Executive Creative Director at Acxiom, responsible for setting the overall strategy of Acxiom Impact creative agency, advising clients on creative strategy, and leading business development for the agency while strengthening the creative offering and growing the creative business.

Joy Deep Nath Joy Deep Nath, Co-Founder
Splash Math, Mountain View, California, USA
Joy Deep Nath is a computer science engineer turned entrepreneur who believes in harnessing the power of mobile and web technologies to create useful products and profitable businesses. Having founded two edtech startups, Joy has taken up roles from writing code to, marketing to biz dev and partnerships to successfully grow his companies.

Frankie DiCarlantonio III Frankie DiCarlantonio III, Director of Business Operations
Scaffidi Restaurant Group, Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Frank is the Director of Business Operations for the Scaffidi Restaurant Group, overseeing four divisions of an ever-expanding food service corporation. He is also involved multiple community and civic organizations as well as attends school full time to further his education with graduate studies.

Frances McCutchonFrances McCutchon, Director of Marketing
PFL.com, Bozeman, Montana, USA
Passionate about data driven marketing that creates relevant, compelling customer experiences and drives top line revenue.

Ananda Jagoda Ananda Jagoda, Chief Creative Officer
Smart Media, The Annual Report Company, Singapore
Ananda Jagoda is Chief Creative Officer at Smart Media The Annual Report Company. Over the past twenty years he has led creative and strategic teams on numerous award-winning projects in the field of Corporate Communications.

JP Jones JP Jones, Co-Founder
Collipsis Web Solutions, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
Creative Director + Freelancer + Web Designer + Graphic Artist + Teacher = Never a Dull Moment! JP Jones is a serial entrepreneur with four successful start ups under her belt. Author of several books, JP utilizes her experiences in business to teach and mentor others. Staying on top of business is her job, teaching it to others is her passion.

Joseph Kennedy Joseph Kennedy, Director: Architecture, Integration & Mobile Development
PwC, Boston, Massachusetts USA
Joe leads Architecture, Integration and Mobile Development capabilities serving PwC's Financial Services clients

Frank Laudo Frank Laudo, Creative Director
Independent Creative Director, Dallas, Texas, USA
Frank is an International award-winning Creative Director, creative leader with 35 years of innovation and success in brand building and bottom-line results through general, direct and experiential marketing.

Mia Mabanta Mia Mabanta, Direct of Marketing and Revenue Products
Quartz, New York, New York, USA
Mia Mabanta is Quartz’s director of marketing and revenue products. Mia has spent her career bringing innovative business strategies to different industries, first at the Brookings Institution, where she advised private and public sector leaders on underserved markets, and later by helping to start HelloWallet, an award-winning financial guidance service that was acquired by Morningstar. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and others. Mia has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Andrea Meyer Andrea Meyer, PR & Corporate Communications
Chicago, Illinois USA
Andrea Meyer has worked on both the agency and client side of PR with internal communications and marketing in the mix. Andrea has had the privilege to work on a host of stellar brands including Cartier, Lucasfilm, Montblanc, Sony (the North American launch of the PlayStation), Verizon, Weber and Toyota.

Ursula Milan Ursula Milan, E-commerce Manager, Technology and Operations Initiatives
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA
Ursula Milan leads E-Commerce Technology & Operations Initiatives at The Museum of Modern Art. She was recently involved in MoMA Store redesign work that involved content and Javascript optimization, building new UI that attracts sales, bug fixing as well as third-party software integration.

Sarah Miller Sarah Miller, CEO
Axis PR & Entertainment, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sarah Miller is the CEO of Axis PR & Entertainment, a high profile PR and Event firm for the Entertainment and Technology Industry. Sarah is one of th most influential leaders in tech and entertainment. Axis has won numerous industry awards for its work with start ups and brands alike. Axis also owns and produces the Mobile Excellence Awards, now in its 9th year, MEA Europe and Hute-Tech Runway show.

Nick Padley Nick Padley, Director of Training
C2D Learning, Overland Park, Kansas, USA
Serving as Director of Learning, Nick works with and trains new clients for success with implementing their online learning courses.

Jessica Puchala Jessica Puchala, Communications Manager
GED Testing Services, Washington, D.C., USA
I'm an award winning social media strategist with 17 years of professional communications experience. I've worked in various industries including television news, crisis management and state government.

Barry Reicherter Barry Reicherter, SVP-Partner, Director of Insights
Finn Partners, Washington, D.C., USA
With more than 20 years experience in digital marketing, Barry leads Finn Partners’ Insights team focusing on online and social media research, analytics, planning and measurement for clients operating in consumer, healthcare, education, government, public affairs, travel and technology sectors. Holding positions at AOL, Porter Novelli, Active.com, Sage Software, Widmeyer Communications and Finn Partners, Barry’s body of work has been focused in the digital strategy and measurement for clients such as Hyundai, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Steelcase, Rosetta Stone, HP, Nestlé, Pfizer, Chase, Pearson, and Reed-Elsevier.

John Richards John Richards, Founder/CEO
FirstStep Capital, LLC, Provo, Utah, USA
Entrepreneur (multiple multi-million dollar exists including a IPO), angel investor (hundreds of investments), educator (BYU), and mentor. Expert in lean startup and startup companies.

Cory Taylor Cory Taylor, Customer Experience, Senior Manager
Cory Taylor, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Over the past decade, Cory Taylor has led customer experience teams within leading startups and products. Companies include Webs, Squarespace and Vistaprint. He's implemented organizational structures, processes, channel development and metrics for two core goals - product feedback and operational efficiency.

Matthew Toren Matthew Toren, Co-Founder
YoungEntrepreneur.com, Scottsdale, Arizona USA
Matthew Toren is an award winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor & Investor. Co-Founder of iSmallBusiness.com and YoungEntrepreneur.com which was acquired by Entrepreneur Media in 2011. Adam, along with his brother Matthew currently own and operate a successful media company which includes several online companies. The brothers are the authors of the award winning book: Kidpreneurs.org. Their latest book is called Small Business BIG Vision - Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right - SBBV.com.

Karri Van Dell Karri Van Dell, Vice President & Director, Sales & Marketing
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, New York, New York, USA
Karri is responsible for strategically growing the business by nurturing relationships with new clients and partnerships interested in tailored and flexible services and by spearheading Continental Stock Transfer & Trust’s brand and marketing efforts. She has more than 28 years of service in the industry, most notably 23 years with a Fortune 500 financial institution.She is a member of NASPP, SSA and NIRI and President of Midwest Securities Transfer Association.

Marie Wiese Marie Wiese, President & Founder
Marketing CoPilot, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Marie Wiese is founder of Marketing CoPilot, a leading Canadian digital marketing agency that helps companies’ increase sales using digital and content marketing. She is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, mother and writer. Marie has spoken at industry events for the Canadian Marketing Association and Marketing Sherpa in the United States.

Stafford Wood Stafford Wood, Principal & Founder
Covalent Logic, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Stafford Wood works at the intersection of technology, design and PR as founder of Covalent Logic. The digital public relations firm recently won 17 awards from the AAF including three Best-In-Show awards for Copywriting, Integrated Campaign, and Interactive. She was also named Junior Achievement’s Young Businessperson of the Year.

Website Awards categories:

F07.    Accounting
F08.    Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
F09.    Aerospace & Defense
F10.    Automotive & Transport Equipment
F11.    Banking
F12.    Business Services
F13.    Chemicals
F14.    Computer Hardware
F15.    Computer Software
F16.    Computer Services
F17.    Conglomerates
F18.    Consumer Products - Durables
F19.    Consumer Products - Non-Durables
F20.    Diversified Services
F21.    Electronics
F22.    Energy
F23.    Financial Services
F24.    Food & Beverage
F25.    Health Products & Services
F26.    Hospitality & Leisure
F27.    Insurance
F28.    Legal
F29.    Manufacturing
F30.    Materials & Construction
F31.    Media & Entertainment
F32.    Metals & Mining
F33.    Non-Profit Organizations
F34.    Pharmaceuticals
F35.    Real Estate
F36.    Retail
F37.    Telecommunications
F38.    Transportation
F39.    Utilities

Specialty Categories

F40. Best Interface Design
F41. Best Web Software Programming/Design
F42. Best Web Writing/Content
F43. Best Home/Welcome Page
F44. Best Investor Relations Site
F45. Best Overall Web Design
F46. Best Online Press Room
F47. Best Training Site
F48. Best Use of Video or Moving Image
F49. Best Facebook Page
P50. Best Use of Instagram
P51. Best Twitter Feed

App Awards categories:

F55. Business/Government
F56. Education & Reference
F57. Entertainment
F58. Events
F59. Experimental & Innovation
F60. Games
F61. Guides/Ratings/Reviews
F62. Integrated Mobile Experience
F63. Lifestyle
F64. Marketing
F65. Music
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F67. Professional Education
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F69. Social
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12th American Business Awards Announce Winners in New Product & Tech Categories

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

AT&T Tops Gold Stevie® Winners; Quality Systems Wins Grand Stevie for Company of the Year

The 12th Annual American Business AwardsSM announced Stevie® Award winners on Friday at its event focused on outstanding new products and services and on achievements in technology industries.

Steve Plochocki Quality SystemsFriday’s gala was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year.  The first took place in Chicago on June 13 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing.  Winners in all new product awards and technology-related categories were announced at the event in San Francisco on Friday.

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 260 executives attended Friday’s awards banquet at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.  Stevie Awards were conferred in four levels of distinction: Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The Grand Stevies were awarded to the organizations who received the most awards overall – Gold, Silver or Bronze – in the ABAs this year.  Quality Systems of Irvine, CA 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.

AT&T, Inc. was the top Gold Stevie winner on Friday, with four.  Winners of two Gold Stevies include Accenture, Agiliance, Akavit, Engility, Haneke Design, MarketLive, MicroStrategy, Spingo, VeriFone, Vimeo, and WillowTree Apps.

Notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced on Friday include:

­   Information Technology Executive of the Year: Jake Dominguez, CIO of AMD

­   Company of the Year - Computer Software - More Than 250 Employees: Bigcommerce

­   Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees: BrightRoll

­   Best Training App: Microsoft Corporation’s FY14 Standards of Business Conduct Training

­   Best Pharmaceuticals Website: The Navicor Group

­   Executive of the Year - Computer Software - Up to 500 Employees: Jahangir Mohammed, Founder & CEO of Jasper

­   Tech Innovation of the Year - At Organizations With Up to 100 Employees: Newlight Technologies commercial scale-up of carbon-negative plastic

­   New Health & Pharmaceuticals Service of the Year: Optum’s ACO Solutions Market Launch

­   New Peripheral Hardware Product of the Year: Epson America’s BrightLink Pro

­   New Industrial Product or Service of the Year: World Water Work's DEMON Process

­   New Content Management Solution of the Year: AirWatch’s Secure Content Locker

For a complete list of The 2014 American Business Awards winners announced Friday visit  www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, which were determined by more than 57,000 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 2014 American Business Awards and more than 240 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners. 

Entries for The 2015 American Business Awards will be accepted starting in October.

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.

Sponsors and partners of The 2014 American Business Awards include Biz Talk Radio, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Cvent, Engility, John Hancock, LycaMobile, PetRays, and Softpro.

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2015 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Offers Revamped Entry Categories

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 01:51 PM

The 2015 (2nd annual) Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the premier business awards competition for the region will offer fully revamped and expanded entry categories.

APSANominations will be accepted starting the week of September 15. Get the entry kit as soon as it's available.

All individuals and organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards now feature a wide range of categories to recognize achievement in every aspect of the workplace. In the 2014 awards, only 18 categories were offered. This year there are over 250 industry specific entry categories including:

  • Customer Service Awards
  • Company/Organization Awards
  • Human Resources Awards
  • Information Technology Awards
  • Management Awards
  • Marketing Awards Categories
  • New Product Awards
  • Corporate Communications, IR, and PR Awards
  • Support Awards
  • Website Awards and Smartphone and Tablet App Awards

See the full list of Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards categories.

Nominations should cite achievements since July 1 2013. There is no eligibility timeframe for app and web site entries - it does not matter when they were first published.

The early-bird entry deadline, with discounted entry fees, is October 29. The entry deadline is December 3, but late entries will be accepted through January 28 with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at www.asia.stevieawards.com.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced on March 11. The 2015 winners will be celebrated at the second annual awards banquet on April 24, in China.

Contact us with your questions about how to participate in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

Tags: website awards, marketing awards, new product awards, information technology awards, management awards, Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards Announce Winners of 2014 Best of the IBA Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 09:21 AM

The Stevie® Awards have announced the winners of the Best of the IBA Awards in The 2014 (11th Annual) International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition.

Stevie logoNominees in the 2014 IBAs were not able to apply for the Best of the IBA Awards directly. Winners were determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the IBAs. This year's Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in The International Business Awards were announced on August 13.

The winners of the Best of the IBA Awards will be presented with Grand Stevie Award trophies at The 11th Annual International Business Awards banquet at The Westin Vendôme Hotel in Paris, France on October 10. 

Winners were determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the IBAs, with a  Gold Stevie win counting for 3 points, a Silver Stevie for 2 points, and a Bronze Stevie counting for 1.5.  The winners are:

Organization of the Year: Quality, Systems, Inc. Irvine, California, USA. With 68.5 total points, Quality Systems, Inc. is the most honored organization in the 2014 IBAs.

Public Relations Agency of the Year: MWW. MWW offices around the world won a total of 42.5 points.

Marketing Agency of the Year: Weber Shandwick. Weber Shandwick offices worldwide won a total of 39.5 points.

Interactive Services Agency of the Year: Plasenta Conversation Agency, Istanbul, Turkey (31.5 points)

Top 10: After the winners of the above prizes, the following entrants earned the most award points in the 2014 IBAs:

1. MSLGROUP, worldwide (35.5)
2. CallidusCloud, Pleasanton, California, USA (32.5)
3. Akbank TAS, Istanbul, Turkey (31.5)
4. Maras Group, Adelaide, Australia (31)
5. LLORENTE Y CUENCA, Madrid, Spain (27.5)
6. Odea Bank A.S., Istanbul, Turkey (26.5)
7. Ooredoo Group, Doha, Qatar (25.5)
8. Accenture, worldwide (24.5)
9. Oxford City Football Club, Lake Worth, Florida, USA (23)
10. ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (22)

The International Business Awards feature a wide variety of categories to recognize achievement in every facet of work life, including management awards, new product awards, marketing awards, PR awards, customer service awards, website awards, and more.

For more information about The International Business Awards, including a complete list of all Stevie Award winners in the 2014 IBAs, visit www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

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 www.StevieAwards.com, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards.

Tags: customer service awards, website awards, marketing awards, International business awards, PR awards, management awards, public relations awards

Apps and Websites of Note: Our Website Awards Team's Recommendations

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Once a month in this space we highlight apps and websites that we think might help to make your workday a bit more productive or enjoyable.  Here are this month's suggestions.

Repic

Get early access to this new app that lets you see people's reactions to photos you send to them.

Dragon dictionDragon Dictation

An app that allows you to speak and instantly see the text transcription for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad™, iPhone™ or iPod touch™. FREE

eFax

The fax may become a popular tool again with this app which enables fax-sending from your iPad, iPhone or Android.  From $12.95.

SugarSync

An app that allows users to share and continuously back up files in real time, providing access to files and folders anytime, anywhere, from any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device. From $18.95.

Have a favorite app, blog, or website? Nominate it for our app awards or website awards in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Tags: app awards, website awards, stevie awards, web awards, best websites

Eleventh International Business Awards Issues Call for Entries

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

Stevie® Awards to Be Presented This Fall in Paris

The Stevie® Awards today issued the call for entries for The 11th Annual International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 50 nations and territories each year.

Stevies 2014 LogoAll individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – may submit nominations to The International Business Awards.  The entry deadline is 14 May.  Late entries will be accepted through 11 June, and results will be announced in mid-August.  Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.  

Stevie Awards will be conferred at three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Several Grand Stevie Awards also will be conferred as best-of-competition prizes.  Stevie Award trophies, made by the company that makes the Oscar and other major international awards, are among the world’s most coveted prizes. Stevie Award winners will be selected by an international judging panel of more than 200 executives.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace.  Categories include:

Because 2014 Stevie Award winners will be celebrated on Friday, 10 October at the Westin Vendôme Hotel in Paris, France, all organizations in France may submit an unlimited number of entries to the IBAs this year without having to pay the entry fees.  French organizations should use the promotion code “Paris” where indicated in the online entry process.

The 10th Annual International Business Awards were presented in October 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  Top Stevie winners last year included Accenture (USA), Best Doctors, Inc. (USA), Burson-Marsteller (Australia and the UAE), Coca-Cola Turkey (Turkey), Finansbank A.S. (Turkey), Ignacio de las Cuevas S.A. (Spain), Jack Morton Worldwide (UK and the USA), KW Digital (Sweden), LLORENTE & CUENCA (Spain), Maras Group (Australia), Nu Skin Enterprises (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Reading Room (Singapore), RTR Rete Rinnovabile (Italy), and Weber Shandwick (Hong Kong and the UK). 2013 results are summarized here.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  A sixth program, the German Stevie Awards, will debut later this year.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards

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