Who's Coming to the Sales & Customer Service Awards This Friday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 @ 02:20 PM

More than 500 executives from around the world will converge on the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada later this week for the presentation of the 10th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, the world's top honors for business development, customer service, contact center, and sales professionals.   Tickets for the gala event are still on sale.  This year's Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced and celebrated.

ParisLV_Combo1.gifMore than 2,100 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition, an increase of 11% over 2015. Finalists were determined by the average scores of 115 professionals worldwide, acting as preliminary judges. Entries were considered in 59 categories for customer service and contact center achievements, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Consulting Practice of the Year; more than 50 categories for sales and business development achievements, ranging from Senior Sales Executive of the Year to Business Development Achievement of the Year; and categories to recognize new products and services and solution providers.

More than 60 members of seven specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging earlier this month.  


Here is the list of organizations that are currently scheduled to attend Friday's gala.

Access One Inc Chicago IL
Acquia Boston MA
Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose CA
Albridge an affiliate of Pershing Lawrenceville NJ
AllClear ID  Austin  TX
Alliance Laundry Systems Ripon WI
Ally Bank Detroit MI
American Express Global Business Travel  New York  NY
Amica Mutual Insurance Company Lincoln RI
AWeber - Email Marketing Chalfont PA
Beepi  Los Altos  CA
BenefitMall  Dallas  TX
BetterCloud  New York  NY
Beyond Codes Inc. Simi Valley CA
Black Knight Financial Services Data & Analytics Jacksonville FL
Blackbaud Charleston SC
Bloom Health Minneapolis MN
Box Inc. Los Altos CA
Buildium, Boston, MA
Bupa Global Miami FL
Carbonite Inc. Lewiston ME
CareerArc Burbank CA
Carew International Inc. Cincinnati OH
Cisco Systems Inc. San Jose CA
ClearSlide San Francisco CA
ClearVision Optical Company  Hauppauge  NY
Clio - Practice Management Software Vancouver BC Canada
Code42 Minneapolis MN
Concentrix  Fremont  CA
Conectys Bucharest Romania
Consolidated Edison  New York NY
Convergys Cincinnati OH
Coveo  San Mateo  CA
Cricket Wireless  Atlanta  GA
CubeSmart Malvern PA
DataCore Software Fort Lauderdale FL
Daxko  Birmingham  AL
Dell  Hyderabad  India
Delta Air Lines  Inc.  Atlanta  GA
Delta Defense  West Bend  WI
DHL Express (Canada) Ltd Brampton ON Canada
DHL Express U.S. Planation FL
DHL Global Forwarding Miami FL
Digital Risk  Maitland FL
DONAN  Louisville  KY
Donlen Fleet Leasing & Management  Northbrook  IL
Druva Inc. Sunnyvale CA
EFG Companies Irving TX
Elephant Insurance Richmond VA
EMKAY Inc Itasca IL
eMoney Advisor LLC Conshohocken PA
EXTRA Loyalty Solutions Co.  Istanbul  Turkey
ezCater Boston MA
FedEx TechConnect Memphis TN
Fidelity Investments Boston MA
FIS Jacksonville FL U.S.A
Forrest Performance Group Ft. Worth TX
FreeConferenceCall.com Long Beach CA
Frontline Technologies  Malvern  PA
G2A Rzeszow Poland
GoDaddy Scottsdale AZ
GoodData San Francisco CA
GPS Insight Scottsdale AZ
Gratis Istanbul Turkey
Grovo New York NY
GuideWell Connect  Jacksonville FL
Halyard Health Irvine CA
HCA IT&S Nashville TN
HealthEquity Draper UT
HGS  Lisle  IL
HomeServe USA Norwalk CT USA
Human Resources Development Fund  Riyadh  Saudi Arabia
IBM Armonk NY
iHeartMedia Inc. New York NY
Imparta Inc. Austin TX
Informatica Corporation Redwood City CA
Interactive Intelligence Indianapolis IN
Intronis Chelmsford MA
ISN Dallas TX
iSpeak Inc. Round Rock TX
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Logistic Support Center  Istanbul  Turkey
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Youth Assembly  Istanbul  Turkey
j2 Global Inc. Ottawa ON Canada
Janek Performance Group  Las Vegas  NV
Legacy.com Evanston IL
Lennox Industries Inc. Richardson TX
Lionbridge onDemand  Waltham  MA
Listen Up Español  Portland  ME
LiveWatch Security LLC  Evanston  IL
MarketBridge  Bethesda  MD
Marriott International Inc. Bethesda MD
Marriott Vacation Club International Orlando FL
Moody's Analytics New York NY
MTM Inc. Lake St. Louis MO
Nationwide Columbus OH
Navicure Duluth GA
Netchex Mandeville LA
Network Alliance Reston VA
NextAce  Orange  CA
Novus Global Solutions LLC
Nuance Communications  Inc.  Burlington  MA
Ofisim.com Istanbul Turkey
OmniUpdate Camarillo CA
OneSource Virtual Irving TX
OptumRx Irvine CA
Paycor  Inc.  Cincinnati  OH
Photodex Austin TX
Provident Financial Bulgaria  Sofia  Bulgaria
Pushpay Holdings Limited Redmond WA
Qorus Software Seattle WA
Revana  Tempe  AZ
Rimini Street Inc. Pleasanton CA
SalesBox Houston TX
SAVO Chicago IL
ServiceMax  Pleasanton CA
Sharegate Montreal QC Canada
SiriusDecisions  Wilton CT
Sitel Nashville TN
SmartLinx Solutions Edison NJ
Social Sentinel Inc. Burlington VT
Sofica Group  Bulgaria
SoftPro  Raleigh  NC
SomethingNew LLC Madison CT
SquareTrade San Francisco CA
Steton Salt Lake City UT
SurePayroll, Inc. Glenview IL
Synchrony Financial  Stamford  CT
Telerx King of Prussia PA
Telogis Aliso Viejo CA
The Brooks Group Greensboro NC
Thought Bubble Brisbane Australia
TouchBistro New York NY
TTNLearning  Minneapolis MN
United States Equestrian Federation  Lexington  KY
UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh PA
USHEALTH Advisors LLC Grapevine TX
ValueSelling Associates  Rancho Santa Fe CA
Varonis  New York NY
Victaulic Easton PA
Visualize  Birmingham MI
Vivint Provo UT
Vodafone Americas New York NY
Vonage Holdings Corp. Holmdel NJ
WACUL Inc. Tokyo Japan
Wayfair  Boston  MA
Wells Fargo San Francisco CA
WePay Inc  Redwood City  CA
Wheels Inc. Des Plaines IL
White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes Tarpon Springs FL
Wyndham Vacation Ownership  Orlando  FL

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Topics: customer service awards, stevie awards, sales awards, stevie awards for sales and customer service, business development awards

American Business Awards Announce Judging Committee Chairs

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

The Stevie Awards are delighted to announce the eleven distinguished professionals who will chair the judging committees of The 2016 (14th annual) American Business Awards.

The American Business Awards are the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., with categories to recognize achievement in every facet of work life, from management to marketing, human resources to new products and websites.

The eleven committee chair selections are based on the categories that will be judged. Judging chairs helped to form their committees, each of which will be comprised of 10-20 other executives. 

Winners in this year's American Business Awards will be announced on
May 2.  Judging will take place from late March through April. Winners will be celebrated at an awards banquet in New York City on June 20.  Tickets will go on sale May 2.

 Here are this year's final judging committee chairs.


Robert Frost, Vice President, Customer Care
Carbonite, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

16-ABA-CO-Chair.gifRob Frost is Vice President, Customer Care for Carbonite, a leading provider of hybrid backup (cloud and local) and recovery solutions for home users and businesses. Rob is hyper-focused on customer satisfaction and sets the highest standards for customer service. As VP of Customer Care, Rob and his award-winning, global customer care team continually strive to make sure every customer interaction is a positive experience.

Prior to joining Carbonite, Rob was Director of Client Services and Technical Support at Intronis. Rob also served as Senior Director of Support and Global Client Relations at Acronis, where he spent three years in Moscow, Russia, delivering global support in nine languages.


Jay Starkman, CEO
Engage PEO, Hollywood, Florida

I16_ABA_MGT_Chair.pngn 2011, after more than two decades marked by substantial achievement within and outside the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry, Jay set out to build a new kind of PEO where quality service would be the driving focus of everything. That PEO is Engage. Today, Engage is one of the fastest-growing companies in the country.

Before forming Engage, Jay was president and CEO of AlphaStaff, a PEO, which he grew from a small player to a top-five industry leader. Jay sold the company in 2008 to a private equity group. Prior to AlphaStaff, Jay was president and CEO of OneChem, a software application provider to the chemical industry.  He also was managing partner of his own successful law firm, which specialized, in employment and commercial law. Among his numerous leadership awards, Jay most recently received the Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in the 2015 American Business Awards, and the Gold Award for Chief Executive Officer of the Year in the 2015 Golden Bridge Awards.

Jay is a previous member of the board of directors of the Employee Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC), the accrediting body for the PEO industry; and the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO).



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

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

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

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


Jock Breitwieser, Director, Corporate Communications
TriNet, San Jose, California

Jock Breitwieser runs corporate communications at TriNet, a strategic partner to small and medium-sized businesses for HR, payroll, employee benefits, employment law compliance, and risk mitigation. He drove the company’s communications during its IPO and is responsible for TriNet’s external communications and social media strategy.

16-ABA-PR-Chair-1.gifPrior to TriNet, Jock spearheaded global public relations, customer references, and social media for Dell SonicWALL in 17 countries. He drove positioning and communications when the previously public company went private with Thoma Bravo in 2010 and during SonicWALL’s acquisition by Dell in 2012. Before that, he was global head of corporate communications and web marketing at CallidusCloud, a provider of cloud-based sales and marketing solutions. Before that, Jock worked at The Hoffman Agency, Edelman Worldwide, and
 EURO RSCG where he executed successful international PR and analyst relations programs in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, and Hong Kong for global clients in high-tech, telecommunications and financial services. He has also co-founded a network security startup, run a successful Kickstarter campaign, and served as marketing/communications advisor to startups. He has written a bestselling book on PR-practices, received numerous awards for excellence in communications, and was featured by Forrester Research for his exemplary approach to driving sales results with analyst relations.

Jock holds an M.A. in contemporary history, law, and political sciences from the University of Bochum, Germany. He also studied in Tours, France with a scholarship from the European Union. In his spare time, Jock enjoys international travel and competes in Triathlons.

Jock tells us: Every year, The Stevie Awards honor the achievements of the very best organizations in the U.S. It’s an incredible honor to chair the group of outstanding experts that make up the Judging Committee for the Corporate Communications/IR/PR categories. The committee and I will take great pride in identifying the most deserving organizations and teams. It will be a pleasure to review the creative and highly professional submissions. I cannot wait to start judging the submissions for the 2016 Stevies.”


Narasimhan Srinivasan, Vice President & Head of Human Resource

Tata Consultancy Services, Edison, New Jersey

16-ABA-HR-Chair.gifNarasimhan Srinivasan (Narsi) is the Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in North America. He has been with TCS for the last 22 years. Narsi’s career spans 27 years, and during that time, he has played multiple roles in Delivery, Business Development and Human Resources areas in the IT Industry. He has been working in Human Resources for the last 9 years. His key roles at TCS include Global Head of Learning and Development, Head of Organizational Effectiveness, HR Director– APAC, Regional Manager–Bristol, UK, and Client Partner for Standard Chartered Bank, Target, AXA, and Nedcor Relationships.

Narsi graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, with a Master ofScience (Hons.) Chemistry, and a Master of Science (Technology) Computer Science in 1985. Narsi is very much interested in sports and plays cricket and golf.


Steve Fulmer, Senior Vice President of Government Guaranteed Lending

First GREEN Bank, Orlando, Florida

16_ABA_CS_Chair.jpgSteve Fulmer is the Senior Vice President of Government Guaranteed Lending at First GREEN Bank, a “local bank with a global mission” that endeavors to do the right thing for the environment, and the company’s people, community, and shareholders. Steve oversees all Small Business Administration and US Department of Agriculture Business Lending in Florida for the bank.

Steve has over 8 years experience in banking in Central Florida. He currently serves on the executive board of the Oviedo/Winter Springs Chamber and the steering chairman for Future Leaders of CREW Orlando.  

Steve has a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a US Army veteran. 


Derek Gerry, Director, Strategic Accounts

C-4 Analytics, Saugus, Massachusetts

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

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

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



Justin Bell, CEO
Lion Agency, Miami, Florida

J16-ABA-PUB-Chair.gifustin Bell is an experienced marketing executive and brand strategist residing in Miami, Florida. Justin is CEO of Lion Agency, a multinational digital agency with offices in Buenos Aires, Miami and São Paulo. Lion Agency is an award-winning agency (earning five American Business Awards in 2015), and works with leading brands including American Express, Celebrity Cruises, Elizabeth Arden, FANIA Records, Tío Gazpacho, and the University of Miami.

Justin joined Lion Agency in 2015 when Lion Agency acquired Arc+Arrow Creative Group. Justin founded Arc+Arrow in 2013 after working his way through various senior leadership roles at Omnicom Group where he worked with brands including Best Buy, Costco, Motorola, Wal-Mart, and Samsung, as well as Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Retail, and John Lewis in Europe.

Justin is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Ashland University with degrees in marketing.


Staci Johnson, Vice President of Marketing

Roth Staffing Companies, L.P., Orange, California

Staci Johnson is the Vice President of Marketing for Roth Staffing Companies, one of the largest privately held staffing companies in the country. She heads the corporate marketing department and all its functions, including campaigns, website creation, digital marketing, email catalogs, social media, live events, virtual events, public relations, newsletters, branding … if it gets communicated, it goes through Staci’s Marketing team. 

16-ABA-EVENT-Chair-1.gifStaci was the recipient of the 2015 Gold Stevie Award for Marketing Executive of the Year. With her help, Roth Staffing Companies has been honored by Fortune as a 100 Best Workplaces for Women and 50 Best Small & Medium Workplaces, as well as Best Staffing Firms to Work For by Staffing Industry Analysts, and Best of Staffing for both Client and Talent Satisfaction by Inavero and CareerBuilder. Staci’s Marketing team has been lauded with VOICE Awards from the American Staffing Association for five consecutive years and referred to as the best Marketing department in the industry.  The team has also been recognized with B2B Marketing Awards.

Staci started her career in Television after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Television Production from San Francisco State University.  She went on to receive a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from University of California, Davis.  In addition to teaching television production and communication classes at UC Davis and Yuba Community College, her marketing career includes working in the healthcare, banking, government, and arts industries before settling in to 10 years at Roth Staffing Companies–and counting. 

Staci tells us: “I hope it’s not too clichédé to say how much of a humbling honor it is to be invited to Chair this Judging Committee for the Stevie Awards. I have such great respect and admiration for those professionals who have participated in helping select past Stevie Award winners and I am excited to join this exclusive group. The American Business Awards go above and beyond to find, select, and recognize truly exceptional companies and business leaders worthy of praise. I look forward to helping honor and congratulate this year’s recipients.”


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

16-ABA-WEB-Chair1.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.


Jody Brown, Executive Vice President, Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Congressional Relations

CACI International, Inc., Arlington, Virginia, USA

16-ABA-VIDEO-Chair.jpgJody Brown is Executive Vice President of Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Congressional Relations at CACI International Inc., a provider of information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. Jody initiates and directs the company's internal and external communications, public relations, congressional relations, marketing communications, corporate branding and strategies, philanthropy and community relations, and employee communications. She leads the coordination of strategic leadership events, provides critical direction for change management activities, and is a member of the company's Mergers & Acquisitions Executive Team. Jody provides strategic input and direction to the company's investor relations and has led or made major contributions to a wide range of projects and initiatives that have spurred and supported CACI's growth. Her contributions have been essential in enabling CACI to sharpen client focus, increase awareness of the company's solutions and capabilities, expand into new markets, enhance recruitment communications, and enhance shareholder value.

Jody is a member of the Professional Services Council (PSC) Legislative Action Network and sits on PSC's Communications Committee and Government Affairs Committee, which provides valuable information exchange on legislative, regulatory, and related policy issues; and is a member of the Women's Foreign Policy Group, which promotes women's leadership in international affairs. In community outreach activities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where CACI is headquartered, Jody is an active supporter of the American Heart Association, and Comfort for America's Uniformed Services (Cause). Within CACI, her leadership achievements have been acknowledged with numerous company awards and recognition.

Topics: video awards, American business awards, best new product, awards judging

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 http://stevieawards.com/gsa/2016-gewinner-der-german-stevie®-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 : catrin@stevieawards.com

Topics: German Stevie Awards, German Business

Winners Announced in People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Winners of the 2016 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Customer Service, a worldwide public vote, were announced today. Voting was conducted from January 21 through February 19, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in 11 industry categories.

All organizations honored in the Customer Service Department of the Year categories of this year’s Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service were eligible to be included in voting for the people’s choice awards. The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, now in their 10th year, are the world’s top honors for customer service, contact center, business development, and sales professionals.

PCSAFCSAwardImage_medium-1.jpgThis year’s people’s choice winners, who will each receive the coveted crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award, are:

  • Computer Software (<100 employees): dESCO
  • Computer Software (100+ employees): Carbonite, Inc.
  • Distribution & Transportation: DHL Express Bangladesh
  • Financial Services (<100 employees): Provident Financial Bulgaria
  • Financial Services (100+ employees): Paycor, Inc.
  • Healthcare / Pharmaceuticals: Navicure
  • Leisure & Tourism: Marriott Vacation Club International
  • Public Services & Education: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Logistic Support Center
  • Retail: Wayfair
  • Telecommunications: Vonage
  • Other Industries: CubeSmart

More than 27,000 votes were cast this year.

Nicknamed the Stevie® for the Greek word “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service awards banquet on Friday, March 4 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets for the event are now on sale. More than 500 executives from around the world are expected to attend. The presentations will be broadcast live via Livestream

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six 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, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. 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.

Sponsors of the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include ValueSelling Associates.

Topics: best customer service, customer service awards, American business awards, Customer Service

Enter The American Business Awards with No Entry Fees

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 @ 04:25 PM

Everyone likes free things. What is a trip to the dentist without the free toothbrush and floss? Costco samples? There are never enough. Free pizza in the office conference room? Everyone is there. This year The (14th Annual) American Business Awards is offering a slew of categories that do not have an entry fee. Yes, you read that right. Free entries for your chance to win a Stevie Award!

The only catch? The entry deadline is tomorrow, February 18. These are savings of up to $470. If your organization is in the U.S.A. and you're considering submitting nominations to the ABAs, now is the perfect time

.Late entries will be accepted through March 16 with the payment of a late fee. For the categories listed below with waived entry fees, the $55 late entry fee will still apply.


The awards categories with waived entry fees are as follows:

Startup of the Year (for companies that began operations since January 1 2014). 
a. Business Product Industries
b. Business Service Industries
c. Consumer Product Industries
d. Consumer Service Industries

Tech Startup of the Year (for companies that began operations since January 1 2014). 

Energy Industry Innovation of the Year: This category recognizes singular innovations in energy-related technology, production, conservation, storage or delivery, by an organization or an individual in the U.S.A., since January 1 2015. 

For the 2016 competition we have introduced a variety of free categories to recognize individuals in various fields:

Communications Professional of the Year: for non-executive communications, PR, and IR professionals. 

Technical Professional of the Year: for non-executive technical professionals including software developers, web developers, technical writers, etc. 

Marketer of the Year: recognizing non-executive marketing professionals. 

Product Developer of the Year: recognizing all non-executive product development or management professionals. 

Support Staffer of the Year: recognizing non-executive support personnel, including office managers, administrative assistants, secretaries, maintenance professionals, etc. 

Entries in all of the awards categories listed above require:

  1. An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since January 1 2015

    b. In bullet-list form (up to 150 words), a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the nominated organization's chief achievements since January 1 2015

    c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges

Remember, the first step to submitting a nomination is to review the entry kit. You can do so here.

Topics: support awards, The American Business Awards, marketing awards, American business awards, it awards

New Categories in The 2016 American Business Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 @ 04:43 PM

Hopefully you have seen the important changes made to The 2016 American Business Awards (if not you'll find them here). Every year we make slight changes and additions to allow the hardworking business people of America's accomplishments to be recognized. The American Business Awards are the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., with categories to recognize achievement in every facet of work life, from management to marketing, human resources to new products and websites.

Veteran-Small-Minority.jpgThe final entry deadline is this Thursday, February 18. Late entries will be accepted through March 16 with the payment of a late fee.


This year we have introduced a few new categories:

Minority-Owned Business of the Year

This category will recognize the achievements since January 1, 2015 of businesses in the U.S.A. that are majority owned by members of an ethnic minority.

Entry requirements:

a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since January 1 2015

b. In bullet-list form (up to 150 words), a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the nominated organization's chief achievements since January 1 2015

c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

This category will recognize the achievements since January 1, 2015 of businesses in the U.S.A. that are owned by veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Entry requirements:

a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since January 1 2015

b. In bullet-list form (up to 150 words), a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the nominated organization's chief achievements since January 1 2015

c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges

The Stevie Awards is always working to provide new awards categories to suit every aspect of the business world. If you are a Minority or Veteran Business owner, check out those two categories for your chance at the prestigious Stevie Awards.

As always, more than 250 other awards categories are offered in The American Business Awards including:

  • Management Awards
  • HR Awards
  • IT Awards
  • Marketing Awards
  • PR Awards
  • Creative Awards
  • Website Awards

…and much more. Dont forget, the entry deadline is Thursday, February 18!

Topics: American business awards

How to Enter The 2016 American Business Awards in Less Time Than Your Lunch Break

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 @ 02:03 PM

You've been busy this year. The holidays are officially over and it’s back to work. Whatever the reason, you haven’t gotten around to submitting entries to the 2016 American Business Awards. But you've gotten a reprieve. We are going to show you how to submit entries to the ABAs in 10 minutes. The entry deadline of The American Business Awards, the preeminent business awards program in the U.S.A., is this coming Thursday, February 18. Submit your entries through Thursday to avoid late fees.

ABA-logo.jpgWe know, you're still busy. Your calendar this week is still chock full. But surely you can find some time during your lunch break to prepare your submission. Because in 10 minutes you can prepare and submit an entry to the ABAs and potentially win a Stevie®, one of the most coveted trophies on the planet.

Here are a number of ways you can do that.

Repurpose Nominations From Other Awards Programs
The submission requirements for the ABAs are fairly open-ended, and there's a wide variety of categories to choose from. If you've entered any other awards programs this year, simply repurpose the nominations you wrote for those competitions for the ABAs. Most categories require only the submission of an essay of up to 650 words and a bullet-list summary of the achievements portrayed in the essay. It should be fairly easy to reconfigure your other awards nominations for the ABAs.

Repurpose Your Press Releases and White Papers
It's likely you've already done the heavy-lifting of describing your organization's achievements, your innovations, your new products and services, your marketing and PR campaigns, etc. Throughout the year you've been trumpeting your successes through press releases and white papers. Simply comb through your output over the past year and cobble together the text you've already written into a short essay. Note that the 2016 ABAs will recognize your achievements since the beginning of 2015.

Repurpose Your Press Clippings
With every ABA nomination you have the option to attach any number of press clippings, work samples, video clips, photographs, etc. to your essay, to help paint the picture for the judges. Does one or more of your press clippings feature a compelling story that can be the basis of the essay for your ABA nomination? There's no need to reinvent the wheel if it already exists and you can reuse it.

Hire a Consultant
Did you know that there are a number of consultancies that specialize in preparing and submitting awards nominations on behalf of their clients? There are quite a few in the U.S.A., and they've been remarkably successful over the years in winning Stevie Awards for their clients. Contact us if you'd like a referral to one of them who can take the process of getting entries into the ABAs off your hands this week.

Submit Media Work
Most often people think of business awards as recognizing a member of management or a member of your team. The American Business Awards has categories for a broad range of achievements including videos, apps, websites, publications, and live events. It's really easy to enter these categories. These categories generally require only a short essay of up to 125 words, describing the nominated work's purpose and results to date, and the nominated video or app, etc., itself.

Resubmit a Nomination From Another Stevie Awards Program
Did you have success with a nomination in the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, or the Stevie Awards for Women in Business? One Stevie Awards competition has nothing to do with another, and resubmitting a nomination from one program to this year's ABAs is a valid strategy followed by many organizations.

Contact Us for Help
You'll save a lot of time by letting us do some of the important work for you. We'll save you the trouble of plowing through our category lists to find the category that's right for you, for example. Contact us, by email at help@stevieawards or telephone at +1 703-547-8389. Tell us what your organization wants to be recognized for, and we'll suggest the best category for your nomination.

Whichever strategy you choose to get your ABA nominations written and submitted,  be sure to submit through February 18 to avoid late fees!

Ready to enter The 2016 American Business Awards?  Begin here:

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Topics: app awards, video awards, American business awards, publication awards

How to Showcase Your Best Work, From a German Stevie Awards Chair

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

Wolfram Winter of Sky Deutschland GmbH in Bavaria, Germany, is Chair of the Committee to judge the Public Relations Awards, Video Awards and Publication Awards categories in the 2016 (2nd annual) German Stevie Awards.

He was named Executive of the Year in the Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Public Relations categories of the 2015 German Stevie Awards; and under his leadership, Sky Deutschland won a Gold Stevie Award for Company of the Year-Media & Entertainment in the Company/Organization Awards categories of The 2015 International Business Awards.

German-Stevie-Februar-2-1.jpgThe German Stevie Awards final entry deadline is February 12. Find out more here.

The 2016 International Business Awards opened this month and is now accepting entries. Find out more about how to enter here.

Wolfram Winter is Executive Vice President of Communications, Public Affairs & Advertising Sales at Sky Deutschland GmbH, and is Managing Director of Sky Media GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sky Deutschland. Winter is a senior spokesperson for the entertainment group and is responsible for the marketing of advertising time on all Sky platforms.

The Importance of Awards Competitions

As a winner of Gold Stevie Awards in both the German Stevie Awards and the International Business Awards in 2015, we asked Wolfram what he felt made it important to participate in these competitions.

“Competitions such as the Stevie Awards are like fashion runways for agencies and businesses: you get up there and showcase your best work. Awards competitions provide an opportunity for the most creative minds in the industry to show off their best work, cases, and campaigns. Plus, they provide an excellent opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and for active networking.”

The Judging Process

As Chair of one of the 2016 Judging Committees, we asked Wolfram for his comments on the experience of judging submissions to the 2016 German Stevie Awards so far. He told us that he had been deeply impressed by the range of companies that had entered as well as the high quality of the submissions. “The effectiveness and original thinking demonstrated by some of the participants has been remarkable,” he explained. “And these are precisely the qualities essential for any successful PR or Marketing campaign.”

Judging of the German Stevie Awards opened on February 5 and will continue through February 19. If you would like to participate, complete the application here.

What To Do

We asked Wolfram what he thought constituted a successful awards submission. “First, a nomination should meet the awards criteria—that’s essential. Then, it’s important to stand out from the other nominations through creativity and originality, and if possible to give the jury that “Aha Moment”—something which only ever happens with a few, really good applications.”

What Not To Do

On the flip side, we asked Wolfram what he saw as the most common mistakes made by companies entering awards competitions. “Participants often fail simply in the basic requirements,” he observed. “For a submission to be successful it should be clearly structured with detailed responses to all the given questions. That might seem obvious, but in practice often gets overlooked.”

“Another common mistake: assuming too much. When submitting an entry that a jury is going to have to read and evaluate, remember that it is often difficult for the judge to recognize and understand what is so special about a campaign or project. A clear, brief explanation of the core information can help tremendously.”

“In conclusion: Keep it simple. And short wouldn’t hurt, either!”

Looking ahead, we asked Wolfram what he expected of the 2017 German Stevie Awards. His gnomic response: “Disruption.”

About Wolfram Winter:

Wolfram Winter is Executive Vice President Communications, Public Affairs & Advertising Sales at Sky Deutschland and Managing Director of Sky Media GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Sky Deutschland. With a degree in political science and training in journalism, he is responsible for representing the entertainment company as its senior spokesperson as well as the advertising sales business across all Sky platforms.

In 2007, he founded Premiere Star GmbH, a distribution platform for the pay-TV broadcaster, which was completely acquired by Sky Deutschland in 2009. Before that, he served as Managing Director of NBC Universal Global Networks Deutschland, where he oversaw television activities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Prior to that, he was the programming manager of DF1, a predecessor of Sky Deutschland GmbH.

Follow Wolfram Winter on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/wolframwinter

About Sky Deutschland:

With 4.5 million customers and annual revenues in the amount of approximately 1.8 billion Euros, Sky is the pay-TV market leader in Germany and Austria. The program offering at Sky includes live sport, films, series, kids’ channels, and documentaries. Sky Deutschland, with its headquarter in Unterföhring near Munich, is part of Sky plc, Europe’s leading entertainment group. More than 21.5 million customers in five countries are watching the exclusive Sky programs whenever and wherever they want (Status: 31 December 2015). For more information, go to www.sky.de

Topics: German Stevie Awards

The Stevie Awards Reveal Updated Websites

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

We are pleased to announce that the new Stevie® Awards websites are live.  The new websites make learning about each of the Stevie Awards programs much easier  – from requesting an entry kit to viewing the lists of categories. Check out the sites on your laptop or tablet today at www.StevieAwards.com.


Here's a rundown of features on the new sites:

Same Function, New Design

For those of you who have been using the Stevie Awards websites for years and don’t want to re-learn how to navigate the sites, you're in luck. Those of you who thought the old sites were hard to use are also in luck. The basic functions of the sites haven't changed, and most of the tools are similarly placed throughout each site. They were designed to be much more user friendly and easier to read. All of the most important tools for submitting nominations, contacting us, etc. are now in a pullout bar on each page of the website, so you never feel lost. This brings us to our next feature

What Do You Want to Do? Tool

screenshot-what-do-you-want-to-do.jpgWe think this is the most useful new feature for many reasons. All of the main tools you need for learning about and submitting entries to the Stevie Awards competitions are now available to you at all times, no matter which webpage you are on. On the left-hand side of the page, you will notice a collapsed menu labeled “What Do You Want To Do?” When you expand the menu the following options are always available:

  • Get The Entry Kit
  • Schedule (text message) Reminders
  • Submit Entries
  • Apply to Be A Judge
  • Purchase Tickets
  • Become a Sponsor
  • Contact Us

This menu will follow you up and down, and across, every page of a Stevie Awards site.

Logging In

Before the sites were updated, you were only able to login to your Stevie Awards account from the homepage of each Stevie Award program website. Now, at the top of each and every page you will see an account login space for both entrants and judges. *Note – the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards site was not updated in the same way as the other five sites because it is newer and offers multiple language options. It is still very user friendly.

Current and Forthcoming Award Cycle

Screenshot-calendar.jpgThe competition calendars, labeled "Current and Forthcoming Award Cycle", with entry deadlines, finalist and winner announcements, and event dates are now available in a large chart at the bottom of each Stevie Awards homepage. You are also able to keep track of important dates by scheduling text message reminders.

Text Message Reminders

You now have the option to opt-in to receive reminders about Stevie Awards entry deadlines via text message. Each Stevie Awards homepage includes a Schedule Reminders feature.

Tablets and Desktops

The Stevie Awards websites are now optimized for both tablets and desktops! This means you can request entry kits, login to your account, edit and submit your entries, sign up for text reminders, and more while on the go. Even judges will now be able to better participate while on the go!

Questions about the new Stevie Award websites? Contact us.

Topics: best website, website design, American business awards

Thirteenth International Business Awards Issues Call for Entries

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 @ 12:42 PM

Today the Stevie® Awards opened entries for The 13th Annual International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories each year.

All individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is 13 April. The final entry deadline is 11 May. Late entries will be accepted through 15 June with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

Iba-toronto-2015.jpgAn international judging panel of more than 200 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Results will be announced in mid-August. Stevie Award winners will be presented their awards at a gala banquet in Rome, Italy on 21 October.

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

A variety of new categories are introduced for the 2016 competition including Technology PR Campaign / Program of the Year, and Re-Branding / Brand Renovation of the Year. The 34 Company of the Year categories have each been split into three categories, based on company size (small, medium-size, and large).

Stevie Award winners in the 2015 IBAs included ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller (United Arab Emirates), AT&T Inc. (USA), Bacardi Limited (Bermuda), Bahrain National Gas Company (Bahrain), Bell Helicopter (USA), Calik Energy (Turkey), Coca-Cola Icecek (Turkey) DHL Express (worldwide), Epicor Software Corporation (USA), Freelancer.com (Australia), Girl Scouts of the USA, iFinance Canada, Llorente & Cuenca (Spain), M3 Communications Group (Bulgaria), Ooredoo (Qatar), PR Telekomunikasi (Indonesia), RheinBrücke IT Consulting (Germany). Ribose Inc. (Hong Kong), Roshan (Afghanistan), and WNS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (India), among others.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six 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, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. 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: marketing awards, International business awards, it awards, management awards, International Awards, international business