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Entry Deadline Extension Announced for the 2023 Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 03:13 PM

The region’s only awards to recognize innovation in all its forms through the workplace in 18 Countries is now Accepting Entries through January 17.

By popular demand, the Stevie Awards have announced a general entry deadline extension for Middle East & North Africa Stevie ® Awards sponsored by RAK Chamber, UAE. Entries will now be accepted through January 17. (The original final deadline was November 9.) Details are available at http://MENA.StevieAwards.com.

The Middle East Stevie & North Africa Awards are the region’s only awards to recognize innovation in all its forms through the workplace. The awards are open to all organizations in 18 nations in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran (newly eligible for 2023), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE & Yemen.

Extension PostAll individuals & organizations may submit any number of nominations to any number of the categories.

There are no entry fees in this awards program. Organizations may submit as many nominations as they would like, without cost. Instead, Gold, Silver, & Bronze Stevie Award winners will pay a “winners fee” for each successful nomination.

Winners of the Gold, Silver, & Bronze Stevie Awards in the competition will be announced on Jan 25, 2023, & celebrated during a gala event in RAK, UAE on March 18.

The 2023 competition features new categories. The Thought Leadership categories will recognize innovation in thought leadership strategy, development, & executive. Innovative Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility & Innovative Achievement in Diversity & Inclusion have been added to the Achievement categories.

Nominations citing innovative achievements will be accepted & judged in both Arabic & English in more than 100 categories across the following category groups:

Winners of the 2022 edition of the awards included Bahrain Tender Board, DHL Worldwide Express LLC, Emirates Health Services, Eon Dental Jordan, Hilton Supply Management Cairo, HOPE Consortium Abu Dhabi, Inkript Beirut, Omantel, Ooredoo Algeria & Qatar, VakifBank Turkey & Zakat Customs Authority Saudi Arabia and many more.

The 2023 competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world.

 

Interested in submitting nominations before the January 17 final deadline?

 

REQUEST THE ENTRY KIT

Topics: Middle East Stevie Awards

Winners in the 19th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Nov 14, 2022 @ 03:51 PM

Shining a spotlight on women executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations run by women, winners in the 2022 Stevie® Awards for Women in Business were announced on Friday, November 11.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition produced by the creators of the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®. The Stevie is widely considered to be the world’s premier business award.

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With nominated professional women and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced during a gala event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2022 competition attracted nominations from 27 nations.

The presentations were broadcast live via Livestream.

More than 1,500 nominations from organizations and individuals around the world were submitted to the awards this year for consideration in categories including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, and Startup of the Year, among others. More than 200 business professionals working in seven specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Grand Stevie Award trophies were presented to five organizations that submitted the best body of entries to the competition, in their own names or in the names of one or more clients. Winners were determined by the number of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards won in the competition. The Grand Stevie Award winners are:

  • The Audacious Agency, Coombabah, QLD, Australia (#1)
  • IBM, Armonk, NY, U.S.A. (#2)
  • Megaphone, Melbourne, Australia (#3)
  • Melissa Sones Consulting, New York, NY U.S.A. (#4)
  • Global Press Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. (#5)

The 2022 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners reflect a diverse group of large and small organizations from around the globe. Notable Gold Stevie Award winners in this year’s competition include:

  • Sandrine Pons, Regional Vice President, Head of Solutions Sales & Innovation, SAP, Paris, France, for Women Helping Women – Business
  • Ann Kaplan, Las Vegas, NV U.S.A, for Woman of the Year - Accounting and Finance
  • Susan McLaughlin, Senior Innovative Media and Creative Operations Manager, Vanguard, Malvern, PA U.S.A, for Woman of the Year - Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
  • Fatima Sultan Al-Kuwari, Group Chief Human Resources Officer), Ooredoo, Qatar, for Female Executive of the Year – Business Products –More Than 2,500 Employees
  • Shama Hyder, CEO and Founder, Zen Media, Plano, TX U.S.A., for Most Innovative Woman of the Year - Social Media
  • Stephanie Wernick Barker, President, Mondo, New York, NY U.S.A, for Female Thought Leader of the Year - Business Services
  • Gehad Hamdy, Founder, Speak Up, Giza, Egypt, for Social Change Maker of the Year - Gender
  • Michelle John, Founding Director, PEGS, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom, for Woman of the Year - Government or Non-Profit
  • Kelley Higney, Founder & CEO, Bug Bite Thing, Port Lucie, FL U.S.A, for Best Female Entrepreneur – Consumer Products –11 to 2,500 Employees
  • Allison Grafton, President and Founder, Rockwood Custom Homes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for Best Female Entrepreneur in Canada

Organizations that won more than one Gold Stevie Award include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Babylist, Brandless, Bug Bite Thing, Caroline Kennedy Group, Everise, Flock DC, Global Press Institute, Halkbank, Harman International, LickYourPhone Media, Luma Brighter Learning, Megaphone, Primrose Schools, Rockwood Custom Homes, Rubi Laboratories, Sidus Space, and The Tambellini Group.

HCLTech, the global technology company delivering industry-leading capabilities centered around digital, engineering and cloud, powered by a broad portfolio of technology services and products, sponsored awards in four categories called HCLTech Women in Technology Awards. Among notable Stevie winners in those categories are:

  • Monica Williams, Senior Vice President - Digital Products and Content Distribution, NBCUniversal, for New Normal Digital Transformer
  • Karen Oerter, Director of Information Technology, Land O’Lakes, for New Normal Digital Transformer
  • Abby Knowles, Vice President Global Technology Solutions, Verizon, for Leading Through Uncertainty
  • Susan Doniz, CIO & SVP of Information Technology & Data Analytics, The Boeing Company, for Leading Through Uncertainty
  • Tia Ballard, Head of Cloud and Automation, Sempra, for Leadership in Next Gen Technology
  • Constance Metcalfe, Associate Vice President – Enterprise Infrastructure Transformation, Canadian Tire Corporation, for Excellence in Transforming Business

For a complete list of Stevie Award winners and more information, visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

The Stevie Awards staged the fifth edition of its Women|Future Conference virtually on November 8-10 in conjunction with the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. More than 250 women shared three days of programming highlighted by a keynote presentation by Rashmi Verma, head of D&I at Hugo Boss.

Entries for the 2023 (20th) edition of the awards will open in May. The 2023 awards ceremony will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York, NY USA in November.

Topics: stevie awards for women in business

The 2022 International Business Awards® Ceremony Recap

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Oct 19, 2022 @ 04:21 PM

More than 280 Stevie® Award winners and their guests attended The 19th annual International Business Awards® gala in London, England on Saturday, October 15 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel. For those unable to attend, the ceremony was livestreamed to more than 2,000 viewers. 

52433380470_e32fd30a54_kYou can still watch the full ceremony and view/download photos from the event online.

High-achieving organizations and professionals from 67 nations were named as Stevie Award winners this year from a pool of more than 3,700 applicants.
A complete list of all 2022 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners by category is available at StevieAwards.com/IBA.

What You Missed
To kick-off festivities, gala attendees first enjoyed a formal reception at the hotel to network and forge new business relationships with other Stevie-winning professionals and leaders. Professionals from more than 27 nations around the world were able to join us this year.

Following the reception, dinner was served in the main ballroom for attendees and their guests. World-renowned emcee Simon Relph began the ceremony at 7:00 pm GMT +1 and kept the evening lighthearted and fun as we honored the 2022 winners. 

As each individual or organization received their award, guests learned about the winners’ professional, and often personal, journeys during their acceptance remarks.

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Stevie-winner ASCIRA Global was one of the first companies to go on stage to accept their Stevie awards. Dr. John Sachtouras, Founder and CEO of online education and direct marketing platform ASCIRA, won the Gold Stevie Award for Chairman of the Year. 

Belynda Lee, Chief Operating Officer of ASCIRA, won a Silver Stevie Award for Woman of the Year. ASCIRA is a subscription-based company that offers personal development programs through a variety of online digital products. It aims to create a global, social lifestyle community and provide users the most diversified knowledge available.

Another winner, Empire Eagle Food Company, is the leading bubble tea manufacturer and supplier in Taiwan, exporting bubble tea materials to over 50 countries. Empire Eagle won a Gold Stevie Award for Company of the Year in Food & Beverage, and a Gold Stevie Award in Business-to-Business Products. They also won the People’s Choice Stevie Award for Favorite Companies - Food and Beverage.

Screen Shot 2022-10-19 at 2.30.00 PMMindy Jen of Empire Eagle Food Company in Taiwan surprised the crowd when she came back to the stage for a second time to accept the Stevie Award for her second company, BOBA ChiC! BOBA ChiC is a newer global distributor of innovative tea and milk powder drinks, using tea leaves grown on their own farm in the high mountains of Central Taiwan. It won the Bronze Stevie Award in Business-to-Business Products.

The youngest Stevie-winning professionals in attendance were from the Young Hospitality Summit in Switzerland. The Young Hospitality Summit was founded in 2010 by five students who shared the vision of fostering innovation in the industry through insightful discussions between thought leaders and hospitality students. Today, The Young Hospitality Summit has become the largest student-run summit in the world. Young Hospitality Summit won the Bronze Stevie Award for Conferences & Meetings in the Summit category.

Screen Shot 2022-10-19 at 2.30.09 PMAlso in attendance at the gala in London was a representative from DHL Express Mexico. DHL Express is the leading international courier service that specializes in providing comprehensive door-to-door logistics. DHL is a long time Stevie Award-winner, submitting nominations from many of their offices around the globe. DHL Express Mexico also accepted Stevie Awards on behalf of DHL Caribbean. DHL Express Switzerland was also in attendance.

DHL Express Mexico won two Silver and four Bronze Stevie Awards in categories including Support Team of the Year and Customer Service Department of the Year. 
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Cecilia Ortega, Quality Assurance & Customer Experience Professional at DHL Express Mexico won a Silver Stevie Award for Woman of the Year. Luis Saturno Chiu, Vice President, Customer Experience, won a Bronze Stevie for Executive of the Year in Transportation.

Grand Stevie Winners and Closing
Nominees in the 2022 IBAs were not able to apply for Grand Stevie Awards directly. 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 three points, a Silver Stevie win for two points, and a Bronze Stevie win for 1.5 points, as well as having the highest average score in selected categories.

Two Grand Stevie Award winners were in attendance the night of the gala: Halkbank of Turkey and LLYC of Spain.
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Halkbank won eight Gold, 11 Silver, and 13 
Bronze Stevie Awards, resulting in the Grand StevieAward for Organization of the Year. Pioneering the evolution of the Turkish banking sector for 84 years, Halkbank develops products and services in finance with an expertise in small and medium enterprises.

LLYC won eight Gold, seven Silver, and five Bronze Stevie Awards in categories including Company of the Year in Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations, Communications or PR Campaign of the Year, and Public Relations Agency of the Year. These wins resulted in the Grand Stevie Award for Most Honored Public Relations Agency for the fourth consecutive year.

Screen Shot 2022-10-19 at 3.31.37 PMLLYC is a global communications and public affairs consulting firm that helps clients make strategic decisions within the disruptive and uncertain context in which we live, while taking into account their reputational impact. 

The last presentation of the evening concluded at 9:30 pm. Stevie-award organizers arranged for winners’ trophies and medals to be boxed up for transport. 

Most attendees ventured out to take advantage of London’s many attractions, continuing to celebrate their business accomplishments and form new alliances with fellow attendees.

Acceptance speeches and interview clips will be available on the Stevie Awards Youtube channel next week. 

Watch the full ceremony here. 
View and download photos from the event here.

Topics: International business awards

Stevie-Winning Next Generation eSigning Platform

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Oct 05, 2022 @ 10:34 PM

Stevie-winner Annature has exploded onto the world stage with its next-generation eSigning platform. Gone is the single-use digital signing solution – in its place is a platform transforming the future for eSigning, Know Your Customer/Anti Money Laundering, global ID Verification and Payments.

Annature is headed by Amreeta Abbott, an award-winning entrepreneur behind the development of the ground-breaking cloud-based document suite for accountants, NowInfinity. Amreeta completed a successful sale of NowInfinity for $25 million in 2020. 

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As the first lines of code were being written in early 2020, she set Annature on a mission to transform the traditional and insecure electronic signature offering she predicted wouldn't last in a digital business world.

Today Annature has achieved ISO 27001 certification as a technology company that operates an integrated digital signature, identity verification and payment platform facilitating global transactions with organizations of all sizes.

Built on blockchain technology, heavily featured and noted for an exceptional low-friction experience. And as a business principle, considerably more value-centric compared to overseas providers.

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eSigning accelerated during Covid lockdowns when it became physically impossible to get people into offices to put pen to paper. Business was transformed forever. In just months global organizations accelerated the digitisation of their customer and supply chain interactions and their internal operations by what management consultants McKinsey estimated was three to four years. Annature had already positioned itself to respond to that with agility and strength.

The company formally launched in August 2020. From the start, integrating with any major existing digital document system and incorporating a global ID, payment, billing and invoicing verification powered by global giant Stripe into its workflow solutions.

Annature planned the development timeline accurately knowing that Stripe's powerful ID and Payment API's were easy to embed into the Annature e-signing process as an integral part of the user flow. Enabling Annature to provide the holistic contract execution experience required by many fintech, insurance and other companies.

Annature delivers a cryptographically verifiable database and audit trail for all digital signatures. Establishing a tamper-proof digital certificate for critical compliance information. Laying the basis for any client to embed Stripe into their payment, collection and ID verification solutions.

Milestones

  • Process 5,000 Australian Government JobKeeper applications to keep people employed on one night in March - as proof of use and scalability 
  • Joined the Xero connected app marketplace
  • Annature replaced global competitor, DocuSign for the Real Estate Institute of Victoria 
  • Core eSigning Partner with FYIdocs for Xero accounting firms
  • Signed fastest-growing legal firm in Asia Pacific, LegalVision, Illumin8; partnership with APS Reckon, and more.

2020 was a massive build year. Client integrations of the customized platform performed seamlessly by an Australian-based team determined to ensure there were no technical surprises.

Qantas Business Rewards Exclusive Partnership

Annature is the only Australian eSigning company chosen to partner with iconic aviation brand, Qantas Airlines and showcased in the global airline's Back to Business campaign for COVID-impacted Australian businesses. Annature's eligible clients now earn Business Points on every document they eSign.

Commitment to eSigning for the Future

The focus will be on secure acceptance and signing documents online, exploring the ability to take payments and incorporate bio-metrics.

With the accelerating shift towards digital onboarding forecasters estimate the global market for Identity Verification will grow by more than 20 per cent in five years, with four billion digital identity verification checks conducted annually. 

Annature provides the highest level of security assurance with its ISO 27001 certification - the world’s highest level of information security management. Our digital signature technology is compliant with all major eSign laws and regulations including the ETA 1999, ESIGN ACT 2000, EUTA, GDPR Compliance and eIDAS.

Annature's Accomplishments Since Submitting their Stevie-Winning Nomination

Since winning their Stevie Award, Amreeta Abbott has not eased up in her tireless pursuit of methods to solve the business frustrations that dominated her early life as an accountant. 

Now the Australian Federal and key State governments have recognized the technological innovation and ease of customer use that has been the hallmark of her work for several decades.
 
Having designed a secure-for-the-digital age product and achieving ISO 27001 certification in Australia, Annature has recently completed the audit process required to maintain that accreditation for its secure data management.
 
Amreeta has been leading the company into surpassing all expectation with its offering of verified ID and payments capacity using Stripe ID and Stripe Payments technology – customer usage of the Stripe Payment technology on its platform has grown 6 times.
 
Because of its ability to help clients meet government regulatory mandates for digital signing and ID verification, Annature has expanded its customer base with firms in the legal industry, and mortgage and lending platforms in real estate.
 
One recent new partner is the Auckland, New Zealand company Margin Gains, disappointed with an overseas provider’s incapacity to migrate thousands of clients to meet regulatory and privacy demands and delighted with Annature’s ability to achieve the task within weeks, with no technological hitches.
 
Amreeta has marked a jump in revenue from the forecast 300% to 500%, 10 times growth in customers paying by Stripe Payments, and an astonishing four times growth in the first quarter alone in envelopes signed with Annature.
 
The future looks very bright indeed.
 
Since the submission Annature’s outstanding capacity to deliver has been met by soaring interest from both Government and the business community.
 
The Annature platform has now been implemented by Australian Federal and State Governments secured new cloud-first customers in the legal industry and expanded its footprint with several national real-estate brands onboarding Annature for eSigning.
 
Annature is now the sole provider of verified ID and payment operations for one Australian State Government’s vast procurement tendering system. Annature has also recently completed the audit process required to maintain that accreditation for its secure data management.
Annature meets individual international country requirements for eSigning and identity verification around the world.
 
Among these new international partners is the Auckland, New Zealand based firm of Margin Gains. Margin Gains was attracted by Annature’s new ID verification product for migrating existing and new customers - and its ability to meet government KYC and AML regulatory requirements. It has also lauded Annature’s famed responsiveness to inquiries and exceptional technical performance of the platform.
 
Customer usage of Stripe Payments technology on the platform has grown 6 times. Of the businesses that trial Annature, 1 in 3 sign on for a paid subscription within the 7-day Free Trial Period, giving them a benchmarked 33% conversion rate.
 
Annature won the Gold Stevie Award for Most Innovative Startup of the Year - Business Product Industries and the Silver Stevie Award for Award for Innovative Management in Business Product & Service Industries - Up to 100 Employees in the 2022 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.
 
Interested in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards?
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Topics: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Finalists in 19th Stevie® Awards for Women in Business Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Sep 22, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Finalists were announced today in the 19th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run. 

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards® and International Business Awards®, among other business awards programs. The Stevies are widely considered to be the world’s premier honors for achievement in the workplace.

See the Full List of Finalists

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This year’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists will be revealed during an awards banquet at Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, November 11. More than 500 women and their guests from around the world are expected to attend the presentations, which will be broadcast via Livestream.

More than 1,500 nominations were submitted this year by organizations and individuals for consideration in more than 100 categories including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women-Run Workplace of the Year. Nominations were submitted by organizations in 27 nations including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Among the many extraordinary organizations and women who have been recognized as Finalists, the following stand out as those with four or more Finalist nominations:

Advancing Women in Tech (Seattle, WA USA); Autism Mates (Sydney, Australia); Brandless (Lindon, UT USA); Caroline Kennedy Group (Melbourne, Australia); Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc. (New York, NY USA); C-Strategies (Chicago, IL USA); Everise (Plantation, FL USA); Hatch Inc. (Palo Alto, CA USA); Global Press Institute (Washington DC, USA); Harman International (Stamford, CT USA); Inspiring Vacations (Melbourne, Australia); IBM (Armonk, NY USA); Megaphone (Melbourne, Australia); Tavuun Welfare Association (Lahore, Pakistan); Sweet Peanuts (Queensland, Australia); The Tambellini Group, LLC (Irvington, VA USA); and Vanguard (Malvern, PA USA).

Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 200 professionals around the world, organized in seven juries. Their scores will also determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie placements from among the Finalists, to be announced on November 11.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business event will be complemented by the fifth edition of the Women|Future Conference, to be held virtually on November 8-10. The conference is for women professionals looking to gain unique perspectives from industry leaders, build resilience, network, and prepare for change. The conference addresses the most pressing business issues of tomorrow, from trends in social media marketing and workplace DEI to the next generation of technology, overcoming adversity, and the future of work. Conference registration is just $99 ($39 for students) and is available at http://www.WomenFutureConference.com.

Topics: small business, stevie awards for women in business, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, female entrepreneurs, women entrepreneur awards, womens awards, women leadership

Winners of 2022 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Sep 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Winners were announced today in the 2022 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies, an annual feature of The International Business Awards®, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program, now in its 19th year.

The worldwide, public vote was conducted from mid-August through 16 September, with the highest number of votes deciding the People’s Choice winners in a variety of industries. More than 53,000 votes were cast. All Stevie Award winners in the Company/Organization of the Year categories in this year’s International Business Awards (IBA) were eligible to be included in the vote.

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Winners of the crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be honored during the IBAs’ awards banquet on Saturday, 15 October at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel in London, England. Tickets for the event are now on sale. The winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards - selected from more than 3,700 nominations received from organizations in more than 67 nations - will also be recognized during the ceremony.

The winners of the 2022 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are: 

  • Advertising, Marketing & PR: The Audacious Agency, Sunshine Coast, QLD Australia
  • Banking: Ziraat Participation Bank, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Business or Professional Services: Horatio, New York, NY USA
  • Computer Services: AGM Infra Solutions, Frisco, TX USA
  • Computer Software: Applause, Framingham, MA USA
  • Conglomerates: Prince Holding Group, Cambodia
  • Consumer Products: Boobie Brands, Melbourne, VIC Australia
  • Consumer Services: Jasmine Norris Photography, Lafayette, IN USA
  • Energy & Utilities: Dubai Municipality, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Food & Beverage: Empire Eagle Food Co., Ltd., Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Health Products & Services: Makers Nutrition, Hauppauge, NY USA
  • Hospitality & Leisure: Sea Horse Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach, NSW Australia
  • Manufacturing: Kurrajong Kitchen, South Windsor, NSW Australia
  • Materials, Construction, Metals, Mining: ACE Consulting Company, LLC, Nicholasville, KY USA
  • Non-Profit or Government: Connect2Connect / Megaworld Foundation, Taguig City, Philippines
  • Other Industries: Desiderate, Thirroul, NSW Australia
  • Real Estate: Filinvest Alabang, Inc., Muntinlupa, Philippines
  • Retail: CarrefourSA, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Telecommunications: Indosat Ooredoo, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Transportation: EES Shipping, Perth, WA Australia

Entries for The 20th (2023) International Business Awards will be accepted starting in February. More information is available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

Topics: International business awards, stevie awards, stevie winners, favorite companies

Call for Entries Issued for 17th Annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Sep 08, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards programs, has issued a call for entries for the 2023 (17th annual) Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Entry kits and complete details about the competition are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

Eligible nominees include departments, teams, and professionals from around the world who work in customer service, contact centers, business development, and sales. New products and services and solution providers used by those professionals are also eligible. The 2023 awards will recognize achievements since July 1, 2020.

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The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is October 12, 2022. The final entry deadline is November 9, but late entries will be accepted through January 11, 2023, with payment of a late fee. Finalists will be announced January 24, and the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony on March 3 in Las Vegas.

Request the Entry Kit

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service feature more than 150 sales awards, customer service awards, business development awards, new product awards, thought leadership, and solution provider awards categories. Entrants may submit any number of nominations to any number of categories, which include:

  •         Sales Individual categories such as Senior Sales Executive of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year
  •         Sales Team categories like Global Sales Team of the Year and Online Sales Team of the Year
  •         Sales Achievement categories such as Sales Turnaround of the Year and Sales Training or Coaching Program of the Year
  •         Sales Distinction categories in 14 industry groupings
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Individual categories such as Front-Line Customer Service Professional of the Year and Customer Service Leader of the Year
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Team categories like Contact Center of the Year and Back Office Customer Service Team of the Year
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Achievement categories such as e-Commerce Customer Service Award and Award for Innovation in Customer Service
  •         Customer Service Department categories in 12 industry groupings
  •      Customer Service Success categories in five industry groupings
  •         New Product and Service categories like Best New Business Intelligence Solution and Best New Marketing Solution
  •         Solution Provider categories such as Sales Consulting Practice of the Year and Incentive, Rewards, or Recognition Provider of the Year
  •      Business Development categories such as Business Development Professional of the Year and Business Development Achievement of the Year - Hospitality & Leisure
  • Thought Leadership categories such as Best Use of Thought Leadership in Sales, Best Use of Thought Leadership in Business Development, and Best Use of Thought Leadership in Customer Service

There are many new categories for 2023 including Achievement in the Use of Data & Analytics in Sales, Achievement in the Digital Transformation of Sales Operations, Achievement in Sales Documentation, Achievement in Value-based Selling Techniques, Achievement in Customer Experience, Achievement in Customer Service Automation, and Achievement in the Use of Data & Analytics in Customer Service. Explore all the categories here.

2023 will see the return of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service, a popular feature of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in which the public may vote for their favorite providers of customer service, from among all finalist nominations in the Customer Service Department of the Year categories.

Winners of the 2022 edition of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service included ADP Retirement Services, Best Buy Canada, Care.com, Cvent Inc., DHL Express, GoDaddy, HP Inc., IBM, Intuit, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Michael Kors, Microsoft Corporation, Nasdaq Governance Solutions, Nutrisystem, PushPay, Princess Polly, Public.com, Salary.com, SAP, ServiceNow, Sun Basket, QNB Finansbank, Vizio Inc., VMWare, Vodafone Turkey, Wolters Kluwer's ELM Solutions, and many more.

The 2023 competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world.  Those interested in participating on one of the juries may apply at https://sales.stevieawards.com/sa-judge/register.

Topics: Steve Awards for Sales and Customer Service

Grand Stevie® Award Winners Announced in The 19th International Business Awards®

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 @ 07:00 AM

The Stevie® Awards, organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs, have announced the winners of six Grand (“best in show”) Stevie Award trophies in The 2022 (19th Annual) International Business Awards®, the world’s leading business awards competition.

Nominees in the 2022 IBAs were not able to apply for Grand Stevie Awards directly. 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 three points, a Silver Stevie win for two points, and a Bronze Stevie win for 1.5 points, as well as having the highest average score in selected categories.

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This year’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners in The International Business Awards were announced on 15 August. They and the winners of the Grand Stevies announced today will be recognized during an awards gala in London, England on 15 October.

Winners of the 2022 Grand Stevie Awards are:

HIGHEST-RATED COVID-19 RESPONSE NOMINATION

With an average score from the judges of 9.0/10, the Grand Stevie goes to UNICEF Cambodia, Communications Department, Phnom Penh, for their nomination “Using Communications To Protect And Inspire Cambodian Children During COVID-19,” which also won a Gold Stevie in the category Most Valuable Non-Profit Response.  This is the first Grand Stevie Award presented to Cambodia.

HIGHEST-RATED NEW PRODUCT OR SERVICE NOMINATION OF THE YEAR

Scalefocus, of Sofia, Bulgaria won the Gold Stevie Award for Best Healthcare Technology Solution for their nomination of SoundVision, and with an average score of 9.11/10 they also win the Grand Stevie for the highest-rated new product or service nomination.  This is the first Grand Stevie won by Bulgaria.

HIGHEST-RATED NOMINATION OF THE YEAR

With a remarkable average score of 9.8/10, the highest-rated nomination in the 19th IBAs was submitted by The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kansas City, Missouri USA.  “VFW #StillServing” also won the Gold Stevie for Communications or PR Campaign of the Year - Non-Profit / Charity.

MOST HONORED PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY

LLYC, Madrid, Spain wins this honor for the fourth consecutive year with a total of 45.5 award points earned with eight Gold, seven Silver, and five Bronze Stevie wins in public relations, new product, video, and event categories for themselves and a number of their clients.  Each Gold Stevie win counts for three points, each Silver Stevie win for two points, and each Bronze Stevie win for one-and-a-half points.

MOST HONORED MARKETING AGENCY

pH7 Communications, Shanghai, China wins this honor with 20.5 award points earned with five Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze wins in marketing and PR categories on behalf of several of their clients.  This is the first Grand Stevie win for the agency.

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

With 65.5 award points earned through eight Gold, 11 Silver, and 13 Bronze Stevie wins in a variety of categories, the winner of the 2022 Grand Stevie for Organization of the Year goes to HALKBANK, Istanbul, Turkey.  HALKBANK is a leading Turkish bank.

“These six best-of-show Grand Stevie winners embody the breadth and quality of nominations we welcomed to the IBAs in 2022,” said Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards. “As organizations are moving past some of the hurdles COVID-19 brought upon the world, the judges were highly impressed with the innovation, creativity, and tact in which these Stevie winners conducted business the past two years. We look forward to celebrating Grand Stevie Awards winners at the gala in October.”

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.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award placements in the 2022 IBAs were determined by the average scores of more than 300 professionals worldwide in the three-month judging process. Winners were selected from more than 3,700 nominations submitted by organizations in 67 nations.

The nomination process for the 2023 IBAs will open in February. For more information about The International Business Awards, including a complete list of all Stevie Award winners in the 2022 competition, visit www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

Grand Stevie Award Winners Announced in 2022 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Aug 18, 2022 @ 09:30 AM

IBM Corporation and Skai CEO & Co-Founder Yoav Izhar-Prato Named Top Winners

The Stevie® Awards have announced today the winners of two Grand Stevie Awards in the seventh annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers.

With 56.5 award points, earned through Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie-winning nominations submitted by units in the USA and several other nations, IBM Corporation, headquartered in Armonk, NY USA, earns the Grand Stevie Award for Organization of the Year in the seventh annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers.

Joanne Wright, Vice President Enterprise Operations & Services, IBM shared "This recognition, the Grand Stevie Award for Organization of the Year, confirms IBM’s success navigating the incredible challenges faced by organizations and employees everywhere over the past few years. IBMers are proud to earn this prestigious award, which recognizes the hard work of our professionals worldwide. Thank you!"

A second Grand Stevie Award, for the Highest-Rated Nomination of the Year, goes to Yoav Izhar-Prato, CEO & Co-Founder of Skai, in Tel Aviv, Israel, who won the Gold Stevie for People-Focused CEO of the Year. His nomination received the highest average rating from the judges in the entire competition with an average score of 9.67/10.

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The Stevie Awards for Great Employers are an international competition that recognizes the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.  The Stevie Awards are the organizers of this and seven other national and international business awards programs, including The American Business Awards® and The International Business Awards®.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in the Stevie Awards for Great Employers were announced on August 8. More than 950 nominations from organizations in 26 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 professionals worldwide, acting as judges.

All winners will be celebrated during an awards ceremony on September 17 in Las Vegas.

The Grand Stevie Award for Organization of the Year is determined by a points system in which each Gold Stevie win earns three points, each Silver Stevie win two points, and each Bronze Stevie win one-and-a-half points. IBM’s 56.5 points is top among all participants in this year’s competition.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  •    Employer of the Year
  •    HR Achievements
  •    HR Individual Awards
  •    HR Team Categories
  •    Solution Provider Awards
  •    COVID-19 Response
  •    Thought Leadership
  •    More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

Entries for the 2022 edition of the Stevie Awards for Great Employers will open in March.

Topics: great employers

Stevie® Awards Announce Winners in 19th Annual International Business Awards® from Across the Globe

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Aug 15, 2022 @ 10:16 AM

High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®, the world's only international, all-encompassing business awards program.

Winners were selected from more than 3,700 nominations submitted by organizations in 67 nations.

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See the Full List of Stevie Winners

More than 300 executives worldwide participated on 11 juries to determine the Stevie winners.

The top winner of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards is HALKBANK of Istanbul, Turkey with 32. Other winners of multiple Stevie Awards include IBM Corporation (21), LLYC (20), Deutsche Post DHL (19), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (17), Viettel Group (17), OPET (15), Telkom Indonesia (13), ZER (13), Ayala Land Inc. (12), Ooredoo (12), Globe Telecom (10), PJ Lhuillier, Inc (PJLI) (10), Enerjisa Enerji (9), Wolters Kluwer (9), Strategic Public Relations Group (8), pH7 Communications (8), Tata Consultancy Services Inc. (8), Adfactors PR (8), Jeunesse Global (7), Bank of Montreal, (6), Canadian Tire Corporation (6), HeyMo The Experience Design Company (6), Octopus Energy (6), Sleepm Global Inc. (6), VUMI Group (6), and VNPT VinaPhone Corporation (6).

IBM, a multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, NY USA won nine Gold Stevie Awards, more than any other organization in the competition.

All organizations worldwide are eligible to compete in the IBAs, and may submit nominations in a wide range of categories for achievement in management, marketing, public relations, customer service, human resources, new products and services, technology, web sites, apps, events, and more. 

The awards will be presented during a gala event in London, England on October 15, 2022.

Topics: International business awards