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Stevie Awards Partners to Create Thought Leadership Categories

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Apr 08, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

The Stevie® Awards, organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs, announced today that Thought Leadership Leverage (TLL), a consultancy that helps individual experts and organizations take their ideas to scale through thought leadership, will sponsor its awards programs.

TLL will work with the Stevie Awards team to create and promote categories related to thought leadership in its eight national and international awards programs. The first fruit of the partnership is a new category in The 18th International Business Awards® for communications or public relations campaigns that create or further the thought leadership credentials or reputation of an individual or organization. TLL will next help create a number of categories for the 18th Stevie Awards for Women in Business, which will begin accepting nominations in May.

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“We are very pleased that Thought Leadership Leverage has agreed to partner with the Stevie Awards to create new categories in our competitions as recognition of achievement in thought leadership that did not exist in any of our programs thus far,” said Maggie Gallagher, Stevie Awards president. “We think the addition of thought leadership-related categories will serve to bring attention to worthy achievements in thought leadership generation, exposition, and promotion.”

TLL CEO and founder Peter Winick thinks the partnership with the Stevies will be a win for his firm’s clients. “There is no prominent international awards program to recognize individual and team achievement in organizational thought leadership – certainly nothing of the prominence of the Stevie Awards. The Stevies will help us to bring a new level of recognition to the achievements of our clients and other organizations and individuals.”

Thought Leadership Leverage specializes in taking ideas to scale through thought leadership--creating impact and generating revenue for individuals and organizations. Over the past two decades, their clients have included New York Times best-selling business book authors, Thinkers 50 recipients, and Heads of Thought Leadership at some of the world's most respected organizations. CEO, Peter Winick, and COO, Bill Sherman, co-host the podcast "Leveraging Thought Leadership"—which has been recognized as one of the top podcasts that explores the business of thought leadership. Learn more at

Topics: International business awards

Stevie Awards Announces the Winners of the 2021 Sales Partnerships Ethics in Sales Award

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Apr 07, 2021 @ 10:51 AM

Winners of the 2021 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service were announced in March, but winners of one special category, sponsored by longtime Stevie Awards sponsor Sales Partnerships, were just announced.

The Sales Partnerships Ethics in Sales Award recognizes organizations for demonstrating the highest ethical standards in sales. Nominees submitted case studies of achievement since the beginning of 2020 illustrating how and why they exhibited ethical sales practices.

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The team at Sales Partnerships reviewed the nominations and chose the following three winners: 

GOLD STEVIE WINNER: Groove, San Francisco, CA

SILVER STEVIE WINNER: Wesley Financial, Franklin, TN

BRONZE STEVIE WINNER: One Vision Productions, Tucker, GA

Sales Partnerships, Inc., which provides turnkey, outsourced selling solutions, is a sponsor of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service program for the fifth consecutive year.

Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher is looking forward to recognizing these winners during the program’s April 14 virtual awards ceremony.EthicsInSales_Winner3 cropped

“By their sponsorship of this award, Sales Partnerships demonstrates that they are not only dedicated to improving their clients’ sales results, but also to the association of ethical sales practices with practical success industrywide.  We applaud them for their dedication to this concept, and look forward to recognizing Groove, Wesley Financial, and One Vision Productions next week.”


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Topics: Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Call for Entries Issued for the 2021 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Mar 25, 2021 @ 10:42 AM

The Stevie Awards has issued the call for entries for the sixth annual Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, which honor the world’s best companies to work for and the human resources teams, professionals, suppliers, and new products and services that help to create and drive great places to work.

All individuals and organizations worldwide - public and private, for-profit, and non-profit, large and small - may submit nominations to the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is April 28. The final entry deadline is June 2, but late entries will be accepted through July 13 with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at


An international judging panel of more than 50 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Finalists will be announced on August 19. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be revealed and presented their awards at a gala event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 1, conditions permitting.

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

There are many new categories in 2021 for HR achievements including Achievement in Managing a Remote Workforce, Achievement in Leadership Development for Racial/Ethnic Minorities, and Best Transformation Strategy. Two new categories for Solutions and Implementations include Remote Workforce Management Solution - New or New-Version and Implementation. Fourteen of the 16 HR Individual categories do not require payment of entry fees.

Winners in the 31 industry-specific Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blend of public votes and professional ratings. Public voting will take place from July 19 - August 9.

Stevie Award winners in 2020 included Aflac (USA), AstraZeneca (Russia), Cathay United Bank (Taiwan), DHL Supply Chain U.K. and Ireland, Globe Telecom Inc. (Philippines), HUGO BOSS Textile Ind. Ltd., (Turkey), IBM (USA), McDonald’s (Poland), Opet (Turkey), Toyota Turkey, Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions (USA), Wingstop Restaurants (USA), and many more.

Interested in entering the 2021 Stevie Awards for Great Employers?

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Topics: great employers

Call for Entries Issued for The 2021 International Business Awards®

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Mar 10, 2021 @ 09:59 AM

The Stevie Awards have opened entries for The 18th 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 12 May, but late entries will be accepted through 16 June with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at


Juries featuring more than 150 executives around the world will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners. Winners be announced on 12 August, and celebrated at a gala banquet in Paris, France on 23 October, conditions permitting.

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

There are many new and revised features of The International Business Awards for 2021:

  • There are no entry fees for nominations in the Company of the Year categories and other select categories.
  • The Best of the IBA awards have been revised.  Fewer Grand Stevie Award trophies will be conferred. 

Stevie Award winners in the 2020 IBAs included Deutsche Telekom Services Europe (Slovakia), Ernst & Young (USA), IBM (USA), Facebook India Online Services (India), (Australia), Ooredoo Group (Qatar), REMAP (Canada), Türkiye İş Bankası (Turkey), Thai Life Insurance (Thailand), Telecommunication Services Limited (Hong Kong), LLYC (Spain), Warner Media (USA), and many more.

Interested in entering The 2021 International Business Awards?

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Topics: marketing awards, PR awards, International Awards

Winners Announced in 2021 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Mar 10, 2021 @ 09:47 AM

Winners of the 2021 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Customer Service, a worldwide public vote, were announced today. Voting was conducted from February 1 through March 5, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in 11 industry categories. More than 44,000 votes were cast this year.

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 15th year, are the world’s top honors for customer service, contact center, business development, and sales professionals.

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More than 2,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes, in virtually every industry, in 51 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition. Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 160 professionals worldwide in nine specialized judging committees and were announced last month.

This year’s people’s choice winners, who will each receive the coveted crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award, are:

Airlines, Distribution & Transportation: Suddath
All Other Industries: MTM
Computer Services: Linode
Computer Software < 100 Employees: Timely
Computer Software > 100 Employees: Carbonite (an Opentext Company)
Financial Services < 100 Employees: Wells Fargo Merchant Services - Account Management
Financial Services > 100 Employees: PREMIER Bankcard
Healthcare & Pharma: Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Public Services & Education: OmniUpdate + Destiny Solutions
Retail: Wayfair
Telecommunications: AireSpring

Nicknamed the Stevie® from the Greek word “crowned,” Stevie Award winners will be celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony on April 14. .Tickets for the event are now on sale. More than 500 Stevie Award winners and their guests from around the world are expected to attend.

Grand Stevie Award Winners Announced in 15th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 17, 2021 @ 09:58 AM

The Stevie® Awards have announced the Grand Stevie Winners in the 15th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, recognized as the world's top customer service awards and sales awards.

Nominees in the 2021 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service were not able to apply for the Grand Stevie awards directly. Winners were determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the program, 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. 

This year’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service were announced on February 1. The winners of the Grand Stevie Awards will be recognized during the program’s virtual awards ceremony on April 14.


Winners of the 2020 Grand Stevie Awards are:

  1. DP DHL, worldwide, with 98.5 points. This is the ninth year in a row in which the multinational package delivery and supply chain management company, headquartered in Bonn, Germany, has won a Grand Stevie in the program, and the seventh year of the nine in which they placed first on the list of most honored organizations.
  2. Sales Partnerships, Inc., Broomfield, Colorado, USA (66.5 points)
  3. IBM, Armonk, New York, USA (48)
  4. ValueSelling Associates, Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA (40)
  5. Cinch Home Services, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, USA (32.5)
  6. Druva, Sunnyvale, California, USA (26)
  7. TransPerfect, New York, New York, USA (25)
  8. VXI Global Solutions, Los Angeles, California, USA (22)
  9. Support Services Group, worldwide (21)
  10. UPMC Health Plan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (20.5)

More than 2,300 nominations from organizations in 51 nations were considered in this year’s competition. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 160 professionals on nine specialized judging committees.

Topics: stevie awards for sales and customer service

Make The Most Of Virtual Events With Swapcard

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 10, 2021 @ 02:24 PM

The upcoming Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service ceremony will be 100% virtual and while you won't be able to shake hands, there's so much more you can do on the Swapcard platform!

The Stevie Awards held various virtual awards ceremonies with Swapcard in 2020, making the transition from in-person to virtual events seamless. 

Interact during the ceremony with live chat, Q&A and polls and catch everyone's comments in the discussion. Network with other attendees through 1-to-1 video calls or private messages. Swapcard's artificial intelligence will help you save time & meet the right people by suggesting new connections!


Find your tribe in the virtual community with other Stevie Award winners.

Swapcard, the leading all-in-one technology platform for virtual, hybrid and in-person events, is proud to collaborate with the Stevie Awards for present and future virtual gatherings. The future of events is looking tech-centric - according to the CEIR Global Virtual Event Trends Report from January 2021, proudly sponsored by Swapcard, only 22% of organizers plan to abandon the virtual event channel once the pandemic is over!

So it's up to you to make sure you use the virtual platform to its full potential because there is so much technology can do for you. Come and discover even more valuable opportunities in a virtual world at Swapcard's upcoming event!

You're invited to connect with over 10,000 event professionals from around the globe in a virtual community later this month - come and meet your new boss, business partner, client or friend.

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At Evolve 2.0 by Swapcard, taking place this February 23rd-25th, you'll find the most advanced networking opportunities in the industry, educational content and interactive sessions, a virtual marketplace of event tools and services, a job board to find new opportunities, and much more.

Register Now, It's Free!

Come and learn from speakers like Corbin Ball, famous events consultant, Dahlia El Gazzar, Founder of DAHLIA+Agency, David Audrain, Executive Director of SISO, Kai Hattendorf, CEO of UFI, Narisa Wild, SVP Digital of Informa Markets... and many more! Check out the speakers & event schedule here.

Nominations Open for Sales Partnerships Award for Ethics in Sales

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Feb 09, 2021 @ 12:05 PM

February 26 deadline to nominate stories of ethical sales practices

Nominations in the 2021 (15th annual) Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service have closed, but one special category sponsored by Sales Partnerships is still accepting nominations, with no entry fee.

Nominations for the Sales Partnerships Awards for Ethics in Sales will be accepted through Friday, February 26 at


This award will recognize organizations for best practices and achievements in demonstrating the highest ethical standards in the sales industry. Entrants can submit specific examples, case studies, practices, etc. that illustrates why the organization being nominated should be considered an excellent example of best practices in sales. Achievement since the beginning of 2021 may be nominated.

Sales Partnerships, Inc. provides turnkey, outsourced selling solutions. Founder and CEO Fred Kessler said, “The Stevie Award for Sales & Customer Service has grown to be the premier honor for sales professionals worldwide, and the program has proven to be an outstanding platform on which Sales Partnerships can interact with sales leaders in many industries. The Sales Partnerships Award for Ethics in Sales recognizes companies who, like us, understand that being the best performing sales force also means having an uncompromising focus on selling ethically.”

“We are pleased that longtime Stevie Awards sponsor Sales Partnership has decided to sponsor this special award. The judges are eager to review these Ethics in Sales nominations,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher.

Nominations in this category will be reviewed the week of March 1, and its winners announced March 22.

Winners in this category and all other categories in the 15th Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on April 14.

Interested in entering the Sales Partnerships Awards for Ethics in Sales category?

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

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 04:38 PM

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 February 24. Details are available at

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 17 nations in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


All individuals and organizations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - 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’d like, without cost. Instead, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will pay a “winners fee” for each successful nomination.

Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards in the competition will be announced on March 24, 2021, and celebrated during a gala event in Ras Al Khaimah at the Waldorf Astoria on May 15.

There are two new category groups for 2021. The COVID-19 Response categories will recognize the contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that have worked valiantly over the past months to keep us safe, healthy, employed, and informed. The Achievement categories will recognize singular innovative achievements in areas such as customer satisfaction, growth, international expansion, and more.

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


Winners of the 2020 edition of the awards included Al Dhafra Region Municipality, BEKO, Birevim, Boehringer Ingelheim, Çelebi Aviation Holding, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola Içecek, DHL Express, Dubai Health Authority, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC, RAK Transport Authority, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and many more.


The 2021 competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world.


Interested in entering the 2021 Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards?

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Topics: Middle East Stevie Awards

Selling Your Business? A Stevie Award Winner Helps Business Owners Streamline the Process

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 03:47 PM

In 1990, Jane Johnson launched a technology consulting business; and, like most entrepreneurs, she eventually decided to sell it.

Then came the proverbial “wake up call”: just because you want to sell your business does not mean you will. Most U.S. entrepreneurs - 85% - decide at some point to sell and only 15% can do so.

Enter Johnson, who in 2013 inaugurated Business Transition Academy (BTA), the first U.S. business dedicated to educating business owners on how to prepare themselves and their businesses to sell - at the right time, to the right buyer, for the best price and without the anxiety, poor advice and high fees that usually come with it.

JaneJohnson02-cropAs Johnson knows, the missing link is education and a strategic exit plan.

“Without a plan, success on your terms is unlikely and consequences can be pretty serious. It’s not unusual for that free time you’ve dreamed of to be replaced by a job working for someone else because you didn’t get enough for your business.”

It was Johnson’s experience selling her own company that inspired her to spend her life helping others avoid the pitfalls of exiting. In Johnson’s case, the business broker she had hired withheld information during the negotiation so that she and her partners would sell quickly for a lot less than the business was worth.

Johnson fired the broker; the sale was ultimately successful; and Johnson’s passion to help owners avoid this and many other pitfalls was ignited.

Enter BTA, which stands alone in taking a “holistic” approach to a business sale at a time when the norm is for owners to hire multiple experts – a broker, wealth manager, attorney and/or CPA - each of whom handles one aspect of it. All BTA exit plans are multi-faceted; and if you are working one-on-one with Johnson, there’s a quarterback to execute the plan for you. If you need an expert, Johnson will tell you and if necessary, recommend the best one(s).

And while the norm is often to get a fast commission, Johnson takes the time to recommend whatever you need. Many times – and especially during COVID-19 – owners need to rebuild their businesses before they can sell on their terms and timeline. Johnson is there for you throughout the process, even if that means five years from start to closing your deal.

As for that future filled with free time, Johnson knows that your life choices are a critical and possibly the most important part of your exit planning. For that reason, every BTA client begins by answering questions related to their exit goals. If you choose to retire, do you know what you want to do next? “Without answering this fundamental question,” emphasizes Johnson, “you can easily wind up with seller’s remorse.”

And, if you are in a family-based business, Johnson will ask you this to prevent serious “damage” that may take place down the road: do you know how to split the assets between adult children who are in the business and those who are not so as to avoid the “sibling strife” that often results, and can sometimes linger for generations? Johnson does.

BTA has a 100% completion rate. Every client can construct a strategic plan that results in a sale – to either insiders or an outside third party.

And at a time when many owners cannot afford to pay the usual $20,000 or more in advisory fees an exit can cost, Johnson had the foresight (right before COVID) to launch the country’s first digital platform aimed at giving owners everything they need – an “exit education” and the templates - to construct a strategic exit plan.

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The first level of membership – 100% free-of-charge - helps you, in six steps, understand everything you need to do to exit; the next gives you what you need to put together your own exit plan. As Johnson says, “I care about owners – especially now when opportunistic buyers are ‘dialing for dollars’ in search of businesses to acquire for pennies-on-the-dollar.” During COVID, sign-ups for the free level soared.

As 2021 dawned, Johnson added another crucial program to the digital platform: an interactive “Expert” level that gives small groups of owners everything they need to plan and execute their individual strategic exit plans under the watchful eyes of Johnson and BTA transition mentors who have successfully gone through the process themselves - to advise and answer questions.

This new CEO peer-group offering features live webinars three times/month with Johnson centerstage teaching best practices, answering owners’ questions and interviewing innovative entrepreneurs who have successfully sold their businesses to insiders as well as to external third parties.

You may be wondering – as Johnson admittedly does every day - how is it possible in 2021 that the entrepreneurs who make up this country’s innovative business landscape know so much about business and so little about the one thing they will all seek to do one day – Exit?

With Johnson at the helm, those days are on their way to fading away.

For more information on exit planning and BTA’s educational memberships, please visit BusinessTransitionAcademy.comVisit the home page for a free copy of Johnson’s Book “Cashing Out of Your Business” and upcoming live webinars showcasing the six steps to exiting well and achieving your goals.

Jane Johnson won a Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services in the 2020 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

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Topics: stevie awards for women in business, Women in Business, selling your business