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.
You 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.
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.
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.
Mindy 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.
Also 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.
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.
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.
LLYC 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.