Allyson Stewart-Allen Brings Cross-Cultural Marketing Expertise to Judging Committee

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 02:32 PM

British television viewers may recognize her as the one-time “Muse of Marketing” on Sky News or for her appearances on BBC’s version of The Apprentice. But countless business executives know her in a more personal light – as a trusted advisor who helps refine their marketing strategy and guide their expansion into new markets.

For the past three decades, the art of bridging cultural barriers has been Allyson Stewart-Allen’s passion. As the founder and CEO of International Marketing Partners, she’s helped more than 200 businesses leverage new opportunities in the United States and internationally.

Allyson headshot.jpgAs an American-born California native who has called the United Kingdom her home for nearly 30 years, Stewart-Allen brings first-hand experience to the international business challenges her clients face. “My goal is that, by helping people bridge cultural or organizational divides, they and their organizations are happier and more able to fulfill their purpose,” she says.

In addition to her work as a consultant, Stewart-Allen has also been active as a public speaker and as mentor for the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme. In addition, she co-wrote Working With Americans, a book designed to educate foreigners on America’s business culture.

This year, she’ll don another title – Judging Committee Chair of the Marketing Awards categories in The 2017 International Business Awards. It’s a role where she can draw on her expertise to not only select winning companies, but provide input that other entrants can draw on as the move forward.

The Stevie Awards are one of the few business competitions that are truly international, providing judges with a great opportunity to compare the achievements of businesses from a global, rather than local, perspective” she says.

An emphasis on ‘localization’

“I have always been fascinated by how businesses operate, particularly in the areas of leadership, sales and marketing,” saysStewart-Allen.

After attending the University of Southern California’s  Marshall School of Business as an undergrad in the early 1980s, she earned her MBA under the tutelage of Peter Drucker, one of the most influential business thinkers of the past half century.

She went on to work for multiple blue-chip advisory firms – PwC, PA Consulting Group and Hay Management Consultants – before establishing International Marketing Partners in 1991. There, she’s surrounded herself with a group of marketing and business development specialists who bring experience in a variety of industries.

Stewart-Allen and her team have counseled dozens of businesses, including the likes of Burberry, HSBC, NBC Universal and SAB Miller. Her firm provides market analysis as well as insights into foreign business cultures that companies can leverage to attain better returns on their marketing investment.

Allysonbbc intvw.jpg“I am a hands-on CEO, so I define what my clients require and work with the Board and their operational teams to meet the agreed objectives, which could mean running a workshop one day, talking to a CEO about the strategy for international growth, running leadership courses or undertaking market research,” she explains.

An improved understanding of overseas markets helps ensure that clients avoid a one-size-fits-all strategy that may not work in every corner of the globe. “As a result of more local approaches and effectiveness, my clients achieve increased brand loyalty, employee loyalty and stakeholder engagement,” Stewart-Allen notes.

In the age of social media, she says, the stakes are even higher when organizations step outside their comfort zone. “It can bring a company’s mistakes to the consumer’s attention within minutes and thereby detrimentally affect the company’s brand, reputation and ability to bounce back.”

Leading the panel of judges for the marketing awards is another avenue for Stewart-Allen to help companies get it right. “My goal is to help businesses operate profitably in an increasingly global environment, at a time when the future is hard to predict,” she says.

Topics: marketing awards, International business awards, Allyson Stewart-Allen, International Marketing Partners, Marketing Agency of the Year, ceo of the year, final judges, Stevie Awards Judge

Aline Stanworth to Chair Women in Business PR/Marketing Jury

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

AlineStanworth.jpgAline Stanworth, Global Communications Leader - Specialties Markets with SABIC, of Bergen op Zoom, Noord Brabant, The Netherlands, has been named the chair of the jury for the Communications, Marketing & Media categories of the 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.

The final entry deadline for the awards is September 20.  Complete details are available at

Aline Stanworth is a Gold Stevie® Award honoree for the campaign Stories of Possible from SABIC. Based in the Netherlands as Global Communications Leader Specialties Markets, she drives strategic communications to accelerate the diffusion of SABIC’s unique technologies in industries such as Mass Transportation, Healthcare, Electronics, Energy, Additive Manufacturing, and Industrial Automation. She is a Dutch and Brazilian national with a diversified International Business-to-Business experience in both private and public-listed global companies in Personal Care, Healthcare, Entertainment and Chemicals industries.

Aline holds a Master of Science in Corporate Communications from Erasmus University (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts in International Business Management from Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

Aline tells us that she is honored to have been invited to Chair.  “These Awards provide a magnificent platform to celebrate true talent. It is an immense honor to be invited to Chair such a high-caliber judging team.  I look forward to helping promote to the world the best work of female professionals in Marketing, PR and Media.”

Topics: stevie awards for women in business, awards judging, judges, Awards for Women, final judges

Judging Committee Chairs Named in The 2017 American Business Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 01:04 PM

The Stevie® Awards have announced the twelve executives who will chair the specialized judging committees for the The 2017 (15th Annual) American Business Awards, the premier business awards competition in the U.S.A.

All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.  The 2017 awards  honor achievements since the beginning of 2016  Entry details are available at The extended final entry deadline is Friday, April 7.


Here are this year's judging committee chairs.


Renee Mallonee, Director, Marketing
MONI Smart Security (formerly Monitronics), Farmers Branch, Texas, USA

17 ABA PUBS Chair.jpgRenee Mallonee has been with MONI Smart Security (formerly Monitronics) for nearly 10 years, starting as a Marketing Coordinator and working her way up to Director of Marketing. During her tenure, she has helped move the company from a B2B organization that operated primarily behind the scenes to one of the largest smart home technology and residential security providers in North America.  Under Mallonee, the company underwent a complete rebrand, shifting to a more direct-to-consumer focus with national TV, print and radio advertising campaigns, new strategic partnerships, and a fresh take on communicating with consumers. She was awarded a spot on the Security Systems News 20 Under 40 list, and is widely recognized throughout the industry as a leader in marketing, branding, and communications. Mallonee is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she studied marketing and advertising.

On being appointed Chair of the Annual Reports & Publications Judging Committee, Renee told us: “The Stevie Awards provide an excellent platform for companies to showcase their outstanding achievements. Each new year of submissions generates a new benchmark for creativity and innovation. As a past winner, MONI knows how steep the competition can be, and we look forward to seeing what this year’s applicants will deliver.”


George Gallate, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President
Merkle, Columbia, Maryland, USA

17 ABA CO Chair.jpgGeorge is Merkle’s CMO and is also responsible for global development. He has 30+ years' experience in building and leading high-performing networks and teams globally. He has worked across all media, including seven years leading the global advertising, digital, and marketing services of Intel.

George joined Merkle in July 2014 following Merkle’s acquisition of RKG where he was CEO. Prior to RKG, George spent 27 years at Havas/Euro RSCG. He was the Global Chairman, and before that Global CEO, of Havas Digital, a network he had formed and led since 1997. Under George’s leadership, Adweek ranked Euro RSCG 4D (now Havas Digital) as the largest digital network globally for five years in a row.

From 2005 through 2008, George was Havas’ Regional CEO for Asia Pacific, India, and the Middle East with responsibility for 28 offices and more than 1,800 staff. He was based in Shanghai.

George has worked in most categories and has deep tech and B-to-B experience. He's led and worked on Intel and IBM globally, as well as Dell across Asia Pacific. George also has experience in B2C, having worked on Hershey’s, Volvo, Jaguar, National Australia Bank, Novartis, JetBlue, Hyatt, Sheraton, and 1-800-Flowers.

George is an accomplished industry speaker, thought leader, and innovator. He keynoted on “Digital – Data – Integration” at the Cannes International Advertising Festival in 2001, and spoke there again in 2010. He was the Jury President of the Cannes CyberLion Jury in 2002.

On being appointed Chair of the ABA’s Company/Organization Judging Committee, George commented: “It is a privilege to be associated with the Stevie Awards. The scope and depth of the awards make them one of the best representations of leadership and innovation in American business.”


Jennifer L. Foster, President
Catalyst Media Factory, Detroit, Michigan

Jennifer Foster is the Founder and President of Catalyst Media Factory. Founded in 2016, the company specializes in media relations and social media for small and start-up retailers, restaurants, non-profits, and professional service companies.

Catalyst Media Factory team members become an integral part of its clients' day-to-day business operations. Team members learn the businesses’ nuances and then create a plan of action that suits clients’ needs and drives results.

As someone who has been involved with the Stevie Awards for some years, Jennifer told us: “The American Business Awards truly showcase the best that American business has to offer. The awards enable organizations of any size, and in almost any category, to be recognized on the national stage for their innovative and ambitious accomplishments. It’s an honor to Chair the Corporate Communications/IR/PR Awards Judging Committee and to be a part of this process.”


Natasha Chitre, Senior Client Partner
Novus Global Solutions LLC, North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Natasha Chitre is a Senior Client Partner at Novus Global Solutions, a 21st century professional services firm that was designed from the ground up to deliver onsite consulting services at a lower TCO than offshore, and with a speed and quality that is unmatched by other consulting models.

Natasha is responsible for managing a line of business for Novus that focuses on driving technology projects. She is a Black Belt six sigma professional and is passionate about customer success.


Stephen Childs, Vice President, Global Human Resources
Panasonic Automotive, Peachtree City, Georgia, USA

17 ABA HR Chair.jpgStephen Childs serves as the Vice President of Global Human Resources & Facilities for Panasonic Automotive, which is the leader in automotive OEM infotainment systems with $2.5 billion in revenue and over 6,000 employees. Stephen has more than 20 years of human resources and leadership experience and sits on the Executive Board of Panasonic Automotive. He began his career with the company in 1998 in the Talent Acquisition area and has held progressing management positions in the years since. Before joining Panasonic, Stephen was an entrepreneur in the staffing industry.

Stephen has won numerous industry awards, including the 2013 Society for Human Resources Management Atlanta Pegasus Award for Excellence in Human Resources. His team also won three 2016 American Business Awards: two Gold Stevie Awards, for HR Department of the Year and for Team of the Year; and the Bronze Stevie Award for Human Resource Executive of the Year.

Stephen is on the Executive Board of Directors of the Fayette County Chamber. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.


Greg Gomel, Founder
The Gomel Group, LLC, Plano, Texas, USA

Greg is the founder of The Gomel Group, a Veteran Owned Small Business in Plano, Texas.  Greg is both a veteran with extensive leadership successes as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, and a Senior Executive expert in the design, delivery, and continuous process improvement of cost-effective, high-performance IT organizations.


David Sonntag, President & CEO
Decibel Management, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

17 ABA LIVE Chair.jpgDavid has extensive experience creating, planning, and producing live events. David launched Decibel Management in 2007 in order to follow his passion for live events, experiential marketing, meetings, and conferences.

David manages a number of long-term clients and event properties. He has been an integral part of the National Book Festival since 2003 and for the past six years, David has served as event producer for the Festival. David was also selected as one of the producers for the 69th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony, held in Washington, DC in 2016.  This included working with the Association on numerous events including the Induction Ceremony with Justice Clarence Thomas in the Supreme Court; the Induction Celebration at the Mellon Auditorium; lunch meetings in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the Department of State; and the main awards dinner at DAR Constitution Hall. David was tapped again in 2017 for the 70th Annual Awards.  David has also been a US multi-year producer for the National Small Business Week Awards for the US Small Business Administration.

Prior to forming Decibel Management, David oversaw events as a Vice President at the public relations firm FleishmanHillard, where he gained valuable experience on message development and delivery. David has also managed a number of mobile tours, including the DoubleTree by Hilton Cookie CAREavan and Little Things tours; the Crystal Light WaterWay Challenge; Say Boo! to the Flu tour for Clorox; and the Voices of Civil Rights Tour for AARP. Other clients have included Vice President Dick Cheney, First Lady Laura Bush, Governor Chris Christie, AARP, Texas Education Agency and the Chocolate Manufacturers Association.  David’s events have won numerous awards, including six Silver Anvils and two PR Week Awards. The reporting during the Voices of Civil Rights bus tour won a Peabody Award.


Kellie Sirna, Principal & Co-Founder
Studio 11 Design, Dallas, Texas, USA

17 ABA MGT.jpgKellie Sirna is Principal of Studio 11 Design. She has spent nearly 15 years in the hospitality design industry developing her client-focused approach, and ultimately creating a firm that is talented, nimble, and energetic. Since the founding of Studio 11 Design in 2011, Kellie’s hospitality projects can be seen around the world: from Dallas, where Studio 11 is based; to the East and West Coasts of the United States; and to international markets like Haiti and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

In 2015, Kellie helmed the business development arm of Studio 11 and strategically launched two new services to differentiate her boutique firm from competitors: Brand Society, a brand identity component; and Lou Verne by Studio 11 Design, an in-house creative team specializing in art installations. These specializations now make Studio 11 Design an unparalleled one-stop-shop for design services. Boutique Design magazine featured Kellie in their May 2016 issue for developing a successful multidisciplinary design firm.

Kellie attended the University of North Texas, earning her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design and Merchandising in 2004. From there, she joined the global hospitality design firm DESIGN Duncan Miller Ullmann, where she managed design work, business development, marketing, and PR initiatives.  Kellie finds inspiration in mentorship—she is involved in NEWH, a not-for-profit organization of professional women in the hospitality industry; the Dallas Women in Business Enterprise; and Young Leaders in Hospitality. She is also a member of the Hospitality Design Magazine board and participated as a product design juror at the 2016 HD Awards. In her spare time, Kellie is involved with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.


Allen Jernigan, Founder & CEO
My Marketing Department, Inc., Seminole, Florida, USA

17 ABA MARKET.jpgIn 2007, Allen Jernigan opened the flat-fee marketing company My Marketing Department, Inc. to assist business owners who do not have the time or employees to implement their own marketing plans. In 2009, Allen opened MMDprinting, MMDtradeshow and, in 2011, MMDpromo, to complement the parent company’s clients.

After leaving college, Allen spent 8 years with professional sports teams as the Assistant General Manager of Marketing & Sales for the Mobile BayBears, Double-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the Director of Promotions & Special Events for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  Later, Allen became the Regional Director of Marketing for SunTrust Bank-Tampa Bay, overseeing 110 bank branches and 5 lines of business.  He then moved to HomeDiscovery Real Estate Services and headed their marketing and sales for Florida.  Allen is a past Chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Committee, a former Board Member of the Tampa Bay Inventors Council, and currently serves with the St Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club.  He is a member of USA Today’s Small Business Team, the Tampa Bay Media Advisory Panel, and of USA Triathlon and USA Masters Swimming, and an IRONMAN Finisher (Austria 2016).

Allen graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Communications with minors in Public Relations and English. He is married to his college sweetheart, Pepir, and they live and train for triathlon races together in and around the Tampa Bay, Florida area.

In a break from working and training, Allen told us: “As a judge for the Stevie Awards for many years, I am continually amazed by the innovative and creative ways businesses market their companies.  Most people do not see or understand how much is involved in putting together a marketing campaign, live event, online promotion or an entire marketing team.  The Stevie Awards bring the details and those behind the scenes out in front for all of us see, celebrate, and congratulate.”


Alec Stern, Co-Founder
Handy Cane LLC, Salem, Massachusetts, USA

17 ABA NP Chair.jpgAlec Stern is currently the co-founder of the recently launched Handy Cane, an award winning, patent-pending, all-in-one walking cane and reaching grabber. Concurrently, Alec is co-founder of Most Corp., which designs, manufactures, and delivers patented consumer products, precision motion products, and medical devices.

Previously, Alec was the Vice President of Strategic Innovation and Executive-in-Residence for the Small Business Innovation Program at Constant Contact. Alec is a member of Constant Contact's founding team and was one of the original three in an attic. During his tenure with the company through IPO and acquisition, he assumed a wide range of responsibilities and senior roles in strategic partnerships, channels, and business development. Alec was also responsible for the creation and development of Constant Contact’s channel partner programs and spearheaded strategic innovation, community-based entrepreneurism, and vertical industry thought leadership for the company.

Engaging with hundreds of startups and small businesses annually, Alec serves as a judge, mentor, and advisor for accelerators, schools, universities and programs such as TechStars, MassChallenge, MIT Start Smart, Lean Startup Challenge, the Stevie Awards, and the United Way Youth Venture. As an angel investor and limited partner in the G20 Venture Fund, Alec is also an investor in a number of rising companies. He has been a featured speaker for international, national, and regional small business; for startup, nonprofit, and industry conferences; and for colleges and universities. Alec is active on the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors or Executive Committees for organizations including BoardOnTrack and Nix86. He is an appointed member of the City of Boston Neighborhood Innovation District Committee, the 128 Innovation Committee, and Boston’s Small Business Advisory Council as well as a founding organizer of the CityStart Boston Civic Innovation program. Alec holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS from Syracuse University.

On being invited to Chair the New Product & Service Judging Committee, Alec commented: “Innovation is the lifeblood of companies of all sizes.  The ability to create new and improved products and services, and finding ways to better serve customers, are key to all companies' future growth and success.  Winning a Stevie Award would be the ultimate recognition for these great achievements.”


Tod Plotkin, Principal & Executive Producer
Green Buzz Agency, Alexandria, Virginia

17 ABA VIDEO Chair.jpgAfter four years shaping one of the top video departments in the entire National Basketball Association (for the Washington Wizards), Tod Plotkin started Green Buzz Agency. As Founder and Principal, he oversees video content creation for iconic advertising campaigns including the Ad Council's #1 Campaign: Love Has No Labels. Additionally, his agency created the most viewed/shared branded video on Facebook in November 2016 for Cricket Wireless and Upworthy. 

His agency's other clients include Lockheed Martin, Hilton Worldwide, Under Armour, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Marriott International, American Red Cross, Johns Hopkins University, Quaker Oats, American Diabetes Association, the World Bank, and other large institutions.

Tod Plotkin is a leading voice in digital content. He speaks monthly at national conferences on digital video strategy for organizations like PR News, Public Relations Society of America, and the American Marketing Association. Tod is a Gold Steve Award Winner (2), Emmy winner for best short format content, and Webby Honoree in the online video category.


Eric N. Shapiro, Founder & CEO
ArcTouch Mobile & Connected Experiences, San Francisco, California, USA

17 ABA WEB Chair.pngEric’s vision and entrepreneurial spirit have helped him successfully launch three startups, including ArcTouch. After working as a product manager and evangelist at Apple, he founded Zero G Software (acquired by Rovi) and later Caustic Graphics (acquired by Imagination Technologies).

A deeply knowledgeable technologist, Eric and former college roommate Adam Fingerman founded ArcTouch in 2009, shortly after the introduction of the first iPhone. Since then, the two have built a team of more than 100 product strategists, designers, and engineers. The team has served more than 150 brands and businesses–including NBC, Honeywell, Yahoo, CBS, Guess, Salesforce, and Audi–creating engaging experiences for mobile and emerging IoT platforms, from phones and tablets to chatbots, voice assistants, VR, and AR. 

Eric has an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, and a BS degree from Tufts University in engineering and computer science.

On being appointed Chair of the Websites/Apps Judging Committee, Eric told us: “We at ArcTouch are proud to be involved with the Stevie Awards, and my Committee is looking forward to honoring the most innovative companies in Websites & Apps.”

Topics: hr awards, marketing awards, American business awards, new product awards, judges, final judges

American Business Awards 2016: Live Events Awards Judging Committee

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 @ 03:35 PM

The 2016 (14th Annual) American Business Awards judging committees have been announced. There are 11 judging committees this year, each reviewing entries from respective category groups. Today we will highlight the Live Events Awards judging chair and committee.

The American Business Awards are widely considered to be the premier business awards program in the U.S.A. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.  The 2016 awards  honor achievements since the beginning of 2015.  Entry details are available at The extended final entry deadline is Tuesday, April 19.


Judging Chair:

16-ABA-EVENT-Chair-2.gifStaci Johnson, Vice President of Marketing
Roth Staffing Companies, L.P., Orange, California, USA

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.

Staci 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.


Jarie Bolander Jarie Bolander, COO
Lab Sensor Solutions, San Francisco, California, USA
Jarie is an engineering by training and an entrepreneur by nature with over 20 years of bring innovative solutions to market. He is currently the COO of Lab Sensor Solutions, a digital health company that is applying sensor technology to track clinical samples to prevent spoilage.

Marc Charles Marc Charles, Vice President, Director of Business Leadership
Momentum Worldwide, New York, New York, USA
Marc leads the team with over 10 years of agency experience working on a diverse roster of brands. He is an accomplished luxury, automotive, and multicultural marketing executive with a proven ability to drive measurable business results. His focus on innovative strategic solutions building brand equity , driving scale and maximizing ROI help move his agency and clients forward. He has held roles on account categories from Sports and Television to Financial Services and Technology.

Erin Farrell Talbot Erin Farrell Talbot, Founder & President
Farrell Talbot Consulting, New York, New York, USA
Erin Farrell Talbot has 20+ years of public relations experience with firms ranging from start-­ups to Fortune 100 companies. Having held key roles in corporate communications departments and public relations agencies, she has developed keen insights and perspectives as a communications and media relations strategist.

Katherine Goldman Katherine Goldman, SVP, Executive Creative Director
Jack Morton Worldwide, New York, New York, USA
Katherine Goldman is SVP, Executive Creative Director at Jack Morton Worldwide in New York. There she has led strategy development and creative application for major clients including Verizon, IBM, UPS, Pitney Bowes, The Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs, CA Technologies, Panasonic and Xerox.

Gerald Huesch Gerald Huesch, President & CEO
Global Leadership School, Durmersheim, Germany
Senat der Wirtschaft, CEO Global Leadership School, CEO Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stressmanagement mbH: "The business world is complicated. There are no 1 : 1 equations anymore. We need to synchronize our leadership and collaboration for any task, project or transformation - to avoid deadly double and blind work." Gerald Huesch offers this global evidence based leadership system.

Philip Larson Philip Larson, Senior Producer
inVNT, Washington, D.C., USA
Phil Larson is a Senior Producer with one of the leading brand communications agencies in the world: INVNT. Specializing in creative services, meetings & events, media & digital, and branded environments, he’s collaborated and produced experiences for a wide range of clients that include: PepsiCo, Merck, SHRM, Subway, and MetLife.

David Saef, Executive Vice President, MarketWorks & Strategy, CTSM
Global Experience Specialists (GES), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Live Event categories to be judged include:

G01. Best Brand Experience Event
G02. Best Consumer Event (e.g. auto show, boat show, health & fitness expo, etc.)
G03. Best Exhibition Display, Stand or Feature
G04. Best Tradeshow or Convention
G05. Best Association Event or Meeting
G06. Best Corporate Image Event
G07. Best New Product Introduction Event
G08. Best Internal Recognition/Motivational Event
G09. Best Public Relations Event

Topics: live event awards, American business awards, event awards, final judges

Stevie Awards for Women in Business Announce Final Judging Chairs

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 05:42 PM

The Stevie Awards are delighted to announce the  five distinguished women who will chair the final judging committees of the 2015 (12th annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business competition.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.

Finalists in this year's Stevie Awards for Women in Business will be announced on
October 7.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie placements from among the Finalists will be determined in final judging, to begin in late October.  Results will be announced at the 12th annual awards dinner in New York on November 13.  Tickets will go on sale October 7.

The five committee chair selections are based on the categories that will be judged. Final judging chairs helped to form their committees, each of which will be comprised of 10-20 other executives.  Here are this year's final judging committee chairs.


Elizabeth Schillo, Senior Vice President, Sales
Dice, New York, New York, USA

15-WIB-EXEC-ChairElizabeth Schillo serves as Senior Vice President for Dice and Clearance Jobs, leading all North American sales channels. She oversees account management, new business sales, customer-centric sales communication, sales training, new product sales, and strategic partnerships for business development to generate annual results of over $130M.

Prior to Dice, she held sales leadership roles with CareerBuilder, Ann Taylor, and McKesson Information Systems. Over the past thirteen years, Elizabeth has demonstrated her ability to lead multi-channel sales teams and to drive results. Her passion for training, leadership, and serving customers has enabled her teams to develop strong customer relationships.

Elizabeth holds an MA from Wheaton College and a BA in Communication and Psychology from Lee University.


Amber Olson Rourke, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
Nerium International, Addison, Texas, USA

Amber Olson Rourke leads a team that is responsible for all of Nerium International’s™ branding, creative services, communications, public relations, events, digital marketing, and social media. As a member of the core executive team, Amber helped set and execute the strategy that led Nerium to be the youngest company ever to earn a place on the Direct Selling News Global 100 List in 2013, as well as receiving the prestigious Bravo Growth Award from Direct Selling News for hitting $100 million in sales during its first full year of business. In 2014, Amber was recognized as a 40 Under 40 by Direct Marketing News, and has also been profiled alongside Nerium International’s other top executives in both Direct Selling News and SUCCESS from Home magazines.

15-WIB-ENTR_MARKET-ChairAmber also plays a key role in Nerium International’s culture and helps drive the company vision of “Making People Better.” She assisted in developing Nerium’s core values and leads a corporate culture committee which ensures that the core values are represented throughout the company. She launched a partnership between Nerium International™ and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, spearheading a fundraising effort that yielded over $500,000 in one year. She has also established a partnership with the Success Foundation to host teen workshops across the country. These workshops teach kids the skills needed to achieve their dreams. To date, thousands of teens have attended these free workshops.

Amber is enthusiastic about helping people achieve their dreams—especially women. A frequent keynote speaker at Nerium events, which draw audiences of 10,000 people or more, Amber encourages women to put their “calling before their comfort.” She has hosted women’s workshops and teen workshops across the country and is on the Advisory Board for Live Happy Magazine and the National Acts of Happiness campaign.


Ann Kaplan, CEO & President
iFinance Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada

Ann Kaplan is the CEO and President of iFinance Canada, the parent company to iFinance Home Improvement, Medicard, Petcard, Dentalcard, and Earlybird Pay Day Loans–a national consumer finance Company. She is also the founder of Brix Exchange, Canada’s first Real Estate Crowd Funding Portal, regulated under the Securities Acts.

15-WIB-CO-Chair-BIGGERAn award winning business woman, Ms Kaplan is the recipient of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 200 and is currently the winner of the central region for the Award of Excellence, CWEYA award and a finalist for the CWEYA Canada (November 2015); the Peak Award of Excellence in Finance, as well as nine times on the Canada’s Profit 100 list for growth and 9X placement on the Canadian W100 list; she was also recognized as one of Canada’s most inspirational women in 2007 and more recently as one of Canada’s top three Female Business Leaders. Ann has also been named in the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame 3X and was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame in 2014 and Recognized with highest honor as Rotman School of Business Top Women in Management/Entrepreneurship, 2015. Internationally, Ann is the recipient of numerous entrepreneurship awards, most recently for Woman of the Year in The 2015 International Business Awards.

Ms. Kaplan has an MBA, MSc, and a Corporate Governance Designation (ICD.d); and she is currently completing her Doctoral Thesis in finance at Henley Business School, University of Reading. Ann sits on three academic boards and committees; she is an eleven delegate with the Ontario Economic Summit; and in 2014 she was a co-chair in finance at the G-20Y summit in Geneva. Ann has hosted three televisions shows, written four books (If You Dont Laugh, Youll Cry, Best Practices, The InterNet, and Fashion Cares), and is often profiled or quoted in the media. She is the mother of eight and resides in Toronto, Canada.


María Cura, Partner and Managing Director/Barcelona Office
LLORENTE & CUENCA, Madrid, Spain 

15-WIB-PR_MEDIA-ChairMaría Cura joined LLORENTE & CUENCA in April 2010 as Managing Director of the Barcelona office, and has been a Partner in the company since 2012. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications consulting, and has a broad knowledge of managing corporate and marketing communications for leading companies in sectors such as technology, tourism, finance, and pharmaceuticals.

Before joining LL&C, María worked for USP Hospitals as Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications, going on to be made a partner and member of the Executive Committee, and where she set up the CSR Department and the Alex Foundation. Prior to that, she spent five years at communications consultancy Gené & Asociados in Barcelona, representing institutional clients such as the Regional Government of Catalonia, the Government of Andorra, and F.C. Barcelona, amongst others.

María has a law degree from the University of Barcelona.


Katrinka McCallum, Vice President of Products & Technologies Operations
Red Hat, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

15_WIB_NP_ChairKatrinka McCallum is the vice president of Products & Technologies Operations at Red Hat, a Fortune 500 company with close to $1.8 billion in revenue. Her team provides the operational backbone for Red Hat's product and technology operations, enhancing the development, commercialization, and lifecycle management of the company’s offerings. In addition to ensuring the business units are able to make data driven decisions, she is responsible for engineering operations that ensure development teams have the infrastructure & tools needed to deliver products. She is also responsible for the site management of Red Hat’s R&D facilities in Australia, China, Czech Republic, India, and Israel.

Katrinka describes her career path like a mosaic: up close it may not be clear, yet stepping back it’s a beautiful piece of art. Katrinka has led operations for publicly-traded companies where she has had a variety of responsibilities, including sales, marketing, technical support, product development, IT, HR, finance, operations, and the running of entire business units. She leverages her Wellesley and Duke education, as well as her CPA, as foundational elements for a solid footing in how to ask the types of questions that lead teams in the right direction.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business will continue to accept entries through Friday, October 2. No additional late fees will be charged, and late entries will not be penalized in any way in the judging process. Contact with any questions

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148 Rockstars of The 2012 International Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

The following professionals participated in the final judging of The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition. Final judging is now over and 2012 winners will be announced tomorrow, August 15. The 9th Annual International Business Awards will be celebrated in Seoul, South Korea at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Monday, 15 October. We thank our judges for their time, insights, and support.

Hj Abdillah Suffian Bin Abdul Rahim, Vice President, AEU, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa
Toshihisa Adachi, CEO, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Syed Ahmed, General Manager - Marketing, Nissan Middle East, Dubai, UAE
Daniel Ahn, Professor, Hansei University, Seoul, South Korea
Ali Al Ahmed, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Etisalat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Mohamed  Al Hosani, Manager Administration, Bahrain National Gas Company, Manama, Bahrain
Mohammed Alkhozai, Director, Bahrain Management Society, Manama, Bahrein
Brent Almond, Creative Director, Design Nut, LLC, Washington, DC, USA
David  Armstrong, Director, Willis Group, England UK
Hala Badri, EVP, Brand & Communication, EITC-du, Dubai, UAE
Nagabhushan  Balaji, Head Internal Control, Legal & Compliance, Dubai First, Dubai, UAE
Bill Bates, Managing Director, Bates Consultancy, London, UK
Donald Batting, Senior Design Consultant, Northeast Geography BSC | Enterprise Support Services , Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY, USA
Shaun Battleman, CEO, African Access Holdings (PtY) Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa
Monika Biedrzycka, Managing Director, Momentum Worldwide, Warszawa, Poland
Suhail Bin Tarraf, CEO, Tanfeeth, LLC, Dubai, UAE
Gabriela Bobrowska, CMPA Leader and M&A, 3M Poland, Nadarzyn, Poland
Ghassan  Boujacli, Managing Director, Memac Ogilvy & Mather W.L.L., Manama, Bahrain
Howard Boville, Managing Director, Global Financial Services, BT, London, UK
Tim Bright, Partner, OneWorld Consulting, Istanbul, Turkey
Hugh Brown, Director, Monbro, London, UK
Jean Manuel Canga Valles, Executive Group Marketing Director, ME & Africa, Beiersdorf Brands(Nivea), Hamburg, Germany
Mike Carlin, CEO, Map Group, Cleveland, UK
CM Chan, Director, Sapptech, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Colin Chapman, Partner, CC&A Consulting LLP, London, UK
Bidhan Chaudhuri, CCO, Tanfeeth, LLC, Dubai, UAE
Steve Cheshire, Asst Director, TYS Managed Services, London, UK
Jin Mu Cho, Vice President, Korea Business Communicators Association, Seoul, South Korea
Chick Ciccarelli, CEO, Chick Ciccarelli, Inc / WebWizardsª, Valley Village, CA, USA
Nadine Cino, CEO, Tyga-Box Systems,Inc, New York, NY, USA
Tore Claesson, Director, Tio Agency, New York, NY, USA
Rene Co, General Manager, Greater China External Relations, Procter and Gamble Asia, Guangzhou, China
Jean-Marc  Codsi, VP Global Customer Experience Europe, eBay Inc, London, UK
Ross Collins, Director, James Ross Consulting, London, UK
Francesco  Comi, Operations Director, Nectar Italia, Milan, Italy
Hannah Cornick, Community Plans Manager, Tesco Plc, Cheshunt, UK
Kate Darcy-Hohenthal, Founder, The Birthday Club, Manchester, CT, USA
Eslam Darwish, Head of Marketing - Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide, Dubai, UAE
Robbie Dinglasan, New Media Director, Bullet Manila, Manila, Philippines
Richard Du Toit, CFO, Self Employed, Matsapa, South Africa
Jim Ducharme, Community Manager, GetResponse Email Marketing, Toronto, Canada
Eaton  Fallows, Program Director , British Telecom, Manchester, UK
Graeme Fenwick, Head of Customer Services, SKY, Newcastle, UK
Alan Gilleo, Chief Creative Officer, leapfroginteractive, Louisville, KY, USA
David  Gilman, President, Gilman Performance Systems, Brookfield, CT, USA
Natalya Gladkikh, General Director, Advertising Research Center Grand Prix, Mosco, Russia
Malgorzata Greszta, Managing Partner, CSR Consulting, Warszawa, Poland
Kim Haley Small, General Manager, Pepsico, Purchase, NY, USA
Adel  Hamad Abul Rahman Hamad, CEO, Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill Company (GARMCO), Manama, Bahrain
Stacey Han, Senior Corporate Communications Specialist , FedEx, Seoul, South Korea
Josh Hardie, Head of UK Corporate Responsibility, Tesco Plc, Cheshunt, UK
Niena Etsuko Hino, CEO, Real Cosmopolitan, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
JongHee  Hong, Corporate Communications Director, LÕOreal Korea, Seoul, South Korea
Richard Hu, Senior Editor, China Advertising, Beijing, China
Karen Ingham, Director of Quality, Service, Virgin Media, London, UK
Toshiaki Ito, Independent Producer, Tokyo, Japan
Aleks Ivanovic, CEO & Founder, Webcom, Inc, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Faisal Janahi, Senior Manager, Independent Consultant, Riffa, Bahrain
Ineta Januyte, HR Manager, UAB Irdaiva, Vilnius, Lithuania
Monika Jasowska, Senior Head of  Brand Public Relations Department, Polpharma, Warsaw, Poland
Katarzyna Jedrzejewska, Journalist, Brief, Warszawa, Poland
Vicky Jewell, Corporate Communications, Everything Everywhere, London, UK
Sunil John, CEO, ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller, Dubai, UAE
Magdalena Juwko, Operating Director, Fundacja Amber, Warszawa, Poland
Yasuyo Kaneko, President, C'BON Cosmetics Co.,Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Joe Kay, Senior Business Transformation Consultant, London, UK
Jin Woo Keum, Professor, College of Design, Kosin University, Busan, South Korea
Steve Keum, Creative Chairman, UK-Kiss, Seoul, South Korea
Mazin  Khoury, CEO, Middle East, AMEX, Manama, Bahrain
Taka Kimura, Designer, Kimono Designer, Tokyo, Japan
Albert Kong, Chairman/CEO, Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd, North Bridge Centre, Singapore
Vikram Krishna, Head of Group Marketing, Emirates NBD, Dubai, UAE
Sunil  Kulwal, CEO & Managing Director, Aditya Birla Minerals Limited, Perth, Australia
Raje Kumar, Professor, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Young Sul Kwon, Managing Director, Office of Future Strategy Editorial Bureau, The Korea Economic Daily, Seoul, South Korea
Phil Lander, Director, Research In Motion, Slough, UK
Liesl Leary, Director of Marketing, SDL Language Technologies, Flatiron, CO, USA
Woo Hak Lee, Professor, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea
Ong Chee  Leong, Manager, Bukit Bintang Branch, Malayan Banking Berhad, Bukit Bintang, Malaysia
Kelly  Leong, Hotel Manager, Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Waldemar Leszczynski, Managing Partner, Weber Shandwick, Warszawa, Poland
David Lim, Owner/Founder, Denise Wines Group, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Anne Lochoff, Executive Director, McCann, New York, NY, USA
Monwabisi Ludonga, Executive Director, AAICT, Johannesburg, South Africa
Joanna MacLeod, VP/GM EMEA Service Delivery, American Express Global Business Travel, London, UK
Abdul Malek, Chairman, Malaysian Franchise Association, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
John Martin, Executive Director, Original Boats, Cape Town, South Africa
Andrew McClure, CMO, ME GI, Zurich Insurance, Dubai, UAE
Alain Meric, SVP, Customer Experience Management, Etisalat, Dubai, UAE
Liam Monaghan, Managing Director, Luxury Country Cottages, Geneva, Switzerland
Guillermo Montano, President, Transactel, powered by TELUS, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Keith Morris, Executive Director, L'Agulhas Links, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mateli Mpuntsha, Managing Director, Edusolutions, Johannesburg, South Africa
Daria Murawska, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Senior Specialist, Tchibo Warszawa, Warszawa, Poland
Motomasa Murayama, Professor, Tokiwa University, Tokyo, Japan
Manabu Muta, President, Japan Management Consultants Assn., Tokyo, Japan
Tamara Nall, President & CEO, The Leading Niche, New York, NY, USA
Ovais Naqvi, Senior Vice President, Abraaj Capital Limited, Dubai, UAE
Craig Nelson, Cofounder, President & CEO, iCentera, Burnsville , MN, USA
Tung Nguyen-Khac, Managing Director, Vertigo Capital Consult GmbH & nexxter interactive GmbH, Munich, Germany
Rajiv Noronha, Head-Organizational Effectiveness (BPO), Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore, India
Yasunori Okajima, Director, I.W. Technology Firm, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Makiko Omokawa, President, Platinum Marketing Management Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Richard Ong, CEO, Smart Reader, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mirella Panek-Owsianska, CEO, Responsible Business Forum, Warszawa, Poland
ChanJu Park, Marketing Director, Dupont Korea, Seoul, South Korea
Katarzyna Pawlikowska, Managing Partner, Garden of Words, Warszawa, Poland
Stefan Pertz, Group Managing Director, Launchpad Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa
Irena Pichola, Director, PwC Polska Sp. z o.o., Warszawa, Poland
Katarzyna Pilat, International Marketing Manger, InPost, Krakow, Poland
Aleksandra Piszczorowicz, Head of Marketing, Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o., Warszawa, Poland
Roger Poulin, President, Malaysia Canada Business Council, Selangor, Malaysia
Markus Pounder, Senior Consultant, F & H Public Relations, Munich, Germany
Katarzyna Radecka, SD Manager, Kompania Piwowarska SA, Poznan, Poland
Mohamed Rashed, Director of Human Resources, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain
Amanda Rogaly, CEO, Kadoro Events & Communications, Gauteng, South Africa
Gavin Rogaly, Managing Director, Develop Office Auto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Beata Rozek, Head of CSR, Tesco Poland, Krakow, Poland
Sasan Saeidi, Managing Director, FP7, Dubai, UAE
Chino Saito, CEO, MOON CAKE LIMITED, Tokyo, Japan
Sabina Salamon, Head of Communications, Deutsche Bank Group Poland, Warszawa, Poland
Ian Semple, Head of Customer Excellence, Everything Everywhere, Darlington, County Durham, UK
Gautam  Sen Gupta, Managing Director, Brand Finance Middle East, Dubai, UAE
Naoya Shimizu, President, IFNet, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Manjit Singh, Consultant, Manjit Singh Sachdev, Mohammad Radzi & Partners, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Gordon Smith, Chief Executive, The Bahrain Petroleum Company BSC (c), Sitra, Bahrain
Agata Stafiej-Bartosik, Manager, PwC Polska Sp. z o.o., Warszawa, Poland
Werner Steinoble, Managing Director, ARM, Randburg, South Africa
Gavin Storrier, Executive Director, Safezone, Johannesburg, South Africa
Leslie Stretch, President & CEO, CallidusClourd, Pleasanton, CA, USA
Julian Stubbs, Senior Lecturer, Marketing - Business School, The University of Greenwich, London, UK
Shawn Sullivan, Director of Marketing, BCBS of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Alan Tait, Managing Director, Pragma, Halfway House, South Africa
Masakazu Taniguchi, CEO, Japan Life Design Systems, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Wim Torfs, Partner, McKinsey and Company International, Dubai, UAE
Tessa  Troubridge, Managing Director, Service Desk Institute, London, UK
Akihito Tsukioka, President, Digitized Information Ltd, Tokyo, Japan
Anyck Turgeon, EVP of Talent Promotion & Board Member, CADF, Austin, TX, USA
Rieko Ueda, President, Mothernet Inc., Osaka, Japan
Marten  van Pelt, President, Y&R Korea, Seoul, South Korea
Helmut von Fircks, CEO, F & H Public Relations, Munich, Germany
Fabian von Loewenfeld, CEO, First Class & More, Dubai, UAE
Ewelina Wasilewska, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager, Tchibo Warszawa, Warszawa, Poland
Scott Weeth, VP, Account Management & Business Solutions, Transactel, powered by TELUS, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Gerard Whelan, Managing Director, Nectar Italia, Milan, Italy
Gwn Wight, Director Client Service, ServiceSource Europe Limited, Sandyford, Dublin, Ireland
Katarzyna Wilczewska, Public Affairs Manager, Kompania Piwowarska SA, Poznan, Poland
Sakae Yoshii, CEO, Aozora Securities Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

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Final Judging Committee Chairs Named for The 2012 International Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 12:29 PM

The following professionals have been named committee chairs for the final judging of The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition.

2012 IBA JudgesFinal judging is now underway and 2012 winners will be announced on August 15. The 9th Annual International Business Awards will be celebrated in Seoul, South Korea at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Monday, 15 October.

In total, more than 100 judges will participate in this year's final judging for the IBAs. Thank you to all of our judges for their participation.

We will publish the names of our committee members shortly.

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