Adaptive Tech Startup Helps Disabled Drivers Gain Greater Independence

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Wed, Apr 05, 2023 @ 12:20 PM

Founders captionedFounded in 2020, Stevie-winner Adapy Inc. exclusively manufactures and distributes patented technology to allow millions of disabled Americans to remotely operate all their mobility assistance devices, such as cranes, lifts, automatic doors/ramps, etc. using their cell phone or other mobile devices.

Disabled individuals who want to drive cars face challenges not typically experienced by other drivers. While most people can get into their vehicles and start driving, those with disabilities must first spend up to 15 minutes using multiple devices and remote controls to open doors, operate lifts, and raise seats. 

This process gets repeated multiple times each day and further becomes more complicated in cases where a remote control fails to operate. As one would expect, disabled drivers generally spend more time in the heat, rain, and cold than other drivers as they wait for their vehicles to be ready to use.

How Adapy Works
Adapy™ allows the user to prepare their vehicle in advance from their mobile phone with a tap of a button from a safe distance. It comes pre-programmed for each adaptive device installed in the vehicle. The user simply plugs in the universal adapter to their existing lift device and downloads the mobile app, and pairs it with the device.

What makes Adapy stand out is its patented technology that allows disabled Americans to operate their mobility assistance devices from the safety and comfort of their homes, offices, or other sheltered locations using their smartphone or other mobile devices. This technology makes it possible for people with limited mobility to remain sheltered from dangerous weather conditions such as extreme heat, cold, or rain while preparing their vehicles for transport.

What Inspired Adapy TechnologyAdapy remote device
Adapy was founded by Aaron Werner who was inspired by military veteran and spinal cord injury survivor Andrew Evans. They determined to perfect the technology meant to help disabled individuals to experience greater freedom and independence.

Aaron has been a vanguard in enterprise technology development for over 20 years. He has developed several software applications in the video gaming industry, marketing, and financial spaces. Owing to his motivating encounter with Andrew, he was inspired to ease the lives of people with ambulatory issues by developing a framework to bring smarter technology to the existing adaptive space.

Adapy, Inc secured a relationship with Avenue Homecare, Inc to provide their Automotive Smart Hub to United States military veterans through the Veterans Assistance Program. Furthermore, this patented technology has recently received endorsement from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, ManaMed, Inc, and Marc Andrus RRT, MBA, a surveyor for the Joint Commission.

Adapy Inc. won a Gold Stevie Award for Tech Startup of the Year- Hardware/Peripherals in The 2022 International Business Awards®.

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Taiwan Representative Joins Stevie® Awards Team to Increase International Recognition of Asia-Pacific Business Leaders, Workforce

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Tue, Mar 21, 2023 @ 05:42 PM

Screen Shot 2023-03-21 at 5.39.47 PMWe are pleased to welcome a new representative to the Stevie® Awards team: Cindy Chou, Co-Founder and President of OneShot Taiwan.

OneShot is an innovative "Communication-to-Commerce" agency specializing in strategic brand campaigns. They adjust their communication strategy with real-time feedback, using digital means to lay out thousands of communication nodes, assist in the optimization of the systematic effect carousel, and find the best contact point to achieve sales.

Cindy started her career in TV media in Taiwan and Hong Kong, gaining important experience and network connections as a professional reporter and eventually as a department chief.

Prior to founding OneShot Taiwan, Cindy had launched ICL Taiwan, which then merged with world-leading, French communication group MSLGROUP of Publicis Group. Following the merge, Cindy served as the Chair of MSLGROUP Taiwan. 

Stevie Awards President Maggie Miller said:

“We are thrilled to have Cindy join the Stevie Awards team to help reach outstanding organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. With her experience and extensive network, we know she will spread the message on what winning a Stevie Award can do for brand recognition, employee happiness, and company growth. We look forward to working together on international Stevie Award competitions."

Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations, honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them. Stevie Awards representatives work across the globe to discover and help innovative companies and leaders enter the global arena and elevate their brand recognition.

We are now accepting entries for The 20th 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 nonprofit, large and small—may submit nominations. The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is 12 April. The final entry deadline is 10 May. Winners will be announced on 11 August and celebrated at a gala banquet in Rome, Italy this October.

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Call for Entries Issued for The 20th Annual International Business Awards®

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

New Awards Categories for Achievements in Sustainability

The Stevie Awards are now accepting nominations for The 20th 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 12 April. The final entry deadline is 10 May, but late entries will be accepted through 14 June with payment of a late fee. 

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Juries featuring more than 150 executives around the world will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners. Winners will be announced on 11 August and celebrated at a gala banquet in Rome, Italy this October.

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 2023:

Stevie Award winners in the 2022 IBAs included Anexa BPO (Mexico), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (UAE), DHL Express (worldwide), Filinvest Alabang Inc. (Philippines), Halkbank (Turkey), IBM (USA), LLYC (Spain), Lotte Duty Free (South Korea), MDI Ventures (Indonesia), Megaphone (Australia), MetLife China, Octopus Energy (UK), Ooredoo (Singapore), Sleepm Global Inc. (Canada), Unicef Cambodia, Viettel Group (Vietnam), Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., and many more.

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Gold Stevie-Winning eCommerce Entrepreneur Started Career by Running Errands, Now Leverages Fintech, Blockchain for International Clients

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 01:34 PM

cf4c778e-ce11-44aa-a81b-c05e7de622f7-photos_upload-Anh-Son-2Stevie-winner Thai Son Nguyen is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SmartOSC, a premium, full-service eCommerce agency established in 2006. SmartOSC offers solutions in areas from consulting, website development, UX/UI design to managed services.

With a variety of large customers in North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and Europe, SmartOSC has proved its expertise in guiding companies to take advantage of the online marketplace to drive revenue opportunities. Over the past 16 years, SmartOSC has built its reputation through a focus on eCommerce and cost effectiveness, together with a faster go-to-market service thanks to its scalable resource offering, and a track record of successfully delivering enterprise-level projects. 

Thai Son's customer-centric mindset has led to large, revenue-generating deals and award-winning projects with famous brands like LG, ASUS, and Toshiba, alongside regional giants like Korean ride-hailing firm Baemin and Independent Hardware Group, the largest independent hardware wholesaler in Australia. 

SmartOSC has grown quickly, opening new local entities in competitive markets such as Singapore, Japan, Australia, the US, and the UK, with steady growth even throughout the COVID pandemic.

From Humble Beginnings to Widespread Impact 
Thai Son Nguyen has never been one to stand still. He got his start in commerce running errands at his parents' grocery shop as a young boy before founding and growing one of Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Incorporated's (APAC’s) most prestigious eCommerce agencies, SmartOSC Corporation. Under his leadership, the business scaled from zero to more than 800 employees, achieving consistent 50%+ year-over-year growth. His sharp mind and resilience in the last 16 years have proved that he is an entrepreneur of extraordinary talent and a business leader whose impact and influence have extended beyond Vietnam and Asia, especially amid the global pandemic.

Instead of offering basic IT outsourcing services at cut-rate prices like many peers in the Asia Pacific, SmartOSC helps businesses save time and money by enabling them to build excellent experiences for customers on their eCommerce websites. Instead of selling cheap labor resources, Thai Son aims at digging into the nature of the client’s business models, analyzing their operations to offer comprehensive and customized eCommerce solutions for long-term growth.

Thai Son believes his industry has a duty to act in the interest of society in times of crisis. Since 2020, he has been an active force in building a community that knows how to leverage technology for the benefit of society amid the pandemic. SmartOSC collaborated with three other leading companies to introduce the Omnichannel Framework documentation to more than 500 retailers to guide them through the pressure of the strict lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 with digitalization. Thai Son has also invested in cutting-edge eCommerce technology such as ConnectPOS, GritGlobal, Antsomi and other fintech and blockchain applications to ensure global merchants get the best out of digital innovation.

The Vietnamese press has called his company “a pioneer in building the eCommerce community” as they have hosted many events for retailers such as Meet Magento (the largest annual event for the eCommerce community), and the Omnichannel Playbook. 

Years of active and thoughtful leadership have made Thai Son one of Vietnam’s top entrepreneurs. He is now also Vice President of the Vietnam-Australia Business Council (VABC), which strives to create a more favorable business investment environment with technology. Thai Son is also a trusted voice for top media platforms for C-suite members such as Vietnam Innovators, ticker NEWS, and Startup Grind. 

Since Winning His Gold Stevie Award 
Thai Son Nguyen has long been fixed on boosting SmartOSC’s presence across the globe and transcending its sources of advantage. As an eCommerce front-runner, Thai Son is dedicated to growing a network of local entities in new markets for the company, evidenced by SmartOSC’s newly opened office in South Korea. 

By maintaining teams of professionals who are highly knowledgeable of local regulatory structures and consumer markets, SmartOSC has been able to leverage both existing capabilities and new host country-specific capabilities, which help maximize the company’s competitiveness in new markets. The result has been a continuous cycle of exploration, adaptation, enhancement, and the exceptional growth that SmartOSC helps businesses around the globe achieve.

Thai Son’s strengthened ambition is not just reflected in the company’s expansion plan, but also in lower staff turnover and a reinforced digital talent engine. With Thai Son's strong emphasis on building a culture that encourages taking ownership and large ambitions, each organizational unit is characterized by a collective determination to constantly innovate. This helps ensure that SmartOSC's clients worldwide can meet rapidly changing customer needs and deliver exceptional customer experiences.  

SmartOSC Corporation Co-founder & CEO Thai Son Nguyen won a Gold Stevie Award for Best Entrepreneur - Computer Services in The 2022 International Business Awards. Read his Gold-Stevie winning nomination here.

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SAP Solutions in Intelligent Agriculture and Document Reporting Compliance Earn Multiple Stevies in The International Business Awards®

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 09:22 AM

IBA22 Spotlight, square A market leader in enterprise application software, Stevie-winner SAP is one of the world’s leading producers of software for the management of business processes, developing solutions that facilitate effective data processing and information flow across organizations. They redefine enterprise resource planning (ERP) and created networks of intelligent enterprises that provide transparency, resiliency, and sustainability across supply chains.

Founded in 1972, the company was initially called System Analysis Program Development (Systemanalyse Programmentwicklung), later abbreviated to SAP. Since then, it has grown from a small, five-person endeavor to a multinational enterprise headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with more than 105,000 employees worldwide.

SAP won two Stevie Awards in The 2022 International Business Awards®: a Silver Stevie for Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution, and a Bronze Stevie for Business or Competitive Intelligence Solution for their "SAP Intelligent Agriculture," both within the Product & Service Categories - Business.

SAP Document and Reporting Compliance
Tax authorities have been continuously increasing the number and complexity of legal mandates, and they are now taking digitalization to the next level, introducing disruptive changes that make the adoption of new technologies essential to remain compliant.

Since the introduction of electronic documents, the world has been evolving toward continuous transaction controls, forcing SAP’s customers to embed tax technologies within the business processes and ensure electronic documents, financial records, and records in the tax authorities’ systems match.

SAP Document and Reporting Compliance provides an overall streamlined process for dealing with local regulations for electronic documents, and statutory reporting greatly reduces the need for manual efforts, leading to higher productivity, more sustainable compliance and to a drastically reduced Total Cost of Ownership for the customer.

SAP® Intelligent Agriculture
Agribusiness companies today are faced with an increasing amount of data captured on the field and farm, but they lack solutions to efficiently use the data to optimize farming processes or provide better farming services. This results in difficulty establishing digital decision-support processes that leverage both farming data and existing farming experience.

The SAP® Intelligent Agriculture helps agribusinesses to increase their profitability per farmed area and support their efforts toward achieving sustainable farming practices. SAP customers can optimize their plan-to-harvest processes while taking advantage of data science and machine learning capabilities.

SAP Intelligent Agriculture helps agribusinesses to increase their profitability per farmed area and support their efforts toward achieving sustainable farming practices.

Since Winning Their Stevie Awards
More recently, SAP released additional legal content increasing ready compliance to 380+ scenarios and reports, responding to newly introduced mandates like SAF-T reporting in Romania.

The offering has been enriched with further automation capabilities to smooth ongoing maintenance, flexible handling of withholding tax certificates via email, and electronic ordering through Peppol Network.

SAP won a Silver Stevie Award for Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution and a Bronze Stevie Award for Business or Competitive Intelligence Solution in the Product & Service Categories - Business in The 2022 International Business Awards.

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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

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.

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Who's Coming to The International Business Awards® on Saturday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Oct 11, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

This coming Saturday, October 15 we'll stage the awards banquet of The 19th Annual International Business Awards®, the world's premier business awards program, at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel in London, England.

LondonStevie® Award winners in the 2022 IBAs were announced in August.  (Entries for the 2023 edition of the IBAs will open in February.)

Close to 300 executives from around the world will attend this Saturday's IBA event.  Here is a list of the organizations that will be represented (as of October 11):

8x8, Campbell, CA USA
-99 design studio, Istanbul, Turkey
Acıbadem Healthcare Group, Istanbul, Turkey
AD Ports Group, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Adani Skill Development Centre, Ahmedabad, India
ADM Electricity Distribution, Denizli, Turkey
ADQ, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
AgeSA, Istanbul, Turkey
Ajman's Municipality & Planning Department, United Arab Emirates
Alabama Power, Birmingham, AL USA
Align Technology, Tempe, AZ USA
Alliance Traffic Systems, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Anexa BPO, Mexico City, Mexico
AS Watson, Milan, Italy
ASCIRA Global, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Aselsan A.Ş., Ankara, Turkey
Astera Software, Westlake Village, CA USA
ATOS Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey
Banco Popular Dominicano, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Better2Know, Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
Black Platinum Gold B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
BOBA CHiC, Taichung, Taiwan
Bristol Global Mobility, Phoenix, AZ USA
Cactus Communications Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, India
CARBO, Houston, TX USA
CarrefourSA, Sarıyer, Turkey
CodeTwo, Jelenia Góra, Poland
DHL Express, Muttenz, Switzerland
DHL Express Mexico, Mexico City
Divina Law Offices, Makati City, Philippines
Dolphin International, Los Angeles, CA USA
Dubai Municipality, United Arab Emirates
Eastvantage Business Solutions Inc., Taguig City, Philippines
EES Shipping, Cockburn Central, WA Australia
Emirates International Endurance Village, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Empire Eagle Food Co., Ltd., Taichung City, Taiwan
Ensana, Prague, Czech Republic
Ernst & Young, New York, NY USA
Esas Sosyal, Istanbul, Turkey
Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Events DC, Washington, DC USA
Federation of Polish Entrepreneurs, Warwaw, Poland
GDRFA, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Golden Agri-Resources Ltd., Singapore
Graham Shapiro Design, Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Halkbank, Istanbul, Turkey
HCL Technologies, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Horatio, New York, NY USA
IBM Institute for Business Value, Merion Station, PA USA
IBM, Armonk, NY USA
Icertis, Bellevue, WA USA
Informa Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ING Business Shared Services Bratislava, Slovakia
Itl AG, Munich, Bavaria Germany
Jonckers Translation & Engineering, Brussels, Belgium
Karsan Automotive, Istanbul, Turkey
Kordsa Teknik Tekstil A.S., Istanbul, Turkey
Kyndryl, New York, NY USA
Law Creative, Harpenden, United Kingdom
Limage Media Group, Vancouver, BC Canada
LLYC, Madrid, Spain
Lytx, Seattle, WA USA
Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, Kuala Lumpur
MDI Ventures, Jakarta, Indonesia
Megaphone Marketing, Cremorne, Victoria Australia
MGI Tech Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China
Microhealth, LLC, Vienna, VA USA
Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ministry Of State For Federal National Council Affairs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ministry of Treasury and Finance, General Directorate of Information Technologies, Ankara, Turkey
NewWork Success GmbH, Urbar, Germany
Noguchi & Peters Ltd., Budapest, Hungary
NTT Data Business Solutions (UK&I), London, United Kingdom
NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH
Octopus Energy, London, United Kingdom
OfficePartners360, Ridgefield, CT USA
PMFTC Inc., Taguig City, Philippines
Pru Life UK, Taguig, Philippines
PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk, South Jakarta
QNET, Hong Kong, China
Real Property Ventures, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Refex Group, Chennai, India
Revomed (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Nonthaburi
SAP SE, Walldorf, BW Germany
Sealand - A Maersk Company, Miramar, FL USA
Sharif Group BSC, Hidd, Bahrain
sheIQ Life Pty Ltd, Belgrade, Serbia
SOCAR Turkey, Istanbul
Solarwinds, Austin, TX USA
SSS Strawberries, Oakwood, QLD Australia
Standigm Inc., Cambridge, MA USA
Strategic Public Relations Group, Hong Kong, China
Sullivan & Stanley, London, United Kingdom
Suretrack Management Consultancy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tata Consultancy Services Limited, London, United Kingdom
TELUS Smart Security & Automation, Vancouver, BC Canada
TM Forum, London, United Kingdom
TÜPRAS, Istanbul, Turkey
UFODRIVE, Capellen, Luxembourg
verbaneum GmbH, Nuernberg, Bavaria Germany
Viettel, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Wiser Tech, Izmir, Turkey
Young Hoteliers Summit, Lausanne, Switzerland
ZER, Istanbul, Turkey
Ziraat Participation Bank, Istanbul, Turkey

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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.


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

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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.

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Triple Gold for Childress Business Communication’s Work Helping Entrepreneurs Create Books That Sell and Make an Impact

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Jul 12, 2022 @ 11:08 AM

Cindy Childress, CEO of Childress Business Communication, won Gold in one of the broadest, most competitive categories in The 2021 International Business Awards®: Company of the Year - Business or Professional Services. Then it won Gold again – for Company of the Year – Media & Entertainment. In the American Business Awards for 2022, Childress Business Communication did it yet again, with a third Company-wide Gold.

How Cindy Childress did it is this: in a field packed with companies that offer writing and editing services, Childress brought a razor-sharp focus on entrepreneurs-as-authors instead of on the usual broad base of “anyone goes.” The company provides book-writing excellence in a business where editorial excellence too easily falls by the wayside; the compassion to get entrepreneurs through the editorial process without the usual stress; and, yes, the business savvy to make sure their books sell.

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The recipe sets the company apart and the judges clearly took notice. As one wrote, “Amazing work by Childress to support people who have ideas but may lack execution.” And this, more than once: “Great job! Keep it up!”

Childress also won for the specific work she did during the “awards years” of 2019 through 2021, which included the all-important time period when Covid-19 ravaged the globe.

As Covid spread, Childress Business Communication had its biggest month ever thanks to the popularity of book-writing as millions the world over were in lockdown.

An expert in social media, Cindy Childress took to Instagram and offered her first Zoom Masterclass aimed at business owners. And so they signed up – in droves – from Japan to Europe to Los Angeles. Women all, many using books to create their businesses in the first place.

Then Childress offered an expensive add-on after the Masterclass: a book coaching program with a VIP Service where, in addition to the class itself, Childress reads your manuscript, chapter by rough chapter. The “droves” continued to sign up, no matter the cost, and grateful still for the hands-on help in launching their business from the ground up.

Then, via a new website, Childress went full-on comprehensive offering clients what they need to succeed, none more so than a brilliantly conceived “elevator pitch.” As Childress says, “Most CEOs can’t describe their businesses, causing what I know is serious damage to the bottom line.”

As for Ghostwriting and co-writing books - important services for entrepreneurs who are often too busy to spend 100s of hours writing a book - it was back in 2017 that Childress launched her company with those services in mind. Childress staffed the young company with a team of writers and editors only to discover that she herself was “a ghostwriting genius” who could pen a tome in less time and with more flair than most.

Against the recommendations of many others, she became “Ghostwriter-in-Chief.” During the awards period, the company worked on many popular books from the self-help “The Logical Law Of Attraction” to the timely tome on college admission aimed at moms and the likes of an African American author who knew Childress alone could capture her “Caribbean voice.” Real estate and financial books hit the Amazon bestseller lists.

Revenues went up 30%; newsletter subscriptions 300%. And, yes, a percentage of all sales went to underserved entrepreneurs, as has been done since the company began.

During Covid as well, the company offered one-of-a-kind “book rescues” to help clients bring clarity and “purpose” to books already written and tossed aside - as they often are - due to poor sales.

The company’s awards period(s) Amazon bestsellers include “The Money Tree”; “How Good Humans Sell” (debuted #1 in leadership); “Unlock Your Potential”; “Mailbox Money Mindset”, among others.

Major media came calling, too, including U.S. News & World Report.

The first website powerfully focused on Childress herself debuted, too. Often described as “stylish” and “charming, Childress has a Ph.D. in English, too. From Australia to Hong Kong. Europe, Canada, and Mexico writers saw that site and signed up.

While this CEO remained highly paid as always ($30,000-plus is routine for a ghostwritten book) while offering free 'Getting Started' courses and much-needed elevator pitch assistance to her entrepreneurial base.

A longtime supporter of women’s causes, Childress also knew Instagram audiences would be largely female – and that they would sign up for the Masterclasses, which they did. For them Childress had a unique warning: avoid “feminine writing.” “Women downplay their work. I teach them otherwise.”

The Stevie Awards chose Childress to host their 2021 webinar on corporate storytelling – to great success.

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