Winners | Business Awards

6th Annual 2016 Business Excellence Awards

Employer of the Year

Gold Winners
Acme Truck Line (Gretna, LA USA – Industry: Transportation, Storage, and Logistics)
Allison Transmission (Indianapolis, IN USA – Industry: Automotive & Related Equipment)
Astellas Pharma (Tokyo, IL USA – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech)
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa (Reno, NV USA – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)
Austal USA (Mobile, AL USA – Industry: Aerospace & Defense)
Avon Products (New York, NY – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)
Beam Suntory (Deerfield, IL USA – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Black Hills (Rapid City, SD USA – Industry: Energy & Utilities)
Brooks Brothers (Enfield, CT USA – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)
Canon (Tokyo, NY USA – Industry: Electronics)
CDI (Philadelphia, PA USA – Industry: Business Products and Services)
Chipotle Mexican Grill (Denver, CO USA – Industry: Food & Beverage)
CiCi’s Pizza (Coppell, TX USA – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Continental Resources (Oklahoma City, OK USA – Industry: Construction)
Costco Wholesale Corporation (Issaquah, WA USA – Industry: Industry: Retail + Wholesale)
Dealertrack Technologies (Lake Success, NY USA – Industry: Business Products and Services)
EverBank (Jacksonville, FL USA – Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Granite Construction (Watsonville, CA USA – Industry: Construction)
Great-West Financial (Greenwood Village, CO USA – Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Hyland Software (Westlake, OH USA – Industry: Information Technology)
Hyundai (Fountain Valley, CA USA – Industry: Automotive & Related Equipment)
ICF International (Fairfax, VA USA – Industry: Professional Services)
Ingredion (Westchester, IL USA – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Jamba Juice (Emeryville, CA USA – Industry: Food & Beverage)
JE Dunn Construction (Kansas City, MO USA – Industry: Construction)
Mary Kay (Addison, TX USA – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)
McCarthy Building Company (St. Louis, MO USA – Industry: Construction)
Mercedes-Benz (Atlanta, GA USA – Industry: Automotive & Related Equipment)
Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ USA – Industry: Technology)
Mosaic (Plymouth, MN USA – Industry: Construction)
Nebraska Furniture Mart (Omaha, NE USA – Industry: Retail + Wholesale)
Noble Energy (Houston, TX USA – Industry: Construction)
Pepco Holdings (Washington, DC USA – Industry: Energy & Utilities)
Pet Supplies Plus (Livonia, MI USA – Industry: Retail)
PHH (Mount Laurel, NJ USA – Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
QBE Insurance Group (Sydney, NY USA – Industry: Insurance)
Reebok International Ltd. (Canton, MA USA – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (Tarrytown, NY USA – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech)
S&C Electric (Chicago, IL USA – Industry: Technology)
Scottrade (Saint Louis, MO USA – Industry: Business Products and Services)
Snyder’s-Lance (Charlotte, NC USA – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Thrivent Financial (Minneapolis, MN USA – Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Treasure Island Resort & Casino (Las Vegas, NV USA – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)
Uline (Pleasant Prairie, WI USA – Industry: Business Products and Services)
Umpqua Bank (Portland, OR USA – Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Boston, MA USA – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech)
Volkswagen Group (Herndon, VA USA – Industry: Automotive & Related Equipment)
WEC Energy Group (Milwaukee, WI USA – Industry: Energy & Utilities)
Woodforest National Bank (The Woodlands, TX USA – Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Zoetis (Florham Park, NJ USA – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech)

Founder or Entrepreneur of the Year
Gold Winner
Ricardo Villadiego, Founder and CEO – Easy Solutions (Doral, FL USA – Industry: Security Services)

Most Innovative Department of the Year 
Gold Winner
Dr. Joseph Chang, Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development – Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (Provo, UT USA – Industry: Others – Direct Selling Industry)

Employee of the Year
Gold Winners
Carolyn Chong, Software Developer – Tasytt (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – Industry: Human Resources)
Kate Talbot, Communications Director – Klick Communications (Venice, CA USA – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Video of the Year
Gold Winner
NurseWise (Clayton, MO USA) for My Personal Purpose

Annual 2016 International Business Awards

Business Awards Winners

Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

Hiring Growth (# of new employees hired)
Gold Winners
Choozle (Denver, CO USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2012) Growth: 212.50%
N3 (Atlanta, GA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services – Founded In: 2004) Growth: 74.29%
Drawbridge (San Mateo, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2010) Growth: 66.67%
iCIMS, Inc. (Matawan, NJ USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS – Founded In: 1999) Growth: 41.80%
WorkWave (Neptune, NJ USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS – Founded In: 1984) Growth: 34.72%
Motive Interactive (San Diego, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2003) Growth: 33.33%
Grand Design RV, LLC (Middlebury, IN USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Manufacturing – Founded In: 2013) Growth: 29.41%

Customer Growth (# of new customers added)
Gold Winners
WorkWave (Neptune, NJ USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS – Founded In: 1984) Growth: 42.49%
iCIMS, Inc. (Matawan, NJ USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS – Founded In: 1999) Growth: 26.29%

Products and Services Growth (new products/services and upgrades introduced)
Gold Winners
TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation) (Madison, WI USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Others – Third Party Benefits Provider (Healthcare) – Founded In: 1975) Growth: 23.53%

Profits Growth (% increase)
Gold Winners
Motive Interactive (San Diego, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2003) Growth: 482.38%
Rise Interactive (Chicago, IL USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2004) Growth: 40.91%

Revenue per Employee growth
Gold Winners
GrapeTree Medical Staffing, Inc. (Milford, IA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech – Founded In: 1999) Growth: 12.85%

Sales Revenue Growth (% sales revenue increase in US$)
Gold Winners
Technical Assurance, Inc. (Willoughby, OH USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consulting – Founded In: 1993) Growth: 322.52%
Loot Crate (Los Angeles, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services – Founded In: 2012) Growth: 186.13%
N3 (Atlanta, GA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services – Founded In: 2004) Growth: 111.82%
Paramount Lodging Advisors (Chicago, IL USA – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Real Estate & Construction – Founded In: 2007) Growth: 102.86%
GrapeTree Medical Staffing, Inc. (Milford, IA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech – Founded In: 1999) Growth: 101.74%
Drawbridge (San Mateo, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2010) Growth: 100.61%
Grand Design RV, LLC (Middlebury, IN USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Manufacturing – Founded In: 2013) Growth: 41.09%
WorkWave (Neptune, NJ USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS – Founded In: 1984) Growth: 37.74%
iCIMS, Inc. (Matawan, NJ USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS – Founded In: 1999) Growth: 36.57%
Accordant Media (New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2010) Growth: 36.26%
The Vertex Companies, Inc. (Weymouth, MA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consulting – Founded In: 1995) Growth: 26.83%
Shield Watch a Ram Rachhpal LLC Company (Tampa, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services – Founded In: 1996) Growth: 20.74%
Acceleration Partners (Needham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Founded In: 2007) Growth: 4.93%

Milestone of the Year category
Gold Winners
Grand Design RV, LLC (Middlebury, IN USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Manufacturing – Founded In: 2013) for 1st to 10,000 retail sold units in shortest time-period
Loot Crate (Los Angeles, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services – Founded In: 2012) for Crossing $100M revenue mark as a boot strapped startup

PR World Awards

Public Relations

PR Professional of the Year – In-house
Gold Winner
Ashley Chapman, Global PR for Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (Stamford, CT USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)
Silver Winner
Linda Duncombe, Managing Director, Global Head of Social, Content and Digital Marketing – Citibank (New York, NY USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Bronze Winner
Darcy Brito, Senior Publicist – Aflac (Columbus, GA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Insurance)

PR Professional of the Year – Agency
Gold Winner
Pamela Njissang, Vice President – Bhava Communications (Emeryville, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees)
Silver Winner
Kate Talbot, Communications Manager – Klick Communications (Santa Monica, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

PR Intern of the Year – Agency
Gold Winner
Matthew Potter, Program Executive – Hotwire PR (New York, NY USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

PR Team of the Year – PR Agency
Gold Winner
Telly Wong, Vice President, Managing Director – IW Group New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Team members include: Joanna Lin, Nina Shi, Jennifer Kim, Bing Jee Ng, Veronica Gavryushenko

Arts, Entertainment & Media Campaign of the Year – PR Agency
Gold Winner
fortyseven communications (Los Angeles, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees) for Silicon Valley Comic Con
Silver Winner
grapevine pr + consulting (Los Angeles, CA USA – 1 – 10 Employees) for Child Star Danny Pintauro’s Big Reveal

Awesome Campaign of the Year – In-house PR
Gold Winner
IPVanish (Winter Park, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Services) for Stand Up for Security

Awesome Campaign of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Attain Marketing (Indian Trail, NC USA – 1 – 10 Employees) for INSIDE Secure’s “Riding the Mobile Payments Wave” Campaign 2015
Silver Winner
Blaze PR (Santa Monica, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees) for The Outlets at Orange Go Mission Pink

Best Use of Broadcast/Video – In-house PR
Gold Winner
IPVanish (Winter Park, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Services) for Stand Up for Security

Business-to-Business Campaign of the Year – In-house PR
Gold Winner
Thomson Reuters (Hoboken, NJ USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Thomson Reuters Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Integrated Product Launch Campaign

Business-to-Business Campaign of the Year – Hybrid (consisting of members from both PR Agency and In-House)
Gold Winner
Aflac (Columbus, GA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Insurance) and Hill+Knowlton Strategies (Chicago, IL USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) for The 2015 Aflac WorkForces Report

Cause-Related Campaign of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Blaze PR (Los Angeles, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) for Outlets Go Mission Pink

Consumer Launch Campaign of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Uproar PR (Orlando, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – for Knix Wear’s Evolution Bra Launch Campaign
Silver Winner
Uproar PR (Orlando, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – for HYPERICE – VYPER Launch

Crisis or Issues Management Campaign of the Year – In-house PR
Gold Winner
IPVanish (Winter Park, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Services) for Stand Up for Security

Healthcare Campaign of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Scott Public Relations (Canoga Park, CA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) for Better Together: High Tech and High Touch – The Patient-Physician Relationship in the New Millennium

Multicultural Marketing Campaign of the Year – In-house PR
Gold Winner
VMware AirWatch (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Mobile Game Changer Campaign

Nonprofit Campaign of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Blaze PR (Los Angeles, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees) for Outlets Go Mission Pink

Promotional Event of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Arenalia Comunicación & Eventos (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – 11 – 99 Employees) for Barcelona Harley Days
Silver Winner
Blaze PR (Los Angeles, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) for Outlets Go Mission Pink

Public Affairs Campaign of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Davies Public Affairs (Santa Barbara, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees) for Dominion Cove Point

Technology Campaign of the Year – PR Agency only
Gold Winner
Weiss PR, Inc. (Baltimore, MD USA – 1 – 10 Employees) for Weiss PR Helps Cybrary Provide Free Cybersecurity Training to Anyone, Anywhere

Technology Campaign of the Year – Hybrid (consisting of members from both PR Agency and In-House)
Gold Winner
Nokia Technologies (Sunnyvale, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Others – Technology Licensing) and Ruder Finn (New York, NY USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees) for OZO: the world’s first professional virtual reality camera

Best PR Agency of the Year – Single Boutique Office (Agency with only 1 office)
Gold Winner
The Power Group (Dallas, TX USA – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Business Products and Services; Consumer Products and Services; Energy & Utilities, Food & Beverage; Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure; Information Technology Services; Legal; Non-Profit or Government Organizations; Real Estate & Construction – Agency’s Services include: Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Corporate Branding; Corporate Reputation; Crisis & Issues Management; Digital; Executive Communication; Market Entry; Marketing Communication; Media Advisories; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Photo and Video Planning and Execution; Pitch Letters; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Stakeholder Engagement; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution
Silver Winner
Affect (New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Business Products and Services; Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech; Human Resources; Information Technology Services; Information Technology Software; Security Software – Agency’s Services include: Marketing Communication; Media Outreach; Media Relations
Bronze Winners
grapevine pr + consulting (Los Angeles, CA USA – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Business Products and Services; Consulting; Consumer Products and Services; Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech; Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure; Media & Entertainment; Non-Profit or Government Organizations – Agency’s Services include: Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Celebrity and Talent; Content Creation; Crisis & Issues Management; Media Advisories; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Pitch Letters; Press Conferences; Press Junkets; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution
iMiller Public Relations (Mamaroneck, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Cloud Computing/SaaS; Information Technology Hardware; Information Technology Services; Information Technology Software; Internet/Cloud Computing; Telecommunications – Agency’s Services include: Advertising; Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Corporate Branding; Corporate Reputation; Crisis & Issues Management; Digital; Executive Communication; Lead Generation; Market Entry; Marketing Communication; Media Advisories; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Press Conferences; Press Junkets; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution; Webinars and Online Presence; Websites
Publicity Genie (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Business Products and Services – Agency’s Services include: Content Creation; Lead Generation; Media Events; Media Relations; Media Training; Pitch Letters; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Webinars and Online Presence
Scott Public Relations (Canoga Park, CA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech; Insurance – Agency’s Services include: Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Corporate Branding; Corporate Reputation; Crisis & Issues Management; Digital; Executive Communication; Lead Generation; Market Entry; Marketing Communication; Media Advisories; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Newsletters; Photo and Video Planning and Execution; Pitch Letters; Press Conferences; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Stakeholder Engagement; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution; Sustainable Growth; Webinars and Online Presence; Websites

Best PR Agency of the Year – Local Office (Agency with several offices but nominating a local office)
Gold Winner
Klick Communications (Santa Monica, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Food & Beverage; Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure – Agency’s Services include: Advertising; Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Digital; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Newsletters; Pitch Letters; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution

Best PR Agency of the Year – Country Headquarter (Agency with several offices within the same country)
Gold Winner
SHIFT Communications (Boston, MA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – Agency’s Services include: Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Corporate Branding; Crisis & Issues Management; Digital; Lead Generation; Market Entry; Marketing Communication; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Newsletters; Photo and Video Planning and Execution; Pitch Letters; Press Conferences; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution; Webinars and Online Presence
Silver Winner
IW Group New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Automotive & Related Equipment; Consumer Products and Services; Diversified Services; Education; Food & Beverage; Media & Entertainment; Retail; Utilities – Agency’s Services include: Advertising; Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Celebrity and Talent; Content Creation; Corporate Branding; Corporate Reputation; Crisis & Issues Management; Digital; Market Entry; Marketing Communication; Media Advisories; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Newsletters; Photo and Video Planning and Execution; Pitch Letters; Press Conferences; Press Junkets; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Public Affairs, Government Relations & Policy; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Stakeholder Engagement; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution; Websites

Best PR Agency of the Year – Regional Countries Headquarter (handling more than 1 country offices from this location)
Gold Winner
Eastwick (San Francisco, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Business Products and Services; Cloud Computing/SaaS; Energy & Utilities; Financial Services and Banking; Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech; Information Technology Hardware; Information Technology Services; Information Technology Software; Internet/Cloud Computing; Security Hardware; Security Services; Security Software – Agency’s Services include: Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Corporate Branding; Corporate Reputation; Crisis & Issues Management; Digital; Media Advisories; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Photo and Video Planning and Execution; Pitch Letters; Press Conferences; Press Junkets; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Stakeholder Engagement
Silver Winner
Uproar PR (Orlando, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services; Consumer Products and Services; Electronics; Financial Services and Banking; Food & Beverage; Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech; Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure; Materials & Construction; Non-Profit or Government Organizations; Real Estate & Construction – Agency’s Services include: Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Crisis & Issues Management; Executive Communication; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Newsletters; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution

Best PR Agency of the Year – Global Headquarter (Agency with worldwide offices)
Gold Winner
LEWIS (London, England – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Business Products and Services; Cloud Computing/SaaS; Electronics; Information Technology Hardware; Information Technology Services; Information Technology Software; Internet/Cloud Computing; Security Hardware; Security Services; Security Software; Telecommunications – Agency’s Services include: Advertising; Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Corporate Branding; Corporate Reputation; Crisis & Issues Management; Digital; Executive Communication; Financial Communication; Lead Generation; Market Entry; Marketing Communication; Media Advisories; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Newsletters; Photo and Video Planning and Execution; Pitch Letters; Press Conferences; Press Junkets; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Public Affairs, Government Relations & Policy; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Stakeholder Engagement; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution; Sustainable Growth; Webinars and Online Presence; Websites
Silver Winner
Gabriel Marketing Group (Reston, VA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Industries and Sectors of Operation include: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Business Products and Services; Cloud Computing/SaaS; Consumer Products and Services; Information Technology Software; Internet/Cloud Computing; Non-Profit or Government Organizations; Security Software; Telecommunications- Agency’s Services include: Advertising; Campaign and Program Measurement & Evaluation; Content Creation; Corporate Branding; Digital; Lead Generation; Market Entry; Marketing Communication; Media Advisories; Media Events; Media Outreach; Media Relations; Media Training; Newsletters; Photo and Video Planning and Execution; Pitch Letters; Press Kits; Press Releases; Product Launch; Public Affairs, Government Relations & Policy; Social Media Set Up, Planning and Execution; Stakeholder Engagement; Strategic Campaign Planning and Execution; Trade & Investment; Webinars and Online Presence; Websites

CMO (Chief Marketing Executive) of the Year
Gold Winner
Rob Lynch, Brand President and Chief Marketing Officer – Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (Atlanta, GA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Silver Winner
Gregory Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer – Cylance, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)

Marketing Team of the Year – Hybrid Team (consisting of members from both Agency and In-House)
Gold Winner
Bruce Stewart, Chief Marketing Officer – Constellation Energy Resources (Baltimore, MD USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Energy & Utilities) and The Strategic Agency (New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – team members include Kristina Gregory, Abby Zaniel,Tony Andrea, Adrienne Barber, Brenna Dykta, Alex Kernitsky

Investor Relations Team of the Year – In-house
Gold Winner
Justine Koenigsberg, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations – Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Lexington, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Pharmaceuticals) – Team members include: Roger Tung CEO, Nancy Stuart COO, Ryan Daws CFO

Business Development Professional of the Year – Agency
Gold Winner
Darius Maxwell Fisher, President and Co-founder – Status Labs (New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Blog of the Year
Gold Winner
IW Group New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Client: McDonald – Title: McDonald’s New York Tri-State
Silver Winner
Omnicom Media Group (New York, NY USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) – Title: Omnicom Media Group Media Pulse

Event of the Year – Consumer Event
Gold Winner
IW Group New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Client: McDonald – for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale

Video of the Year
Gold Winner
GYMR Public Relations and DeSantis Breindel (Washington , DC USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Client: The SCAN Foundation – Title: Long-term Care Financing
Silver Winner
IW Group New York, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Client: McDonald – Title: Still a Crew After 30 Years

Website of the Year – Best Home Page
Gold Winner
NBCUniversal (New York, NY USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Media & Entertainment)
Silver Winner
Omnicom Media Group (New York, NY USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Website of the Year – Best Web Writing/Content
Gold Winner
Omnicom Media Group (New York, NY USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

White-Paper or Report of the Year
Gold Winner
GYMR Public Relations (Washington , DC USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Client: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute – Title: The Implications of a Supreme Court Finding for the Plaintiff in King vs. Burwell: 8.2 Million More Uninsured and 35% Higher Premiums

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