Winners

2018 Winners

Most Admired Leaders

Aneel Bhusri, Chief Executive Officer @ Workday
Brad D. Smith, Chief Executive Officer @ Intuit
Elon Musk, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; and co-founder and CEO of Neuralink
Gail Koziara Boudreaux, Chief Executive Officer @ Anthem
Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive Officer @ PepsiCo
Jeff Weiner, Chief Executive Officer @ LinkedIn Corporation
Jeffrey Preston “Jeff” Bezos – Founder and CEO of Amazon.com
Larry Page, Chief Executive Officer @ Alphabet, Inc.
Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison – co-Founder of Oracle Corporation
Marc Russell Benioff – Founder, Chairman and CEO @ salesforce.com
Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer @ Facebook
Mary Teresa Barra, Chief Executive Officer @General Motors
Melinda Gates, cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Patrick P. Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer @ VMware
Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer @ Microsoft
Scott Scherr, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer @ Ultimate Software
Shantanu Narayen, Chief Executive Officer @ Adobe Systems
Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer @ Google
Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer @ Apple
Warren Buffett, CEO @ Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

CEO Achievement of the Year

Gold Winners
Ali Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer @ ASTAD (Doha, Qatar | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Construction) Achievement: Leading ASTAD’s fast paced international expansion.
Andy Bailey, Founder and CEO @ Petra Coach (Nashville, TN USA | 1 – 10 Employees | Business Products and Services) Achievement: Released debut five-star, Amazon best-selling book, “No Try Only Do”
Ashish Garg, Founder and CEO @ Net2Source Inc. (Dallas, TX USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Grew the company from $21 to $35 Million in 2017
Brad Taylor, CEO @ Proficio (Carlsbad, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Security Services) Achievement: Proficio achieves 28 consecutive quarters of recurring revenue growth
Brendan Smith, CEO & President @ Motive Interactive (San Diego, CA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Achievement: Investing in Motive’s technology and team to grow at scale.
C. P. Gurnani, Chief Executive Officer @ Tech Mahindra (Noida, Uttar Pradesh Province, India | 2,500 or more Employees | Industy: Information Technology Services) Achievement: Launched an initiative to “reskill” his entire company.
Devender Reddy Aerrabolu, Founder and CEO @ Tek Leaders Inc. (Plano, TX USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Increasing revenue 50%; bolstering client roster 300% (70 new clients)
Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO and Founder @ Hilton Software (Coral Springs, FL USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) Achievement: Hilton Software Awarded $17+ Million 5-year Department of Defense Contract
Dr. Wendell Gibby, MD, Chief Executive Officer @ Novarad (American Fork, UT USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) Achievement: performed the first-ever augmented reality assisted surgical operation.
Fred Cooper, CEO and Founder @ ARIIX (Bountiful, UT USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Others – Direct Selling) Achievement: Operational efficiency through the improvement of ARIIX’s infrastructure.
George Kriza, Founder & CEO @ MTC Performance (Schaumburg, IL USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Business Products and Services) Achievement: Launched new Channel and Vendor Manager Pro sales incentive software
Hamza Rauf Essa, Founder & CEO @ Telemart (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan | 100 – 499 Employees | Retail) Achievement: Pursuing his own entrepreneurial venture and becoming top player in the industry inspite of difficult business environment
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing) Achievement: Dramatically upgraded staff, technology, and logistics effectiveness.
Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO @ PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) Achievement: Leading Cebuana Lhuillier’s evolution to a full-pledged microfinancial institution
Jennifer Tejada, CEO @ PagerDuty (San Francisco, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Internet/Cloud Computing) Achievement: Led PagerDuty’s growth in revenue, global presence, use-cases and capabilities.
Joe Wang, CEO @ Impartner, Inc. (South Jordan, UT USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) Achievement: Development of of Impartner SmartContent and Impartner SegmentAI
John Snyder, CEO @ Grapeshot (Cambridge, England | 100 – 499 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Achievement: Serendipity – Oracle announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Grapeshot.
Laura Casselman, Chief Executive Officer @ BBC Systems, Inc dba JVZoo (Oviedo, FL USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Services) Achievement: Female CEO Disrupts IM Boys Club While Increasing Company Value
Nitin Rakesh, CEO & Director @ Mphasis (New York, NY USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Led share price increase: 40%; INR 550 to INR 750
Randall Hales, President & CEO @ ZAGG Inc. (Midvale, UT USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Consumer Products and Services) Achievement: Mophie acquisition and turnaround from near bankruptcy to profitability.
Richard Staten, Chief Executive Officer @ Quantam Solutions (Lansing, MI USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Consulting) Achievement: Continued expansion of Quantam Solutions into multiple states.
Robert Pickens, CEO and President @ Securus Technologies (Carrollton, TX USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Diversified Services) Achievement: Consistently grew EBITDA at a 20% CAGR since 2007.
Russell P. Reeder, President and CEO of OVH US, member of its Board of Directors @ OVH US (Reston, VA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Internet/Cloud Computing) Achievement: Launch European hosting provider, OVH, in the U.S. cloud market.
Scott Salmirs, President and CEO @ ABM Industries (New York, NY USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Others – Facilities management) Achievement: Transforming a company taking care of places that matter most.
Todd Harris, CEO @ Tech CU (San Jose, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services) Achievement: Rapidly grew Tech CU’s membership, total assets and earnings.
Troy McQuagge, CEO @ USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Insurance) Achievement: Led USHEALTH Group, Inc. to a 77% share price increase.

Female CEO of the Year
Gold Winners
Dr. Hajar Saeed Hamad Humaid Alhubaishi, Chief Executive Officer @ Ajman Statistics & Competitiveness Center (Ajman, United Arab Emirates | 1 – 10 Employees | Non-Profit or Government Organizations) Achievement: Ajman’s Population and Housing Census
Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, Chief Executive Officer @ Hawthorne (Los Angeles, CA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Achievement: Guiding Hawthorne to win a “Great Place to Work” certification.
Karima Bentounssi, CEO @ Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital (HVSH) (Commerce Township, MI USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) Achievement: Patient satisfaction improved significantly during her tenure as a CEO – nominated by Ameroc Export Inc.
Kimberly D. Williams, Chief Executive Officer @ Intoxalock (Urbandale (Des Moines), IA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Electronics) Achievement: Customer focus enabled 24% growth, 4x faster than the industry.
Laura Casselman, Chief Executive Officer @ BBC Systems, Inc dba JVZoo (Oviedo, FL USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Services) Achievement: Female CEO Disrupts IM Boys Club While Increasing Company Value
Nataliya Anon, CEO and Founder @ Svitla Systems, Inc. (Corte Madera, CA USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Information Technology Software) Achievement: Svitla Systems received ISO_9001:2015 certification as full-lifecycle Software Development Company.
Nicole Sahin, CEO @ Globalization Partners (Boston, MA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Human Resources) Achievement: Built a growing, profitable company that employees and clients love.
Shanaz Ramzi, CEO @ STARLINKS PR and Events (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan | 11 – 99 Employees | Other – PR and event management) Achievement: Grand launch event of South Asia’s largest mall, LuckyOne Mall
Sonal Puri, Chief Executive Officer @ Webscale Networks (Mountain View, CA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Strategy Definition and Execution to drive massive growth for Webscale
Tina Hodges, CEO and Chief Experience Officer @ Advance Financial (Nashville, TN USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Financial Services and Banking) Achievement: The company volunteered over 3,500 hours and donated over $450,000.

Management Team of the Year
Gold Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing) Members of the Team include: Stephen Finnegan, Christopher Zecha, Patrick Gillespie
Silver Winner
Russell P. Reeder, President and CEO of OVH US, member of its Board of Directors – OVH US (Reston, VA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Internet/Cloud Computing) Members of the Team include: Russell P. Reeder, Dean Gels, Brian Kuhn, Carolyn Kress, Robert Gregory, Scott Brown, David Wigglesworth, Suzanne Law Marisa, and Alexandra Skaggs
Bronze Winner
Francois Dudouit & Emmanuel Clech, Project Director @ Vinci Construction Grands Projets (SCL 1103 & 1122) (Hong Kong | 100 – 499 Employees | Construction) Members of the Team include: Francois Dudouit, Emmanuel Clech, Billy Lo, Brandy Lee, Timothee Pennequin, Michael OR, Alvin Chan, Ken Ng, Stanley Walker

Most Innovative CEO
Gold Winner
David Erickson, Founder & CEO @ FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Telecommunications) for Working Towards a Global Culture of Innovation
Silver Winner
Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO @ VirtualHealth (New York, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Information Technology Software) for Transforming Patient Care Management with VirtualHealth
Bronze Winners
Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja, Founder & CEO @ ShieldX Networks (San Jose, CA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Security Software) for Re-imagining Cloud Security for Today’s Virtual Enterprise
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing) for First of its kind, a one-stop shop for dietary supplement manufacturing.

Admin Assistant to CEO
Gold Winner
Rosa Ciaccio, Executive Assistant to CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing)
Silver Winner
Kelsey Langhans, Executive Assistant to David Erickson @ FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Telecommunications)

Executive of the Year | 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Heidi Daitch, Chief Strategy Officer @ IdentityForce (Framingham, MA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Security Services)
Silver Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing)
Bronze Winners
Paxton Gray, VP of Operations @ 97th Floor (Lehi, UT USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Executive of the Year | 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Jennifer Shambroom, Chief Marketing Officer @ YouAppi (San Francisco, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)
Silver Winners
Leo Giel, Chief Revenue Officer @ YouAppi (San Francisco, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)
Tim McElwee, President – Proficio (Carlsbad, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Security Services)

Executive of the Year | 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winners
Ian Jones, Director Support Services @ Securus Technologies (Carrollton, TX USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Diversified Services)
Ken Crutchfield, Vice President & General Manager, Software – Bloomberg Tax (Arlington, VA USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Silver Winner
Ian Howells, Vice President, Head of Marketing @ Sage Intacct (San Jose, CA USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Cloud Computing/SaaS)

Executive of the Year | 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
Nitin Kumar, Senior Managing Director – FTI Consulting (San Francisco, CA USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Consulting)
Silver Winner
Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO – PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking)

Founder, Entrepreneur or Partner of the Year | 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Srinivas Dubba, Founder and CEO @ TrustLogics INC (Atlanta, GA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Internet/Cloud Computing)
Silver Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing)

Founder, Entrepreneur or Partner of the Year | 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Kirk Krappe, Chairman, Cofounder and CEO – Apttus (San Mateo, CA USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Silver Winner
Ajeta Sinha, Vice President @ Net2Source Inc. (Dallas, TX USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Grew the company from $21 to $35 Million in 2017

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Secucloud GmbH (Hamburg, Germany | 11 – 99 Employees | Security Software) for MPS (Market Place Solution) v2.0
Silver Winner
Impartner, Inc. (South Jordan, UT USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) for Impartner PRM
Bronze Winner
TrustLogics INC (Atlanta, GA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Internet/Cloud Computing) for TrustLogics

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Telecommunications) for Freemojis by FreeConferenceCall.com v1.0

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
PRO Unlimited (San Francisco, CA USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Others – Contingent Workforce Software) for PRO Unlimited’s Wand VMS

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
GN Hearing (Bloomington, MN USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) for LiNX 3D/Trust with Remote Fine Tuning
Silver Winner
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (U.S. Department of Defense) (St. Louis, MO USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Other – Government – US Department of Defense) for Aero App Electronic Flight Bag (version 1710 (iOS, Android, Windows)) – nominated by Hilton Software

CEO Excellence of the Year | 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Basil Babychan, Group Business Director – Leader Biomedical Europe BV (Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) for CEO oversees grows company from EUR 0 (FY 2015) to EUR 1.4M (FY 2017). On track for EUR 3.5M (FY 2018)

CEO Excellence of the Year | 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Devender Reddy Aerrabolu, Founder and CEO @ Tek Leaders Inc. (Plano, TX USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Information Technology Services) for Establishing Distinctive Bonus Plan Helps Recruiting/Retention; Enables Ability to Fiercely Compete

CEO Excellence of the Year | 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Lyndon Faulkner, Chief Executive Officer @ Pelican Products, Inc. (Torrance, CA USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Manufacturing) for CEO Increases Pelican Sales by 500% Since Joining in 2006
Silver Winner
Bill (F. William) Conner, President and CEO of SonicWall (also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comodo CA) @ SonicWall (Milpitas, CA USA | 500 – 2,499 Employees | Security Software) for CEO surpasses financial objectives for sixth straight quarter since independence

CEO Excellence of the Year | 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO – PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Leading Cebuana Lhuillier’s evolution to a full-pledged microfinancial institution

Best Overall Company of the Year
Gold Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing)
Silver Winner
RippleNami, Inc. (Cardiff, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Bronze Winners
Tech Mahindra (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | 2,500 or more Employees | Industy: Information Technology Services)
USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Industry: Insurance)

Company Growth of the Year (e.g. new products, new offices, new employees, etc.)
Gold Winner
JKG Group, Inc. (Deerfield Beach, FL USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Business Products and Services)
Silver Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking)

Startup of the Year | Formed 2014
Gold Winner
Crate.io (San Francisco, CA USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) formed January 2014
Silver Winner
Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing) formed March 2014
Bronze Winners
Better Air North America LLC (Hollywood, FL USA | 1 – 10 Employees | Envrionmental Products and Services) formed September 2014
Uplevel Security (New York, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Security Software) formed March 2014

Startup of the Year | Formed 2015
Gold Winner
Triple W Japan (Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan | 11 – 99 Employees | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) formed February 2015
Silver Winner
CoverWallet (New York, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Insurance) founded December 2015

Startup of the Year | Formed 2016
Gold Winner
Cybeats (Aurora, ON Canada | 1 – 10 Employees | Security Services) formed September 2016

Startup of the Year | Formed 2017
Gold Winner
Formativ Health (New York, NY USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) formed January 2017
Silver Winner
Fortanix (Mountain View, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Security Services) formed June 2017
Bronze Winners
CashPundit Technologies Pvt Ltd. (Bangalore, Karnataka, India | 1 – 10 Employees | Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) formed February 2017
Live Pure Inc. (Newington, NH USA | 1 – 10 Employees | Consumer Products and Services) formed January 2017
Opus Search (Chicago, IL USA | 1 – 10 Employees | Industry: Human Resources) formed August 2017

Live Events – Public Relations Event
Gold Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Thank You for 30! Cebuana Lhuillier Anniversary Concert

Live Events – Public Relations Event
Gold Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Thank You for 30! Cebuana Lhuillier Anniversary Concert

Live Events – Training or Educational Event
Gold Winner
BOOST Collaborative (San Diego, CA USA | 1 – 10 Employees | Education) for BOOST Conference

Video of the Year – Brand Awareness or Entertainment
Gold Winner
Verint (Melville, NY USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Business Products and Services) for About Verint

Video of the Year – Product or Service: Launch or Hands-On
Gold Winner
Hilton Software (Coral Springs, FL USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) for Aero App Electronic Flight Bag for the US Military Warfighter

Websites, Design, and Content – Best Home Page
Gold Winner
FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 – 499 Employees | Telecommunications)

Websites, Design, and Content – Best Overall Web Design
Gold Winner
Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 – 99 Employees | Manufacturing)

Milestone of the Year
Gold Winner
INSIGHTEC (Miami, FL USA | 100 – 499 Employees | industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) Milestone: INSIGHTEC secures $150 million in private equity funding
Silver Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) Milestone: Celebrating the Legacy: Cebuana Lhuillier’s 30th Anniversary Celebration