2015 Winners

3rd Annual 2015 CEO World Awards

Business Awards Winners

Most Admired Leaders

Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity
Jeffrey Preston “Jeff” Bezos – Founder and CEO of Amazon.com
Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison – co-Founder of Oracle Corporation
Marc Russell Benioff – Founder, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook
Satya Nadella – CEO – Microsoft
Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems
Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs – was co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.

CEO of the Year

Gold Winners
Abe Issa, The Environmental Sustainability Leader – CEO and Founder – Global Efficient Energy LLC (Fort Worth, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Envrionmental Products and Services
Dan Graham, The Leader – CEO – BuildASign.com (Austin, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Consumer Products and Services
Eric Berridge, The Customer Focused – CEO – Bluewolf (New York, NY USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees) – Industry: Business Products and Services
Gil Zimmermann, The Influencer – CEO and Co-Founder – CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees) – Industry: Security Software
Ian Siegel, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO – ZipRecruiter (Santa Monica, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Business Products and Services
Jeff Olson, The Founder/Entrepreneur – Founder & CEO – Nerium International (Addison, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Consumer Products and Services
Jon Morris, The Innovator – CEO and Founder – Rise Interactive (Chicago, IL USA- 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Jonathan Temple, The Customer Focused – President and Chief Executive Officer – HEAT Software (formerly FrontRange) (Milpitas, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Information Technology Software
Mark Barrenechea, The Result-Oriented – President and Chief Executive Officer – OpenText (Waterloo, ON, Canada – 2,500 or more Employees) – Industry: Information Technology Software
Michael Steib, The Challenger – Chief Executive Officer – XO Group Inc. (New York, NY USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees) – Industry: Media & Entertainment
Steven T. Plochocki, The Influencer – President and CEO – Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees) – Industry: Information Technology Software
Steven Tanger, The Result-Oriented – President and CEO – Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (Greensboro, NC USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees) – Industry: Retail
Taro Fukuyama, The Founder/Entrepreneur – Co-founder and CEO – AnyPerk (San Francisco, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees) – Industry: Human Resources

Female CEO of the Year

Female CEO of the Year – Non-Profit or Government Organizations
Gold Winner
Kathleen Ruddy, The Dedicated – CEO – St. Baldrick’s Foundation (Monrovia, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees) – Industry: Non-Profit or Government Organizations

Founder or Entrepreneur of the Year

Founder or Entrepreneur of the Year – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Jeff Olson, Founder & CEO – Nerium International (Addison, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Consumer Products and Services

Founder or Entrepreneur of the Year – Envrionmental Products and Services
Gold Winner
Abe Issa, CEO and Founder – Global Efficient Energy LLC (Fort Worth, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Envrionmental Products and Services

Founder or Entrepreneur of the Year – Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
Gold Winner
Michael Tetterton, President/CEO – Creative Lodging Solutions (Lexington, KY USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure

Admin Assistant to CEO

Gold Winner
Desiree Vale, Manager, Executive Suite – Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees)

Most Innovative CEO

Most Innovative CEO – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Joseph McGlynn, President & CEO – United Credit Consultants™ (Burnsville, MN USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) for Service additions of Debt Settlement, Real Estate & Mortgage Lending

Most Innovative CEO – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Gil Zimmermann, CEO and Co-Founder – CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Cloud Security as a Business Enabler.

Management Team of the Year

Management Team of the Year – Envrionmental Products and Services
Gold Winner
Abe Issa, CEO and Founder – Global Efficient Energy LLC (Fort Worth, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Envrionmental Products and Services) – Team members include David Noyes, Keri Anderson, Pamela A. Daily, Gary DeMel

Management Team of the Year – Financial Services and Banking
Gold Winner
Anthony Hsieh, CEO – loanDepot, LLC (Foothill Ranch, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking) – Team members include Tonya Scherer, Rick Calle, Norm Steeg, Peter Macdonald, Dave Norris, Jon Frojen, Bryan Sullivan, Jeff DerGurahian

Management Team of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Steven T. Plochocki, President and CEO – Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees) – Industry: Information Technology Software – Team members include Steven T. Plochocki serves as president and CEO. He is known for his expertise in successfully turning around healthcare entities. He joined the company in this capacity in 2008 and also has served on the board since then. Dan Morefield is a seasoned technology executive who was recently appointed Executive Vice President and COO. Paul Holt has served as Chief Financial Officer since November 2000 after being promoted from controller. Mark H. Davis serves as executive vice president of corporate development and strategy. Donn E. Neufeld is executive vice president EDI and Dental, which focuses on the dental software solutions offered by the company. He has worked at QSI in various roles for more than 30 years. Monte Sandler, executive vice president, RCM Services, heads the company’s revenue cycle management division and came to QSI via one of its 11 acquisitions. Steve Puckett, executive vice president/chief technology officer, leads the software development efforts. Gary Voydanoff, a veteran sales expert at QSI, now heads sales and marketing functions as executive vice president, sales and marketing.

Executive of the Year

Executive of the Year (CTO) – Cloud Computing/SaaS
Gold Winner
Aaron Harris, CTO – Intacct (San Jose, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS

Executive of the Year (CMO) – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Amber Olson Rourke, Chief Marketing Officer – Nerium International (Addison, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Consumer Products and Services

Executive of the Year (CNO) – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Dennis Windsor, Chief Networking Officer – Nerium International (Addison, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Consumer Products and Services

Executive of the Year (co-CEO) – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Jeffrey Dahl, Co-Chief Executive Officer – Nerium International (Addison, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Consumer Products and Services

Executive of the Year (Founder) – Envrionmental Products and Services
Gold Winner
Abe Issa, CEO and Founder – Global Efficient Energy LLC (Fort Worth, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Envrionmental Products and Services

Executive of the Year (CFO) – Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
Gold Winner
Marsha Couch, CFO – Creative Lodging Solutions (Lexington, KY USA – 100 – 499 Employees) – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure

CEO Excellence of the Year

CEO Excellence of the Year – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Joseph McGlynn, President & CEO – United Credit Consultants™ (Burnsville, MN USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) for CEO Builds Top 1% credit company in 5 years

CEO Excellence of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Steven T. Plochocki, President and CEO – Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees) – Industry: Information Technology Software for Navigating Healthcare’s Sea Change by Plotting Course for Restructuring

CEO Excellence of the Year – Media & Entertainment
Gold Winner
Michael Steib, Chief Executive Officer – XO Group Inc. (New York, NY USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Media & Entertainment) for Stock price increases 71% in CEO’s first year

Company/ Organization

Best Overall Company of the Year – Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
Gold Winner
Creative Lodging Solutions (Lexington, KY USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)

Best Overall Company of the Year – Security Software
Gold Winner
CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software)

Best Overall Company of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)

Innovative Company of the Year
Gold Winner
CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software)

Startup of the Year

Startup of the Year – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Power Swabs (Melville, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) June 2012

Startup of the Year – Financial Services and Banking
Gold Winner
AssetLock (Centennial, CO USA – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking) June 2014

Startup of the Year – Internet/Cloud Computing
Gold Winner
Apcera (San Francisco, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Internet/Cloud Computing) March 2012

Blog, Web, and Social Media

Best Website of the Year
Gold Winner
CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software) for http://www.cloudlock.com

Best Blog of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Aternity Inc. (Westborough, MA USA – 100 – 499 Employees) for Aternity Central http://www.aternity.com/blog/aternity-central/

Best Blog of the Year – Security Software
Gold Winner
CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software) for CloudLock Blog http://www.cloudlock.com/blog/

Video of the Year – Security Software
Gold Winner
CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software) for About CloudLock http://youtu.be/uIxo9WWjbuE

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Consumer Products and Services – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
United Credit Consultants™ (Burnsville, MN USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) for United Credit Consultants™ Service Programs

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Consumer Products and Services – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Nerium International (Addison, TX USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) for NeriumAD® Age-Defying Night Treatment

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Snowbound Software (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for VirtualViewer HTML5 4.0

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Internet/Cloud Computing
Gold Winner
Apcera (San Francisco, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Internet/Cloud Computing) for Apcera Continuum

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Security Software
Gold Winner
CloudLock (Waltham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software) for CloudLock Security Fabric

Milestone of the Year

Milestone of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 2,500 or more Employees) for The Comeback Kid