2016 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
Brendan Smith, Servant Leader – CEO & Founder – Motive Interactive (San Diego, California, United States – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services)
Brian Gleason, The Result-Oriented – CEO, The Americas – Xaxis (New York, NY USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)
Chris Davis, The Founder/Entrepreneur – Co-Founder and CEO – Loot Crate (Los Angeles, California, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)
Fadi Barakat, The Interpersonal – President and CEO – Elite Bldg. Cont. Co. LLC (Dubai, UAE – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Construction)
Gary Quinn, The Visionary – CEO and President – FalconStor Software, Inc. (Melville, NY USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)
Gerry David, The Leader – Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Ian Siegel, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO – ZipRecruiter (Santa Monica, California, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Business Products and Services)
Kevin Klock, The Leader – President and CEO – Talking Rain Beverage Company (Preston, WA, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Khaled Al Mansoori, The Leader – Chief Executive Officer – Emirates Driving Company (Abu Dhabi – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Education)
Michael Tetterton, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO and President – Creative Lodging Solutions (Lexington, Kentucky, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)
Mike Persico, The Risk Taker – CEO – Anova Technologies, LLC (Chicago, IL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Telecommunications)
Mohammed Tolymat, The Leader – CEO – AL-Badaha Factory Company for Marbles (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Manufacturing)
Pete Manca, The Risk Taker – Egenera (Boxborough, MA, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Sachin Nayyar, The Visionary – Securonix (Los Angeles, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Security Software)
Sharon Rowlands, The Customer Focused – CEO – ReachLocal (Woodland Hills, California, USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)
Sheeroy Desai, The Visionary – CEO and Co-Founder – Gild (San Francisco, California, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Human Resources)
Tom Sanzone, The Leader – Chief Executive Officer – Black Knight Financial Services (Jacksonville, Florida, USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)
Tom Willie, The Visionary – Blue Pillar, Inc. (Frederick, Maryland, USA – 100 – 499 Employee – Industry:Energy & Utilities)
Troy A. McQuagge, The Leader – President and CEO – USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Insurance)

Female CEO of the Year

Female CEO of the Year – Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Alexi Venneri, The Social Media Enthusiastic – Co-founder, CEO – Digital Air Strike (Scottsdale, AZ, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Female CEO of the Year – Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations – 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Sharon Rowlands, The Customer Focused – CEO – ReachLocal (Woodland Hills, California, USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Female CEO of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Ann Johnson, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO – Interana (Redwood City, California, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)

Female CEO of the Year – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Janelle Wang, The Founder/Entrepreneur – Co-Founder & CEO – ACTON, Inc. (Mountain View, California, United States – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)

Female CEO of the Year – Consulting
Gold Winners
Lisa Calkins, The Mentor – CEO – Amadeus Consulting (Boulder, Colorado, United States – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consulting)
Stephynie Malik, The Strategist – CEO – MalikCo (Walnut Creek, California, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consulting)

Female CEO of the Year – Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
Gold Winner
Lynda Ellis, The Visionary – President, CEO and Owner – Capitol Concierge, Inc. (Rockville, MD, United States – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)

Female CEO of the Year – Information Technology Services
Gold Winner
Nancy MacIntyre, The Leader – Founder and CEO – Fingerprint (San Francisco, CA, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services)

Female CEO of the Year – Insurance
Gold Winner
Susan Tukel, The Customer Focused – President – LECMPA (Southfield, MI USA – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Insurance)

Founder or Entrepreneur of the Year

Founder or Entrepreneur – Retail – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Neslihan Hidirligil, President – N&F Global Corp (Hauppauge, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Retail)

Founder or Entrepreneur – Retail – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Ahmed Rauf Essa, Founder Director – Telemart (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Retail)

Founder or Entrepreneur – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Chris Davis, Co-Founder and CEO – Loot Crate (Los Angeles, California, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)

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

Founder or Entrepreneur – Information Technology Services
Gold Winner
Seth A. Ravin, Chairman & CEO – Rimini Street, Inc. (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services)

Founder or Entrepreneur – Media & Entertainment
Gold Winner
Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO – BroadbandTV (Vancouver, B.C. Canada – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Media & Entertainment)

Admin Assistant to CEO

Admin Assistant – Real Estate & Construction
Gold Winner
Kadar A. Darussalam, Office Manager – Daem Real Estate Investment (Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Real Estate & Construction)

Admin Assistant – Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Gold Winner
Kristin Pernice, Executive Assistant to CEO, Americas, Global CRO, and SVP of Customer Engagement – Xaxis (New York, NY USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Admin Assistant – Manufacturing
Gold Winner
Mahmoud Ghoneim, Purchasing Manager – AL-Badaha Factory Company for Marbles (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Manufacturing)

Admin Assistant – Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
Gold Winner
Michelle Hunt, Executive Administrative Assistant – Creative Lodging Solutions (Lexington, Kentucky, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)

Admin Assistant – Financial Services and Banking
Gold Winner
Shyju T.C., Manager – CEO’s Office – UAE Exchange (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking)

Most Innovative CEO

Most Innovative CEO – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Chris Davis, Co-Founder and CEO – Loot Crate (Los Angeles, California, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) for New consumption model for pop culture fans

Most Innovative CEO – Information Technology Software – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Steven Lamb, Founder and CEO – ioFABRIC Inc. (Toronto, Ontario. Canada – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for New software revolutionizes how data is stored and managed

Most Innovative CEO – Information Technology Software – 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Colin Day, CEO – iCIMS (Matawan, New Jersey, United States – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for iCIMS CEO Colin Day Embodies Innovation through Vision, Passion, Empathy

Most Innovative CEO – Security Services
Gold Winner
Heath Davies, Chief Executive Officer – Clearswift (Theale, Reading, UK – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Security Services) for CEO Heath Davies Transforms the Cyber Security Industry

Most Innovative CEO – Business Products and Services
Gold Winner
Jonathan Price, CEO – Virtual Incentives (Atlanta, Georgia, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Business Products and Services) for globalization is changing the way we do business

Most Innovative CEO – Telecommunications
Gold Winner
Mike Persico, CEO – Anova Technologies, LLC (Chicago, IL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Telecommunications) for Mike Persico brings lasercom systems to the forefront

Most Innovative CEO – Insurance
Gold Winner
Troy A. McQuagge, President and CEO – USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Insurance) for Product Innovation Saves the Company

Management Team of the Year

Management Team of the Year – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Coy Christmas, CEO & Co-Founder of Fasetto – Fasetto (Superior, Wisconsin, United States – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) Team’s Job Function: Management – Team members include: Luke Malpass, Software Architect & Co-Founder, and Parnell Lutz, CTO

Management Team of the Year – Business Products and Services
Gold Winner
John Visentin, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Novitex Enterprise Solutions (Stamford, CT USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Business Products and Services) Team’s Job Function: Management – Team members include: Irina Novoselsky, Joe Trost, Theresa Mohan, Anthony Dupree, Michelle Tierney, Bob Rooney)

Management Team of the Year – Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure
Gold Winner
Lynda Ellis, President, CEO and Owner – Capitol Concierge, Inc. (Rockville, MD, United States – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure) – Team’s Job Function: Strategy / Planning – Team members include: Misty Tieman, Eric Tenali

Management Team of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Philip Pead, CEO – Progress (Bedford, MA, USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) Team’s Job Function: General Business – Team members include: Michael Benedict (Chief Product Officer), Stephen Faberman (Senior Vice President, General Counsel), Svetozar Georgiev (Senior Vice President, Application Platforms), Chris Perkins (Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer), Melissa Puls (Chief Marketing Officer), Jerry Rulli (Chief Operating Officer), Rob Steward (Chief Product Development Officer), Dimitre Taslakov (Chief Talent Officer), Vassil Terziev (Chief Innovation Officer); Faris Sweis (Chief Transformation Officer)

Executive of the Year

Executive of the Year – Security Services
Gold Winner
Dr. Guy Bunker, Senior Vice President – Products – Clearswift (Theale, Reading, UK – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Security Services)

Executive of the Year – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
Jerry Halbrook, President – Black Knight Financial Services (Jacksonville, Florida, USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)

Executive of the Year – Cloud Computing/SaaS – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Marc Linden, CFO – Intacct (San Jose, California, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)

Executive of the Year – Cloud Computing/SaaS – 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Larry Samuelson, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary – Cvent (Tysons Corner, VA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)

Executive of the Year – Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Gold Winner
Taylor Canfield, Executive Vice President – Davies Public Affairs (Santa Barbara, California, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

CEO Excellence of the Year

CEO Excellence of the Year – Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Gold Winner
Brian Gleason, CEO, The Americas – Xaxis (New York, NY USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) for doubling the Americas regions revenue over the past two years

CEO Excellence of the Year – Construction
Gold Winner
Fadi Barakat, President and CEO – Elite Bldg. Cont. Co. LLC (Dubai, UAE – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Construction) for CEO Diversification of Business

Company/ Organization

Best Overall Company of the Year – Cloud Computing/SaaS
Gold Winner
Cvent (Tysons Corner, VA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)

Startup of the Year

Startup – Retail
Gold Winner
Always Christmas in NY, Inc. (N&F GLOBAL CORP) (Hauppauge, NY USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Retail) October 2013

Startup – Information Technology Software
Gold Winner
ioFABRIC Inc. (Toronto, Ontario. Canada – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) October 2013

Startup – Automotive & Related Equipment
Gold Winner
OBEX COMMERCE Import Export (Dakar, Senegal – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Automotive & Related Equipment) March 2012

Startup – Financial Services and Banking
Gold Winner
PaidYET (El Segundo, CA, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking) September 2015

Startup – Human Resources
Gold Winner
Tasytt (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Human Resources) January 2015

Startup – Consumer Products and Services
Gold Winner
Tile (San Mateo, California, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) June 2013

Blog, Web, and Social Media

Advertisement: Best use of Facebook
Gold Winner
Digital Air Strike: Pride Chevrolet (Lynn Massachusetts, USA) for Pride Chevrolet Response Logix Quick Quote

Video of the Year
Gold Winner
Rhythm Systems (Charlotte, NC USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Business Products and Services) for The Wrong vs. Right Way to Run Your Meetings

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Manufacturing
Gold Winner
AL-Badaha Factory Company for Marbles (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Manufacturing) for Gold Stone

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Information Technology Software – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Vorex (Dallas, Texas, USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Vorex

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Information Technology Software – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Aternity Inc. (Westborough, MA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Aternity Version 9

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Information Technology Software – 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
Telligent®, A Verint Company (Alpharetta, GA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Telligent Communityâ„¢

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Security Services
Gold Winner
Clearswift (Theale, Reading, UK – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Security Services) for ARgon for Email

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Cloud Computing/SaaS
Gold Winner
MINDBODY (San Luis Obispo, California, USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) for MINDBODY App

New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations – Financial Services and Banking
Gold Winner
North American Bancard (Troy, MI USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for PayAnywhere Mobile

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Green Awards

Social Investment of the Year
Gold Winner
APTelecom (Bridgewater, NJ USA – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Telecommunications)