2017 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
Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, Inc.
Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Ellison – co-Founder of Oracle Corporation
Marc Russell Benioff – Founder, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook
Mary Teresa Barra, CEO of General Motors
Melinda Gates, cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Satya Nadella – CEO – Microsoft
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

CEO of the Year
Gold Winners
Barney Haye, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO – TransVault (Clevedon, North Somerset, UK – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)
Ben Legg, The Metrics Person – AdParlor (New York, NY USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Business Products and Services)
Bill Donoghue, The Leader – CEO – Skillsoft (Nashua, NH USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Business Products and Services)
Darin G. Billerbeck, The Leader – President and Chief Executive Officer – Lattice Semiconductor (Portlaned, OR USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Others: Semiconductor)
David Reid, The Visionary – Co-Founder & CEO – EaseCentral (San Francisco, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Derek Collison, The Founder/Entrepreneur – Founder and CEO – Apcera, Inc. (San Francisco, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Eugene Xiong, The Visionary – Founder and CEO Foxit Software Inc. (Fremont, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Others… PDF Solutions)
Fred Cooper, The Challenger – CEO and Founder – ARIIX, LLC (Bountiful, UT USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)
Garry Drummond, The Founder/Entrepreneur – Founder-CEO – 802 Secure, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software)
Gary Cardone, Visionary Leader – Chargebacks911 (Tampa Bay, FL USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Security Services)
Jean Henri Lhuillier, The Maverick – President and CEO – PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking)
Joe Wang, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO – Impartner (South Jordan, UT USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Kevin Klock, The Leader – President and CEO – Talking Rain Beverage Company (Preston, WA, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Landon Ray, The Visionary – CEO/Founder – ONTRAPORT (Santa Barbara, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Luke Kervin, The Dedicated – Cofounder/Co-CEO – PatientPop, Inc. (Santa Monica, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Michael Tetterton, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO and President – Creative Lodging Solutions (Lexington, Kentucky, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)
Nicholas P. Clark, The Strategist – CEO and Executive Director – Alexium International Group Limited (Greer, SC USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Chemicals)
Promoth Manghat, The Challenger – CEO – UAE Exchange (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Others: Money Transfer and Foreign Exchange)
Roy Dekel, The Leader – CEO – Setschedule LLC (Irvine, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)
Steven Bearak, The Team Builder – CEO – IdentityForce, Inc. (Framingham, MA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software)
Stuart McClure, The Daredevil – Co-Founder and CEO – Cylance, Inc. (Irvine, CA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Security Software)
Tagui Veronica Manoyan, The Challenger – CEO – Bon Choix Couture Inc. (Glendale, CA USA – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Media & Entertainment)
Troy McQuagge, The Leader – President and CEO – USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Insurance)
Upinder Zutshi, The Communicator – Managing Director & CEO – Infinite Computer Solutions (Bengaluru, India – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services)

Management Team of the Year
Gold Winner
Fred Cooper, CEO and Founder – ARIIX, LLC (Bountiful, UT USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) – Team members include: Mark Wilson, Jeff Yates, Riley Timmer, Deanna Latson, Wenhan Zhang, Ian Chandler

Female CEO of the Year – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, The Visionary – President/CEO – RippleNami, Inc. (San Diego, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Silver Winner
Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, The Dedicated – CEO – Hawthorne Direct (Los Angeles, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Female CEO of the Year – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Jennifer Tejada, The Customer Focused – CEO – PagerDuty (San Francisco, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)

Female CEO of the Year – 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Tina Hodges, The Corporate Social Responsibility Leader – Chief Executive and Chief Experience Officer – Advance Financial (Nashville, TN USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking)
Silver Winners
Kim Perell, The Founder/Entrepreneur – CEO – Amobee, Inc. (San Diego, CA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)
Sharon Rowlands, The Mentor – CEO – ReachLocal, Inc. (Woodland Hills, CA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations)

Most Innovative CEO – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Garry Drummond, Founder-CEO – 802 Secure, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software) for Proposing solutions that simplify deployment, assessment, and protection of IoT and legacy wireless networks

Most Innovative CEO – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Or Shani, Chief Executive Officer – Albert (New York, NY USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) for Visionary behind the company’s signature technology, Albert – the world’s first and only self-driven marketing and advertising platform
Silver Winner
Shawn Farshchi, President and CEO – Aryaka Networks, Inc. (Milpitas, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Telecommunications) for Ability to empathize with the IT buyer and build products and solutions that truly enable business execution

Most Innovative CEO – 500 – 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Darin G. Billerbeck, President and Chief Executive Officer – Lattice Semiconductor (Portland, OR USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Others: Semiconductor) for Billerbeck continued Lattice’s innovation with the development of CrossLink™, the first programmable Application Specific Standard Product (pASSP) combing the design flexibility and time-to-market benefits of an FPGA with the highly integrated function and cost optimization benefits of an ASSP

Admin Assistant to CEO – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Brianna Sturm, Executive Assistant to the CEO – TOPS Software (Clearwater, FL USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services)
Silver Winner
Vladislava Russeva, Administrative Assistant to the CEO – Smart Energy Group (Sofia, Bulgaria – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Energy & Utilities)

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

Executive of the Year – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Kathy Lord, VP of Sales – Intacct (San Jose, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Silver Winner
Mark Wilson, President and Founder – ARIIX, LLC (Bountiful, UT USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)

Executive of the Year – 500 – 2,499 Employee
Gold Winner
Jose R. Costa, Group President – Driven Brands (Charlotte, NC USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Automotive & Related Equipment)

Founder, Entrepreneur or Partner of the Year – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Garry Drummond, Founder-CEO – 802 Secure, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Security Software)

Founder, Entrepreneur or Partner of the Year – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winners
Felix Van de Maele, Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Collibra, Inc. (New York, NY USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software)
Alex Barrotti, Founder & CEO – TouchBistro, Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Food & Beverage)
Silver Winners
Luke Kervin, Cofounder/Co-CEO – PatientPop, Inc. (Santa Monica, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Michael Tetterton, CEO and President – Creative Lodging Solutions (Lexington, Kentucky, USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, and Leisure)

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
iQ Media (Conshohocken, PA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) for iQ Media Real Time TV Analytics
Silver Winner
root9B (Colorado Springs, CO USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services) for ORKOS v2.0
Bronze Winner
Impartner (South Jordan, UT USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) for Impartner PRM

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Insurance) for PremierChoice
Silver Winner
ARIIX, LLC (Bountiful, UT USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services) for Jouvé Skin System

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year – 500 – 2,499
Gold Winner
PRO Unlimited (San Francisco, CA USA – 500 – 2,499 Employees – Industry: Others… Contingent Workforce Management) for Wand

Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year – 2,500 or more Employee
Gold Winner
Verint Systems, Inc. (Melville, NY USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Verint Voice of the Customer™ v15.1

CEO Excellence of the Year
Gold Winner
Don Mal, Chief Executive Officer – Vena Solutions (Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) for CEO leads triple digit revenue growth — for fifth straight year
Silver Winner
Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO – PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Cebuana Lhuillier Disaster Resilience Campaign: Reinforcing the Filipino’s Indomitable Spirit

Best Overall Company of the Year – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
LECMPA (Southfield, MI USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Insurance)

Best Overall Company of the Year – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
ARIIX, LLC (Bountiful, UT USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)
Silver Winner
USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Insurance)

Best Overall Company of the Year – 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking)

Innovative Company of the Year
Gold Winner
Apcera, Inc. (San Francisco, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS)
Silver Winner
ARIIX, LLC (Bountiful, UT USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Consumer Products and Services)

Startup of the Year – 2014
Gold Winner
PatientPop, Inc. (Santa Monica, CA USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) – November 2014
Silver Winner
Telemart (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Retail) – January 2014

Startup of the Year – 2015
Gold Winner
EaseCentral (San Francisco, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) – January 2015
Silver Winner
RippleNami, Inc. (San Diego, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) – February 2015
Bronze Winner
TeleMed2U (Roseville, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) – January 2015

Startup of the Year – 2016
Gold Winner
Bin Qasim Enterprises (Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtun Khwa, Pakistan – 1 – 10 Employees – Industry: Wholesale & Distribution) – January 2016

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative – 11 – 99 Employees
Gold Winner
RippleNami, Inc. (San Diego, CA USA – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) for RippleNami, Inc. – Connecting the Unconnected

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas USA – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Insurance) for bring HOPE into communities all across America

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative – 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Cebuana Lhuillier Disaster Resilience Campaign

Apps
Gold Winner
TouchBistro, Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Food & Beverage) for TouchBistro iPad POS for Restaurants

Videos – Brand Awareness or Entertainment
Gold Winner
Leidos (Reston, VA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services) for Leidos Day 1 Video – Creative and production includes: Joe Knapp – Senior Producer

Websites, Design, and Content – Best Overall Web Design
Gold Winner
TransVault (Clevedon, North Somerset, UK – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) – Creative and production includes: Nicholas Menelaou, TransVault – Web Developer, Sara Appleyard, TransVault – Content Editor, Steve Bird, TransVault – Project Manager, Marcella Mazzucca, TransVault – Project Leader

White Paper or Research Report
Gold Winner
TransVault (Clevedon, North Somerset, UK – 11 – 99 Employees – Industry: Information Technology Software) for Making Office 365 a One-Stop-Shop for Email Records Compliance – Creative and production includes: Sara Appleyard, TransVault – Main Author, Steve Goodman, Microsoft MVP – Forward Author

Milestone of the Year – 100 – 499 Employees
Gold Winner
INSIGHTEC (Tirat Carmel, Haifa, Israel – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) for First MRI-guided focused ultrasound platform FDA-approved to treat essential tremor
Silver Winner
Vena Solutions (Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 100 – 499 Employees – Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) for Vena Raises $30M to Continue Growth in Corporate Performance Management

Milestone of the Year – 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
Leidos (Reston, VA USA – 2,500 or more Employees – Industry: Information Technology Services) for Leidos and Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions Deal