Marketing Executives Networking Group Congratulates 2011 Edison Award Winners

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The distinguished Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy.

The Edison Awards embody what’s possible and positive for our global society moving forward.

Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), a nearly 2000 member, not-for-profit organization of senior-level marketing professionals, congratulates all the 2011 Edison Award winners recognized at The Capitale in New York City earlier this month. Danny Forster, host of Discovery’s “Build It Bigger” emceed the event along with humorous banter from Mike Rowe, star of “Dirtiest Jobs,” before a sold-out crowd of over 400 executives from various industries.

The distinguished Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy. For a list of this year’s winners and finalists, click here.

MENG was a proud marketing partner of the awards for the third consecutive year. In addition, the ballot of nominees for the Edison Best New Product Awards™ was judged by the MENG community. In a comprehensive peer-review process, the nominees are judged on Marketplace Innovation, Marketplace Success, Technological Innovation, Market Structure Innovation, Societal Impact, and Design Innovation.

MENG member, Bob Leonard of Earthgarage, also served as an innovation panelist during the “Meet the Innovators Forum” held at the New York Academy of Science. Hub Magazine editor and MENG member, Tim Manners, attended and served as a sponsor of the event as well.

“More than any year, this year's award winners demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus, and market awareness,” said Tom Stat, Executive Director, Edison Universe. “I'm especially pleased that so many of our 2011 award winners are innovating around innovation itself by focusing on education, market collaboration, and open innovation. These honored award winners show that by stimulating our natural curiosity, fueling our drive for discovery and sparking our need to innovate, no challenge is too big and opportunities abound. Edison himself would be very, very proud."

“The Edison Awards embody what’s possible and positive for our global society moving forward,” said Richard Sellers, Chairman of MENG and Founder of Demand Marketing. “We’re proud to be associated with such a prestigious award that is growing in distinction and recognition.”

In addition to announcing this year’s Best New Product Award recipients, the evening featured the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, and to John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of Discovery Communications, both of whom have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers.

The Edison Awards Steering Committee is comprised of senior executives with diverse marketing, scientific, and business backgrounds who monitor the development and successful launch of innovative products each year. The Committee is responsible for bestowing the annual Edison Achievement Awards and serves as a guidepost in developing the list of nominees that is presented to the Edison Best New Product Award judges.

The 2011 Edison Awards are sponsored by The Nielsen Company, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Spencer Trask and USA Today. The Edison Awards are granted under the aegis of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University, a globally recognized research network dedicated to the study of innovation and its application in the 21st Century. For more information about the Edison Award finalists, please visit http://www.edisonawards.com.

About MENG:
About MENG: The Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) is the premiere international community of executive-level marketers who share their passion and expertise to ensure each member’s success. This not-for-profit organization of nearly 2,000 members fosters career and personal success across virtually all industries and marketing specialties by providing networking opportunities and the ability to share knowledge and best practices. Members must have reached at least the VP level in their organization. Eighty-four percent of members have Fortune 500 experience and 70% have earned graduate degrees. To learn more about MENG, post executive level marketing positions, or to access MENG’s database of marketing executives, speakers and consultants, visit http://www.MENGonline.com. MENG can also be found through its blog, MENG Blend, or Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/MENGonline.

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