Sage Environmental Services, CEO Julie Pond Honored with Two Silver Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

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Sage Environmental Services wins Silver Stevie® for "Most Innovative Company of the Year"; Julie Pond recognized with 2013 Silver Stevie® for "Innovator of the Year," challenges co-nominees to move their market forward.

Innovation is one of my obsessions, and to be recognized while in the company of such extraordinary and accomplished women is thrilling.

Pioneering Green Facility Maintenance Provider Sage Environmental Services and its CEO Julie Pond are the proud recipients of two Silver Stevie® Awards recognizing their innovative leadership and business model.

“Innovation is one of my obsessions, and to be recognized while in the company of such extraordinary and accomplished women is thrilling," says Pond. "I’m grateful to my courageous team, to the enduring integrity of our strategic partners, and to the amazing innovative leaders in our region who have inspired us and kept us grounded in bravery."

Sage Environmental Services is recognized for its focus on moving its market forward, adhering to Jeffrey Bezos' notion of becoming explorers rather than conquerors. "This is the challenge I'm issuing to my co-nominees: what can you do do today to create a new market?" adds Pond.

As part of her own commitment to this challenge, Julie has created an elite global community of sustainability leaders that come together in Innovation Circles™, a format designed to break through cultural barriers, share best practices, and pioneer the industry.

Sage Environmental Services has created a revolutionary new facility strategy model called How Facilities Thrive™. This licensing model fosters structural innovation, providing a robust business foundation and subject matter expertise, while allowing room for the collaboration and innovation that are so often discouraged in traditional franchising scenarios. As a result, Sage has established collaborative entrepreneurial partnerships in New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland in addition to the US. The company plans to expand into Asia in 2014 and is seeking financing for this and other ventures.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 240 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

About Sage Environmental Services, Inc.
Sage Environmental Services, Inc. is a privately owned, pioneering Green Facility Maintenance company that provides full-service janitorial and maintenance services in the Seattle and San Francisco Bay Areas. Sage is recognized as a sustainability leader and premier janitorial service provider. Learn more about Sage Environmental Services, Inc. at http://sagethrive.com

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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