11th Annual American Business Awards Announces Winners at First of Two Awards Banquets

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American Express OPEN, the NFL, and P&G Among Winners of Gold Stevie® Awards; New Product and Tech-related Winners to Be Announced at Second Event in San Francisco on September 16

The Stevie Award

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More than 3,200 entries were submitted to The 2013 American Business Awards and 320 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest executives, organizations and employees in America, The 11th Annual American Business Awards announced Stevie® Award Winners last night at the first of two gala award ceremonies taking place this year.

For the first time, The American Business Awards’ June banquet was held outside of New York City. Last night’s ceremony took place at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel and honored winners in categories such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing. Winners in all new product and technology-related categories will be announced at an event in San Francisco on September 16.

The American Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of American business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, corporate communicators, support staff and customer service teams.

Notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced last night include:

­Most Innovative Company of the Year: Procter & Gamble
­Best New Company of the Year: Haystak Digital Marketing
­Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Social Media: MSLGROUP
­Company of the Year – Real Estate: Renters Warehouse
­Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year: The National Football League
­Customer Service Department of the Year: Hyatt Legal Plans
­Executive of the Year – Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations: Michael W. Kempner, CEO of MWW
­Human Resources Department of the Year: BDS Marketing, Inc.
­Best Brand Experience Event: NASCAR
­Viral Marketing Campaign of the Year: U.S. Green Building Council
­Best Media/Entertainment Video: Sony Playstation

American Express OPEN and NASCAR both won three Gold Stevie Awards last night, more than any other organization. Winners of two Gold Stevie Awards are Accenture, Aflac, agencyEA, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AXA Equitable, BMO Capital Markets, Experian Consumer Services, EMKAY Inc., K’NEX, Makovsky, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Quality Systems, Inc., Resonate Pictures, Slack and Company, SquareTrade, SunGard Availability Services, The Keep A Breast Foundation, The Navicor Group, LLC, and VerticalResponse.

More than 3,200 entries were submitted to The 2013 American Business Awards and 320 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

For a complete list of the Stevie Award winners announced last night visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Every new product or service nominated in The 2013 American Business Awards will automatically be included in voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products. Voting will open to the general public on July 8, and the winners will be honored at The American Business Awards ceremony in San Francisco on September 16.

Last night’s presentations were taped and will be broadcast by the Business TalkRadio Network (http://www.businesstalkradio.net) on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut later this year. 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 and follow the Stevie Awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian Consumer Services, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.

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