Winners Announced in Best in Biz Awards 2014

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High caliber judging panel scored over 550 award nominations to determine winners.

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“The nominated companies appear, each in their own way, poised to carve out market share and positions in new industries, and I want to congratulate each of the affiliated executives,” said Jonathan Marino, senior editor at The Deal.

Best in Biz Awards, the only business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts, today announced the winners in its 2014 competition. As in previous years, the fourth annual program in North America featured a large and distinguished judging panel comprised of members of the media who reviewed and scored the hundreds of award nominations. More than 550 award nominations were received this year in a variety of company, executive, team, product and PR and media focused categories. Nominations were fielded from public and private companies of all sizes, from virtually every major industry and region in the U.S. and Canada, showcasing the very best of North American business.

Best in Biz Awards 2014 honors were presented in 60 categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Best Place to Work, Technology Department of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Product of the Year, Best New Product of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year and Website of the Year.

Gold award winners in this year’s program include: Airpush, AT&T, Avere Systems, Beeline, BlackBerry, Broadview Networks, Burger King, CareerBeam Outplacement, Citrix, Cloudera, Constant Contact, CTERA, Cyren, Dell, Diligent Board Member Services, Divurgent, FeeX, Financial Finesse, Fleetmatics, Geary LSF, G-Force Shipping, Guitar Center, Imation, IQMS, LeadMD, Lifesize, loanDepot, Magnitude Software, MetLife, Modernizing Medicine, MWW Group, Narrative Science, OrthoAccel Technologies, PayPal, Peer 1 Hosting, Quality Systems, RES Software, Rock Orange, Roth Staffing Companies, Seed Strategy, SquareTwo Financial, Swift Transportation, Synaptics, Toshiba, TouchBistro, UniFirst Corporation, UnitedHealthcare, UPRAISE, USANA, vCita, VerticalResponse, VisionGate, Vonage and Wajam.

Multiple award winners in this year’s program include: Agiliance, Airpush, AT&T, Beeline, BEW Global, BlackBerry, Broadview Networks, CloudLock, Creative Lodging Solutions, Cyren, Divurgent, dough, Financial Finesse, Fleetmatics, Geary LSF, IFS North America, JAMF Software, Medtech College, MWW Group, Nerium International, OrthoAccel Technologies, Panterra Networks, PayPal, Quality Systems, Riverbed, Smartling, Synaptics, TouchBistro, UnitedHealthcare, USANA, VerticalResponse, VisionGate, Vonage and Wajam. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze award winners in Best in Biz Awards 2014, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2014-winners.

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2014 were determined by an independent panel of 53 judges from highly recognized newspapers, business, consumer and technology publications, radio outlets, and analyst firms, including numerous judges returning from previous panels. This year’s panel included contributors to Arizona Daily Star, Atlanta Tribune, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cascade Business News, Chicago Tribune, Chip Design Magazine, Computerworld, Crain’s New York Business, CRN, Dallas Morning News, Dayton Business Journal, Detroit Free Press, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek Channel Insider, Executive Travel Magazine, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Hartford Business Journal, Hartford Courant, Inc. Magazine, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Law Technology News, Miami Herald, Memphis Business Journal, Network World, NorthBay Biz, Orange County Register, PC Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal, Pittsburgh Business Times, Prairie Business Magazine, Quad-City Times, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Savannah Morning News, Small Business Digest, South Florida Business Journal, Tech.Blorge, Tech-Gaming, Times (Munster, Indiana), Upstart Business Journal and USA Today. For a complete list of this year’s judges and bios, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2014-judges

Select quotes from Best in Biz Awards 2014 judges:
“This was my first year as a Best in Biz Awards judge, and I was so thrilled to read the inspiring leadership stories in the Executive Team of the Year category. The companies who entered made it very difficult to choose a winner because all of them have done such incredible work to bring their companies to the next level,” said Nicole Fallon, assistant editor at Business News Daily. “They say an organization’s greatest asset is its people, but those people need a strong executive team to guide them toward their goals. The companies in this category all truly exemplify what it means to be a great leader.”

“In the more than 10 years I have been covering consumer issues I have seen vast improvements in customer service policies put in place by major corporations. It was especially gratifying to see the levels of service achieved by this year's entries in Best in Biz Awards,” said Mark Huffman, reporter for Consumer Affairs, judging his first Best in Biz Awards competition. “In the Internet age, it has never been more important to ensure your customers have a positive experience and, should there be a problem, to address it. These companies “get it,” and that's not only good for them, but good for customers too.”

“Theodore Roosevelt once said that the difference between a leader and a boss is that the leader leads and the boss drives. That maxim can easily apply to this year's list of entries in the Executive of the Year category,” said Iris Dorbian of peHUB. “Although all clearly have excelled at generating untold revenue for their respective firms, what emerges from each entrant's story is how deep and far they've been able to inspire their staff to innovate, take risks and reach for the stars.”

About Best in Biz Awards
Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs annually: North America and International. Entries will begin to be accepted in the third annual Best in Biz Awards 2015 International program in January 2015. Any organization worldwide may enter any of the more than 60 company, department or team, executive and product categories. For more information about the entry process and categories in the International program, please visit: http://intl.bestinbizawards.com.

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