13th Annual American Business Awards Announces Winners at First of Two Awards Ceremonies

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Bacardi Limited, IBM, and YouTube Among Winners of Gold Stevie® Awards; New Product and Tech-Related Winners to Be Announced at Second Event in San Francisco on September 11

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More than 3,300 nominations were submitted to The 2015 American Business Awards, and more than 200 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

The 13th Annual American Business Awards announced Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Award Winners on Monday night at the first of two gala award ceremonies taking place this year.

Monday evening’s ceremony at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel honored winners in categories for customer service, human resources, information technology, websites, corporate communications, live events, marketing, publications, videos, and selected categories for company/organization, and management. Winners in new product and technology-related categories, tech-related management, and select company/organization categories will be announced at an event at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on September 11.

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 on Monday include:

Communications or PR Campaign of the Year - Global Issues: Bacardi Limited
Customer Service Executive of the Year: Bob Weintraub, Capitol One Investing
Innovation of the Year - Business Service Industries: Ernst and Young
Customer Service Department of the Year: Hyatt Legal Plans
Viral Marketing Campaign of the Year: IBM
Human Resources Executive of the Year: Jennifer Jech Simonson, Roth Staffing Companies, L.P
Executive of the Year - Financial Services: Daniel DeMeo, CAN Capital
Information Technology Team of the Year: Cisco Systems
Best Brand Experience Event: Extraordinary Events

MWW won four Gold Stevie Awards on Monday, more than any other organization, while AT&T, Fareportal, Girl Scouts of the USA, Gulfstream Aerospace, and Isagenix International took home three. Winners of two Gold Stevie Awards include Accenture, Bell Helicopter, Broadstreet, Carbonite, Cigna, Cyracom, IDEXX Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard, Lifesize, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Roth Staffing Company, Signet, and SoFi.

More than 3,300 nominations were submitted to The 2015 American Business Awards, and more than 200 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 on Monday, visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Every new product or service nominated in The 2015 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 6, and the winners will be honored at The American Business Awards ceremony in San Francisco on September 11.

BizTalkRadio broadcast the 7:30 pm CT awards program live. Awards presentations during the 5:00 pm CT / 6:00 pm ET ceremony earlier that evening were recorded and will be broadcast on Thursday evening, June 25 at 7:00 pm CT / 8:00 pm ET. Listen on the BizTalk website http://BizTalkRadio.com, or download their free app for iPhone or Android.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. 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.

Sponsors and partners of The 2015 American Business Awards include: BizTalkRadio, CallidusCloud, Engility, Fareportal, John Hancock, PetRays, and Softpro.

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