The Control Group Honored As Silver, Bronze, And Gold Stevie® Award Winners In 2015 American Business Awards

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Winners in ABA’s New Product and Technology-Related Categories Announced in San Francisco

Sean Shahrokhi, Director of Communications and PR accepting award at Stevie Awards in San Francisco

We are extremely excited, having won six ABA awards this year; one of which being the Gold Stevie for Technology Team of the Year.” Said Sean Shahrokhi, Director of Communications and Public Relations for The Control Group.

The Control Group (TCG) was presented with two additional Silver Stevie® Awards in the Company of the Year and the Executive of the Year categories in The 13th Annual American Business Awards Friday night.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Friday, September 11 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. More than 250 nominees and their guests attended for the presentation of new product awards, management awards, app awards, and more, where TCG added two more Silvers to the list of ABA Awards won this past year. The Silver ABA Stevie Award for Executive of the Year was awarded to Kris Kibak, CEO of The Control Group, and the Silver for Company of the Year was presented in the Computer Services & Software category.

This year’s American Business Awards were presented at two events. Stevies for excellence in customer service, human resources, marketing, websites, publications, videos, management, and other disciplines were announced in Chicago in June where TCG won a Bronze for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, another Bronze awarded to Shiem Edelbrock (CTO) for Maverick of the Year, a Silver for Innovation of the Year, and a Gold ABA Stevie Award for Information Technology Team of the Year. Last Friday night’s event focused on new product and technology-related categories, tech-related management, and select company/organization categories.

More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Tech Startup of the Year, Software Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, and App of the Year, among others.

“We are extremely excited, having won six ABA awards this year; one of which being the Gold Stevie for Technology Team of the Year.” Said Sean Shahrokhi, Director of Communications and Public Relations for The Control Group. “This meant a lot, being this was the first year that we participated and look forward to next year’s competition.”

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 200 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process.

“We are extremely impressed with the quality of the entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “To those outstanding individuals and organizations that received Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards, the judges and I are honored to celebrate your many accomplishments. You are setting a high standard for professionals nationwide.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie winners who were announced on September 11 are available at    

About The Control Group
Created in 2011, The Control Group is one of the fastest-growing technology companies headquartered in San Diego. Their expertise is in web development and internet marketing. The company is the developer of, one of the top people search engines in the world and NextGen Leads, an extremely high quality insurance leads platform focused on streamlining lead acquisition. Because the company is already profitable, it has been able to develop a company culture that is shaking up the Technology Sector. Core to the company culture is its reach into the community to make a positive impact by volunteering, supporting, and getting involved in numerous important causes.

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

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

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