Winners Announced in Best in Biz Awards 2016

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Judges -from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal- scored over 600 award nominations to determine winners

Best in Biz Awards 2016 winners announced
“There were tons of great entries this year — it was especially difficult to pick the most worthy candidates out of the many submissions,” said Christopher Null, Wired.

Best in Biz Awards, the only business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts, today announced the winners in its 2016 competition. As in previous years, the sixth annual program in North America featured a distinguished judging panel comprised of members of the media who reviewed and scored the hundreds of award nominations. More than 600 award nominations were received this year 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 2016 honors were presented in 60 company, executive, team, product, PR and media focused 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, App of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year and Website of the Year.

Gold and multiple award winners in this year’s program include: Actiontec, Aflac, AFN Logistics, Agilis Systems, American Craft Council, AppFolio, Benefitfocus, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, Broadview Networks, Bruce Power, Califia Farms, CallidusCloud, CareerBuilder, Cedar Electronics, Chacka Marketing, Citrix, ClearSlide, Collabera, The Company of Others, Creative Lodging Solutions, CSE Insurance, Curriculum Associates, CyraCom International, DataCore, Deloitte, EMKAY, Epicor, Fattmerchant, Financial Finesse, Fleetmatics, Four Kitchens, Gensuite, Globoforce, Grasshopper, H2O+ Beauty, HZO, Incisive, Intacct, Invoice2go, IonTuition, Jazz, Jive, Kuna, LabRoots, LeadMD, LifeLock, Lucid Software, Makers Nutrition, Mohu, Novus Global Solutions, O.C. Tanner, OnProcess Technology, Optymyze, Other World Computing, P.F. Chang’s, Prosight Specialty Insurance, Proven Business Systems, PURE Insurance, Quest Diagnostics, Relationship One, Revana, Rimini Street, Scrub Daddy, Securonix, Signifyd, Sonus Networks, StrategyBlocks, SYSPRO, T-Mobile, Tata Consultancy Services, Toast, TransUnion, Untangle, USANA, Veritas Technologies, Visit California, Waste Management, WebPT, Webroot, Wells Fargo, WhatBox and Zoro. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze award winners in Best in Biz Awards 2016, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2016-winners.

For the second time, Best in Biz Awards is recognizing the most awarded companies participating in this year’s program using a weighted-medal point system. The top spot this year was taken by Financial Finesse, having been recognized for honors in 6 categories (12 points). Citrix and its subsidiaries was the second most awarded company, with 9 points. New American Funding and Creative Lodging Solutions tied for the third most awarded spot with 8 points each. Tied for the fifth spot were three companies: CyraCom International, Optymyze and Veritas Technologies, each with 7 points. For the complete list of BiBA’s Most Awarded companies, see: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2016-most-awarded/.

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2016 were determined based on scoring from an independent panel of 50 judges from widely known newspapers, business, consumer and technology publications, TV outlets, and analyst firms. In addition to numerous judges returning from the 2011-2015 judging panels, this year’s panel included several worthy additions to the high-profile group. Among others, the panel included: Accounting Today, AdWeek, Associated Press, Atlanta Tribune, Business News Daily, CNET, Computerworld, Consumer Affairs, Entrepreneur, eWeek Channel Insider, Forbes, Healthcare Innovation News, Inc., Information Week, InfoWorld, Investment Advisor Magazine, MediaPost, Multifamily Executive, Network World, Portland Business Journal, Security Products Magazine, South Florida Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, Wired, WLRN and ZDNet.

Select quotes from Best in Biz Awards 2016 judges:
“There were tons of great entries this year — it was especially difficult to pick the most worthy candidates out of the many submissions,” said Christopher Null, Wired, returning to the Best in Biz Awards judging panel for the fourth year.

“The nominees for Most Innovative Service of the Year were extremely impressive this year and nicely represent America's entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mark Huffman, Consumer Affairs, returning to judge his third Best in Biz Awards competition.

“If companies are going to stand out from the crowd and remain competitive in future years, innovation is key. The market is tough and there is no guarantee that today’s dominant players will remain so — unless time and effort are concentrated on research and development,” said Charlie Osborne, ZDNet. “This year’s entries in Best in Biz Awards highlighted not only innovative business practices but the emergence of next-generation technologies which will keep companies current and relevant.”

“It was an honor judging the Executive of the Year category. I love entrepreneurship, and these business leaders are job creators and innovators,” said Gina Jordan, WLRN. “Growing a company, exponentially increasing its workforce, and expanding into loftier ventures – it’s all in a day’s work for these folks. What I see in these executives is a fearless drive to succeed, persevere and transform. They are an inspiration!”

About Best in Biz Awards
Now in its sixth year, Best in Biz Awards recognizes companies for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are currently conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in more than 60 categories, including company, team, executive, product and PR and media. Entries for Best in Biz Awards 2017 International are currently being accepted until the final deadline on April 28, 2017. For more information, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com.

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