2017 Management Award Winners

Awards in all of these categories were presented at The 15th Annual American Business Awards banquet on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Learn about the judging and awards process here.

Management Team of the Year - Business Products Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: CallidusCloud's Management Team: Setting a Standard for SaaS
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
Makers Nutrition, LLC, Hauppauge, NY: Makers Nutrition's management team

Management Team of the Year - Business Services Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY: Creative Lodging Solutions Finance Management Team
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: CallidusCloud's Management Team: Setting a Standard for SaaS
Digital Air Strike, Phoenix, AZ: Digital Air Strike Management Team
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
97th Floor, Lehi, UT: 97th Floor's Growth Team
FIS, St. Petersburg, FL: FIS CAO Management Team
Industrial Security Integrators, LLC, Herndon, VA : Commitment to Comprehensive Security
John Hancock Financial Services, Boston, MA: Supporting Signator’s Acquisition Expansion
ServiceSource, San Francisco, CA: New Leadership Team Works Together to Transform ServiceSource and Return it to Growth

Management Team of the Year - Consumer Products and Consumer Services Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
HomeServe, Chattanooga, TN: Working collaboratively to inspire and deliver excellent customer service
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
ARIIX, LLC, Bountiful, UT: ARIIX, LLC
Jeunesse Global, Orlando, FL: Jeunesse Executive Management Team: Delivering Sustained Growth
Marriott International, Bethesda, MD: Marriott’s Planning + Services team: the driving force behind Marriott’s historical merger success
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
Great Expressions Dental Centers, Southfield, MI: GEDC Leaders win Management Team of the Year

Executive of the Year - Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Media iQ, New York, NY: Gurman Hundal, Co-founder
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
Amobee, Foster City, CA: Kim Perell, CEO
Makovsky & Co, New York, NY: Ken Makovsky, ‎Founder and President
Mekanism, San Francisco, CA: Jason Harris, CEO/President
MSLGROUP, New York, NY: Ron Guirguis, US CEO
Scout Exchange, Chicago, IL: Sean Bisceglia, President and Founder
Yeager Marketing, Phoenix, AZ: Mark Yeager, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer

Executive of the Year - Apparel, Beauty & Fashion
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Bon Choix Couture, Los Angeles, CA: Tagui Veronica Manoyan, CEO and Creative Director

Executive of the Year - Business & Professional Services - Less Than 100 Employees
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Choi & Burns, New York, NY: Julie Choi, CEO
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
T.H. Easter Consulting, Chevy Chase, MD: Terri Hartwell Easter, Principal
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Industrial Security Integrators, LLC, Herndon, VA: Paul J. Cella, CEO - Commitment to Comprehensive Security
Legacy Center, York, ME: Ruth Lund, President
Projections, Inc. Norcross, GA: Walter Orechwa, CEO
Quantum 9, Inc., Chicago, IL: Founder Michael Mayes, The Cannabis Insider

Executive of the Year - Business & Professional Services and Diversified Service- 100 to 2,500 Employees
GOLD STEVIE WINNERS:
Brillio, Santa Clara, CA: Raj Mamodia, CEO
GL group, St. Louis, MO: Gary Jaffe, CEO
Mphasis Group, New York, NY: Rajesh Makhija, CEO of Wyde & Eldorado; Chief Marketing and M&A Officer
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
ARIIX, LLC, Bountiful, UT: Mark Wilson, President and Founder
CyraCom, Tucson, AZ: Jeremy Woan, Chairman and CEO
O.C. Tanner, Salt Lake City, UT: Dave Petersen, CEO
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
DCR Workforce, Boca Raton, FL: Ammu Warrier, President
OnProcess Technology, Ashland, MA: Mike Wooden, CEO, Puts 20-Yr-Old Company on Leadership Map
RiseSmart, San Jose, CA: Sanjay Sathe, President and CEO

Executive of the Year - Business & Professional Services and Diversified Service - More than 2,500 Employees
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Effex Management Solutions, Kingwood, TX: Tara Jones, VP of Operations
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Thomson Reuters, Hoboken, NJ: Steve Mendelsohn, President, Checkpoint, Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting Business
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Cubic Corporation, San Diego, CA: Bradley H. Feldmann, President and CEO
ServiceSource, San Francisco, CA: Christopher M. Carrington, CEO

Executive of the Year - Consumer Products
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Jeunesse Global, Orlando, FL: Randy Ray, Jeunesse Co-Founder and CEO: Believing the Impossible

Executive of the Year - Computer Services
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
e-Management, Silver Spring, MD: Ola Sage, CEO of Two Tech Companies
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: Leslie Stretch, CEO
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
Bardissi Enterprises, LLC, Hatfield, PA: George Bardissi, President & CEO

Executive of the Year - Computer Software - Up to 500 Employees
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
RippleNami, Inc., Cardiff, CA: Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, President and CEO
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
Hilton Software, Coral Springs, FL: Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO & Chief Architect
ONTRAPORT, Santa Barbara, CA: Lena Requist, President
RizePoint, Salt Lake City, UT: Trailblazing Tech CEO in Utah
Scality, San Francisco, CA: Jerome Lecat, CEO
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
BDNA, Mountain View, CA: Walker White, President
Malwarebytes, San Jose, CA: Marcin Kleczynski, CEO

Executive of the Year - Computer Software - 500 or More Employees
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: Leslie Stretch, CEO
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
BlackLine, Woodland Hills, CA: Therese Tucker, founder and CEO
Jive Software, Palo Alto, CA: Elisa Steele, CEO
Yext, New York, NY: Wendi Sturgis, Chief Customer Officer
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Avalara, Seattle, WA: Scott McFarlane, CEO and Founder
MSC Software Corporation, Newport Beach, CA: Dominic Gallello, CEO

Executive of the Year - Financial Services, Insurance & Real Estate
GOLD STEVIE WINNERS:
New American Funding, Tustin, CA: Rick Arvielo, CEO
Situs New York, NY: Steve Powel, CEO
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
USHEALTH Advisors, LLC, Grapevine, TX: Troy McQuagge, President and CEO, Visionary Leadership Leads to Remarkable Business Results
VCNetwork.Co, Irvine, CA: Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo, Co-Founder
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Aflac, Columbus, GA: June Howard, Senior Vice President, Financial Services; Chief Accounting Officer
The Money Source, Melville, NY: Darius Mirshahzadeh, CEO

Executive of the Year - Health Products & Services and Pharmaceuticals
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, Princeton, NJ: Behshad Sheldon, CEO-Leading the Paradigm Shift in Opioid Addiction Treatment
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
USANA Health Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT: USANA CEO Kevin Guest
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Arch Therapeutics, Framingham, MA: Terrence W. Norchi, MD, CoFounder, :President & CEO
Great Expressions Dental Centers, Southfield, MI: Greg Nodland, COO
Great Expressions Dental Centers, Southfield, MI: Rich Beckman, CEO

Executive of the Year - Internet/New Media
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
MarketBeat.com, Sioux Falls, SD: Matthew Paulson, President
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
VCNetwork.Co, Irvine, CA: Sqeeqee: Jenny Q. Ta, CEO

Executive of the Year - Legal
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
LCG, Ltd. & H.E.L.P.® Legal Plan, Philadelphia, PA: Gary Alan Frank, Chairman & CEO of LCG, Ltd., H.E.L.P.® Legal Plan, and the H.E.L.P.® Foundation
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
James J. D'Esposito, Attorney At Law, New York, NY: James J. D’Esposito, Attorney at Law

Executive of the Year - Non-Profit or Government Organizations
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
JEWISHcolorado, Denver, CO: Doug Seserman, President and CEO: Creating a Path to Reimagining a 70-Year Old Non Profit
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, CO: Halee Fischer-Wright, President and CEO
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
Harvard Square Business Association, Cambridge MA: Denise Jillson, Executive Director

Executive of the Year - Telecommunications
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
GTT Communications, McLean, VA: Richard Rick D. Calder Jr., President & CEO
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
Level 3 Communications, Broomfield, CO: Dale Drew, Chief Security Officer

Executive of the Year - All Other Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Hilton Software, Coral Springs, FL: Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO & Chief Architect
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
Alexium International, Greer, SC: Nicholas Clark, CEO
At Home Group Inc., Plano, TX: Lewis L. (Lee) Bird III, CEO
Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY: Marsha Couch, CFO
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
American National Investments (ANI), San Diego, CA: Gina Champion-Cain, CEO
Bon Choix Couture, Los Angeles, CA: Tagui Veronica Manoyan, CEO and Creative Director
Society Awards, Long Island City, NY: David Moritz, CEO
Spend Management Experts, LLC, Atlanta, GA: John Haber, CEO

Maverick of the Year - Business Products or Consumer Products Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
SpotX, Westminster, CO: Sean Buckley, Chief Revenue Officer
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Jeunesse Global, Orlando, FL: Scott Lewis, Jeunesse CVO: Visionary Growth
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: Leslie Stretch, CEO
Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA: Piyush Bhargava, Chief Architect for Data and Analytics, Cisco IT

Maverick of the Year - Business Services or Consumer Services Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNERS:
Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY: Michael Tetterton, CEO and Founder
Electric Guard Dog LLC, Columbia, SC: Jack DeMao, CEO & President
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, CO: Halee Fischer-Wright, President and CEO
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: Leslie Stretch, CEO
Effex Management Solutions, Kingwood, TX: Laura Garnett, Regional Director
FIS, St. Petersburg, FL: Bruce Lowthers, EVP and President of Global Retail Payments
Great Expressions Dental Centers, Southfield, MI: Richard Beckman, CEO
OptumRx, Irvine CA: Kasey Schulze, Sr. Quality Business Analyst
Signifyd, San Jose, CA: Raj Ramanand, CEO and Co-Founder

Tech Innovator of the Year - Services
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: Leslie Stretch, CEO
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
OptumRx, Irvine CA: OptumRx Quality Management, RBIA Triage Automation Team

Tech Innovator of the Year - Software
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
DCR Workforce, Boca Raton, FL: Ammu Warrier, President
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Hilton Software, Coral Springs, FL: Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO & Chief Architect
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Bolt On Technology, Southampton, PA: Michael Risich, Founder & CEO
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: Leslie Stretch, CEO

Tech Innovator of the Year - Other
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA: Piyush Bhargava, Chief architect for Data and Analytics, Cisco IT
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Aflac, Columbus, GA: Tim Callahan, Aflac's Senior Vice President, Global Security Chief Security Officer

Woman of the Year - Business Products Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: CallidusCloud's Mary Ainsworth
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
DCR Workforce, Boca Raton, FL: Ammu Warrier, President
RippleNami, Inc., Cardiff, CA: Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, President and CEO
Yext, New York, NY: Wendi Sturgis, Chief Customer Officer
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
97th Floor, Lehi, UT: Shante Schroeder, Director of Growth Department
RackWare, Freemont, CA: Sash Sunkara, CEO and Co-Founder

Woman of the Year - Business Services Industries - Accounting, Business Services & Financial Services
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
FIS, St. Petersburg, FL: Serena Smith, ‎Head of International Payments and CAO
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY: Kate Barton. EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services
Choi & Burns, New York, NY: Julie Choi, CEO
T.H. Easter Consulting, Chevy Chase, MD: Terri Hartwell Easter, Principal
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
DCR Workforce, Boca Raton, FL: Ammu Warrier, President
Specialist Staffing Group, New York, NY: Ginnette Harvey, Vice President

Woman of the Year - Business Services Industries - All Other Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY: Cindy Rudovich, CSO
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, CO: Halee Fischer-Wright, President and CEO
Original Six Media, Chicago, IL: Florence Ann Romano, Chairperson and CEO
PGi, Atlanta, GA: Michele Dobnikar, EVP
Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems, Inc., Conway, AR: Rhea Lana Riner, Founder
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Callidus Software, Dublin, CA: Mary Ainsworth, Executive Vice President, Chief Talent and HR Officer
Jive Software, Palo Alto, CA: Elisa Steele, CEO
OptumRx, Irvine CA: Alicia Robertson, Claims Quality Analyst

Woman of the Year - Consumer Products and Consumer Services Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
New American Funding, Tustin, CA: Patty Arvielo, ‎President & Co-Founder
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Jeunesse Global, Orlando, FL: Wendy Lewis, Jeunesse Co-Founder and COO: Growing Global Operations