FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDSSM

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FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS ANNOUNCES BEST GLOBAL COMPANIES OF THE YEAR

World’s Only Independent Business Awards
To Honor World’s Best Businesses and Individuals at New York Ceremony

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New York, NY – March 3, 2004 – Companies and individuals from 19 countries, including Brazil, India, Korea, and Norway will be honored at The First Annual International Business Awards, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program, organizers announced today.

Countries winning multiple International Stevie Awards include the United Kingdom, which boasts winning companies in six categories, including Oracle Corporation EMEA of Reading, England, which was honored for Best Customer Service Organization. Canada and Germany claim winners in five and four categories, respectively, including Alcan of Montreal and element 5 of Cologne, which were both named Best Overall Company. 

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” the awards will be presented at a dinner ceremony on Monday, March 22 in the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City. 

The dinner will benefit the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, an alliance of international companies dedicated to combating the AIDS epidemic through the business sector's unique skills and expertise.  The BusinessTalk Radio Network will broadcast the ceremony live on U.S. radio and worldwide on the Internet.

67 International Stevie Award winners were announced in categories ranging from Best Multinational Company and Best New Product to Best Sales Team and Best Human Resources Executive.   Other countries in the winners’ circle include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, India, South Korea, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the U.S.A.  A complete list of International Stevie winners is available at http://www.stevieawards.com/pubs/iba/awards/171_1373_8001.cfm.

Members of the Stevie Awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs selected the winners. The Board includes luminaries such as: Donald Trump, Chairman, President & CEO of The Trump Organization; Paul Jones, publisher of Maclean’s Magazine (Canada); and Dr. Ajit Pathak, National President of the Public Relations Society of India.

“Just as Hollywood celebrates its own, we think it’s important to salute companies and individuals who set the standard for business integrity, creativity, perseverance, humanity, and profitability,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards. “We are looking forward to honoring them with the acclaim and recognition they deserve.”

Companies from all over the world are eligible to compete in The International Business Awards, including American companies that generate more than 10% of their sales internationally. 

For high-resolution photos of the Stevie Award or International Business Awards logo, visit /iba/photos-and-logos.  Other information and resources for press are available at /iba/press.

About The International Business Awards:
A celebration of great performances in the workplace, The International Business Awards are the first worldwide, all-encompassing business awards program. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Awards recognize leadership, innovation, perseverance, creativity, teamwork, and integrity through more than 40 categories.  The first annual International Business Awards – nicknamed The SteviesTM from the Greek word for "crowned" - will be presented in New York City on Monday, March 22, 2004.  Sponsors of The International Business Awards include the BusinessDay (South Africa), the BusinessTalk Radio Network (USA), Clickmedios (Argentina), The Financial Times (UK), Mundo Ejecutivo (Mexico), Propaganda & Marketing (Brazil), Selling Power Magazine and Semana Economica (Peru).  For more information on the Stevie Awards, please visit: http://www.stevieawards.com.

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