Monday, at the 11th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago, I was awarded the Silver honor for Communications or PR Campaign/Program of the Year – Reputation/Brand Management. The recognition was for my team’s work on Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Campaign: Reinventing a 73-Year Tradition.
American Express OPEN, New York, won the Gold for its campaign, “Big Break for Small Business.”
I could spend this post explaining the complexity of the judging for the ABA, also known as the Stevie® Awards (320 executive-level judges), or the enormity of the nominations (3,200+ entries from a full range of businesses around the world), or the fabulousness of the event (held at the Fairmont Millennium Hotel on June 17). But I’m still in a bit of dazed disbelief that my firm went toe to toe with American Express OPEN, a global goliath, and came in a more than respectable runner-up in an international competition. Excuse my team and I as we inject some swagger in our PR walk.
Seriously though, last year, I accepted my first Stevie® Award for Women in Business. And this year, this award means just as much, if not more, for the growth and expansion my team has experienced to not only be nominated, but also to win against the likes of Accenture, American Specialty Health, MSLGROUP and MWW.
Thank you sincerely and repeatedly to my family, my friends, my team and my clients. The ABAs, like other amazing awards Durée & Company has garnered this year, mean nothing unless you have a group of great people to share it with. I wish I could have had everybody with me, but they were there in spirit and cheering me â€“ as I came in second to American Express.