Stevie Awards

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The Stevie Awards

The Stevie Award Competitions were created in 2002 to recognize accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people worldwide. The 2002 awards were called The American Business Awards; the 2003, The International Business Awards, since then the present title has been used.


Michael P. Gallagher, an American businessman, conceived the Stevie Awards as a way to "restore public confidence and investor trust"[1] after the Enron scandal in 2001. Gallagher left his job in 2001 and founded American Business Awards to administer the Stevies.The first Stevies were awarded in 48 categories in April 2003[2] and judged by a panel including Rich Karlgaard, the editor of Forbes magazine and Richard Klimoski, Dean of the School of Management at George Mason University.[1]

Application fees and judging[edit]

The charge to be considered for a Stevie in 2003 ranged from $200 to $400.[2] As of 2014, entry fees range up to $505.[3] There is an additional fee for attending the awards dinner.[4]

Awards are judged each year by figures in business worldwide who participate in an evaluation process of nominees. Their recommendations for winners are announced at an annual ceremony held in New York City.[1]

According to the organization, awards are given in hundreds of categories, and 30-40% of entrants receive an award.[4][5]

The Stevie[edit]

Stevie is taken from the name Stephen, which is derived from the Greek for "crowned".

R. S. Owens, the same company that makes the Oscar Award, Emmy Award, and Clio Award, designed the Stevie trophy as a 16-inch tall, hand-cast 24-karat gold statuette, holding a crystal pyramid representing Maslow's hierarchy of needs.[6]


In September 2002, before the awards were launched, Paul Tharp of the New York Post called the Stevie's "the business world's own Oscar Awards".[7]

Applying for Stevie Awards has been recommended by multiple authors as an avenue for generating publicity and sales.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ a b c Irvin, Woodrow (March 9, 2003). "Fairfax Man Wants Stevie Trophy To Join Ranks of Tony and Oscar". The Washington Post. p. T27.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  2. ^ a b Ellin, Abby (April 27, 2003). "A Diogenes of Wall Street Finds Executives to Reward". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  3. ^ "2014 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS ENTRY FEES". Stevie Awards. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "FAQ". Stevie Awards. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ The American Business Awards: The Stevies
  6. ^ "The Stevie Awards For Sales And Customer Service" Retrieved on 27 March 2014.
  7. ^ Tharp, Paul (September 22, 2002). "Good Guy Awards for CEOs – Hoping 'Oscars' Will Keep Them in Line". The New York Post. p. 34. "CEOs will get a new chance to clean up their image with the launch of the business world's own Oscar awards." 
  8. ^ Rembrandt, Melanie (2010). Simple Publicity. 1Win Press. pp. 28–. ISBN 9780982695050. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Finklestein, Ronald (2012-01-01). 49 Marketing Secrets (That Work) to Grow Sales. Morgan James Publishing. pp. 117–. ISBN 9781614482376. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Daniels, MR Owen O. (2011-11). The Small Business Guide (U.S.) 2012 Edition. The Small Business Zone. pp. 71–. ISBN 9780982903650. Retrieved 28 May 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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