Stevie Awards

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The Stevie Awards
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Awarded forExcellence in Business
Sponsored byStevie Awards, Inc.
First awarded2002

The Stevie Awards are a set of eight business awards competitions staged annually by Stevie Awards, Inc. They were created in 2002 for companies and business people. Its first program, The American Business Awards, was staged in 2003; in 2004, The International Business Awards debuted. Approximately 30-40% of entrants receive an award.


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.[citation needed] When launched in 2002, the awards were described by the New York Post as being intended to "distinguish the good guys from the scoundrels" during a period of heightened scrutiny and distrust of managers and CEOs.[2] The first Stevies were awarded in 48 categories in April 2003,[3] and were judged by a panel that included Rich Karlgaard, the editor of Forbes magazine, Pierre Subeh, a business author,[4] and Richard Klimoski, dean of the School of Management at George Mason University.[1]


Stevie is taken from the name Stephen, which is derived from the Greek for "crowned".[citation needed]

The charge to be considered for a Stevie in 2003 ranged from $200 to $400.[3] As of 2020, entry fees range up to $555.[5] There is an additional fee for attending the awards dinner.[6]

Each year figures in business participate in an evaluation process of nominees. Their recommendations for winners are announced at annual awards ceremonies held in New York City and other locations.[1] According to the organization, awards are given in hundreds of categories, and 30-40% of entrants receive an award.[6][7] In The 2017 American Business Awards, there were 14 main categories for which awards were given including: company/organization, customer service, human resources, IT, live event, management, marketing, mobile website & app, new product, public relations, publications, support, video, and website.[8]

The trophy was designed by R. S. Owens as a 16-inch tall, hand-cast statuette finished in 24-karat gold, holding a crystal pyramid representing Maslow's hierarchy of needs.[9][non-primary source needed]

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  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. Archived from the original on June 29, 2014.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Ellin, Abby (April 27, 2003). "A Diogenes of Wall Street Finds Executives to Reward". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  4. ^ Business Awards 2021, The American (May 4, 2021). "Public Relations, Annual Reports & Publications Awards Judging Committee". The 2021 American Business Awards, Stevie Awards. Archived from the original on 2021-05-07.
  5. ^ "2020 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS ENTRY FEES" (PDF). Stevie Awards. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b "FAQ". Stevie Awards. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Categories - Stevie Awards". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. ^ "2017 Website Award Winners - Stevie Awards". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  9. ^ "The Stevie Awards For Sales And Customer Service" Retrieved on 27 March 2014.

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