Women in the Channel President Nancy Ridge Honored As Silver Stevie® Award Winner in 2015 American Business Awards

Jun 23, 2015

Winners in first of two ABA awards events were presented on June 22 in Chicago

Nancy-With-MedalJune 23, 2015 – Santa Ana, CA – Women in the Channel President Nancy Ridge was presented with a Silver Stevie® Award in the Executive of the Year – Non-Profit or Government Organizations category in The 13th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago last night. Ridge co-founded Women in the Channel (WiC), a not for profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, while holding the position Vice President at Telecom Brokers, a full service Master Agency in the U.S.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during a gala banquet on Monday, June 22 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. More than 400 nominees and their guests attended.

Last night’s awards were presented in two ceremonies, before and after dinner. The after-dinner presentation were broadcast live nationwide by BizTalkRadio. The pre-dinner presentations were taped and will be broadcast by BizTalkRadio this Thursday June 25 at 8:00 pm ET.

The 2015 American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: Monday’s banquet in Chicago, and at the new products awards banquet on Friday, September 11 in San Francisco.

More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year, and Human Resources Department of the Year, among others. Nancy Ridge was nominated in the Executive of the Year category for Non-Profit or Government Organizations.

It is my hope that the Stevie Award will bring the focus and intention of our group to a broader audience. Our mission is to elevate each other as women in telecom and technology through collaboration, support, mentoring and outreach.”

More than 200 executives worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“We are extremely impressed with the quality of the entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “To those outstanding individuals and organizations that received Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards, the judges and I are honored to celebrate your many accomplishments. You are setting a high standard for professionals nationwide.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie winners who were announced on June 22 are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Nancy Ridge Headshot Small About Nancy Ridge

Nancy Ridge has served national and key accounts in the telecommunications and utility industries for 20 years, serving in senior management positions. She was principal of a successful demand side energy services company for 10 years. A leader in the energy management industry, Nancy served on the Los Angeles Board for the Association of Professional Energy Managers and signed multi-million dollar energy retrofit projects with Fortune 1000 companies. She moved into telecommunications where as VP of a leading consulting firm, Nancy created their Communications division and built it to a profitable business. Nancy laid the groundwork for promoting the concept of TEM during its infancy. In the early 2000’s, Nancy was recruited by reseller, ATI, to create their distribution channel and lead the sales effort. Under Nancy’s guidance, ATI focused 100% of its sales distribution through the agent channel and formed relationships with the top Master Agents. In 2004, ATI was recognized by “Inc.” Magazine as #41 on their list of Fastest Growing Companies having achieved over 2000% growth.

Nancy joined Telecom Brokers in 2005 with a vision for creating a strong network of successful agents, engaged vendor partners and high performing employees. Focusing on building authentic relationships while automating the processes created an environment for growth of over 300%. As a Board Member for Channel Partners in 2010-2011 and a co-founder of the “Women in the Channel” telecommunications group, Nancy is active in shaping the telecom channel as a leader in the industry. Nancy continues to strive for excellence in the dynamic and highly competitive telecom sector, never losing sight of her underlying philosophy to be of service and have fun!

 WiC-Small-Logo About Women in the Channel (WiC)

Established in 2010, Women in the Channel’s mission is collaboration through Identity and Relationships to grow business. WiC is a grassroots organization made up of women who are in leadership, ownership and revenue generating roles in the alternate sales channel sector of the telecommunications industry. Month after month, these women are responsible for generating sales for their companies and creating wealth for their families. WiC members are wives and mothers and sisters, and a high percentage of us are the main breadwinners in our families. WiC brings together this group because in an industry that is growing, expanding and changing the number of women at such levels is not matching that growth. To learn more and to become a member, please visit www.womeninthechannel.com

 stevies_2015 About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards programs receive more than 10,000 nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations each year. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

Sponsors and partners of The 2015 American Business Awards include BizTalkRadio, CallidusCloud, Engility, Fareportal, John Hancock, PetRays, and Softpro.



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