Women in the Channel President Nancy Ridge Named as Finalist in 2015 American Business Awards

May 11, 2015

13th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 22 in Chicago and September 11 in San Francisco

Nancy Ridge HeadshotMay 11, 2015 – Santa Ana, CA – Nancy Ridge, Co-Founder and President of Women in the Channel (WiC), a not for profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, and also Vice President at Telecom Brokers, was named a Finalist today in the Executive of the Year – Non-Profit or Government Organizations category in The 2015 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.

The American Business Awards are considered the nation’s preeminent 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. The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA’s traditional banquet on Monday, June 22 in Chicago and the new product & technology awards event 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.

We are so excited and proud that Nancy has been named a finalist,” said Nicole Hayward, WiC Board Member and VP of Marketing at OnSIP. “The Board nominated Nancy with heartfelt gratitude for her leadership in supporting women in the channel sector of the telecommunications industry. The organization has welcomed over 150 members and hosts 2 annual networking events at leading industry conferences. We have over 15 sponsors, 7 committees, a growing mentorship program, and several business success stories. We have built this together, but Nancy envisioned the blueprints and formed the foundation— a network of driven women. We are looking forward to honoring her with an American Business (Stevie) Award.”

Finalists were chosen by scores of business professionals nationwide during first-round judging in April and May. Members of several specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place later this month.

“So many fascinating and inspiring stories of success were submitted to the ABAs this year,” said Stevie Awards president and founder Michael Gallagher. “We congratulate all of our 2015 Finalists on their achievements.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories 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.



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