SYOSSET, N.Y., Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations for the 2016 CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards are being accepted now through February 29. The purpose of these awards is to recognize and honor exceptional leaders within the mid-market. Winners will be announced at this year's CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards Dinner, scheduled for September 20, 2016. The dinner takes place in conjunction with the Mid-Market Convention in Philadelphia.
The Mid-Market Awards consist of four categories. The Mid-Market Company of the Year Award recognizes an organization for achieving the highest standard in leadership, within both the business world and society at large. Those same criteria apply to the Mid-Market CEO of the Year Award. An executive who has already shown great potential for leadership early in his/her career will be honored with the Mid-Market Rising Star Award. The Social Impact Award is given to the mid-market CEO who has made the greatest impact in the realms of philanthropy, social enterprise or public service.
Nominations are welcome from any source, including self nominations. A CEO Connection committee then reviews all nominations, gathering opinions from other business leaders, academics and the media. Five finalists are selected for each category. Finally, prior winners of the Mid-Market Awards vote on the candidates. Award winners from 2015 included Zulily (Company of the Year); Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry's (CEO of the Year); Lars Bjork, CEO of Qlik (Rising Star); and Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway (Social Impact).
The broader purpose of the Mid-Market Awards is to draw attention to the mid-market as a hub for real social impact, job creation and innovation. "These awards are our way of shining a well-deserved spotlight on the impact that mid-market businesses have on our economy and society," states CEO Connection co-founder Kenneth Beck. "The general public regularly receives news about large and small businesses, but the mid-market is under represented when the media reports about the country's economic landscape. These businesses and CEOs show how much of a role the mid-market plays in the areas of innovation and job creation, which are pivotal to the health of our national economy now and in the future."
About CEO Connection
CEO Connection is the ONLY membership organization in the world reserved exclusively for CEOs of mid-market companies – companies with between $100 million and $3 billion in annual revenue. Our mission is to help mid-market CEOs and their companies succeed. We accomplish this by connecting them to each other; connecting them to people, information and resources to which they would otherwise not have access; and promoting the interests, welfare, and perspective of the mid-market.
Members are C-level executives with responsibility for all or significant portions of their respective company. They represent a wide variety of businesses across a broad geographic spectrum. Collectively mid-market companies account for $10 trillion of the $30 trillion annual U.S. private sector gross receipts.
Inspired by C-level Wharton executives, CEO Connection began in 2005 and has evolved into a dynamic community with wide-ranging benefits uniquely designed to help the mid-market CEO and champion the mid-market perspective. It is all about CEOs helping CEOs.
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