Vaco Los Angeles Honored With 11 Stevie Awards Including Two Gold Awards

Vaco Los Angeles Recognized as Fastest-Growing Company and Employer of the Year

Nov 16, 2012, 10:04 ET from Vaco Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vaco Los Angeles, a leading consulting and executive placement firm specializing in accounting, finance and technology professionals, today announced that the company was honored with 11 Stevie Awards for Women in Business – two gold awards, three silver awards, and six bronze awards. The Women in Business awards were presented at a ceremony on November 9, 2012 in New York City.

According to Frances Moreno, managing partner, Vaco Los Angeles, "We're so thrilled with these honors. These awards recognize our team's hard work through the economic downturn and how we've triumphed in spite of those challenges. To be recognized as the leading company in both the Fastest-Growing Company and Employer of the Year categories is extraordinary. And to top it off with three silver awards and six bronze is a special honor to all of our staff. We're absolutely delighted."

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2012 awards received entries from 17 nations and territories.

Vaco Los Angeles received its first Gold Stevie in the Fastest-Growing Company category. Moreno thanked her co-founders and expressed gratitude that the company had been able to maintain growth throughout the highly challenging economic times.

The Gold Stevie for Employer of the Year was awarded to Vaco Los Angeles on the heels of the company being named Best Place to Work in Los Angeles three out of the last four years – an unmatched feat. Recipient Moreno said in her brief speech that her top-notch team all possess the five important attributes necessary to have a highly functioning services business – trust, conflict resolution, commitment, attention to results, and accountability.

"I'm very pleased that we were able to conclude our tenth year of organizing Stevie Awards programs with a very successful Women in Business event," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. "This year's Stevie Award-winning women are the most accomplished, impressive group we've ever had. Their stories of success will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of starting and growing a business and making a difference in the world."

The three Silver Stevie Awards were received for:

  • Community Involvement of the Year recognizing Vaco Los Angeles' long-term commitment to Kidsave Los Angeles
  • Most Innovative Company of the Year in honor of Vaco Los Angeles' exceptional mentoring programs and the company culture promoting work/life balance
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year honored Frances Moreno for her exceptional leadership, mentoring and forging of company culture

The six Bronze Stevie Awards were presented to:

  • Vaco Los Angeles as Company of the Year
  • Frances Moreno, managing partner, as Mentor or Coach of the Year
  • Stephanie Keairns, partner, as Female Executive of the Year
  • Anita Shelley, partner, as Female Executive of the Year
  • Melissa Arnold, director of administration, as Employee of the Year
  • Moreno, Shelley, Keairns and Arnold as Management Team of the Year

Moreno concluded, "The Stevie Awards essentially recognized Vaco Los Angeles for many of the things that make us unique – our work/life balance culture; our exceptional client relationships that have allowed the company to grow even in a rocky economy; our commitment to community; and above all, our extraordinary people. We are honored."

About Vaco Los Angeles
"Vaco" is derived from a Latin word meaning "to free yourself from a master." Vaco Los Angeles LLC was founded in 2006 and has been named a Best Place to Work in Los Angeles for the last four years, and #15 of 100 Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Vaco is a leading consulting and placement firm specializing in the accounting, finance and technology sectors. Further information on Vaco can be found at

Deborah Jones
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