VIZIO Dakota Dunes Customer Service Center Named as Finalist in Four Categories for the 2012 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Feb 01, 2012, 08:00 ET from VIZIO, Inc.

IRVINE, Calif. and DAKOTA DUNES, S.D., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's #1 HDTV Company*, today announced its South Dakota customer service division, Dakota Dunes Contact Center, will be recognized in four categories for outstanding customer service at the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.


Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word "crowned," the final results will be announced during a gala banquet on Monday, February 27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Finalists from the U.S.A. and several other nations are expected to attend.  

"We are truly honored to be acknowledged for our sales and customer service excellence," said Rob Brinkman, Chief Administrative Officer of VIZIO. "This is a testament to our team's relentless pursuit to provide the best service to VIZIO consumers. Our US-based team is dedicated to meeting the satisfaction of our customers and we are humbled to be recognized for these accolades."

VIZIO Dakota Dunes Contact Center is nominated in the following categories:

  • Contact Center of the Year
  • Best Use of Technology in Customer Service - Computer Hardware, Software, Services, Electronics, or Telecommunications
  • Young Customer Service Professional of the Year
  • Customer Service Team of the Year – Recovery Situation

More than 1,000 entries from organizations in every industry were submitted to this year's competition, an increase of almost 30% over 2011. 

"We're delighted to kick off our celebration of the 10th year of the Stevie Awards movement with the 2012 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer, which will be the first program in which we'll bestow Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. 

The breakdown of submissions are considered in 27 categories for customer service professionals, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Customer Service Department of the Year. There are 38 categories for sales professionals, including Senior Sales Executive of the Year, Sales Training or Coaching Program of the Year, Sales Department of the Year in addition to other categories that recognize new products and services and solution providers. 

More than 100 members of seven specialized judging committees will determine the Stevie Award placements. Final judging will take place January 30 - February 10.  

Details about the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

* Source: IHS iSuppli Corporation Research Q4 2011 Market Tracker Report of Q4 2010 - Q3 2011.

VIZIO, Inc., "Entertainment Freedom For All," headquartered in Irvine, California, is America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP ranks in the U.S. and was #1 for the total year in 2009.  VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics. VIZIO's products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Fast Company's 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009, and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, CNET's Editor's Choice, PC World's Best Buy and OC Metro's 10 Most Trustworthy Brands among many other prestigious honors. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at

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About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

Sponsors and supporters of the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include American Support, Coloredge Los Angeles - New York, Competence Call Center, SDL and ValueSelling Associates.