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Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily

“This year’s nominees in the Executive of the Year – Large Companies category were all incredibly impressive. It was clear to me in reading these entries that every nominee possesses not only tremendous leadership skills, but the drive to make positive change happen, both within their organization and in the larger community,” said Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily, judging her fourth Best in Biz Awards competition. “I’d like to congratulate each of the executives in this category on their hard work. It was very difficult to choose a winner from this group of superstar leaders!”

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Mark Huffman, Consumer Affairs

“All of this year’s entries in the Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year category should be proud of their efforts to make the world a better place,” said Mark Huffman, Consumer Affairs, returning to judge his fourth Best in Biz Awards program.

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Jack Germain, ECT News Network

“The participants in this year’s Executive of the Year category made the judging nearly impossible,” said Jack M. Germain, ECT News Network, judging his sixth Best in Biz Awards competition. “All the CEOs have lists of credentials that qualify them for the Who’s Who winners list in any corporate boardroom. Each one has an impressive record of achievements and a unique approach to deliver his or her company’s goals. They all have embraced their employees’ needs and the benefits of making technology work for them.”

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Mari Edlin, Healthcare Innovation News

“All of the small companies in the ‘Best Place to Work’ category sport workplace environments where I could definitely thrive and create. They emphasize the work/personal life connection and have put programs in place to support that balance — from training and career development to flexible work schedules and autonomy to robust healthcare benefits, free meals, gym memberships and support for volunteering and travel,” said Mari Edlin, Healthcare Innovation News, judging her second Best in Biz Awards program. “Who wouldn’t want to work for such forward thinking companies that understand the value of their employees and how to keep them happy and productive.”

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Kevin Casey, Information Week

“The nominees in the SMB Product of the Year categories were all high-quality — that made the job of judging tough,” said Kevin Casey, returning to judge his fourth Best in Biz Awards competition. “The SMB market is clearly thriving.”

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Melanie Waddell, Investment Advisor Magazine

“Judging this year’s crop of small companies in Best in Biz Awards was as challenging as last year,” said Melanie Waddell, Investment Advisor Magazine, returning to judge her second Best in Biz Awards edition. “To be sure, while two companies’ efforts in the cybersecurity and financial wellness spaces stood out, the others are forging ahead in other important sectors like healthcare and helping women find affordable clothes — a monumental task, indeed.”

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Dale Dauten, King Features Syndicate

“Reviewing this year’s entries in Best in Biz Awards was like going to an NBA All-Star game — you end up shaking your head in admiration, smiling and saying, ‘Oh man, that’s gooood,'” said Dale Dauten, King Features Syndicate, returning to judge the awards for the sixth year. “And then the next one is even better. It’s a top-that competition.”

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Paul Miller, The Keene Sentinel

“Entries in the Company of the Year category stood out, in sum, for their level of investment, innovation and focus on smart growth potential,” said Paul Miller, The Keene Sentinel, judging Best in Biz Awards for the first time. “Nutrition, personal finance, health care navigation, company road-mapping, are just some of the themes at the heart of an interesting array of forward-thinking, difference-making and example-setting enterprises. A lot of people have a lot to be proud of.”

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Joe Pettit, Tripwire

“There were many great entries for the Best Place to Work category in this year’s Best in Biz Awards and it was extremely difficult to select the winner,” said Joe Pettit, Tripwire, returning to judge Best in Biz Awards for the second year in a row. “All entries showed that their businesses are designed to put life before work and they understand that a happy workforce is a productive one. Not only is it important for all employees to be valued, but having the opportunity to improve your health, well-being and spend time with your family should be the number one aspiration for all.”

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Christopher Null, Wired

“Amazing variety in the finalists in Best in Biz Awards this year,” said Christopher Null, Wired, returning to judge the awards for the sixth year. “It was incredibly difficult to pick a winner!”

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Gina Jordan, WLRN-Miami Herald News Tallahassee Bureau

“Judging the Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year category in this year’s Best in Biz Awards was nearly impossible. These companies set the bar for best practices in the corporate world,” said Gina Jordan, WLRN-Miami Herald News Tallahassee Bureau, judging her second Best in Biz Awards program. “It’s difficult to choose a winner when they’re all doing so much good. Kudos to the leaders and employees who are making a positive difference. Companies large and small would do well to follow their example.”

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Karen Asp, Woman’s Day

“I was honored to have been a judge for the Best Place to Work Category, and while I was impressed by the success and accolades these companies have earned, I was most impressed by the way in which the majority of them took their employees’ wellness seriously, an important criterion for me,” said Karen Asp, Woman’s Day, judging her second Best in Biz Awards edition. “Studies show that Americans are overworked and extremely stressed by work, which then leads to serious health woes. The companies that earned my top marks not only recognized this but also went above and beyond in providing services and programs that enhanced the mental and physical health of their employees.”

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Dave Bursky, Chip Design Magazine

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Doug Cantor, Inc.

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Ellen Cannon, NerdWallet.com

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