SIIA Awards Five Rising Stars at the 2017 Business Information & Media Summit

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SIIA Communications Contact: Emily Ruf, (410) 221-6469, eruf@siia.net

SIIA Awards Five Rising Stars at the 2017 Business Information & Media Summit
The Emerging Leader Awards recognize the Next Gen Stars in Media, Content and Information

Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 14, 2017) – SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today announced the winners of the 2017 Emerging Leader Awards, during an awards luncheon at the Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS).

To celebrate the next generation of leadership in media, content and information, the third annual Emerging Leader Awards were presented to five rising stars 35 years of age and under from Connectiv and SIPA member companies. A total of 10 finalists were identified by a screening panel of SIIA executives. The final award winners were selected by members of the SIIA Women’s Leadership Council and top industry executives. Winners were chosen based on the individual’s record of success, impact, leadership and vision, as well as professional recommendations.

The five winners of the Emerging Leader Awards are:

  • Dennis Hecht, Director, Business Intelligence, Farm Journal Media
  • Christina Karabetsos, Executive Vice President, QCSS, Inc.
  • Jenny Ko, VP, Specialty & Primary Care Markets, Haymarket Media, Inc. 
  • Ryan McKnight, Creative Director, Industry Dive
  • Egon Smullyan, Vice President, Commercial Operations, Money-Media, A Financial Times Company

All of the finalists include:

  • Liz Bilash, Sales Director, Haymarket Media, Inc.
  • Joseph Coleman, Vice President of Production, Coleman Report
  • Lauren Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Marketing, Hanley Wood
  • Dennis Hecht, Director, Business Intelligence, Farm Journal Media
  • Christina Karabetsos, Executive Vice President, QCSS, Inc.
  • Jenny Ko, VP, Specialty & Primary Care Markets, Haymarket Media, Inc. 
  • Patrick Lynch, Director, ContentStream & ContactStream, CFE Technology
  • Rachel Mastandrea, Event Marketing Director, Hanley Wood
  • Ryan McKnight, Creative Director, Industry Dive
  • Egon Smullyan, Vice President, Commercial Operations, Money-Media, A Financial Times Company

The judges collectively commented on the caliber of the finalists citing their collaborative leadership style, ability to acknowledge others’ contributions, combine the art and science of problem solving, bridge a multi-generational workforce and use systems thinking and solutions to reimagine their businesses.

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