Grand Neal and Special Award Winners Announced at Connectiv’s 62nd Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards Celebration

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Grand Neal and Special Award Winners Announced at Connectiv’s 62nd Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards Celebration
Connectiv also honored journalistic excellence in the B2B information industry in 20 categories

NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Connectiv, the Business Information Association, a division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries—today announced the winners of the 62nd Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards. The ceremony was held today at Pier Sixty in New York City.

The Jesse H. Neal Awards are the most prestigious editorial honors in the field of business to business journalism. Named after Jesse H. Neal, the first managing director of Connectiv (formerly ABM), the Neal Awards were established in 1955 to recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media. Past Neal winners and finalists have tackled some of the major issues of their time. In doing so, they have exposed corruption, conflicts of interest, and other malfeasance, and brought attention to major new trends, brilliant leadership, innovative tactics, and other developments in businesses and industries.

Grand Neal Award Given to Advertising Age

The 2016 Grand Neal award was awarded to Advertising Age for Super Bowl 2015, an in-depth, integrated report on America’s beloved tradition. The award was presented by Leanna Orr, managing editor of Chief Investment Officer magazine and chair of the Neal Award’s judge’s selection committee. Orr said, “Ad Age’s rigorous and beautifully produced Super Bowl coverage leveraged top-notch original reporting with an array of digital tools used to their full effect. As B2B media peers, the judges found Ad Age’s work both inspiring and humbling—and truly deserving of the 2016 Grand Neal award.”

Special Awards Given to Editorial and Business Leaders at CIO, Aviation Week & Space Technology, MedPage Today, ALM, e.Republic

Connectiv also honored the very best of the B2B industry through a series of special awards recognizing industry leadership, vision and commitment.

Kip McDaniel, editor-in-chief at CIO, was selected as the winner of the McAllister Editorial Fellowship. The Fellowship promotes the study of business media by placing fellows as teachers and advisors at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Bill Sweetman, senior international defense editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology, and editor-in-chief at AW’s Defense Technology International, was selected as the winner of the Timothy White Award, given annually to an editor whose work displays courage, integrity and passion.

Peggy Peck, editor-in-chief of MedPage Today, was selected as the winner of the Marianne Dekker Mattera Mentor Award. This award honors leaders who excel in mentoring and helping to shape the careers of less experienced colleagues.

Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and regional editor-in-chief at ALM Northeast Publications, was selected as the winner of the 48th Annual G.D. Crain Jr. Award. The Award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media over the course of a career.

Cathilea Robinett, president of e.Republic, was selected as the winner of the Gertrude Cain Award. This Award recognizes a woman within the B2B media and information community who embodies the SIIA Women's Leadership and Networking Council's Mission of excellence, service and success.

View the Neal Awards gallery online which showcases all 2016 winners and finalists.

About Connectiv
Connectiv (the Business Information Association, a division of SIIA) is the only global business information association that accelerates innovation for leading and emerging content, data and technology companies. Connectiv helps members move faster and smarter with collective knowledge, access and resources. We move business forward by providing the essential information and services that are pivotal for millions of global businesses to make the right decisions to drive commerce. Connectiv membership represents over 200 world-class business information companies who reach an audience of more than 100 million professionals. These companies drive more than $20 billion in annual revenues, and their collective industries represent a $400 billion global market. For more information, visit