The entertainment world has its Oscars and Emmys, and the business world has its Stevies. Otherwise known as the American Business Awards, the "Stevies" (whose name comes from "stephanos," the Greek word for crown) honor great performances in the workplace. One of this year's finalists is a name familiar to DC VELOCITY readers: ESYNC. The supply chain consultant and systems integrator, launched in 1999, was one of 11 finalists for best overall company at the second annual awards competition.
In the end, ESYNC's Stevie bid was nixed: The winner in its category (Best Overall Company—Up to 100 Employees) was Provident Corporate Finance, an investment banking adviser to corporations in the health-care industry. But ESYNC says it's delighted just to have made the final cut. "We are honored to be recognized as a finalist and would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all other 2004 Stevie Award nominees and finalists," says John Sidell, principal and cofounder of ESYNC.
More than 800 nominations from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories. Winners—among them such household names as UPS, Travelocity and Aetna—were revealed at a dinner in New York in May.