A closer look: Brand Leaders & Rising Stars

A celebration of winners from the last three years of this peer-nominated contest

Brand Experience takes a look back at winners of The Brand Leaders & Rising Stars competition, which spotlights some of the brightest and most creative minds and teams as well as the appreciative and generous nature of the branding, marketing and design communities.  For the past three years, members of these communities have nominated their peers and customers at consumer-facing brands for the many different award categories, including marketing and branding, design, innovation and business leader. 

Winners from the competition are recognized at the annual BXPLive! conference. The event, which has been held in southwestern coastal Florida, has served as a place for attendees to not only escape winter to warm their bodies but also an opportunity to warm hearts. Some of the conference’s most heartfelt moments came when nominees, surrounded by their peers, would listen to the winning nomination. I don’t think anyone who was in the room for the contest’s very first award ceremony will forget Amanda Bach’s sweet reaction when excerpts from the nomination of Bach by Stanley Church of Wallace Church were read. The judges won’t soon forget Maureen Hubbs and how she submitted a video and multi-page presentation along with the nomination of Charlie DiGregorio at Barilla Group. While some submitters chose to remain anonymous, their generous nominations delivered professional recognition for their peers and elevate our communities.

Here are the past winners, who clearly have their very own “brand fans”:

 

First year winners  

Design

Rising Star

Amanda Bach, design team lead at Nestlé

Brand Leader

Mauro Porcini, senior vice president and chief design officer at PepsiCo

Business Leader

Rising Star

Jennifer Bacon, co-founder and chief brand officer at FlapJacked

 

Marketing and Branding

Rising Star

Lauren Fleischer, former brand manager of global eCommerce at Mondele–z International (now in eCommerce marketing at PepsiCo)

Brand Leader

Christopher Gavigan, founder and chief purpose officer at The Honest Company

Business Leader

Brand Leader

Andrew Libman, president of Libman

 

Innovation

Rising Star

Gina Bazigian, senior packaging innovations manager at Anheuser-Busch InBev

Brand Leader

Tracie Wilson, senior principal scientist - packaging innovation at McCormick and Company

Collaborative Team

Brand Leader

L’Oréal

Brand Leader

Fuseneo and The Wonderful Company

 

Second year winners

 

Design

Rising Star

Ria Reodica, senior graphic designer at Sobel Westex

Brand Leader

Jennifer Giannotti-Genes, global senior design manager at Colgate-Palmolive / Hills Pet Nutrition (now associate design director, personal care category and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, at Colgate-Palmolive)

 

Marketing and Branding

Brand Leader

Michael Ganey, vice president of marketing, House-Autry Mills (now senior advisor, growth strategies via new product creation at GaneyNPD)

Brand Leader

Walter Pelaez, CEO at Sobel Westex

 

Innovation

Rising Star

Charlie DiGregorio, packaging engineer at Barilla

Brand Leader

Todd Carmichael, CEO at La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Business Leaders

Rising Star

Danielle Stangler, founder and CEO at NeatCheeks

Brand Leader

Todd Carmichael, CEO at La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Best Collaborative Teams

Rising Star

Young Living Essential Oils, sales and creative services department

Brand Leader

P&G, Bounty cross-functional team and Interbrand team

 

Third year winners

 

Design

Rising Star

Ian Desberg, vice president of design and development at Razor USA

Brand Leader

Javier Verdura, director of product design at Tesla Motors

 

Marketing

Rising Star

Vita Raykhman, creative director at Amika and Heat Makes Sense Inc. 

Brand Leader

Alex Tosolini, senior vice president of new business development at Kroger

 

Innovation

Rising Star

Tanya Blasko, design director, global all-category innovation, at SC Johnson

Brand Leader

Saskia Foley, CEO at Radius Corp. 

Business Leaders

Rising Star

Sonat Birnecker, president of Koval Distillery

Brand Leader

Paul Chibe, president and CEO of Ferrero North America

Best Collaborative Team

Brand Leader

Corona and Interbrand

 

Nominations for the 2019 winners are being accepted now. To nominate your peers at consumer-facing brands, visit www.bxpmagazine.com/brandleaders-risingstars2019