TAG 4th Annual Social Savvy Awards Winners Announced

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ATLANTA, GA– Oct. 20, 2016– The TAG Social and Collaboration society, announced the winners for the 4thhAnnual Social Savvy Awards.  The awards recognize businesses that are optimizing their performance through being social and collaborative in the ‘new world of work.’  The program held at General Assembly in Atlanta was made possible by McKesson, Kennesaw State University, Hub Magazine and General Assembly.

For Best Company Culture of Collaboration, Mary Gibson announced AR|PR as the winner.  The judges said they were swayed by the way in which AR|PR was formed to solve a cultural problem in their industry, and then made language their own with “spirited ideals” that represent the agency’s culture. AR|PR also has concrete examples of their beliefs in practice — part of what tipped the decision in their favor.   Finalists for this award were BlueFletch, Hi-Rez Studios, IBM and Rocket IT.

For the Hubtopia SPaCE, Tiffany Avin of McKesson and Barbara Martin of TAG announced Blue Fletch because of the way  they incorporated their location into their culture. The office area is designed for collaboration with open work and private spaces. This is a company whose office doesn’t stop at the door.  Finalists for this award were Agile, Anthem Innovation Studio and Imagine Media Consulting.

For Best Recognition Program, Keith Jones of Salesfusion announced Terminus as the winner.  Recognition is built into Terminus’ day to day rhythm, and the judges were impressed by their use of recognition helps to define their strong, identifiable culture.  Finalists for this award were Agile and Hypepotamus.

The judges were former Social Savvy winners,  JoEllen Saeli-Lane of the CDC, Melissa Galt of Melissa Galt, Inc.;, and Matt Konigsmark of Kontrol Freek.

The awards ceremony was complemented by a fireside chat organized by Traci Conte of Kennesaw State University, moderated by Anna Ruth Williams of AR|PR, and panelists Jordan Fladell, CEO & Co-Founder, mLevel, Geoff Wilson, President & Founder, 352 Inc., and Jeff James, Director, Sales Engineering, Box.

Some of the notable tweets that evening were:

  • “Top takeaway from tonight’s panel: SaaS tools help collaboration, but old fashioned brains, spaces & faces are still key” @AnnaRuth
  • “The CEO must own collaboration for the entire organization. It starts and ends with the leadership” from @_keithjones
  • Protect what’s really important because you can’t really protect all proprietary information – @jfladell
  • The difference between collaboration and cooperation: collaboration is active and hands-on; cooperation is “passive.” @AR__PR
  • @352inc has been uber successful using Agile strategy to marketing and operations as well as Dev. That’s accountability and nimble.” @halschlenger

 About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.  TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. For more information visit the TAG website at http://www.tagonline.org/


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