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Meet Jesse Fernandez at SVUS Awards

Jesse Fernandez is a 12-year comedian, writer and producer for AJ+'s hit comedy show, Newsbroke, and teaches stand-up comedy at Google. He’s written for The Onion Inc. Network, the funniest parts of your favorite TED Talks, and eBaum’s World (yes, they’re still around). He’s been featured in 9 SF Sketchfests, presented research at The International Society For Humor Studies Conference, and he’s won the Speechless improvised powerpoint competition and the National College Comedy Competition.

Among the countless people he’s opened for as a stand-up are Maria Bamford (from Netflix’s Lady Dynamite), Andy Kindler (judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing), Mary Lynn Rajskub (from Fox’s 24), and even Steve-O (you know what he’s from).

 
2018 Winners
Most Admired Leaders
 
Aneel Bhusri, Chief Executive Officer @ Workday
Brad D. Smith, Chief Executive Officer @ Intuit
Elon Musk, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; and co-founder and CEO of Neuralink
Gail Koziara Boudreaux, Chief Executive Officer @ Anthem
Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive Officer @ PepsiCo
Jeff Weiner, Chief Executive Officer @ LinkedIn Corporation
Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos - Founder and CEO of Amazon.com
Larry Page, Chief Executive Officer @ Alphabet, Inc.
Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison - co-Founder of Oracle Corporation
Marc Russell Benioff - Founder, Chairman and CEO @ salesforce.com
Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer @ Facebook
Mary Teresa Barra, Chief Executive Officer @General Motors
Melinda Gates, cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Patrick P. Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer @ VMware
Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer @ Microsoft
Scott Scherr, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer @ Ultimate Software
Shantanu Narayen, Chief Executive Officer @ Adobe Systems
Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer @ Google
Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer @ Apple
Warren Buffett, CEO @ Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
 
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CEO Achievement of the Year
 
Gold Winners
Ali Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer @ ASTAD (Doha, Qatar | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Construction) Achievement: Leading ASTAD's fast paced international expansion.
Andy Bailey, Founder and CEO @ Petra Coach (Nashville, TN USA | 1 - 10 Employees | Business Products and Services) Achievement: Released debut five-star, Amazon best-selling book, “No Try Only Do”
Ashish Garg, Founder and CEO @ Net2Source Inc. (Dallas, TX USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Grew the company from $21 to $35 Million in 2017
Brad Taylor, CEO @ Proficio (Carlsbad, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Security Services) Achievement: Proficio achieves 28 consecutive quarters of recurring revenue growth
Brendan Smith, CEO & President @ Motive Interactive (San Diego, CA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Achievement: Investing in Motive’s technology and team to grow at scale.
C. P. Gurnani, Chief Executive Officer @ Tech Mahindra (Noida, Uttar Pradesh Province, India | 2,500 or more Employees | Industy: Information Technology Services) Achievement: Launched an initiative to "reskill" his entire company.
Devender Reddy Aerrabolu, Founder and CEO @ Tek Leaders Inc. (Plano, TX USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Increasing revenue 50%; bolstering client roster 300% (70 new clients)
Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO and Founder @ Hilton Software (Coral Springs, FL USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) Achievement: Hilton Software Awarded $17+ Million 5-year Department of Defense Contract
Dr. Wendell Gibby, MD, Chief Executive Officer @ Novarad (American Fork, UT USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) Achievement: performed the first-ever augmented reality assisted surgical operation.
Fred Cooper, CEO and Founder @ ARIIX (Bountiful, UT USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Others - Direct Selling) Achievement: Operational efficiency through the improvement of ARIIX’s infrastructure.
George Kriza, Founder & CEO @ MTC Performance (Schaumburg, IL USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Business Products and Services) Achievement: Launched new Channel and Vendor Manager Pro sales incentive software
Hamza Rauf Essa, Founder & CEO @ Telemart (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan | 100 - 499 Employees | Retail) Achievement: Pursuing his own entrepreneurial venture and becoming top player in the industry inspite of difficult business environment
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing) Achievement: Dramatically upgraded staff, technology, and logistics effectiveness.
Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO @ PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) Achievement: Leading Cebuana Lhuillier’s evolution to a full-pledged microfinancial institution
Jennifer Tejada, CEO @ PagerDuty (San Francisco, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Internet/Cloud Computing) Achievement: Led PagerDuty’s growth in revenue, global presence, use-cases and capabilities.
Joe Wang, CEO @ Impartner, Inc. (South Jordan, UT USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) Achievement: Development of of Impartner SmartContent and Impartner SegmentAI
John Snyder, CEO @ Grapeshot (Cambridge, England | 100 - 499 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Achievement: Serendipity - Oracle announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Grapeshot.
Laura Casselman, Chief Executive Officer @ BBC Systems, Inc dba JVZoo (Oviedo, FL USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Services) Achievement: Female CEO Disrupts IM Boys Club While Increasing Company Value
Nitin Rakesh, CEO & Director @ Mphasis (New York, NY USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Led share price increase: 40%; INR 550 to INR 750
Randall Hales, President & CEO @ ZAGG Inc. (Midvale, UT USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Consumer Products and Services) Achievement: Mophie acquisition and turnaround from near bankruptcy to profitability.
Richard Staten, Chief Executive Officer @ Quantam Solutions (Lansing, MI USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Consulting) Achievement: Continued expansion of Quantam Solutions into multiple states.
Robert Pickens, CEO and President @ Securus Technologies (Carrollton, TX USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Diversified Services) Achievement: Consistently grew EBITDA at a 20% CAGR since 2007.
Russell P. Reeder, President and CEO of OVH US, member of its Board of Directors @ OVH US (Reston, VA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Internet/Cloud Computing) Achievement: Launch European hosting provider, OVH, in the U.S. cloud market.
Scott Salmirs, President and CEO @ ABM Industries (New York, NY USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Others - Facilities management) Achievement: Transforming a company taking care of places that matter most.
Todd Harris, CEO @ Tech CU (San Jose, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services) Achievement: Rapidly grew Tech CU’s membership, total assets and earnings.
Troy McQuagge, CEO @ USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Insurance) Achievement: Led USHEALTH Group, Inc. to a 77% share price increase.
 
Female CEO of the Year
Gold Winners
Dr. Hajar Saeed Hamad Humaid Alhubaishi, Chief Executive Officer @ Ajman Statistics & Competitiveness Center (Ajman, United Arab Emirates | 1 - 10 Employees | Non-Profit or Government Organizations) Achievement: Ajman’s Population and Housing Census
Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, Chief Executive Officer @ Hawthorne (Los Angeles, CA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) Achievement: Guiding Hawthorne to win a “Great Place to Work” certification.
Karima Bentounssi, CEO @ Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital (HVSH) (Commerce Township, MI USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) Achievement: Patient satisfaction improved significantly during her tenure as a CEO - nominated by Ameroc Export Inc. 
Kimberly D. Williams, Chief Executive Officer @ Intoxalock (Urbandale (Des Moines), IA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Electronics) Achievement: Customer focus enabled 24% growth, 4x faster than the industry.
Laura Casselman, Chief Executive Officer @ BBC Systems, Inc dba JVZoo (Oviedo, FL USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Services) Achievement: Female CEO Disrupts IM Boys Club While Increasing Company Value
Nataliya Anon, CEO and Founder @ Svitla Systems, Inc. (Corte Madera, CA USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Information Technology Software) Achievement: Svitla Systems received ISO_9001:2015 certification as full-lifecycle Software Development Company.
Nicole Sahin, CEO @ Globalization Partners (Boston, MA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Human Resources) Achievement: Built a growing, profitable company that employees and clients love.
Shanaz Ramzi, CEO @ STARLINKS PR and Events (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan | 11 - 99 Employees | Other - PR and event management) Achievement: Grand launch event of South Asia's largest mall, LuckyOne Mall
Sonal Puri, Chief Executive Officer @ Webscale Networks (Mountain View, CA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Strategy Definition and Execution to drive massive growth for Webscale
Tina Hodges, CEO and Chief Experience Officer @ Advance Financial (Nashville, TN USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Financial Services and Banking) Achievement: The company volunteered over 3,500 hours and donated over $450,000.
 
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Management Team of the Year
Gold Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing) Members of the Team include: Stephen Finnegan, Christopher Zecha, Patrick Gillespie
Silver Winner
Russell P. Reeder, President and CEO of OVH US, member of its Board of Directors - OVH US (Reston, VA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Internet/Cloud Computing) Members of the Team include: Russell P. Reeder, Dean Gels, Brian Kuhn, Carolyn Kress, Robert Gregory, Scott Brown, David Wigglesworth, Suzanne Law Marisa, and Alexandra Skaggs
Bronze Winner
Francois Dudouit & Emmanuel Clech, Project Director @ Vinci Construction Grands Projets (SCL 1103 & 1122) (Hong Kong | 100 - 499 Employees | Construction) Members of the Team include: Francois Dudouit, Emmanuel Clech, Billy Lo, Brandy Lee, Timothee Pennequin, Michael OR, Alvin Chan, Ken Ng, Stanley Walker
 
Most Innovative CEO
Gold Winner
David Erickson, Founder & CEO @ FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Telecommunications) for Working Towards a Global Culture of Innovation
Silver Winner
Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO @ VirtualHealth (New York, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Information Technology Software) for Transforming Patient Care Management with VirtualHealth
Bronze Winners
Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja, Founder & CEO @ ShieldX Networks (San Jose, CA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Security Software) for Re-imagining Cloud Security for Today’s Virtual Enterprise
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing) for First of its kind, a one-stop shop for dietary supplement manufacturing. 
 
Admin Assistant to CEO
Gold Winner
Rosa Ciaccio, Executive Assistant to CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing)
Silver Winner
Kelsey Langhans, Executive Assistant to David Erickson @ FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Telecommunications) 
 
Executive of the Year | 11 - 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Heidi Daitch, Chief Strategy Officer @ IdentityForce (Framingham, MA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Security Services) 
Silver Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing)
Bronze Winners
Paxton Gray, VP of Operations @ 97th Floor (Lehi, UT USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) 
 
Executive of the Year | 100 - 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Jennifer Shambroom, Chief Marketing Officer @ YouAppi (San Francisco, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) 
Silver Winners
Leo Giel, Chief Revenue Officer @ YouAppi (San Francisco, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations) 
Tim McElwee, President - Proficio (Carlsbad, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Security Services) 
 
Executive of the Year | 500 - 2,499 Employees
Gold Winners
Ian Jones, Director Support Services @ Securus Technologies (Carrollton, TX USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Diversified Services) 
Ken Crutchfield, Vice President & General Manager, Software - Bloomberg Tax (Arlington, VA USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Industry: Accounting, Banking, and Financial Services) 
Silver Winner
Ian Howells, Vice President, Head of Marketing @ Sage Intacct (San Jose, CA USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Cloud Computing/SaaS) 
 
Executive of the Year | 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
Nitin Kumar, Senior Managing Director - FTI Consulting (San Francisco, CA USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Consulting) 
Silver Winner
Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO - PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) 
 
Founder, Entrepreneur or Partner of the Year | 11 - 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Srinivas Dubba, Founder and CEO @ TrustLogics INC (Atlanta, GA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Internet/Cloud Computing)
Silver Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing)
 
Founder, Entrepreneur or Partner of the Year | 500 - 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Kirk Krappe, Chairman, Cofounder and CEO - Apttus (San Mateo, CA USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) 
Silver Winner
Ajeta Sinha, Vice President @ Net2Source Inc. (Dallas, TX USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Information Technology Services) Achievement: Grew the company from $21 to $35 Million in 2017
 
Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 11 - 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Secucloud GmbH (Hamburg, Germany | 11 - 99 Employees | Security Software) for MPS (Market Place Solution) v2.0
Silver Winner
Impartner, Inc. (South Jordan, UT USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) for Impartner PRM
Bronze Winner
TrustLogics INC (Atlanta, GA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Internet/Cloud Computing) for TrustLogics 
 
Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 100 - 499 Employees
Gold Winner
FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Telecommunications) for Freemojis by FreeConferenceCall.com v1.0
 
Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 500 - 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
PRO Unlimited (San Francisco, CA USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Others - Contingent Workforce Software) for PRO Unlimited’s Wand VMS
 
Products, Upgrades, and Innovation of the Year | 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
GN Hearing (Bloomington, MN USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) for LiNX 3D/Trust with Remote Fine Tuning 
Silver Winner
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (U.S. Department of Defense) (St. Louis, MO USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Other - Government - US Department of Defense) for Aero App Electronic Flight Bag (version 1710 (iOS, Android, Windows)) - nominated by Hilton Software
 
CEO Excellence of the Year | 11 - 99 Employees
Gold Winner
Basil Babychan, Group Business Director - Leader Biomedical Europe BV (Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) for CEO oversees grows company from EUR 0 (FY 2015) to EUR 1.4M (FY 2017). On track for EUR 3.5M (FY 2018)
 
CEO Excellence of the Year | 100 - 499 Employees
Gold Winner
Devender Reddy Aerrabolu, Founder and CEO @ Tek Leaders Inc. (Plano, TX USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Information Technology Services) for Establishing Distinctive Bonus Plan Helps Recruiting/Retention; Enables Ability to Fiercely Compete
 
CEO Excellence of the Year | 500 - 2,499 Employees
Gold Winner
Lyndon Faulkner, Chief Executive Officer @ Pelican Products, Inc. (Torrance, CA USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Manufacturing) for CEO Increases Pelican Sales by 500% Since Joining in 2006
Silver Winner
Bill (F. William) Conner, President and CEO of SonicWall (also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comodo CA) @ SonicWall (Milpitas, CA USA | 500 - 2,499 Employees | Security Software) for CEO surpasses financial objectives for sixth straight quarter since independence
 
CEO Excellence of the Year | 2,500 or more Employees
Gold Winner
Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO - PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Leading Cebuana Lhuillier’s evolution to a full-pledged microfinancial institution 
 
Best Overall Company of the Year
Gold Winner
Jason Provenzano, CEO @ Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing)
Silver Winner
RippleNami, Inc. (Cardiff, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) 
Bronze Winners
Tech Mahindra (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | 2,500 or more Employees | Industy: Information Technology Services)  
USHEALTH Group, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Industry: Insurance)
 
Company Growth of the Year (e.g. new products, new offices, new employees, etc.)
Gold Winner
JKG Group, Inc. (Deerfield Beach, FL USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Business Products and Services) 
Silver Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking)  
 
Startup of the Year | Formed 2014
Gold Winner
Crate.io (San Francisco, CA USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) formed January 2014
Silver Winner
Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing) formed March 2014
Bronze Winners
Better Air North America LLC (Hollywood, FL USA | 1 - 10 Employees | Envrionmental Products and Services) formed September 2014
Uplevel Security (New York, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Security Software) formed March 2014
 
Startup of the Year | Formed 2015
Gold Winner
Triple W Japan (Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan | 11 - 99 Employees | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) formed February 2015 
Silver Winner
CoverWallet (New York, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Insurance) founded December 2015
 
Startup of the Year | Formed 2016
Gold Winner
Cybeats (Aurora, ON Canada | 1 - 10 Employees | Security Services) formed September 2016
 
Startup of the Year | Formed 2017
Gold Winner
Formativ Health (New York, NY USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) formed January 2017
Silver Winner
Fortanix (Mountain View, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Security Services) formed June 2017
Bronze Winners
CashPundit Technologies Pvt Ltd. (Bangalore, Karnataka, India | 1 - 10 Employees | Industry: Cloud Computing/SaaS) formed February 2017
Live Pure Inc. (Newington, NH USA | 1 - 10 Employees | Consumer Products and Services) formed January 2017
Opus Search (Chicago, IL USA | 1 - 10 Employees | Industry: Human Resources) formed August 2017
 
Live Events - Public Relations Event
Gold Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Thank You for 30! Cebuana Lhuillier Anniversary Concert
 
Live Events - Public Relations Event
Gold Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) for Thank You for 30! Cebuana Lhuillier Anniversary Concert
 
Live Events - Training or Educational Event
Gold Winner
BOOST Collaborative (San Diego, CA USA | 1 - 10 Employees | Education) for BOOST Conference
 
Video of the Year - Brand Awareness or Entertainment
Gold Winner
Verint (Melville, NY USA | 2,500 or more Employees | Business Products and Services) for About Verint
 
Video of the Year - Product or Service: Launch or Hands-On
Gold Winner
Hilton Software (Coral Springs, FL USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Industry: Information Technology Software) for Aero App Electronic Flight Bag for the US Military Warfighter
 
Websites, Design, and Content - Best Home Page
Gold Winner
FreeConferenceCall.com (Long Beach, CA USA | 100 - 499 Employees | Telecommunications)  
 
Websites, Design, and Content - Best Overall Web Design
Gold Winner
Makers Nutrition (Hauppauge, NY USA | 11 - 99 Employees | Manufacturing)  
 
Milestone of the Year
Gold Winner
INSIGHTEC (Miami, FL USA | 100 - 499 Employees | industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, & Biotech) Milestone: INSIGHTEC secures $150 million in private equity funding
Silver Winner
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies (Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines | 2,500 or more Employees | Industry: Financial Services and Banking) Milestone: Celebrating the Legacy: Cebuana Lhuillier’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
 
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