OBI Creative Dons Silver Crown With Stevie Win

We broke out the champagne and party hats after learning that the International Business Association honored our very own OBI Creative with a Silver Stevie Award for Company of the Year in the Advertising Marketing and PR (small business) category.

“I’ve always said that I would put our work up against anyone, anywhere, and this Stevie Award supports that,” said our founder and CEO, Mary Ann O’Brien. “This award is good for OBI, great for our clients and even better for Omaha.”

What the Judges Saw

While criteria differ by category, the main emphasis is on innovation, integrity, effectiveness, creativity and growth, as well as the quality of the entry’s content itself. The fact that we doubled our agency in size from 12 to 25 employees and expanded our capabilities, client list and award cache in 2016 worked in our favor.

Just this past year, we garnered 28 awards for creative work from the PRSA, AFA, AIGA and MarCom associations. We’re happy that our peers recognize the work of our talented team, but even more thrilled that our work enables real business results.

“I think this Stevie Award underscores the fact that our strategy-driven creative approach works,” said strategic communications director, Ann Pedersen. “Our ability to deliver strategy and creative that drives business results for clients in an array of industries, including non-profit organizations, helped us stand out among the global competition.”

The International Business Awards is the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—are eligible to submit nominations. This year, the 13th Annual IBAs drew 3,800 nominations from more than 60 nations and territories.

The Stevie (short for Stephen, which is derived from the Greek word for “crowned”) statues will be presented at a ceremony on October 21 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy. While we’ll most likely be toasting our fellow winners from the comfort of our living rooms (with laurel wreaths of course), we’re proud to bring a Stevie home to Omaha and to help put our city, our clients and our creative front and center on an international stage.

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Kevin Hutchison

Vice President of Client Relations and Business Development



Ann Pedersen

Director of Strategic Communications and Public Relations