Ryan Pratt from MBA Focus Named as Finalist in 2013 American Business Awards. 11th annual Stevie(R) Awards will be presented on June 17 in Chicago and September 16 in San Francisco.

[COLUMBUS, OHIO] – May 11, 2013 – Ryan Pratt, Marketing Director at MBA Focus, was named a Finalist today in the Marketer of the Year category in The 2013 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie(R) Award winner in the program.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA’s traditional banquet on Monday, June 17 – in Chicago for the first time, after 10 years in New York; and the new product & technology awards event on Monday, September 16 in San Francisco.

More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. Ryan Pratt is nominated in the Marketing Professional category for Marketing of the Year.

As the Marketing Director at MBA Focus, Ryan holds primary responsibility for the execution and delivery of a wide variety of strategic and integrated marketing campaigns and materials. Ryan is not only responsible for promoting the virtual recruiting products to employers, but also helping business schools promote their career service offerings to their job-seeking candidates. His creative marketing plans, intuitive analytical skills, and innovative Web 2.o ideas have helped MBA Focus grow to now service over 75,000 recruiters and over 75,000 MBAs from more than 75 top-ranked business schools. With his help, MBA Focus has become an exclusive closed network where the world’s top employers and leadership talent connect. Ryan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

“Ryan is extremely creative and innovative,” said Jack Gainer, CEO of MBA Focus. “He has made significant contributions to MBA Focus in the areas of internet advertising, social media, email marketing and SEO on our e-commerce web store. Ryan’s strategic content and marketing campaigns have brought 100,000 annual visitors to mbafocus.com, more than 30,000 fans to our Facebook page, and over 10,000 followers to Twitter.”

Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of nine specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 13 – 24.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

About MBA Focus
MBA Focus provides a permanent pipeline of business leaders, from entry-level to executive, via our exclusive partnerships with over 75 top MBA Programs and MBA professional associations. Through these longstanding relationships, MBA Focus provides annual access to over 75,000 pre-qualified business leaders. This unique talent pipeline continues to grow as the schools and associations continually market this service directly to their current students and experienced alumni.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this year. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian Consumer Services, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.