Innovation Award Winner - Austin American Marketing Association (AMA)
Awarded the Innovation Award in 2009, by the Austin AMA for my insight, research, and monumental efforts to engage the Austin Chapter in the most modern and practical forms for Emerging Media and Technology.
Served on board as the Austin AMA's first Vice President of Emerging Media & Technology. Led and manage the chapter's launch into Social Media. This included recruiting, managing and motivating 3 volunteer directors, 2 committee members and 15 bloggers. These efforts resulted in 8 new vibrant social media marketing channels (e.g.the AMA Blog, podcast, twitter, SlideShare, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr) and a successful social media event at the AT&T Conference Center that attracted more than 300 paid attendees. Also, oversaw and managed the software and services used to manage the membership CRM systems.
Employee of the Year - The Zakhem Group
Awarded Employee of the Year by The Zakehm Group in 1999 for my efforts in growing the U.S. operation. The Zakhem Group is a major international Construction, Engineering and Investment Group established in 1963 with ongoing operations in 25 countries worldwide.
Industry First Contribution - First Mobile Application Capable of In-app Billing in the World.
Made key breakthroughs and led the implementation of the mobile industry’s first mobile application capable of in-app billing. The game Star Diversion was launched in the US market in May of 2003 as a pre-loaded application on the NEC 515 handset on AT&T Wireless. What was unique about this application is that the user could purchase new stages from within the application without the need to re-download a new application. This greatly enhanced the user experience, reduced network traffic, increased conversation rates from free to paid and laid the groundwork for a viable freemium business model in the mobile industry.