Sunshine Coast business owner, Traci Castle, was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the ‘Creative Executive Of The Year’ category in The 9th Annual International Business Awards last week.
Ms. Castle who owns boutique photography studio Studio Republic won the award out of more than 3,200 nominations from businesses, corporations and organisations from around the world. She said “It is such an honour to win an international award – I was stunned when I found out I had been chosen as a winner. To be recognised and commended by my peers on an international scale for my innovations within the creative industries blows me away”.
The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2012 IBAs received entries from more than 50 nations and territories.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on 15 October.
Ms.Castle is one of the Sunshine Coast’s up and coming entrepreneurs, revolutionizing the portrait photography industry across Australia, an industry she is passionate about, by using the latest in digital technology usually reserved for the high end film and fashion industries. She said “Bringing a VIP Experience matched with high-end services and state of the art technology to the everyday person who wants to look and feel amazing is something I am extremely passionate about!” Why should it be just the celebrities that get to enjoy this standard!
Ms. Castle was a top three finalist in the Project 200 ‘What Women Want’ Gala Awards earlier this year in Brisbane, as well a finalist for the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 300 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.
“Entries to the IBAs grew substantially this year,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “Despite slow economic conditions in much of the world, the quality of nominations was outstanding, demonstrating that there are many companies that are innovating and growing regardless. We’re looking forward to celebrating this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners at our gala event in Seoul on 15 October.”
Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available atwww.StevieAwards.com/IBA.