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The past year has been full of growth and change at Spark Growth: changes on our executive committee, additions to our leadership team, a satellite presence in Denver, new service offerings, amazing new clients, new work for our fabulous existing clients and, as of this past week, a whole lot of new trophies that we have to find a spot for in our new digs. The Stevie Awards recognized Spark Growth’s talented team, strategic client work and, as the name says, growth with 5 American Business Awards in 2018.


Company of the Year

Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations — Small
Company-wide, we’re so honored that the American Business Awards recognized all of our growth over the past year by naming us a Silver Stevie Award Winner in the Company of the Year category for our industry. We’re so proud of everyone who worked with us in 2017 and this incredible achievement. We are in the very first category listed here.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
Of course we couldn’t achieve any of that growth without the tireless efforts of our fearless leader, Elissa Liu—efforts that made her the Bronze Stevie Entrepreneur of the Year. The American Business Awards recognized Elissa’s incredible leadership following the “graduation” of our Founding Partner Emeritus Andrew Fried, her efforts to certify Spark Growth as a women-owned business, and her upgrade of the company’s financial processes. Check out Elissa’s award here.

Executive of the Year

Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
The American Business Awards named Spark Growth’s own Lauren Karasek (oh, who am I kidding, hi, hello, it’s me, I’m writing this, but I have to write this in the third person or I’ll die from blushing, so just go with it) as the Gold Stevie Award Winner in the Executive of the Year category in the advertising, marketing and public relations industries. In doing so, the ABA recognized Lauren’s work in 2017, including pioneering a more inclusive approach to talent, deepening the company’s commitment to strategy, expanding our service offerings, and implementing key software, systems and processes. Read more here.

Marketer of the Year

It’s pour at four somewhere, so let’s all raise a glass to our very own Emily Clinton, whom the American Business Awards recognized as the Silver Stevie Marketer of the Year. Emily pushed the company to grow this year alongside her, helping us to define how we work with talent across geographies and creating a Denver presence for the firm. Beyond that, Emily has been a go-to and trusted advisor for clients across a range of industries, and an invaluable contributor to new business and Spark Growth’s own positioning. She earned the title Senior Social Media Manager this year, alongside the Marketer of the Year award. Maybe we should update her email signature? In the meantime, scroll to the bottom of this page to see Emily’s honor.

Website Award

Business Services
And of course, the thing that gets all of these talented marketers out of bed every morning and that makes Spark Growth the award-winning company that it is is our commitment to doing the highest quality work for our clients. This year, the American Business Awards honored us with a Bronze Stevie in the website category for our work with BMS Building Maintenance Services. Congratulations are in order for the entire BMS team, including and especially our Web Lead Jenn Yim. Check out BMS’s award winning website here and the incredible company we were in for this award here.


A heartfelt thank you to the team here at Spark Growth and all of our incredible clients, partners and friends who helped to make 2017 such a winning year. If you’d like to be a part of the awards that are sure to come in 2018, drop us a line at [email protected]

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