2011 Annual Achievement Awards Winners
Congratulations to the recipients of CCA’s 2011 Annual Achievement Awards!
Each year, CCA recognizes outstanding members in five categories and presents awards in a special ceremony during our Annual Convention.
Congraulations to the 2011 CCA Annual Achievement Award Winners!
CCA Innovation Award:
Mary Dillon, President & CEO, U.S. Cellular
This award is presented annually to an individual and/or a company that has made an outstanding, innovative contribution to the wireless industry. Whether through technology development, or advanced marketing techniques, or something else altogether…this new CCA award honors a creative, forward-thinking achievement that is noteworthy throughout the industry.
We are delighted to present the inaugural CCA Innovation Award to Mary in recognition of U.S. Cellular’s Belief Project. Under Mary’s leadership, U.S. Cellular last September took its strategy of pleasing customers with innovative services to a whole new level when it launched The Belief Project. This initiative was designed both reward loyal customers and to give potential customers compelling reasons to make the switch to U.S. Cellular. The Belief Project was a bold initiative to strengthen customer loyalty—and CCA applauds this innovative, forward-thinking approach and, in doing so, present Mary our first-ever Innovation Award.
CCA Outstanding Achievement Award:
Bob Dawson, President & CEO, SouthernLINC Wireless
Bob is quite simply an all-around solid citizen. He’s a true professional, working hard and setting a standard to which we can each aspire. He’s a gentleman, a man of integrity. a true-blue friend that is respected and appreciated by anyone who has the good fortune to cross his path. And when it comes to the generosity of time, muscle, and spirit that he’s given to CCA and this industry over the years, Bob has consistently been one of our most valuable players. For five years, he’s served on CCA’s Board of Directors. And for several of those years, he’s chaired CCA’s Nominating Committee for Carriers. Throughout his CCA service, he’s taken on each task with zeal and good humor and has always endeavored to get to know his Association colleagues. For all of his contributions to CCA and our industry, we present Bob with CCA’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award.
CCA Outstanding Service Award:
Epic Touch, Co.
CCA presents this annual honor in recognition of a person’s or his or her company’s outstanding service to the community, willingness to go beyond the normal call of duty and reflecting positively on the wireless industry in general, and on the rural wireless carriers in particular.
To explain why Epic is this year’s honoree, we need only begin with the company’s catchphrase, which is: “Proactively making a difference, one connection at a time.” It’s a philosophy that’s firmly entrenched into Epic Touch’s corporate culture. Bob Boaldin, Epic Touch’s President, has consistently stressed that one person CAN make a positive difference. Bob and his employees haven’t just been talking the talk—they’ve been walking the walk. They’ve volunteered with countless community and state organizations in Kansas and Oklahoma. Epic employees can be found volunteering as a Red Cross Lifeguard instructor, a community college residential assistant, a church youth leader, a Cub Scouts leader, a community college outreach instructor, a recreation basketball coach and a cook at a homeless shelter, to name a few. On a company-wide level, Epic has sponsored or supported countless community projects. It’s clear that Epic Touch is an exemplar of corporate responsibility that reflects admirably on our entire industry. CCA is delighted to honor this company, its president, and its employees with CCA’s 2011 Outstanding Service Award.
CCA Neko Hamlett Associate Member of the Year Award:
Susan King, National Sales Director, Info Directions
In 2009, CCA renamed this award to honor the late Neko Hamlett. Neko was an executive with American Roamer and a pillar in the wireless industry. And as many of you can personally attest, Neko was a good and loyal friend to many in the CCA family. Renaming the award was fitting, considering that it’s presented to an Associate Member who has, in the past year, made outstanding contributions that significantly benefited our industry in general and CCA specifically.
In presenting this honor to Susan, one word that comes quickly to mind is “deserving.” Actually, two others that also spring to mind are “reliable” and “consistent.” Not only is Susan an active participant in our Member Services Committee, but she’s been a consistent, team-playing contributor in a number of CCA initiatives over the years. Certainly, she hasn’t been shy about helping to promote CCA and recruit new members. She even got on the phone last summer to our Carrier colleagues to encourage them to participate in CCA’s 2010 Benchmark Survey. And to top that off, she followed-up to see if she could help by contacting members who weren’t even on her call list. She’s offered to sit on the CCA Events Committee as a liaison from the Member Services Committee. Also, Susan is always diligent in keeping CCA updated on fellow members. In short, Susan King is an exemplary Associate Member. CCA thanks Susan and acknowledges her contributions with the 2011 Neko Hammett Associate Member of the Year Award.
CCA Distinguished Leadership Award:
Ron Smith, President, Bluegrass Cellular, Inc.
2010-2011 CCA Chairman of the Board
This award is presented to the outgoing CCA Chairman of the Board in recognition of the extraordinary service and leadership the Chairman has provided CCA over the past year. With Ron, it’s not given simply in gratitude for his service as Chairman over the past year, rather for his years of superior leadership of, and attentive dedication to, the Association and CCA members all over the country.