Nominate the 2016 Target Marketer of the Year
You can nominate our 2016 Target Marketer of the Year. Clicking on the Web form here allows you to fill in who you think represents the best marketer for 2016, because this person embodies the best marketing has to offer — professional accomplishment, integrity, innovation and service to the marketing community.
Target Marketing will pore over your responses and decide who best represents the community this year. Our write-up will appear in the September/October print and digital issues, online and more.
We started requesting your opinion last year, and you helped us select Rich Smith, CMO of Ditech Financial, as the inaugural Target Marketer of the Year. Smith comes from the financial services vertical, but our honoree can come from any vertical, including retail, automotive, consumer electronics, entertainment, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, media, nonprofit, and travel and hospitality.
Even if editors don’t pick your nominee for the main award, you may still see coverage of your choice beyond the cover story.
“This year,” writes Thorin McGee, editor-in-chief of Target Marketing, “we're going even further. Our September/October issue will be entirely dedicated to the people moving marketing. It will feature not only our [Target] Marketer of the Year, but also marketing visionaries and brilliant young minds who've only recently come into the industry. And once again, we need your help to identify who they are!”
As for the Target Marketer of the Year, awards date back as far as 1993. Although the honor bore a different title prior to Smith, the Direct Marketer of the Year was just as impressive. Winners often had surprising similarities, as well.
Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem and Target Marketing’s 2014 Direct Marketer of the Year, had one of the same mentors — John Klingel — as 2001 honoree Jan Brandt.
The 2013 winner, Sandy Carter — GM of ecosystems, business development and digital marketing at IBM — was preceded by Pamela A. Evans in 2008, when Evans was with the IBM Software Group. Marty Edelston and Brian Kurtz from Boardroom earned accolades in 1994 and 2007, respectively. (Individuals win the awards, not companies.)
Your nominees needn’t have such coincidences in common — just outstanding professional accomplishments, integrity, innovation and service to the marketing community.
What do you think, marketers?
Please respond in the comments section below. Or better yet, nominate a marketer.