Demand Gen Report has announced the winners of its fifth annual B2B Innovator Awards, which recognize some of the most progressive marketing and sales practitioners who are pushing the envelope to effectively engage prospective customers and meet buyer needs.
Garnering more than 100 nominations from B2B executives across verticals, the Demand Gen Report team selected 26 final winners in 13 categories. These winners were acknowledged for thinking outside of the box and for helping to develop and foster innovative concepts and strategies for their organizations and the B2B industry at large.
“The B2B Innovator Awards — now in its fifth year — allow Demand Gen Report to shine a light on some of the brightest and most inspiring professionals in the B2B space,” said Klaudia Tirico, Editor of Demand Gen Report, and coordinator of the B2B Innovator Awards. “The past 18 months were filled with uncertainty — but one thing is for sure: B2B marketing and sales professionals rose to the occasion with agility, creativity and tons of innovative ideas to keep the wheels turning at their organizations. The team and I were thrilled to host the award winners at our first in-person industry event since lockdown.”
All 26 winners were recognized during a special ceremony at the B2B Sales & Marketing Exchange in Boston, Mass. on Aug. 11, 2021.
New to the 2021 awards was the Diversity & Inclusion Champions category, which was added this year to spotlight practitioners who are spearheading initiatives to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and company culture, including results-oriented strategies, methods of accountability and the promotion of company-wide D&I education and communication.
In addition to the 13 categories, Demand Gen Report gave the B2B community an opportunity to vote for the “Kristen Wendel B2B Innovator Of The Year” award, and received more than 4,300 overall votes for this additional category. The winner of the Kristen Wendel B2B Innovator of the Year Award this year was Lisa Sharapata of Mindtickle, who received more than 350 unique votes!
The complete list of B2B Innovator Award winners includes:
Account Targeters & Strategists
- Doug Houvener, WebPT
- Jennifer Leaver, Bazaarvoice
- Christina Kay, ResellerRatings
- Jonah Cooperman, Atlassian
- Lisa Sharapata, Mindtickle
- Allison Metcalfe, Demandbase
- Tabitha Adams, Integrate
- Carmen Goldstein, Unity Technologies
- Matt Maurer, ICF
- Maura Rivera, Qualified
Content, Creative & Execution
- Ashleigh Gorman, Vista Equity Partners
- Amanda Maksymiw, Fuze
Data Scientists & Operations Optimizers
- Brooke Bartos, InvoiceCloud
- Silvian Centiu, Retina
Diversity & Inclusion Champions
- Carey Straetz, Mode
- Hana Jacover, MadKudu
Generation Z Trailblazers
- Hannah Frankl, Google for Startups
- Anh Dang, Alation
- Natalie Gullatt, Black Marketers Association of America
- Melissa Nacerino, Netskope
- Annika Helmrich, E2open
- Julie Brewer, Bottomline Technologies
- Lydia Flocchini, SurePoint Technologies
- Aaron Rhodes, Voodle, Inc.
- Andrew Reed, AVEVA
- Beth McCluskey, RAIN Group
More on each winner can be found in the complete 2021 B2B Innovator Awards special report, publishing on Demand Gen Report in early October.