- Gold – Executive of the Year – Robert Pickens
- Silver – Support Staffer of the Year – Tamara Portis
- Bronze – Woman of the Year – Brenda Champion
The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 11. “I’m humbled to be named executive of the year and also very proud of the recognition of the accomplishments of Tamara and Brenda,” said Robert Pickens, Chief Executive Officer and President of Securus Technologies. “When I got to Securus ten years ago, it was a mid-sized inmate telecom company. Since then, we have experienced tremendous growth, both organically and through acquisitions, and have helped countless families maintain contact with incarcerated loved ones. We’ve also created tools that help the law enforcement community protect our communities. Finally, we’ve created educational opportunities and job training programs for inmates to help them achieve a better future for themselves. Today, we are the leading provider for all corrections and law enforcement technology needs. We achieved this through the hard work and dedication of all the men and women at our company who come to work every day and make America a safer place, and through the support and investment of our shareholders. This award is really for them.” Securus also congratulates Tamara Portis and Brenda Champion. Their dedication to Securus, strong customer service, and teamwork are shining examples of why Securus has been so successful. Their tireless professionalism and that of others from the Securus family makes everything possible. More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. “The nominations submitted for The 2018 American Business Awards were outstanding. The competition was intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2018 winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.