CEO Connection Announces Mid-Market Award Winners


SYOSSET, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CEO Connection® has announced the winners of the 2017 Mid-Market Awards, recognizing mid-market leaders and companies that have demonstrated leadership, creativity, generosity and other qualities representing the true spirit of the mid-market.

The recipients are:

Mid-Market Company of the Year: Key Safety Systems

Steering the course for safety innovation since the dawn of automobile, KSS has pioneered life-saving safety technology since 1916. From handcrafted steering wheels for the Ford Model-T, to the advancement of retractable seat belts, the inception of airbags, and the breakthrough of crash sensors, into present day active safety solutions, KSS is at the forefront of mobility safety. This global leader also provides safety-critical components to non-automotive markets. Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, KSS has a network of 13,000 employees with 34 technical centers and manufacturing facilities in 14 countries around the world.

Mid-Market CEO of the Year: Blake Irving

Blake Irving is GoDaddy's Chief Executive Officer and Board Director. Those who have met Irving know that he brings passion, vision, and technology experience to his role. GoDaddy hosts one of the world's largest cloud platforms dedicated to small, independent businesses. With more than 17 million customers worldwide and more than 71 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place all types of businesses go to name their domain, build a professional website, attract customers, and manage their work.

Social Impact Award: Raj Mamodia

Teaching disruptive technologies to underprivileged children might seem like a luxury. After all, basic needs come first. But as conceived by the CEO of a digitally disruptive tech startup, this education is no less than essential. It ignites imagination, democratizes innovation, and makes entrepreneurship accessible to all. Raj Mamodia, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brillio, a leading global digital consulting and technology services company is the visionary behind this program - the Brillio Bringing Smiles initiative. Mamodia started Brillio in 2014 to challenge the conventional approach to enterprise IT with the "New Know How" in technology. Brillio has become a fast- growth digital transformation company with 2,600+ employees serving more than 350 customers, of which 50 are Fortune 500.

Mid-Market Young Leader Award: Luvleen Sidhu

Sidhu has been chosen as the mid-market executive who, early in her career, has demonstrated the greatest potential for leadership and lasting impact. She is Co-Founder, President and Chief Strategy Officer at BankMobile, a completely digital bank, offering an entirely fee-free checking account, aimed at helping the underbanked, millennials and middle-income Americans to have an affordable, effortless and financially empowering banking experience. Sidhu has been recognized by the industry with numerous awards, including being among Bank Innovation's 2016 worldwide Top 10 "Innovators to Watch."

"It is an honor to announce these awards for the leaders and companies representing the highest standards in business and their impact on society," said Kenneth Beck, CEO of CEO Connection. "The Mid-Market Awards draw attention to an often-overlooked sector that is a significant force in job creation, economic growth, and in driving social change."

Award winners will be honored at the 2017 Mid-Market Convention, Sept. 24-27 at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, PA. This gathering includes functional experts and leading CEOs across a wide range of industries who convene to discuss challenges and solutions specific to the mid-market, and to devise actionable plans. Attendance is limited to 200. Register here.

CEO Connection is the ONLY membership organization in the world reserved exclusively for CEOs of mid-market companies – companies with between $100 million and $3 billion in annual revenue. Our mission is to help mid-market CEOs and their companies succeed.  We accomplish this by connecting them to each other; connecting them to people, information and resources to which they would otherwise not have access; and promoting the interests, welfare, and perspective of the mid-market.

Members are C-level executives with responsibility for all or significant portions of their respective company. They represent a wide variety of businesses across a broad geographic spectrum. Collectively mid-market companies account for $10 trillion of the $30 trillion annual U.S. private sector gross receipts.

Inspired by C-level Wharton executives, CEO Connection began in 2005 and has evolved into a dynamic community with wide ranging benefits uniquely designed to help the mid-market CEO and champion the mid-market perspective.