The International Best of Regions Excellence Award was introduced in 2012 as a way to honor exceptional presentations given by members with the ACBSP Annual Conference theme. The 2013 recipient was Dewayne Thompson, Lee University, with his presentation A Business Ethics Framework: Foundation. The recipient at the 2014 ACBSP Annual Conference was Beth Richardson, University of New England, with her presentation — Organizational Technological Excellence through Experiential Collaboration. This year, Francisco Barroso, Anahuac Mayab University, was the recipient of the award on his presentation – Critical and Creative Thinking for Improving Enterprise Productivity.
The competition starts at the regional level. Individuals giving presentations, related to the theme of the next Annual Conference, at their regional fall conferences will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The evaluators use a rubric created by the home office in consultation with the Council of Regional Presidents. The individual with the highest collective score will be named the Best of the Region. The presenter(s) will automatically qualify to give their presentation during the concurrent sessions at the next ACBSP Annual Conference.
During the ACBSP Annual Conference, a panel of judges will attend the sessions of the Best of the Region presentations and evaluate them using the same rubric as was used at the regional level. During the Salute to Regions Luncheon on Sunday, one of the Best of the Region presentations will receive the International Best of Regions Excellence Award. The recipient presenter(s) will receive a crystal award as well as a $500 check.
For more information on how you can be involved in upcoming Best of the Regions competitions and an opportunity to earn the International Best of Regions Excellence Award, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the headquarters office, 913.339.9356.
2013: Peter Horn, ACBSP President 2012-13 (right), presents the International Best of Regions Excellence Award to Dewayne Thompson from Lee University.
2012: Shirly Kleiner, ACBSP President 2011-12 (left). presents the first International Best of Regions Excellence Award to Lisa Wyzik and Mike O'Connell from River Valley Community College.