The " Associates of the Year Awards" recognize exceptional performances by store managers and associates from around the world. We’re excited to help bring light to the stories, faces and people around the world that are making an impact for their customers and colleagues. REGISTER NOW!

2021 Awards Categories

Star Associate of the Year

The Star Associate of the Year is the most prestigious award to recognize someone who consistently surpasses their objectives while providing exceptional service and supporting their fellow associates. This person leads by example, inspires others, builds meaningful relationships and is an all-around extraordinary representative of their brand.

Best Digital Experience Associate

This award is for an associate that delivers exceptional experiences to serve customers on digital channels. They take an innovative approach to their role by leveraging technology to drive the business.

Most Innovative Associate

This award is to recognize associates who came up with the most innovative solutions to adapt to the changing retail landscape and seamlessly serve customers throughout the pandemic.

Congratulations to the Finalists!

Best Digital Experience Associate Finalists

Michael Amodt
Human Touch
Quebec, Canada
Anna Lund
Buckle
California, USA
Maggie Garcia
Chico's
Illinois, USA
Jeame Marroquin 
Bloomingdales
New York, USA
Bev Strahm
Soma
Ohio, USA
Damaris Guerrero
Pandora 
California, USA
Chloe Maher
Brown Thomas
Ireland, EU
Jaclyne Montgomery
Soma
Michigan, USA
Eryka Aday
Pandora
California, USA
Brendan brown 
Bloomingdales
California, USA

Star Associate of the Year Finalists

Lili Kheirallah 
The Hudson’s Bay
Quebec, Canada
Savannah Cline
Buckle
North Carolina, USA
Ashleigh Rousselle
Pandora
Oregon, USA
Roselle Angles
Johnny Was
Ontario, Canada
Melissa Hancock
Chico's
Indiana, USA
Jeame Marroquin 
Bloomingdales
New York, USA
Bev Strahm
Soma
Ohio, USA
Ann Guese
Soma
Illinois, USA
Kari Poppenfus
Soma
Michigan, USA
Kaitlin fisher 
Pandora
California, USA

Most Innovative Associate Finalists

Lili Kheirallah 
Hudson's Bay
Quebec, Canada
Kaitlin fisher 
Pandora
California, USA
Brendan brown 
Bloomingdale’s
California, USA
Joana Cantu
Chico’s
Missouri, USA
Ashley Coffman 
Relax The Back
Florida, USA
Lisa Caplan
Bloomingdale’s
Florida, USA
Brittany Duncan
Chico’s
Indiana, USA
Andres Paredes
Pandora
California, USA
Bernadette Gonciarzcyk
Soma
Florida, USA
Shannon Miller
Soma
Ohio, USA
Join Us on October 21 at the Livestream Event Where We Announce the Winners

Important Dates

Entries Open:
July 27 2021
Entries Close:
August 31, 2021
Nominees Announced & Voting Begins:
September 1, 2021
Voting Ends:
September 16, 2021
Winners Announced At Live Event:
October 21, 2021

Panel of Judges

Jason Goldberg
Chief Commerce Strategy Officer
Publicis
Cathy Hotka
Principal at Cathy Hotka & Associates, Connecting Retail Insiders
Mary Todd-McGinnis
Vice-president
Ben Bridge Stores & Customer Experience
Ron Thurston
Founder, TAKE PRIDE TODAYᵀᴹ &
Best Selling Author of Retail Pride
Bob Phibbs
CEO
The Retail Doctor
Regina Aiello
Vice President
Ben Bridge Jeweler, Pandora