Call for Nominations - Rising Stars & Corporate Commitment Awards

Deadline Is February 15; Honors to Be Presented at June 11 Dinner

New York, NY, January 8, 2013 — The Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) today announced it is welcoming nominations for its prestigious 2013 Rising Stars and Corporate Commitment Awards.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 15. 

Winners will be announced in early March, and honored at DMEF’s Rising Stars Awards Dinner at Three-Sixty° in New York City on June 11. This awards dinner is a featured event during Integrated Marketing Week, the premier event taking place June 10–13 in NYC, co-sponsored by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and Econsultancy.

Individual and corporate award recipients will be honored for their commitment to excellence in the field of direct/interactive marketing education, specifically highlighting service that nurtures and supports the next generation of talent in this field.  These honorees set the standard for leadership, generosity, and giving back to the marketing community. 

The DMEF Awards Selection Committee, consisting of leaders in the field of direct/interactive marketing, will review the nominations.  Close attention will be paid to the candidates’ qualifications and accomplishments as they relate to the nomination criteria

“There are great leaders, and then there those true stars who inspire others to achieve excellence, whether at the individual or corporate level.  It is this level of leadership and integrity that defines the DMEF’s Rising Stars and Corporate Commitment Awards,” said Craig Wood, DMEF Chair.  “Awards presented at the DMEF’s annual Rising Stars Awards Dinner offer a unique opportunity to give public recognition to standout talent, both at the individual and corporate levels.  We are honored to review and select winners for these prestigious awards, giving recognition to those who work tirelessly to support the next generation in this field.”


DMEF Rising Stars Award

DMEF’s Rising Stars Award is presented to individuals 40 years of age and younger who are recognized as up-and-coming leaders in the field of direct/interactive marketing.  Winning candidates demonstrate outstanding professional achievement and commitment to giving back through furthering education and growth throughout the field.  They must exhibit superior leadership and professional achievements in the online/offline space, combined with an unmatched commitment to giving back — including educational, charitable activities, and/or supporting and mentoring young professionals. 

Last year’s winners included Scott Ellis of Adworthy, Linda Gharib of Citigroup, Robert Reynolds of Guthy-Renker, David Rosenbluth of Gerber Life Insurance Company, and Jonathan Sander of Mason Zimbler.  For a complete list of prior Rising Star Award Winners, please click here.


DMEF Corporate Commitment Award

DMEF’s Corporate Commitment Award honors companies that exemplify the unique and significant qualities of leadership, and consistently demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the areas of direct/interactive marketing education among new and upcoming talent.  The corporate honoree must be renowned for its culture of nurturing rising talent, as well as active support and consistent participation in DMEF programs and activities that foster and promote excellence — for today and tomorrow. Last year, the Corporate Commitment Award went to Acxiom. 

For a complete list of prior Corporate Commitment Award Winners, please click here.

For additional information regarding DMEF’s Rising Stars Awards nominations, including nomination criteria and forms, please click here.  

For additional information regarding DMEF’s Corporate Commitment Awards nominations, including nomination criteria and forms, please click here.  

Additional information about DMEF’s June 11 Rising Stars Awards Dinner is available by clicking here


About Integrated Marketing Week

It is fact: 100% of today’s marketers have the goal of consolidating their message across all channels, but only 32% feel they’ve actually achieved that goal. The remaining 68% need an event that promises to provide leading insight into integrated marketing best practices and emerging trends. Introducing Integrated Marketing Week — the premier event for marketers who are looking to deliver a unified customer experience across all channels, while simultaneously optimizing marketing spend.

Brought to you by Direct Marketing Association and Econsultancy, IMW13 brings together 3,000+ of the world’s leading integrated marketing minds from companies such as Staples, MasterCard, ESPN, Wyndham International Hotel Group and SAS. Join the 3½ day conversation, June 10-13th in New York City and define what a consistent integrated marketing campaign looks like for your company — and for our industry at large. Visit  for further information and details on this groundbreaking event.

About Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF)

Headquartered in New York City, the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) works to attract, educate, and place college students in direct/interactive marketing careers, and, thereby, expanding and enriching the talent pool of trained, market-ready marketers.  Established in 1966 by members of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) who wanted to give something back to the community, DMEF is today a separate, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that is supported solely by tax-deductible contributions from individuals and companies.  Tax-deductible contributions are the lifeblood of the DMEF; funds raised support a broad range of world-class educational programs and scholarships.

Since its founding, thousands of students have taken advantage of DMEF’s educational programs, entering the field with the competitive edge of being “workplace-ready.” Many have gone on to become today’s marketing leaders, an indication of the Foundation’s success.  For additional information about the DMEF, its mission, and its programs, visit


Susan Taplinger


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