Judging and Judges

The Fourteeners Awards Committee assembles a celebrity panel of marketing professionals to judge our competition. Each represents a different side of the marketing community: agency or corporate. All bring significant B2B and B2C marketing experience to the table and none are current members of TMA.

Judging is a key reason why the these awards have traditionally been recognized as Colorado's most prestigious marketing and advertising awards competition dedicated solely to business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing communications.

The selected judges dedicate their time and talents to participate in a rigorous process of judging the contest entries and selecting award recipients.

Each entry, in its entirety, is independently reviewed by the judges and scored against four criteria measures:

  1. Creative
  2. Execution
  3. Strategy
  4. Results

Each judge can award up to 25 points in each of these criteria measures for a possible total of 100 points. The judging scores for each entry are averaged into a total cumulative score, which is used to determine winners of Gold and Silver awards. The judges reconvene to select Best of Show, Best Creative, Best Execution, Best Strategy, and Best Results from the Gold winning entries.

Meet the Judges

Michael Brandt
Michael Brandt

Michael T. Brandt, CBC, has spent his entire career in communications management positions, primarily in business- to-business marketing and advertising. He has also dabbled in public relations, employee communications, and international sales. His product and service experience includes commercial building materials, electronics manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, ag-chem, packaging, associations, and electric utilities. He has been president of his own marketing consulting business since1990.

Emily Canon
Houston, Texas

Emily Canon has worked within business-to-business marketing for over 10 years. Currently, she is a Senior Marketing Manager within the tech space and prior to that I was a Marketing Specialist within the oil and gas industry. Canon has focused on all aspects of building a brand, building sales pipeline, and building loyal customers. Throughout her B2B career she has been the lead for executing results-oriented marketing and advertising campaigns, events, global social media strategies, and PR efforts in order to create demand. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Angelo State University and also completed the college internship program with Walt Disney World. She has been active within the ANA Business Marketing of Houston organization since 2012 serving as President for the last 2 years and on various other committees within the chapter. Outside of work she runs her photography business and helps her husband with our snow cone food trucks.

Joanna D'Avanzo
Chair, Communications Dept.
Marist College

Joanna D’Avanzo is a Professional Lecturer and Chair of the Communication Department at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where she teaches the creative side of advertising. She came to Marist to lead their creative advertising program and has worked with colleagues to help students create breakthrough, award-winning work. Her student's work has been recognized with Young Ones awards through The One Club for Creativity and district placements at the National Student Advertising Competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. She began her career as a passionate assistant art director the day after she graduated college and she now instills that same passion into her students. In Joanna’s initial year at Marist, she held the first Marist College Portfolio Review in NYC, which continues each year with graduates going to top ad agencies, including R/GA, FCB, Ogilvy, Grey, McCann, mcgarrybowen, and Badger & Winters.

Before academia came calling, Joanna spent time at big NYC agencies including McCann, DMB&B, JWT and Grey, where she worked her way up to Creative Director creating campaigns for a wide range of clients including Burger King, Hasbro Games, Panasonic, Gatorade and Smucker’s. Joanna’s 20 plus years in advertising has given her a depth of knowledge to pull from and relate to; she has hands-on knowledge of where her students are headed, what's in store for them and helps them prepare to get there. Joanna gives her students the advice to “Know A Little About A lot” and she takes that advice to heart which enables her to never stop learning. She loves a good typeface, finds great pleasure in helping her students explore their creativity and enjoys learning from her 3 teenage sons; they help her stay relevant in today’s ever-changing culture.

Joanna graduated from FIT with a BFA in Advertising Design and she studied graphic design at the London College of Communication. She has been involved in higher education since 2010; she has also taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is a 3 time Young Ones Juror and is featured in Pat Peduto’s new book titled “I wrote the book on Advertising”. She looks forward to teaching her students all she knows about advertising.

Gabbi Hall

Razib Hossain

Emily Marston

Founded in 1959, the AMA Omaha is the local Chapter of the American Marketing Association, the world’s largest nonprofit marketing association with more than 30,000 members. For almost 60 years, AMA Omaha has been the leading network for local marketing professionals and continues to serve the Omaha community to advance the practice of marketing by providing a forum for discussion and on key issues impacting marketing professionals. AMA Omaha has won a total of seven Chapter Excellence Awards, including the top honor in the nation – the Gold Chapter of the Year – for the 2019/2020 term. To learn more about AMA or to join Omaha’s largest marketing professional organization, visit amaomaha.org.

Heather Smiles
Product Marketing Manager

Heather Smiles is an award-winning marketing professional with close to twenty years of experience across diverse disciplines such as product marketing, content development, event management, digital marketing, design and more. Her creativity, fresh approach, attention to detail, and proven skill set empower her not only to main customer loyalty, but also to generate high quality new leads. Her marketing background includes marketing for higher education, finance, manufacturing, and most recently for the last 10 years for software companies with powerful stories around data. Whether working with outside talent, interns from local universities, mentoring junior marketing talent, or rolling up her own sleeves to get the job done, Heather loves exploring various areas of marketing and collaborating with a team.

Dean Stier

Danni Winter
Digital Marketing Specialist
Noble Studios
Reno, Nevada

Growing up in the Reno-Tahoe area, Danni Winter earned both her bachelor’s degree in marketing and her MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. With a demonstrated history of building digital marketing strategies for a diverse range of clients, her passion lies in building data informed paid media strategies.

A board member of both the American Advertising Federation (AAF Reno), and the Reno-Tahoe Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Danni’s strengths in event planning and project management help both organizations to plan signature events such as the Ace Awards, The ADDYs and monthly luncheons, as well as AAF’s marketing projects.



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