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Nominations DeadlineJuly 19, 2021 - Midnight

Welcome to the sixth annual Denver Metro Admin Awards, a public celebration of Administrative excellence reserved for extraordinary Administrative Professionals serving as Executive Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Office Managers and any professional serving in an administrative capacity - a profession which is represented by over 100 job titles. Nominations will be accepted through July 19th, and thanks to our Program Sponsors, there is no application fee. All nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award individual award categories and the one company award category.

Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionJuly 29, 2021Zoom

This year's Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception will be a virtual Zoom Happy Hour from 4:00 - 5:00 PM (MT). This event kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. and is complimentary. We'll celebrate 2020 Nominee's, answer questions and get everybody excited about the 2020 Admin Awards LIVE! event!

Finalist Notification WeekAugust 2 - 6News delivered via email and posted to adminawards.com

Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during Finalist Notification Week via email and our website.

Admin Awards GalaSeptember 18, 2021Via live event streaming of Admin Awards LIVE!

In the can-do spirit of the Admins we honor, The Admin Awards is excited to present Admin Awards 2021 LIVE! This unstoppable celebration of administrative excellence will deliver our iconic awards program via live event streaming to Admin Awards watch parties across the Denver Metro area where attendees will cheer on their Finalists and party from the comfort of their homes and offices. Following a full week of exciting festivities, The Denver Metro Admin Awards 'Good as Gold' Gala will celebrate this year’s Finalists and reveal the 2021 Award Winners, who will receive their iconic glass Admin Awards "Publisher’s Clearing House" style as our street team safely hand-delivers each Award in person. Watch parties will have an opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary dinner experience provided by hand-picked local caterers, top-shelf libations and lots of delightful surprises to create an evening of fun while making every Admin feel like royalty. While the shape of this year’s Awards Gala is reimagined, the "The Academy Awards for Admins" will continue many of our important traditions throughout the week and will culminate in the joyful and inspiring evening we all look forward to each year!

About Colleen Barrett: Her Journey from Secretary to President of Southwest Airlines and the Award that Bears Her Name

The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence is the most coveted and prestigious honor bestowed by The Admin Awards and is named after a legend in the administrative profession, a woman who first proved herself indispensable as corporate secretary to former Southwest Airlines CEO Herb Kelleher before ascending the ranks to President and COO of the Dallas-based company in 2001. Throughout her five-decade career at Southwest Colleen advanced from Legal Secretary to VP of Administration, to EVP of Customers to President and COO and President of one of the world’s most successful airlines. Since 2008 Colleen has served as President Emeritus of Southwest and is revered for her leadership and decision-making abilities, along with her dedication to ensuring the needs of customers, employees, and all other stakeholders are met. Colleen has won many business and industry awards including one of the most important, historic and visible aerospace awards in the world, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy which reflects a timeline of the most innovative inventors, explorers, industrialists, and public servants in aeronautics and astronautics.  

Colleen Barrett and Herb Kelleher

Colleen is also a fierce advocate for the administrative profession and she understands first-hand the extraordinary impact that high performing Admins have on an organization’s success. The Colleen Barrett Award honors Administrative Professionals who are following in her hallowed footsteps. Barrett has long credited Kelleher with helping her to succeed: “If you have a boss who will let you stretch,” she said, then you have opportunities to learn. With the Colleen Barrett Award, bosses also have an opportunity to show superstar admins how much their dedication to excellence means — and how far they too can potentially rise. The award will be presented by Barrett to an Administrative Professional who best exhibits those traits that helped her have an extraordinary impact in her role as an Admin and include: high proficiency, shares the same values as their organization, is passionately committed to their organization’s purpose, demonstrates a legendary passion for customer service internally and externally, and has a heart for employee advocacy. Colleen Barrett, Servant Leader and Superstar

Colleen Barrett presents the Colleen Barrett Award at the 2015 Dallas Admin Awards

Amy Cler, Board Chair Red Bird Farms Executive Assistant to Owner
Anna Roberson, Board Vice Chair Gaylord Rockies Events Administrative Assistant
Debi Richards Turning the Corner Executive Assistant / Office Manager
Rachel McNerney Whiting Petroleum Executive Business Analyst & Executive Assistant
Jean Wallace KPMG LLP Executive Assistant
Adela Pena Leprino Foods Company Office Administrator and Executive Assistant
Nicole Valdez The Monroe Group/ Steele Properties Executive Assistant to the Principal Owners
Renae Scott Discovery Natural Resources Executive Assistant to the CEO
Kari Mertz Mozilla Executive Assistant
Alyssa Swantkoski Adswerve, Inc. Executive Assistant
Kara Washburn Eagle Automation Executive Assistant to the CEO
Monica Eads Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. Executive Assistant- RE & Hospitality
Teri Kiss Visa Executive Assistant
Natalie McGinnis Ball Corporation Executive Assistant
Amanda McKenzie Dept. of Veteran Affairs Executive Assistant

Contribute A Major Prize and All Eyes will be on your Company at the Gala

The Admin Awards, referred to by many as “The Academy Awards for Admins” is accepting a limited number of Major Prize contributions which will be awarded during “Prize Breaks” throughout the awards ceremony. Past prizes have included all-expenses-paid vacations, electronics, spa packages, gift cards, airline tickets, designer purses and much, much more! Our Prize Breaks have become legendary and represent a potent way to endear your brand to these deserving and connected Administrative Professionals while also enjoying the captive audience of 450-650 executive and administrative attendees during the ceremony (size varies by market).

Here’s how our prize partnership program works:

  • 14 companies are showcased during three “Prize Breaks” which happen intermittently in between the nine award presentations to an audience of Administrative Professionals, their executive counterparts and coworkers.
  • Minimum prize value is $500, subject to review and approval
  • Prize Partners receive prominent display of their logo and giveaway on the big 16’ screens for about one minute while the prize contribution is drawn.
  • Every Admin that attends the Gala is automatically entered to win one of the 14 major prizes. An est. 250 – 350 admins attend each Gala.
  • Prize Partners are given the contact list of Admins including email addresses for future follow up.
  • Prize Partners will receive one ticket to attend the Gala.
  • While not all prizes are accepted, those that we believe would delight our community of Administrative Professionals and include a value of over $500 (although many are in the $1,000 – $2,500 range) are what gets us most excited.
There sometimes is a cost to participate in the Major Prize program depending on the prize, est. prize value and other factors. To view more details or to submit your major prize for consideration, click here.

The Admin Awards recognizes administrative excellence in nine individual award categories, which may vary slightly from market to market to reflect the leading industries in each program area. Below is a list of all existing award categories and their respective markets in addition to the Founders Award which is the only company award offered by the Admin Awards and is described below. Nominators do have the ability to nominate an Administrative Professional in more than one award category although an admin can only be declared a finalist in one award category (the award category with the highest score from the judges is retained).

The Strategic Partnership Award

This award embodies the tremendous impact an Executive Assistant and Executive can have when they work together in true business partnership to advance the needs of the business by relying on the EA role to deliver greater strategic value to the executive and organization.Award Category Questions

Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence

This is the Admin Awards’ most prestigious award and honors the Admin that best demonstrates many of the qualities which enabled Colleen Barrett’s rise from legal secretary to President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Airlines.Award Category Questions

Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award

The Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award honors Administrative Professionals that are involved in either the public or private sectors in the following industries: Healthcare, Biotech, Pharma, Education, Government, Nonprofit, Military, Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, Politics. Professionals in these areas have made significant contributions to the success of their organizations in an Administrative capacity.Award Category Questions

Above the Call Award

This is the award that's all about providing exceptional customer service both internally and externally and honors the Admin whose job responsibility involves significant interaction with others such as coworkers, customers, vendors, company visitors etc.Award Category Questions

Loyalty Award

The Loyalty Award is presented to the Administrative Professional that has a long history of effective service in the Admin profession (minimum of 15 years) and/or has a long history of effective service to their existing company or executive in an administrative capacity (minimum of 10 years).Award Category Questions

Spirit Award

This award celebrates Admins that are the "heartbeat" of their companies, and consistently exhibit a positive, can-do outlook and is the person that people are drawn to during good days and bad for their optimism, enthusiasm, and positivity.Award Category Questions

Achiever Award

For Admins who have a reputation for “getting it done” – either a significant project that had a company-wide impact or day in day out achievement of tasks and projects.Award Category Questions

Leadership Award

This award recognizes the Admin who leads others (formally or informally) and demonstrates a variety of leadership qualities including persistence, focus, integrity, innovation, patience, decisiveness, open-mindedness, empowerment, generosity and a passion for helping fellow employees and their organization succeed.  Award Category Questions

Rookie of the Year Award

For Admins new to the profession, this Award celebrates those with less than three years of service in the administrative profession and who demonstrate great potential to excel and grow in their role.Award Category Questions

Founders Award

The Admin Awards' only "company" award, this award recognizes organizations that provide an exceptional work environment through the demonstration of specific criteria that brings out the very best in its Administrative Professionals.Award Category Questions

2020

Ashley SparhawkGlobal Down Syndrome FoundationColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Ashley SparhawkGlobal Down Syndrome FoundationColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative ExcellenceAshley Sparhawk, Global Down Syndrome Foundation
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Rene GarciaJanus Henderson InvestorsSpirit Award
Rene GarciaJanus Henderson InvestorsSpirit Award
Spirit AwardRene Garcia, Janus Henderson Investors
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Amber SmithNational Corporate HousingRookie of the Year Award
Amber SmithNational Corporate HousingRookie of the Year Award
Rookie of the Year AwardAmber Smith, National Corporate Housing
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Chrissy AllenWaste ManagementAdministrative Excellence in Public Service Award
Chrissy AllenWaste ManagementAdministrative Excellence in Public Service Award
Administrative Excellence in Public Service AwardChrissy Allen, Waste Management
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Sarah BarrettCanna AdvisorsOffice Manager of the Year Award
Sarah BarrettCanna AdvisorsOffice Manager of the Year Award
Office Manager of the Year AwardSarah Barrett, Canna Advisors
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Cherie HarrisMercy HousingLoyalty Award
Cherie HarrisMercy HousingLoyalty Award
Loyalty AwardCherie Harris, Mercy Housing
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Sue ThielenRobert HalfLeadership Award
Sue ThielenRobert HalfLeadership Award
Leadership AwardSue Thielen, Robert Half
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Kara ErlichKPMGAchiever Award
Kara ErlichKPMGAchiever Award
Achiever AwardKara Erlich, KPMG
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Katie WattsKPMGAbove the Call Award
Katie WattsKPMGAbove the Call Award
Above the Call AwardKatie Watts, KPMG
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2019

Courtney BlodgettCommunity College of DenverColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Courtney BlodgettCommunity College of DenverColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative ExcellenceCourtney Blodgett, Community College of Denver
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Windy RoundtreeLiberty GlobalAbove the Call Award
Windy RoundtreeLiberty GlobalAbove the Call Award
Above the Call AwardWindy Roundtree, Liberty Global
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Rachael HermannWana BrandsAchiever Award
Rachael HermannWana BrandsAchiever Award
Achiever AwardRachael Hermann, Wana Brands
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Kelley SouthernDenver Museum of Nature & ScienceAdministrative Excellence in Public Service Award
Kelley SouthernDenver Museum of Nature & ScienceAdministrative Excellence in Public Service Award
Administrative Excellence in Public Service AwardKelley Southern, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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Tammy HarcrowColorado Hospital AssociationLeadership Award
Tammy HarcrowColorado Hospital AssociationLeadership Award
Leadership AwardTammy Harcrow, Colorado Hospital Association
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Debbie AtkinsonArapahoe CountyLoyalty Award
Debbie AtkinsonArapahoe CountyLoyalty Award
Loyalty AwardDebbie Atkinson, Arapahoe County
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Brittany BastienSpheroOffice Manager of the Year Award
Brittany BastienSpheroOffice Manager of the Year Award
Office Manager of the Year AwardBrittany Bastien, Sphero
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Jessica RoseAmerican Furniture WarehouseRookie of the Year Award
Jessica RoseAmerican Furniture WarehouseRookie of the Year Award
Rookie of the Year AwardJessica Rose, American Furniture Warehouse
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Seva KouremetisACM LLPSpirit Award
Seva KouremetisACM LLPSpirit Award
Spirit AwardSeva Kouremetis, ACM LLP
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2018

Valarie DisneySenior ParalegalGriffiths Law P.C.Achiever Award
Valarie DisneySenior ParalegalGriffiths Law P.C.Achiever Award
Achiever AwardValarie Disney, Griffiths Law P.C.
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Tracy BehrensOffice ManagerSterling-Rice GroupLoyalty Award
Tracy BehrensOffice ManagerSterling-Rice GroupLoyalty Award
Loyalty AwardTracy Behrens, Sterling-Rice Group
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Sothary CheaProgram AssistantUniversity of ColoradoRookie of the Year Award
Sothary CheaProgram AssistantUniversity of ColoradoRookie of the Year Award
Rookie of the Year AwardSothary Chea, University of Colorado
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Mindy BrooksExecutive AssistantXilinx, IncCommunity Champion Award
Mindy BrooksExecutive AssistantXilinx, IncCommunity Champion Award
Community Champion AwardMindy Brooks, Xilinx, Inc
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Michelle RinglemanCommunications Technology Specialist and Administrative CoordinatorSherman & Howard Law FirmAbove the Call Award
Michelle RinglemanCommunications Technology Specialist and Administrative CoordinatorSherman & Howard Law FirmAbove the Call Award
Above the Call AwardMichelle Ringleman, Sherman & Howard Law Firm
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Kelly MaebaneExecutive AssistantEating Recovery CenterAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Kelly MaebaneExecutive AssistantEating Recovery CenterAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Administrative Excellence in Healthcare AwardKelly Maebane, Eating Recovery Center
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Jessica JalbertAdministrative ManagerAnton Collins Mitchell LLPLeadership Award
Jessica JalbertAdministrative ManagerAnton Collins Mitchell LLPLeadership Award
Leadership AwardJessica Jalbert, Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
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Jasmine KuliashaExecutive AssistantSpheroSpirit Award
Jasmine KuliashaExecutive AssistantSpheroSpirit Award
Spirit AwardJasmine Kuliasha, Sphero
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Christine FierroExecutive AssistantLiberty Global, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Christine FierroExecutive AssistantLiberty Global, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative ExcellenceChristine Fierro, Liberty Global, Inc.
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2017

Christa FafaliosCustomer Service, Sales, and MarketingPrint PointeSpirit Award
Christa FafaliosCustomer Service, Sales, and MarketingPrint PointeSpirit Award
Spirit AwardChrista Fafalios, Print Pointe
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Chelsea NunnenkampLegislative & Administrative CoordinatorColorado Oil and Gas AssociationRookie of the Year Award
Chelsea NunnenkampLegislative & Administrative CoordinatorColorado Oil and Gas AssociationRookie of the Year Award
Rookie of the Year AwardChelsea Nunnenkamp, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
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Lori MillerAdministrative AssistantLakewood Police DepartmentLoyalty Award
Lori MillerAdministrative AssistantLakewood Police DepartmentLoyalty Award
Loyalty AwardLori Miller, Lakewood Police Department
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Adam HauserHealthcare AdministrationKaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan of ColoradoAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Adam HauserHealthcare AdministrationKaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan of ColoradoAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Administrative Excellence in Healthcare AwardAdam Hauser, Kaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan of Colorado
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Tessa CampbellExecutive ManagementWeifield Group ContractingLeadership Award
Tessa CampbellExecutive ManagementWeifield Group ContractingLeadership Award
Leadership AwardTessa Campbell, Weifield Group Contracting
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Susan PhillipyAdministrative AssistantBrocadeCommunity Champion Award
Susan PhillipyAdministrative AssistantBrocadeCommunity Champion Award
Community Champion AwardSusan Phillipy, Brocade
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Karen FennellExecutive AssistantUniversity of Colorado DenverAchiever Award
Karen FennellExecutive AssistantUniversity of Colorado DenverAchiever Award
Achiever AwardKaren Fennell, University of Colorado Denver
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Vonda CharboneauExecutive AssistantBrown & TedsromAbove the Call Award
Vonda CharboneauExecutive AssistantBrown & TedsromAbove the Call Award
Above the Call AwardVonda Charboneau, Brown & Tedsrom
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Melody AmbroseExecutive AdministrationCH2MColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Melody AmbroseExecutive AdministrationCH2MColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative ExcellenceMelody Ambrose, CH2M
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2016

Mary DownesExecutive Assistant to CEOGoodwill Industries of DenverColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Mary DownesExecutive Assistant to CEOGoodwill Industries of DenverColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative ExcellenceMary Downes, Goodwill Industries of Denver
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Alicia CrutcherReceptionistMoye White LLPAbove the Call Award
Alicia CrutcherReceptionistMoye White LLPAbove the Call Award
Above the Call AwardAlicia Crutcher, Moye White LLP
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Carole GosnellExecutive AssistantCity of LakewoodLoyalty Award
Carole GosnellExecutive AssistantCity of LakewoodLoyalty Award
Loyalty AwardCarole Gosnell, City of Lakewood
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Kerry KelleyAdministrative SupportHope House of ColoradoSpirit Award
Kerry KelleyAdministrative SupportHope House of ColoradoSpirit Award
Spirit AwardKerry Kelley, Hope House of Colorado
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Erik HeinzMarketing CoordinatorPayroll VaultAchiever Award
Erik HeinzMarketing CoordinatorPayroll VaultAchiever Award
Achiever AwardErik Heinz, Payroll Vault
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Carrie CostonExecutive AssistantCentura HealthLeadership Award
Carrie CostonExecutive AssistantCentura HealthLeadership Award
Leadership AwardCarrie Coston, Centura Health
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Brenda StandkeExecutive AssistantPrologisCommunity Champion Award
Brenda StandkeExecutive AssistantPrologisCommunity Champion Award
Community Champion AwardBrenda Standke, Prologis
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Jamie BellSenior Administrative ProfessionalChildren's Hospital ColoradoAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Jamie BellSenior Administrative ProfessionalChildren's Hospital ColoradoAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Administrative Excellence in Healthcare AwardJamie Bell, Children's Hospital Colorado
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Doug DenslowAdministrative Assistant IIIBall AerospaceRookie of the Year Award
Doug DenslowAdministrative Assistant IIIBall AerospaceRookie of the Year Award
Rookie of the Year AwardDoug Denslow, Ball Aerospace
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