What people are saying
I attended the event as a guest and was able to bring one of our rock star executive admins (she had friends that were finalists & winners) we both left the event saying we must get our company involved next year!” …great flow to the event, never a dull moment, uplifting, emotional, long overdue in Silicon Valley.
Mike CarrSr. Manager Product Information, Infoblox
I am so glad we got to be apart of the Admin Awards this year! I was truly amazed on Friday, as you guys did an unbelievable job putting everything together. My team from D&B was very impressed and we hope to be a partner again next year. Keep in touch!
Nick KopachRegional Sales Manager, DFW Metroplex, Dave & Buster's
Congratulations on a phenomenal event, Sunny, Ben and team! We are so thrilled to have been a part of it and look forward to working with you in the future.
Diem DoonanDirector of Membership, Hall Wines
Admins and EA's are what make Silicon Valley work. Without them the tech economy would crater. I'm soooo happy to know this recognition is there.
Tim O'LearyVP Commercial Legal, NetApp, Inc.
The Admin Awards recognizes such an important part of most all of our lives. There is Administrative Professionals day, but this event shows so many hard working people how important their work is and how much it is needed and appreciated. The spirits of the winners are obviously boosted, but the understanding of importance of administrative work is put on such grand display that anyone in an administrative role has to walk out of their with a greater sense of pride in their contributions to their companies and the people at them.
Don CrawfordCEO, Delta Dallas
These awards were a long time coming! We (Admin Professionals) don't do what we do for recognition. We are in this profession because we love it. It sure is nice to be recognized in such an amazing way. Not just a simple thank you with a plastic award that sits on your desk, but it's like being in a parade with a fancy sash over your shoulders and a crown on your head announcing how AMAZING you are!
Kathy CannonExecutive Associate, Juniper Networks
What a wonderful tribute to the hard-working Admins (often unsung heroes) who are the backbone of companies! So inspiring to see them recognized in this special awards program established in their honor!
Amy MarhoeferInternal Customer Care Program Lead, Southwest Airlines
I've been in the administrative field for over two decades and have been felt so appreciated. To be surrounded by a room full of strong, amazing women celebrating each other was an awesome experience. Thank you for giving us a platform to feel special.
Brooke ColemanAdministrator, Topgolf
The event was 100% more than what imagined. It was a beautiful event, well thought out, very organized and structure, and of course FUN! I felt honored to be a sponsor and a guest.
Jenny NguyenDivision Director, OfficeTeam
I cannot stop talking about it. It was by far the best Awards Luncheon and was put together very effectively. Everyone LOVES my award - it's all they can talk about!...Thanks again - I cannot wait until next year's event. I guarantee it will be twice the size!
Cheryl PortilloChief of Staff & Executive Assistant to the CEO, Ryan
WOW! What an amazing event to honor those who make it all come together in the office. This awards program celebrates people who make a difference every day within the world of administrative support. By providing a venue to recognize those who do a great job with new ideas, community involvement, loyalty, leadership, and new comers to the field is motivational and inspiring. We look forward to this event growing every year! Great job.
Kim FollisVice President, Delta Dallas
Thank you so much for all of your hard work on the Admin Awards. I know how hard you worked for this event, and your hard work did not go unnoticed. The event was spectacular! Our CFO told me this was the best business event he's ever been to in Dallas!
Barb MiloClient Experience Director, Hall Financial Group
This event was inspirational and so humbling...it was my pleasure to support and assit in acknowledging the tremendous efforts of the "Real" CEO's of every business - Administrative Assistants.
Sammie SherrellCorporate HR Manager, RadioShack Corporation
Truly felt like a rockstar from the moment you entered the venue. So well put together, great flow of events and engaging all the way through. I cannot wait to attend next year!
Rachel ConnerSenior Executive Assistant, Southwest Airlines
As an admin, it's sometimes easy to feel overlooked, despite pouring so much of yourself into the job. This was incredibly rewarding to be invited to an event where I was surrounded by a ton of people that know what I go through and that do it with so much passion and dedication. VERY INSPIRATIONAL.
Liz McClungNational Events Coordinator, Topgolf
This was the MOST fun awards luncheon I have EVER attended! So energetic, engaging, and lively! The music was fantastic, the programming was spot-on, and everyone had a blast.
Kara KirkbyEvent Coordinator, Visit Dallas
This was the best business awards show i have been to. Between all the pre-luncheon events to the fairy prize runners, this event had fun, professionalism and love in the room I look forward to next year.
Alex VantarakisPresident, The Vant Group
You have made an impact and an incredible difference in the role of the administrative professional. What an honor it was for me to be part of this amazing event in Silicon Valley. Can’t wait to attend next year!
Linda McFarlandExecutive Assistant, Sophos
Allan and I are both still flying high from the other night. I told him the only thing that would have made it better is if I could call my mom and tell her all about it…. Working with you and your team over the past year, has been a joy. It is one of the best experiences I’ve had in my career and I’m proud to have been just a small part of the success.
Joanne LindenChief Executive Assistant, Sophos
Winning the leadership award validated all of the hard work that I have put in throughout the years, all those late nights and long hours. This award program has created an amazing platform for all Silicon Valley Administrative Professionals and that in itself is so rewarding.” This was truly a special night! What an amazing showcase of talent. You have created an incredible platform for all Administrative Professionals. It was an honor!
Melissa AcunaEA, Juniper Networks
The passion I have for this profession and sharing that passion with other administrative professionals has been the driving force that made me who I am today. With the encouragement and empowerment from my principal who I support, my Cisco family, and my administrative peers in Silicon Valley I have gained the confidence and courage to boldly reach beyond all I imagined possible for myself. Thank you to Sunny, Colleen, and the Admin Awards of Silicon Valley for bringing this profession and what it stands for to a new level. This has been an amazing experience that I will never forget and one I believe will drive the next fantastic chapter of my life! I was very honored and appreciated all the praises from my bosses-peers-EA organization. It is the highest award I could receive, it acknowledges the presence of great and I am thankful to everyone. I was very honored and appreciated all the praises from my bosses-peers-EA organization. It is the highest award I could receive, it acknowledges the presence of great and I am thankful to everyone.
Debbie GrossChief Executive Assistant, Cisco Systems
What a fantastic event! I cannot imagine NOT being involved with the Admin Awards in the future. This was an awesome event! We are so fortunate that you reached out to us!
Naseem MooelBusiness Development, Hall - WALT Wines
The energy and vibe were extraordinary...like a ride you don't to end! The Silicon Valley Admin Awards should and will become a standard!
Manny CuevasVice President, Almaden
Sunny, you and your team are amazing and have much to be proud of as you not only help spread goodwill through recognition and build awareness of the accomplishments and contributions that so many Administrative Professionals make daily! We look forward to continuing our support for the Admin Awards program as a travel sponsor when your amazing event returns to the Bay Area! I know we will be seeing each other at the wrap up event. In the meantime, enjoy and wishing you and your team safe and prosperous travels! 😉
Chéri DeLacyPresident/CEO, Morrison Corporate Travel
Endless superlatives to you and your team. Suffice it to say, the event was one of the best I’ve ever been to, and/or been involved with. The Energy was off the charts, attention to detail was outstanding, and …I could go on and on and on and on! So I will; the food was even very good, Jamie and Iormi were “Perfect”, great music, nothing went wrong at all as far as I could tell. What-a-Gala! I thought it was spot-on! The tribute videos made me cry, the winners had so much love and support from everyone in the room, and the energy from your team brought it all full circle.
Reed ThompsonVP of Business Development & Marketing, Gateway Global
The 2016 Dallas Admin Awards was a first class event...the recognition of the award winners, finalist and nominees was outstanding. Many thanks to the event planners and all of the sponsors for making this day possible.
Barbara BurrOffice Manager, HOK Architects
From the moment I found out that I was nominated, to the total surprise of the committee coming out to give me the announcement that I was a finalist, I have felt honored. This experience is one that made every person that was nominated feel appreciated and special. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the amazing event.
Jamy BatsonReceptionist, MedSynergies
This year was our first experience with the Admin Awards Program and wasn't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. This is a first class event and I can tell much hard work and effort went into it by everyone behind the scenes. We were disappointed our nominee didn't win but there were so many deserving individuals I know it was a really hard decision to make. We will definitely participate again. Happy to know there is an organization that supports hard working Support Team Members.
Linda HarrisonSr. Vice President Operations, ARMOR Wealth Management
This was my 3rd event, and it was just beautiful! The tablescape, the prizes, not to mention all the beautiful things all the admins who were nominated.
Diane MartinezExecutive Assistant, AT&T
All the attendees always say that this is the best award presentation that they attend each year! The goodie bags are packed full and much appreciated!
Deb PurvinSVP, Texas Capital Bank
You all did a fabulous job with the inaugural Awards luncheon. Great fun. I predict that you will double next year to 600 and 750 and 900 the year after. It was all about the Admin Professionals, exactly as it should be.
Randy SmithManaging Director, Smith Frank Partners
Wow. What a truly outstanding event. We are so proud to be a part of it again this year.
Gus PellizziPresident, Perks & Provisions
The grandeur of the event surpassed my imagination and opened my eyes to a completely new world. It was both humbling and exciting to see admins recognized and honored for their work.
Yvette Williams-ElliottSecretary, Texas Instruments Incorporated
Thank you so much for recognizing admins. We all have a thankless job that is so important to each and every successful company. I feel so honored to have been a finalist for the Colleen Barrett award! I hope to meet her some day and thank her in person.
Deanne MinorVP of Finance and Administration, Chemical Information Services
Overall this was one of the most fun events of this nature that I've been to. We were a sponsor and it was really nice to have a hand in the experience throughout; from attending the board meetings, to notifying finalists at their offices, to the awards ceremony. Extremely organized and well thought out. I think what this organization does is wonderful and I think this is an excellent way to show appreciation for the people that make everything happen on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes they don't receive near enough recognition and it's nice that they have something like to make them feel special and appreciated.
Jennifer SeversEvent Sales Manager, Dave & Buster's
This was my first time attending the Admin Awards and it blew my mind. It definitely was more than I have imagined. It was a phenomenal setup and production. Very thought out and also upbeat and fun. Such an incredible way to show support for all Professional Admins out there. It makes you leave wanting to do more and aim higher.
Liz MaExecutive Assistant, CenseoHealth
Thought you would enjoy seeing this; it’s true you really DO KNOW how to do it right; it's the BEST awards event I have ever been to; and even the two senior leaders said the same - they sad they have never been to anything for any level of Executive that was better than this 😉 that's just amazing and you are wonderful Sunny and your wonderful ream Lormi and Jamie: thanks for giving me the chance to be a part of such a great cause.
Alicia KasselmanExecutive Assistant and Business Partner, Ericsson
This is no ordinary luncheon. It's big party recognizing the incredible contributions and dedication of Dallas' best administrative professionals nominated by the people that know them the best - their colleagues, peers, supervisors, mentors, clients and vendors. You will have a blast celebrating each others' achievements in this profession, with some good food, lively music, killer swag....and did I mention prizes too?! This is the luncheon you do not want to miss! Let's not let the administrative professionals be the unsung heroes ever again! Cheers!
Ashley AgarExecutive Assistant, National Roofing Partners
Any opportunity to celebrate the TREMENDOUS efforts administrative professionals put into their work and career gets a HIGH FIVE from me. Often times admins just do because it needs to be done never thinking of recognition. THANK YOU!!!
Willie Sublet IIITreasury Admin Asst, Kimberly-Clark Corp
I attended the Admin Awards this year for the first time as a guest of Core 24. Not only was I pleasantly surprised by how well attended it was attended, I was equally impressed by how smooth and entertaining everything was. Congratulations on a job well done.
John IviePartner, Colven, Tran & Meredith, P.C.
I am very grateful and humbled for such a celebration. I came back to work more motivated than ever after being part of this celebration and hearing all of the wonderful stories. I hope my daughter sees me in the same eyes Sunny sees her mom. What an honor to your mother, Sunny!
Janet ShoppellAdministrative Assistant, Texas Health Resources