Annual Awards for Communications Excellence

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AACE 2021

For decades The Annual Awards for Communications Excellence have recognized the all stars in our community who effectively communicate everything about what it means to be an employee owned company.

For those of you who have entered the AACE competition before, this year’s categories will look slightly different.

We have all had to make changes as a result of the global pandemic, and the AACE competition reflects that reality with a new category focused on COVID-19 Communications. We also have modified the events categories to reflect the many virtual events our members put on in the past year. Our last category change updated the Employee Ownership Marketing category to Community Engagement, to better reflect the entries we were receiving. Be sure to read the AACE Entry Guidelines and Rules, and check the judges' comments to learn about companies that won last year's awards.

We’ve also extended the deadline to July 1, 2021 to give you time to prepare your entries in these new categories. The time frame covered by this award also has been extended, and now runs from Jan. 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

The final big change this year is we will move the AACE Competition Awards Dinner to our Employee Owned Conference in Las Vegas this November. The AACE Awards are a very important part of our Association’s culture and a valuable way our membership and employee owners receive recognition for their outstanding efforts. With the uncertainty that continues to surround large meetings and conferences, we made the determination that the conference where this celebration can be enjoyed by the largest number of members would be Employee Owned 2021 in Las Vegas. Look for more details on the event later this year.


Three Steps For Entering the AACE Competition
  1. Read the AACE Entry Guidelines and Rules.

  2. Fill out and submit the entry form by July 1, 2021.

  3. Send your entry binders and displays to The International Employee Ownership Center.