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2013 Midas Awards Hosts Live Judging Session


The 2013 Midas Awards World’s Best Financial Advertising™ will host a live Grand Jury judging session on November 21st at Ink48 Hotel, 653 11th Avenue at 48th Street in New York City. The live session, organized by Alisun Armstrong, executive director of the Midas Awards, allows the Grand Jury to score creative entries from around the globe on a proprietary iPad judging app. 


 “This live judging session is the first of its kind for Midas Awards, and will allow entries from around the globe to be reviewed by prominent industry client and agency leaders—people that set the standard for financial-marketing excellence.  I hope it serves as a creative networking forum,” said Ms. Armstrong.


The 2013 session kicks off at Ink48’s Courier Room at 5:00pm with a jury meet-and-greet followed by the first round of judging. Dinner will be catered by PRINT, Ink48’s in-house restaurant, with selections created by Executive Chef Charles Rodriguez and Executive Pastry Chef Geoff Koo, all of which were inspired from locally grown ingredients.  Round two’s judging session will commence after dinner and will be followed by desserts and networking.


The New York “live” session Grand Jury includes:

  • Ben Butler, Associate Creative Director, KBS+ USA
  • Len Costa, Head, Innovation & Emerging Media, CFA Institute USA
  • Cheryl Daly, Sales Associate, Halstead Property USA
  • Paul Dery, Creative Director, R/GA USA
  • Chris D'Rozario, Executive Creative Director, Havas Worldwide USA
  • MinYen Hsieh, User Experience Designer, Ogilvy & Mather USA
  • Pete Jones, Executive Creative Director, McCann USA
  • Erik Norin, Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy USA
  • Venkat Patla, Associate Creative Director, Leo Burnett Business USA
  • Ned Selover, Associate Creative Director Ogilvy & Mather USA
  • Kirti Srikant, AVP, Director of Brand Marketing & Advertising, OppenheimerFunds USA
  • David Sutton, Principal/Director, Frantic Studio USA
  • Alec Vianu, Creative Director, HudsonRouge USA
  • MengWen Xiang, Art Supervisor, CDM Group USA
  • Edita Zulic, Advocacy and Special Events, United Nations


The Midas Grand Jury consists of client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. The jury awards Midas Gold and Silver Ingots to the highest scoring entries, and award the Grand Midas to the entry considered “Best in Show.” The results of the jury are parsed in an annual rankings brief, The Midas Reporta veritable who’s-who in the world of financial services advertising. 


Founded in 2001, the Midas Awards is the only competition to recognize excellence in financial advertising and marketing on a global scale, honoring the World’s Best Financial Advertising™ in banking, brokerage, insurance, mutual funds, credit cards, real estate, accounting, and consulting. The competition invites entries in four specific category groups: Products & Services, Craft, Use of Medium, and Use of Discipline.


Press inquiries are welcome and should be directed to Gayle Mandel:  Ph: 1 212 643 4800


International Awards Group organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands:  AME Awards World’s Best Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness™; Midas Awards World’s Best Financial Advertising™; The Global Awards World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™; New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising™; New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films™; and New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs™.  Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to


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