November 17, 2016 16:47 ET

2016 SDX Brand Diego Awards Honorees Announced

Stone Brewing Company honored as SDX Brand of the Year and Mindgruve Named Agency of the Year

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - November 17, 2016) - SDX, San Diego's premier media, marketing and technology organization for brands, agencies, publishers and startups, announced the 2016 SDX Brand Diego Awards Honorees at a celebration last night at the Corky McMillin Event Center in Liberty Station.

"The Brand Diego Awards allow us to take a moment to honor the brands, agencies and media companies and individuals who are doing incredible work. As a San Diegan, I'm extremely proud of this talented, creative and inspiring community of professionals," said Brian Hilemon, 2016/17 SDX president.

SDX is proud to name Stone Brewing Company as the SDX Brand of the Year, which honors a San Diego company that has achieved extraordinary success building a global brand. Of note, Stone recently opened a brewery in Germany, shaking up the beer establishment in that country. The late Carmella Spencer was awarded the SDX President's Award. Carmella was highly active in the San Diego advertising and marketing community for many years, including holding positions on the SDX board and as SDX president.

And Jon Bailey, Partner/Founder of San Diego agency i.d.e.a., received the Paula E. Sullivan Award for excellence and contributions to the advertising profession. Jon has been a longtime advocate for the communications and marketing industries here in San Diego.

The winners for the 2016 SDX Brand Diego Awards are:

SDX President's Award

  • Carmella Spencer

Paula Sullivan Award

  • Jon Bailey, i.d.e.a.

Agency of the Year

  • Mindgruve

Agency Professional of the Year

  • Adrian Escude, BusinessOnline

B2B Brand of the Year

  • Amobee

B2C Brand of the Year

  • JLab Audio

Non-Profit Brand of the Year

  • Ocean Connectors

Brand Professional of the Year

  • Paul Drohan, Mirum

Community Partner of the Year

  • Power Digital Marketing

Emerging Brand of the Year

  • GigTown

Hispanic Marketing Professional of the Year

  • Doug Buckley, Univision Radio

Industry Affiliate of the Year

  • Neyenesch Printers

Marketing Employer of the Year

  • Zeeto

Media Company of the Year

  • Hookit

Young Achiever Award

  • Josh Irvine, Kameleon Advertising

About SDX

Founded in 1911, SDX is San Diego's oldest continuously operating business association. SDX brings together creative thinkers, business planners, marketing aficionados, communications technology innovators and more in order to build a community of professionals focused on what's next in the industry. SDX is creative, rooted in brand building, committed to public service and grounded in building valuable professional and personal relationships.

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