Calysto Communications Named as Finalist in 2011 American Business Awards in Recognition for its Outstanding Work in Crisis Communications

9th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 20 in New York City

ATLANTA – May 13, 2011 – Calysto Communications, a global public relations and social media marketing firm focused on the communications industry, was named a Finalist today in the “Communications or PR Campaign of the Year - Crisis Communications” category in The 2011 American Business Awards.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

This is the fourth year in a row that Calysto has been recognized as an outstanding public relations and marketing agency by Stevie Award judges. Last year, Calysto won a Stevie Award in the “Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Low Budget (Under $10,000)” category for a client campaign where it secured nearly 20 million U.S. media impressions, including online coverage in The New York Times and That same campaign also produced significant coverage globally, securing 34 hits in international publications within just 24 hours after the campaign officially launched.

In 2009, Calysto was named a Finalist for “Public Relations Agency of the Year in North America” in The 2009 International Business Awards. In 2008, Calysto’s CEO Laura Borgstede was named a Finalist in the “Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses - Up to 100 Employees” category in The 5th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

This year’s Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  More than six-hundred executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend.  The event will benefit Camfed (, which fights poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by educating girls and empowering women to become leaders of change. The ceremonies will be broadcast on radio nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network.

More than 2,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year.

“Calysto is thrilled to be recognized once again by the Stevie Awards for the outstanding public relations and marketing results we deliver for our communications industry clients,” said Laura Borgstede, CEO of Calysto Communications. “Our cloud-based business model allows us to assemble a custom-built team consisting only of VP-level associates for each client. This makes Calysto uniquely capable of delivering cost-effective, measurable results for our clients.”

Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May.  Stevie Award winners will be selected from among the Finalists in each category next week by members of 10 specialized final judging committees.  More than 150 executives will have participated in judging this year.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

Sponsors and partners of The 2011 American Business Awards include Infogroup, IBM Netezza, American Support, Citrix Online, Epic Media Group, High Performance Technologies Inc., iolo technologies, LifeLock, Merisel, PetRays, SDL, SoftPro, and Vérité, Inc.

About Calysto Communications

Founded in 1999, Calysto Communications ( is a global public relations and social media marketing firm focused solely on the communications industry. Calysto’s specialties include broadband, broadcasting & cable, embedded systems, IP communications, OSS, mobile and telecom. Its unique cloud-computing based business model combines the services traditionally offered by a large agency with the industry expertise of a boutique agency. Calysto’s VP-level only management team uses award-winning strategies proven to help clients drive sales, create value for shareholders, move toward liquidity or raise overall awareness by directly reaching market influencers. Calysto keeps its finger on the pulse of the communications industry with its PR Vibes™ newsletter ( and updating its proprietary PR Vibes™ Media Catalyst database of more than 14,000 communications industry influencers.

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