The Association of National Advertisers Email Excellence Center has announced their annual awards, with the highly sought-after honor of ‘Email Marketer Thought Leader of the Year’ going to Ryan Phelan, RPE Origin Managing Partner. The prestigious award was presented at the Email Evolution Conference in Washington D.C.
This year’s 2023 Stefan Pollard Email Marketer of the Year Award was won by Kelly Haggard, VP, Channel Innovation and Optimization, Synchrony Financial. On receiving the award, Haggard said: “What an honor to be the recipient of an award that was launched in honor of an email legend who helped to set the standard for all that followed in his footsteps. I feel privileged to be able to be a part of his continued legacy as an e-mail marketer.”
The award was established to honor the memory of Stefan Pollard, a highly respected and beloved member of the email marketing community who suddenly passed away in 2010. It seeks to remember his legacy by honoring a brand-side marketer who exemplifies Pollard’s standards and qualities.
The Email Marketer Thought Leader of the Year Award was presented to Ryan Phelan, who has been instrumental in developing successful email strategies and tactics for retail mass-merchant brands. He has also established account-based marketing programs for technology vendors and consulted with B2B and B2C brands on business-building strategy and campaign execution.
Bill Zengel, SVP ANA Email Excellence said of Phelan: “Ryan has been a key leader in the email marketing space since we launched the ANA’s Email Excellence Center. I am pleased to see his hard work and dedication be rewarded with this honor.”
Phelan is a past chair of the EEC’s Advisory Board and an active member of many industry-focused community groups, as well as being a mentor for entrepreneurs and upcoming marketers. He said: “I am grateful to be part of the people who are helping the industry become smarter and more effective. Our best efforts are when we are helping each other to succeed, and that is when we all win.”
Photo Credit: The Association of National Advertisers EEC Awards Committee