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AUBURN HILLS, MI – January 4, 2017 – In its ninth annual Golden HIPPO Awards Ceremony, Gongos honored five employees for personifying the core values of the company. Additionally, three employees were recognized for commendable traits through a peer-nomination process.

The 2016 Golden HIPPO Award recipients are…

HUMANISTIC ¦ Heather Tracy, Executive Assistant
Heather possesses a keen awareness of selflessness and heart. Her compassion for lending a helping hand, an empathetic ear or classic “Heather humor” is a driving force behind her humanistic nature.

INTELLIGENCE ¦ Claire Gilbert, Senior Statistical Analyst
With a perspective that is equal parts super smart statistician and practical common sense, Claire is a rising star in the data science realm. Her impressive repository for knowledge serves as an access point for continuous learning and growth. From segmentation studies to data analysis, she tackles the toughest of challenges with well-thought out solutions for clients in need of statistically-driven results.

PASSION ¦ Crystle Uyeda, Director, Business Development
Crystle possesses an entrepreneurial spirit in identifying opportunities, assessing risks and comparing to advantages of taking action. She works tirelessly to push the envelope in developing new business relations while continuing to nurture established connections.

PRIDE ¦ Miranda Kaltenborn, Senior Research Manager
From managing research projects to traveling overseas for global video production, Miranda takes a personal interest in each step of the study. She is highly invested in her team, clients and the combined success. The great pride she takes in her work is evident with carefully crafted deliverables and strong client relationships being the result.

IMPACT SPECIALIST¦ Kelly Hooks, Platform Manager, Information Technology
Kelly is the resident expert for the instrumental execution of Deltek. Her immense passion for guiding the implementation process has optimized the way Gongos manages its CRM, project management workflows and its people. She understands the business needs as she continues to deploy new integrations and capabilities.

Other awardees include:

ROOKIE ¦ Elizabeth VanStee, Communication Designer
Going well beyond making things visually appealing, Elizabeth demonstrates her understanding of complex constructs and designs them in a way that communicates well to clients.

UNSUNG HERO ¦ Maggie Dawson, Quality Assurance Specialist
From playing an integral part in the largest community update to testing all new development from a range of developers, Maggie is nothing short of a superhero…and does it all without any fuss.

SPIRIT OF INNOVATION | Jimmy Minges, Research Manager
Jimmy executes with excellence despite all that he is involved in. Collaborating on future trends, co-hosting an internal innovation podcast and leading Gongos’ culture of innovation survey are just a few initiatives that he is a vital part of.

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