DAA Announces 2019 Quantie Award Winners


23 Finalists Also Honored

Chicago, Ill. – October 24, 2019 – The Digital Analytics Association (DAA) last night presented the 2019 Quantie Award to eight recipients at an awards celebration party in Chicago, in conjunction with the inaugural DAA OneConference national conference.
The DAA Quantie Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the field of digital analytics, with eight categories that acknowledge top individuals, companies and teams.
In addition to the eight winners, 23 finalists were also recognized. The award categories, winners and finalists are:
Top Practitioner
Winner: Amber Zaharchuk, Associate Director, Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International
  • Katinya Lilly, Digital KPI & Client Engagement Leader, OptumRx (a division of UnitedHealth Group)
  • Katarzyna Malik, Global eCommerce Intelligence Manger, Nestle Nespresso SA

Best New Technology
Winner: Cookie Detection – Tag Inspector by InfoTrust, LLC
  • Claravine DXDM by Claravine
  • Data Layer Adobe Launch Extension by Search Discovery
Top Analytics Team
Winner: The Personalization Team – “Owl Nation”, USAA
  • Analytics & Insight Data Science Team, Bounteous
  • Data Science Team, Evolytics
Top Consultant
Winner:  Stewart Schilling, Analytics Architect, Search Discovery
  • Jim Gordon, Analytics Technologist/Product Builder, Search Discovery
  • Caitlin McCluskey-Fitch, Digital Analytics Consultant, E-Nor
  • Marc Richard, Director, Data Collection Strategy, Evolytics
Top New Practitioner
Winner: Urs Boller, Senior Consultant, Digital Analytics, Raiffeisen Switzerland
  • Tiffany Sithiphone, Sr. Analyst, Warner Media
  • Sarah Walker, Digital Research Specialist, Nexstar Digital
Difference Maker
Mary Owusu, Vice President, Digital Strategy & Analytics at Mower; Assistant Professor of Marketing at Canisius College
  • Mark Edmondson, Data Engineer, IIH Nordic
  • Andy Gibson, Onboarding Manager, Head of Vertical – News/Media, InfoTrust, LLC
  • Lea Pica, Data Storytelling Evangelist, LeaPica.com
  • Chase Porter, Director of Data Operations, Evolytics
Top Agency (small to mid)
Winner: Blast Analytics & Marketing
  • 33 Sticks
  • Evolytics
  • InfoTrust, LLC
  • Search Discovery
Top Agency (Large)
Winner: Neo Media World
  • Accenture
  • Critical Mass
  • MRM/McCann
  • Tinuiti
Close to 100 peer nominations were submitted for the 2019 awards. Finalists were determined earlier this year by popular vote of the organization’s membership. Four of the final award recipients were selected by a panel of distinguished independent judges who represent all sectors of the digital analytics industry. The other four award recipients were selected by the audience at the event, who voted to select the winners, after they made their case on stage for the award by demonstrating their work.
Three other awards were given at the event. The Jim Novo Award of Excellence, given by DAA and the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, was awarded to Michele Strano, Associate Professor of  Communication Studies at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA and Jeremy McCarron of Trickfilm in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Strano and McCarron graduated with the highest grade average over all four courses of the UBC Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics.  
In addition, the DAA President’s Award, recognizing outstanding volunteer service to DAA in the past year, was given to Mai Alowaish of InfoTrust, LLC for her volunteer work with DAA this past year.  The Jim Sterne Award, which recognizes long-term service and contributions to the industry of digital analytics and DAA was given to Adam Greco of Analytics Demystified.
Sponsors of the Quantie Awards gala included:  Adobe as the Title Sponsor, and Bounteous and InfoTrust as Gold Sponsors.
“The DAA is an army of talented people deployed around the world inside organizations, delivering immensely valuable data-driven analytical insights every day,” said Jeff Allen, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Adobe Analytics, and DAA Board Member/Quantie Award Committee Co-Chair. “The Quantie Awards celebrate the brilliant analysts, consultants, consultancies, and vendors who are creating smarter business that run on data.”
About the Digital Analytics Association (DAA)
The DAA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-powered association whose mission is to make analytics professionals more effective and valuable through professional development and community. Its vision is advancing the profession of using data to improve business.
The DAA was founded as the Web Analytics Association in 2004. The organization has 5,000 members around the world, representing a broad spectrum of expertise. For more information about the DAA, or to become a member, visit the DAA website at www.digitalanalyticsassociation.org.