APPA’s Ky Wilson Wins Four Coveted Titles Including Female Executive of the Year

APPA’S Australasian Marketing & Membership Manager has been recognised by the prestigious 15th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business with four awards including the Gold Stevie for Female Executive of the Year.

MELBOURNE, November 19, 2018 -Ky Wilson, Marketing & Membership Manager of APPA, the largest and most influential promotional products association in Australasia, has been recognised by the prestigious 15th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business with the Gold Female Executive of the Year award. Additionally, Ky was recognised with a Silver Stevie Award for Female Innovator of the Year, a Bronze Stevie Award for Woman of the Year and finally a Bronze Stevie Award for Most Innovative Woman.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Start up of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year. Ky won her awards in the Not for Profit/Government sector.

APPA CEO Steve Granland said “Ky being named as the Female Executive of the Year in the Stevie Awards is fantastic and deserved recognition of her passion, determination and absolute focus on the highest standards in driving positive and influential marketing and communications change at APPA.  We are very proud of her and looking forward to continuing to build a better association through her efforts.”

Some of the judge’s comments included;

 “Ky’s accomplishments are truly impressive. Her initiatives and innovative strategies have helped the organisations in her association increase their visibility, access to funding and resources. The efficiency with which she has accomplished all of it has been remarkable. “

 “Ky shows that you can be an outstanding executive, no matter how small or big your team is.”

 “Visionary, industrious, effective, helping to reinvigorate a valuable regional association. Strong endorsement among conference participants, successful rebranding, impressive updated industry promotional materials – print and digital. Well done!”

APPA Vice President Robert Williams congratulated Ky by saying “Ky’s dedication and passion to increasing the awareness and membership of our industry association has been the forefront of the new direction for APPA.  Two and a half years ago APPA took a strategic new direction under the guidance of a new CEO and board, Ky has been there since that commencement and has increased APPA’s exposure and membership base. Ky’s fantastic commitment, direction and her bubbly personality has allowed our membership base to grow consecutively over the past few years, and our members are more engaged now than ever. The feeling in the industry is that APPA is heading in the right direction, and that we have a passionate Marketing & Membership Manager like Ky, leading the way on some fantastic initiatives to further grow our industry body. I would like to say on behalf of the board, we are very proud of her achievements, and congratulations Ky, on winning this amazing award. Very well deserved.”

Ky stated “To be named Female Executive of the Year and win silver for Female Innovator and bronze in two other categories is such an honour for me and the judge’s feedback was so heart-warming and insightful in regard to what I can do next year to up my game. The calibre of the women who were finalists in these categories is truly remarkable.” Ky continued, “I would like to say congratulations to all the finalists and winners of this year’s awards and thank you to all the great women out there pushing boundaries and breaking glass ceilings both for themselves and those who will follow in their footsteps.”


APPA is the largest and most influential promotional products association in Australasia. New members are welcomed into a vibrant community of like-minded business professionals and the exchange of ideas. APPA promotes professionalism, integrity and creativity in the world-wide, multi-billion promotional industry. Working in close partnership with our members, APPA has been able to help companies navigate the complex and changing business landscape. Members are a vital part of any industry organisation, and APPA values the professionalism our members aspire to. APPA members represent 76% of the promotional products industry, equating to a massive $2 billion in annual turnover. This ‘buying power’ enables APPA to continue to negotiate and provide excellent services for its members, as well as providing APPA with significant lobbying strength on behalf of the entire promotional products industry. If you would like to know more about APPA and what membership can do to strengthen your business, please visit


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