April 11, 2016
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AWB's communications team earns platinum, gold awards for magazine, videos

AWB’s online videos, print magazine and Olympia Business Watch blog earned commendations last week in the Hermes Creative Awards international competition.

All in all, AWB took seven platinum and gold awards, plus five honorable mentions in a competition that includes media and video communications created for large corporations and professional design and public relations firms for the likes of PepsiCo, Aflac and other world-wide brands.

AWB's summer 2015 Washington Business magazine took a gold along with two magazine articles and two videos. Platinum awards, the highest, were picked up for two AWB-produced videos.

The accolades come as AWB added an in-house videographer, Brian Temple, in 2014 to successfully tell stories and share messages visually. Staff writers Brian Mittge and Bobbi Cussins did their parts by approaching some meaty and timely stories for the magazine last year.

The winning entries include.



Read more on the Olympia Business Watch blog (which garnered its own honorable mention for a deep dive into the Bertha tunneling machine.) .

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