PORTLAND, Ore.– Regence was presented with a Gold Stevie® Award for Product Management Department of the Year in the 10th Annual American Business Awards, the nation’s premier business awards program. The team was recognized for the development and use of best-practice product roadmap management and product development lifecycle tools.
More than 3,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the trophies were presented to winners during a gala banquet at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. More than 200 nominees and their guests attended.  
Regence was nominated in the category of Product Development/Management Department or Team of the Year. The Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 270 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process this year. The recognition was based on several key criteria:
·         Positive performance of products launched in 2012.  
·         How the Commercial Products team interfaces with key stakeholders during the product planning, development, implementation and launch process.
·         How product requirements are managed throughout various parts of the organization.
“We are very excited to be chosen for this award, as it reflects our hard work and dedication to creating products that provide great value for our members,” said Bill Bradley, vice president of Product Development for Regence. “I am very proud of the work our team has done to create a product development process that has allowed us to surpass our goals for bringing new products to market in 2012.”
Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners who were announced last month are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba
About Regence affiliated companies
The Regence affiliated companies serve more than two million members through Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Each health plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Regence affiliated companies are committed to improving the health of its members and communities and to transforming the health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com or follow us on Twitter.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.
Sponsors and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.