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(Arlington, Texas - January 13, 2012) - The AVA Awards has announced winners for the 2011 international awards competition.  AVA recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. Work ranges from audio and video productions- to websites and social media sites that present interactive components such as video, animation, blogs, and podcasts- to other forms of user-generated digital communication. & Company captured 4 Platinum Awards - the AVA's top honor - and 7 Gold Awards.

There were over 1,700 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2011 competition. 

Entrants included digital professionals from audio, video and film production companies; web developers; advertising agencies; PR firms; corporate and government communication departments; and independent creative professionals such as designers, producers, directors, editors and shooters.

Ava Awards is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, and free-lance professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs; provides judges and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.  As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations.  

Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.  

Winners were selected from over 200 categories in  Audio, Video, and Webbased production.  About 14% of the entries won the Platinum Award, the organization’s top honor.  A complete list of Platinum Winners can be found on the AVA Awards website at

"All of us at & Company are thrilled to be honored with these eleven wins," said Jim Cordell, Vice-President . "I think to be mentioned in the same paragraph marketing-wise with this list of winners is a designation we at & Company find truly humbling. We greatly appreciate this recognition by such a reputable organization as AVA."

The Mobile Website, the Mobile i-Tunes App,, the Video Channel, Podcast Galveston, and the YouTube Channel are created in conjunction with The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, a & Company partner since 2000. & Company 2011 AVA Awards:

Platinum Awards:

Winner Category Home Page Design/Website Home Page Video Channel Video Production/Travel Blog Mobile i-Tunes App Design/Mobile App

Gold Awards:

Winner Category's Facebook Page
Social Media Site's YouTube Channel
Web Video/Photography Video Channel Web Video/Travel Mobile Website Design/Mobile Website Portal
Podcast Galveston Audio Podcast


About & Company... & Company, a destination marketing corporation based in Galveston, Texas. The company specializes in destination portals, as well as online lodging, cruise, parking, and transportation reservations; and event ticketing via its proprietary DestinationNext module. For more information, contact & Company at via phone (409)763-8676 or email at

For more information, contact & Company at via phone (409)763-8676 or email at

About The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau...

The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), promotes the image of Galveston, generates tourism, solicits meeting and convention business and coordinates the marketing and advertising efforts for the entire island. It is important for our local citizens to understand how we operate and the economic impact of tourism to the island.

The CVB operates on an annual budget of $3 million, funded through hotel occupancy tax. The Bureau receives three (3) pennies from the local hotel occupancy tax for the operation of the Visitor Information Center(s), sales staff, convention solicitation, advertising, public relations and printing of promotional materials.

The CVB focuses their sales efforts in three areas: the leisure market, the meetings and convention market, and the group tour and travel market. The CVB aggressively promotes Galveston to these entities through advertising, direct sales, trade shows, entertainment, professional organizations memberships, and public relations. In addition to these efforts, the CVB partners with our hotels, attractions, restaurants, retail and the entire hospitality industry to increase overall revenues for the island. The CVB brings in qualified meeting planners to showcase the island as a resort destination.

To generate additional convention business, the Bureau opened a satellite office in Austin in September 2003. This allows direct contact to 75% of all Texas State Association meeting planners without daily travel expenses to Austin. Due to the success, and travel savings from our CVB office, Corpus Christi, South Padre, Dallas and El Paso CVBs have recently followed suit.

The Galveston Island CVB sales team, for the 2009/2010 fiscal year, booked more than 52,000 definite group room nights with $28 million dollars in economic impact for the tourism industry for future group business. 

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