We measure our success primarily by our customers’ satisfaction with the websites we build for them and the marketing services we provide. That’s the real reward behind our work; but it’s certainly gratifying when outside entities recognize us for what we’ve done – and continue to do – for our clients and the community.
Here are some of the awards we’ve collected over the past few years:
This was a big one for us – we certainly weren’t expecting it!
It was an incredible honor to be named Best Overall Business for 2017 by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber recognizes businesses annually for their significant role in driving Alexandria’s business community and economic growth. Each nominee for this particular award is graded in seven categories ranging from business impact and charitable involvement to marketing and sustainability. We were fortunate to be selected as the Best Overall Business from a very competitive group of nominations. “The Alexandria business community has been incredibly supportive of Ironistic since our inception in 2012, and we are extremely proud and humbled to receive this award from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce,” said Rita Foss, Chief Executive Officer of Ironistic. “We couldn’t have been so successful without our dedicated employees, amazing partners, and fantastic clients that we work with daily.”
“Ironistic represents the very best of what Alexandria has to offer and has become an essential part of the fabric of our business community,” said the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board Dak Hardwick. Those words mean a lot to us, as they recognize our growth over a short five-year period into a successful medium-sized business with a reputation for excellence among our clients of all sizes, in every industry and across the nation. The credit truly goes to our dedicated employees, amazing partners and fantastic clients that we work with on a daily basis, and we can’t wait to set the bar even higher in 2018!Read The Press Release
We received not one, but two dotCOMM awards for 2017, both in the category of Website Creativity/Website Design.
This international award is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, one of the largest, oldest and most respected evaluators of creative work in the marketing and communication industry. The DotComm awards recognize excellence in web creativity and digital communication, and they are unique in their emphasis on the creative aspect of web design. There are three levels of award: Platinum, Gold, and Honorable Mention. With over 2000 entries from the United States and many other countries for the 2017 competition, only 13% of those entries won the Platinum award, 13% won Gold and 5% won Honorable Mention; so it was quite an honor to win both a Platinum and Gold award.
Nick Castelli, the project lead, and the Digital Strategist, Veronica Dunbar, were the masterminds behind ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card, a comprehensive report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers every four years on the state of America’s infrastructure systems.
Although we started hosting the Report Card website in 2014, our team built and entirely redesigned the 2017 Report Card website. It incorporated several new features, including unprecedented levels of public and social engagement, API integration for legislative action, content tracking, interactive data visualizations, and a mobile application for iOS and Android. For more details on the app and website, check out our press release announcing the launch.
“Having objective experts in the digital world agree that our site was the best entered in the category is really rewarding,” said Nick. “It validates the hard work that Ironistic, ASCE, Powell Tate, and Kinetik put in to the site, the brand, and the messaging.” He also cited the incredible teamwork behind the project as a factor in their success. “Everyone involved had a deep understanding of the goals of the project and passion for reaching those goals because it’s an issue that affects every American.”
In an effort led by digital strategist Olivia Hoff, Ironistic completely re-designed REI Systems’ website and launched it in April 2017. REI Systems is a company that provides innovative technology solutions to government organizations.
Ironistic significantly improved both the design and functionality of REI’s website, which was exactly what REI was looking for. Scott Fletcher, REI’s COO, said, “We wanted this website to capture what’s most important to us at REI—our customers and their missions—and we think this website does just that.”
Olivia Hoff credited the great teamwork involved by saying, “It was a huge team effort from our terrific design team who worked so hard on getting every aspect correct, to the client’s approval, and several different developers jumping in to build the site.”
These awards are a tremendous accomplishment for us because, as dotCOMM points out, “Winning a dotCOMM award signifies to employers, clients, prospects and competitors that the winner’s web and digital work is among the best in the industry.”
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce awarded the 2016 Rising Star Award to our very own CEO Rita Foss for her leadership and outstanding contributions to the Chamber’s Women’s Professional Network (WPN). The Chamber Rising Star Award is presented to a Chamber Member who has distinguished themselves through volunteer contributions to Chamber events and programs during the year.
As a member of the Steering Committee for the Women’s Professional Network, Rita is integrally involved with organizing several WPN events such as Coffee and Connections, Perfect Pairings and the annual Women’s Leadership Forum. All these events serve to foster educational opportunities, networking, and support among the area’s professional women.
“I love being a part of this incredible group of women and being able to help mentor fellow businesswomen. We’re all in this together, so it helps to learn from one another,” said Rita.
Thanks to the efforts of Janet Waring, our Integrated Web Marketing Manager and Education Coordinator, Ironistic was recognized for achieving the Gold tier of achievement as an official Google Partner. Through our Google partnership, Janet hosts various Google-sponsored workshops at the Germantown, Gaithersburg, Mount Vernon, and Alexandria Chambers of Commerce. These interactive workshops help companies learn the latest search engine best practices that will help their businesses grow their online presence, including getting their businesses verified and up to date on Google maps.
Beginning in 2016, when the partnership began, Janet hosted 2 workshops – a number that grew to a total of 10 in 2017. Although Janet takes time out of her schedule to conduct these workshops on a voluntary basis, she loves doing them.
“I have fun using my experience with Google services to help businesses realize what Google offers and maximize those services to help their online presence,” she says. “Google is changing all the time and as long as there are businesses that want the training, I’m happy to provide it.”
Demonstrating their spirt of staying active, having fun and always ready to take on a challenge, Team Ironistic won second place in the Corporate Challenge division of the Run Geek Run! 5K for both 2014 and 2015. Even more rewarding than the cool bobblehead trophies we won for our office (and they’re pretty cool!) was knowing that the effort went to a good cause – to support the Equal Footing Foundation, a Virginia-based non-profit focused on youth development and education.
Run! Geek! Run! is a fast and family-friendly 5K road race that takes place each September in Alexandria to raise money for a worthy cause. In addition to the individual award categories, the top three community and corporate teams are also recognized, with the places of the top three runners counting towards the team score. Led by CEO Rita Foss in 2015 and her son, Connor Foss in 2014, Ironistic had a solid team of runners both years that landed them in second place. “Ironistic prides itself in a healthy workplace and placing 2nd as a team two years in a row shows the efforts paying off,” said Chris Foss, President of Ironistic.
Come join us next year on September 23, 2018 for Run! Geek! Run! and help us set the bar even higher while raising money for another (yet-to-be-determined) good cause.