Luckie & Company’s Melissa Wheeler Wins Silver Stevie® Award in 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

By Luckie Agency



Women Around the World Recognized at Event in New York City

[BIRMINGHAM, ALA.] – November 18, 2017 – Luckie & Company’s SVP/Human Resources, Melissa Wheeler, has been named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year category in the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2017 awards received entries from 25 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners at a dinner event attended by more than 500 people at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event was broadcast via Livestream.

More than 1,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year, among others.

Luckie’s president, John Gardner, said, “I assumed my current role of president in March 2014 and immediately elevated Melissa to my leadership team. She brought unmatched skills and insight that has allowed Luckie to dramatically change our approach to the market and to our staff. I charged Melissa with leading an intense employee development initiative focused on retention, acquisition and development of our employee base. She has succeeded beyond my expectations and is completely deserving of this award.”

Melissa joined Luckie in 2006 as the agency’s first human resources employee. Prior to her work at Luckie, Melissa served as Senior Stores Recruiter at Dick’s Sporting Goods, State Program Director of Very Special Arts Mississippi, and HR Manager at Target. In her role at Luckie, Melissa oversees recruitment, hiring and orientation of all employees. She works closely with agency leaders on employee performance improvements, and she’s also Luckie’s resident counselor for all things professional and personal.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 170 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process.

“The judges were so impressed with the accomplishments of all of the Stevie Award-winning women and organizations. The 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business received a record number of nominations and had a record number of ceremony attendees,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. 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

About Luckie & Company

With offices in Atlanta and Birmingham, Luckie is a marketing agency that specializes in the human experience. We use behavioral and data science to develop powerful insights that inform and inspire our story crafting. Then, with a combination of content marketing, CRM, traditional and digital media, and award-winning creative, we help brands find innovative ways to own the customer journey. Today, we’re happy to partner with these great clients to help them get closer to their customers and make the most of their marketing dollars: GlaxoSmithKline, Regions Bank, Piedmont Hospital, Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Somerby Senior Living, Little Debbie, Express Oil Change, Alabama Power and Williamsburg, Va. To learn more about our marriage of science and creativity or just to connect with one of our super-talented Luckie humans, check us out at


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