Eccalon Team Recognized with Three Communications Awards of Excellence

Hanover, MD — June 27th, 2022 —  Congratulations to the Eccalon team of communications professionals supporting the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) for winning three Awards of Excellence from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2022 Communicator Awards for the FY21 NSIN Year in Review annual report. NSIN received the highest honors for best government annual report, overall design, and copywriting for corporate communications.

View the award winning FY21 NSIN Year in Review online:

The award-winning Eccalonian team included Suzanne Zurn, Head of Strategic Communications; Michelle Furman, Creative Graphic Design Specialist; Robyn Showanes, Communications Assistant; David Overy, Media & External Relations Specialist; and Mollie Becker, Marketing Specialist. Aly Gregg, Director of Internal Communications from our subcontractor, Civil-Military Innovation Institute (CMI2), was also a member of the project team.

“The FY21 NSIN Year in Review was our first annual report as a young DoD organization, and the team excelled at telling the story of NSIN’s impact on defense innovation,” said Scott Aughenbaugh, NSIN’s Strategic Engagement Director. “We are changing the way the DoD solves problems and this publication brings to life how effective NSIN’s network model can be.”

The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. Founded 28 years ago and with over 5,000 entries received annually from across the U.S. and around the world, NSIN joins an elite group of winners who received the competition’s highest honor: including Forbes, The Walt Disney Company Europe & Africa, Mattel, State Farm, Philips, T-Mobile, Pepsico, and many more.

Eccalon’s CEO Andre Gudger said, “Congratulations to the team for their well-deserved wins. This industry honor is an example of our company values in action: championing every client’s vision with fierce dedication to innovation. This body of work is helping advance NSIN’s mission and set the standard for quality innovation communications.”

About Eccalon
Eccalon is a cross-functional collective of innovative minds that leverages technology to tackle the most challenging problems of this generation for clients, the nation, and the world. Guided by trust, creativity, and adaptability, Eccalon advances breakthrough research and technology commercialization to improve the lives of today and to ignite the promise of tomorrow.

About the National Security Innovation Network
The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.

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