Jo Barney wins the Gold Stevie Award

 Jo Barney wins the Gold Stevie Award

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm.

Written by jimmie




Joanna Barney, the Executive Director for the Utah Avalanche Girls Soccer Club in Salt lake City, was nominated for, and recently won gold, for the prestigious “Stevie Award” against a field of some of the top business women in the country.  Barney was nominated in the category of Coach/Mentor of the Year.

The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier awards for women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run.

The winners were selected by more than 130 preliminary judges and 100 final judges.   Awards in all of these categories were presented at the 10th annual awards dinner in New York City.

Barney said she was honored just to be nominated in a field of so many amazing and talented women.  She said that she was completely humbled upon learning she had won.  Barney said, “I’m extremely proud of the Avalanche organization and the players and staff that have helped build it into one of the best clubs in the country!  We have had the privilege of sending almost 200 girls on to college soccer programs on millions of dollars in scholarships.  We are proud of that record and only see this organization growing stronger in the future.”

The Stevie Awards were created to honor the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The International Business Awards in 2003, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2004, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in 2006, and the new Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in 2013.  The Stevie has become one of the world’s most coveted awards.  For more information go


Jo keeps stretching the idea of what is possible for Women in business. This time she has won the prestigious Gold Stevie Award for her role as a mentor/coach. As the Founder and Executive Director for Utah Avalanche she has always stood up for what she believes in and she is a big believer in this great club that she created in 2001. Utah Avalanche has earned a reputation as one of the top soccer clubs in the country and the structure, mission and goals are all driven by Jo. Jo’s incredible drive and determination have her being noticed yet again on a business level.

Jo was nominated by a national sports writer for the award, and as she has always done; when she participates in something, she wins!

This award follows her 2012 inclusion in the “30 Women to Watch” list put together by Utah Business Magazine.

Read/See More…

Stevie Award Presentation – video – Stevie Awards 

30 Women to Watch – video – Utah Business

30 Women to Watch – Story – Utah Business

Congrats Jo! The best leaders are those that lead by example.


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