Part 1: Circle of Excellence Awards Application

About the Program
The Circle of Excellence Awards program recognizes the region’s most accomplished CEOs for business excellence. Companies are nominated from all size and industry categories, public or private. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects the winners based on industry impact, innovation and market leadership. Finalists are profiled in the November/December issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards reception in November, where category winners are announced live.

Award Categories
Finalists will be named in each category based on company size. You may only apply for one award category.


Baltimore                                                                 Philadelphia
Commercial Real Estate                                           Building Services/Real Estate

Construction                                                             Diverse Businesses
Government Contracting                                          Healthcare
Manufacturing                                                          Manufacturing/Supply Chain
Professional Services                                               Nonprofit
Technology                                                               Professional Services

Benefits of Applying

SmartCEO Awards Programs celebrate the achievements of the region’s top business leaders and build community by connecting them in person as they are honored at high-energy awards ceremonies. SmartCEO award winners are growth-minded leaders who possess a passion for driving outcomes that benefit their clients, their industries and their communities.

PRINT: Each Circle of Excellence Award finalist will be profiled in the award-winning SmartCEO magazine and at SmartCEO.com33 for a combined monthly audience of more than 150,000 CEOs and C-level executives.

VIDEO: SmartCEO will capture each Circle of Excellence Award finalist’s inspiring story on camera at a custom program video shoot. Clips from each finalist’s video interview will be used to introduce them the night of the event. Upon request, custom, personalized videos can be created for corporate marketing campaigns.

EVENT: Circle of Excellence Award finalists will celebrate and network with their successful peers and other industry leaders at a high-energy awards ceremony dedicated to honoring their achievements and building the local business community.

DIGITAL: Announce your SmartCEO award and build a following via social channels, press release, digital and print promotion, or broadcast your story using your personal SmartCEO Hub page and access the entire SmartCEO community. Digital promotion lends longevity, credibility and market recognition to your brand.

 Application Process and Criteria
There is no cost to apply. If you are selected as an award finalist it is mandatory that you purchase a discounted finalist ticket to ensure your attendance at the event.

  • Companies must be headquartered in the Greater Baltimore or Philadelphia metro markets.
  • Companies must generate a minimum of $5 million in annual revenue.
  • Applicant must hold a top leadership role in their company (chairman, CEO, president, owner, executive director of a nonprofit) for at least one year.
  • The company must provide detailed and tangible accounts of its industry impact, market leadership and community involvement. 

Application Submission & Evaluation
Please complete the following application fields in their entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Upon completion of the application, applicants will receive notification that their application has been received and is under review. All applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of local business leaders and assessed strictly based on the information provided in the application. Applicants will be notified of their status by a SmartCEO Market Director. 


If you have questions about the Circle of Excellence Awards program or the application process, contact us at:

Baltimore: Jolene Lutz:
Philadelphia: Fay Steiger: