MINSTER, Ohio (8-3-20)  –Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers has been nationally recognized for its outstanding, results-driven marketing efforts in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Zweig Group announced its 2020 Marketing Excellence Award winners, and the Minster- and Columbus-based firm earned No. 2 overall in the Special Event category.

Kristi Shaner, coordinator and Jamee Thobe, designer
Kristi Shaner, coordinator and Jamee Thobe, designer

Award entries in 14 categories were judged by a national team of marketing professionals and evaluated based upon creativity, messaging, results and level of design. GMAE’s marketing team consists of Doug Rentz, director; Kristi Shaner, coordinator; and Jamee Thobe, designer.

Doug Rentz, director

“Our purpose as a marketing team is to elevate our brand so it is recognized, remembered and preferred. We feel this campaign accomplished that, and we also had a lot of fun along the way.” 

GMAE’s entry centered on its marketing efforts for the 2019 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference & Trade Show. The team used a multi-faceted campaign with a sports theme to attract attendees to its booth at the show, which takes place each November in Columbus. Yearlong planning goes into this three-day event geared toward K-12 administrators and school board members from across the state.

The campaign adopted the slogan, “Step Up Your Game,” along with content and messaging that was used in custom print mailers, videos, email marketing, social media posts, apparel, stadium blankets and a GMAE Pop-A-Shot game on-site to connect with target audiences.

Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens

“Marketing can have a tremendous impact on how the company looks to the outside world and to how the company looks to employees on the inside. With the reduction of in-person interaction, excellent marketing is more important than ever in defining the external and internal brand.”

Winners will be honored at the 2020 Elevate AEC Conference in Denver, Colo., Sept. 30–Oct. 2 and at Zweig Group’s Virtual Elevate AEC Conference Oct. 16.

A list of Marketing Excellence Award winners can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/2W16Nxd