Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES)

The Premier Cross-Industry Gathering of Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Industry Leaders & Senior-Executives.

How to Enter the CEO of the Year Award

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Previous CEO of the Year Award Winner

Tom Farrell won the CEO Of the Year Award with Dominion Resources. Dominion Resources is one of the country's biggest utility companies, with greater than $13 billion in revenue, more than 15,000 employees and operations in well over a dozen states. 

Farrell joined Dominion in 1995 and has served as an officer of Dominion and many of its subsidiaries. He was executive vice president of Dominion from 1999 to 2003 and president and chief operating officer from January 2004 to December 2005. In January 2006, Farrell was named president and chief executive officer of Dominion and was elected chairman of Dominion’s board in April 2007.

The Operational Excellence CEO and Outstanding Leader Awards


The Operational Excellence CEO of The Year (Overall & Business Unit)

These Awards will be given to a CEO or Leader who has embraced and championed Operational Excellence methodologies for organizational success. 

There will be two CEO of the Year awards. The guidelines and scoring will be the same for both. 

  • Operational Excellence CEO of the Year Award. (Overall Corporate CEO)
  • Operational Excellence Business Unit CEO / President of the Year Award


Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4.

It should outline the following information on the individual’s performance

  • The history of Operational Excellence at the organization
  • The strategic position on Operational Excellence
  • Insight into the CEO’s role within the deployment of Operational Excellence initiatives
  • The CEO’s biography from an Operational Excellence perspective
  • Key Operational Excellence achievements during the CEO’s time in office


Supporting Materials

Entrants may supply supporting materials. These materials must be no longer than two pages of A4 and should only contain sample material.

Judging Criteria

The judges will consider the following criteria when grading all entries for this category:

  1. Results Generated: How significant to the organization was the value generated from the Operational Excellence deployment
  2. CEO’s Involvement: The extent and effectiveness of the leadership role provided by the CEO
  3. Penetration of Operational Excellence within the Organization
  4. Strategic Position of Operational Excellence


The Scoring Matrix The Judges Will Use Is As Follows:

Results Generated


Score 1-3 - Results not that impressive


Score 4-6 - Results fairly impressive


Score 7-10 Results very to exceedingly Impressive



CEO's Involvement


Score 1-3 - No strong evidence of CEO involvement


Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable level of CEO involvement


Score 7-10- Evident that there has been heavy CEO involvement



Penetration of Operational Excellence


Score 1-3  - Operational Excellence has only moderately penetrated the organization


Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence has reasonable levels of penetration


Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has deep penetration throughout the organization



Strategic Position of Operational Excellence


Score 1-3 - Operational Excellence does not factor strongly within the organizational strategy


Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence plays a reasonable role within organizational strategy


Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has a key role within the organizational strategy


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Previous CEO of the Year Award Winner


Previous winner of the prestigious CEO of the Year Award, Mark Pigott (CEO, PACCAR, 1997-2013)  has been highlighted as one of the nation's leading CEOs by Forbes magazine, in their annual listing of the top ten CEOs in the country.

Under Mark Pigott's leadership as Chairman and CEO, Paccar  delivered a 1,700 percent total return to shareholders. Pigott's focus on quality and innovation resulted in Paccar receiving many J.D. Power and Associates Awards for highest customer satisfaction as well as International Truck of the Year Awards.

PACCAR has earned the distinction of being one of the nation's leading companies by ForbesBarron'sBusinessWeekIndustryweek, and InformationWeek magazine.

Best Practises for your Main Entry Document

Guidelines for the Main Entry Document

Your submission should start with a 250-word synopsis and be confined to four pages of A4. This document is your central pitch, encapsulating all key aspects of your project.

  1. 250-Word Synopsis: This is an overview for the judges, providing a snapshot of your entry and guiding them through the significant outcomes.

  2. Document Length and Focus: Limit your document to four pages to maintain relevance and clarity. Judges prefer concise, fact-based entries over lengthy narratives.

  3. Attention to Detail: Adhere closely to the guidelines relevant to your category to avoid missing crucial points. Even small details can impact your entry's scoring.

  4. Effective Writing: Seek assistance from skilled writers, such as your Communications Department, for a polished and engaging entry. Well-written submissions often make a stronger impact.

  5. Consider Your Audience: Treat your document like a 10-minute pitch. Captivate the judges initially, and they will be more inclined to consider your entry favorably.

  6. Conciseness is Key: Avoid filling space with irrelevant content. An entry that is direct and to the point is often more successful.

  7. Results-Focused: Highlight key results such as cost reductions, sales growth, or productivity improvements. Use clear charts and factual data for a compelling presentation.

  8. External Review: Have your entry reviewed by someone outside your team to ensure clarity and objectivity. This helps in making your document accessible to external judges.

  9. Clear Structure: Organize your document logically with clear and informative visuals. A well-structured, easy-to-read entry will stand out in a field of numerous applications.

Remember, your entry is not just a formality; it's an opportunity to showcase your project's impact and innovation. Make every word count!

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Enhancing Your Entry: Practical Tips

While some of these suggestions may seem straightforward, their importance cannot be overstated:

  • Thoroughly Review Guidelines: Ensure your entry adheres closely to the guidelines, covering all necessary information to avoid losing points.

  • Understand Category Requirements: Each category has specific requirements. Familiarize yourself with them to ensure your entry aligns perfectly.

  • Choose Your Best Work: Select achievements that best represent your strengths and success.

  • Adhere to Material Limits: Do not exceed the set page limits (e.g., 4 pages for the Main Entry Document) to avoid disqualification.

  • Conciseness and Relevance: Keep your entry focused and pertinent. Resist the urge to fill space with unnecessary content. Remember, brevity can be more impactful.

  • Professional Writing Assistance: Engage with your Communications Department for a well-crafted entry. Judges appreciate entries that are clear, engaging, and professionally written.

  • Objective Feedback: Get an unbiased review of your entry from colleagues outside your team to ensure it resonates with an external audience.

  • Treat It as a Pitch: Consider your entry as a 10-minute pitch to the judges. Captivating them quickly can lead to more thorough consideration and higher scores.

  • Highlight Results: Emphasize key achievements and outcomes such as cost reductions, sales growth, or productivity improvements. Facts and data speak louder than descriptions.

  • Proofreading: Have someone outside your immediate team review your entry for clarity and objectivity.

  • Correct Category Selection: Make sure your entry is submitted in the most appropriate category for a better chance of success.

  • Cross-Reference Supporting Materials: Link any charts, graphs, or reports from your supporting materials directly to your main entry.

  • Avoid Basic Errors: Pay attention to spelling and grammar to maintain professionalism.

  • Follow the Rules: Adhering to the rules is crucial. Attempts to circumvent them can lead to disqualification and diminish your credibility.


By incorporating these tips, your entry can stand out for its clarity, coherence, and focus on key achievements.

Common Pitfalls We See In Entries to Avoid.

  • Very poor presentation of the facts.
  • Too much irrelevant material.
  • Links that do not lead to the right information.
  • Blinded by too much data and not enough narrative.
  • Not concise, relevant and to the point.
  • No mention of the customer benefit?
  • Too long – they broke the rules.
  • Did not select the best materials to submit.

Previous Winning Case Studies

This awards program started back in 2006, as The Global Six Sigma Awards and took place in conjunction with the Global Lean Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit, and quickly became the industry’s most prestigious program. This was not only due to its size, but importantly due to the two-step scoring & judging ratification process, a strict policy to avoid no conflicts of interest, and a confidentiality agreement that judges sign-up to, which still exists in today awards.

BTOES has taken over this elite awards program and has taken it into the new age of Operational Excellence focused not just on Lean Six Sigma and incremental improvements at the operational level, but also strongly aligned with strategy execution, value creation, customer experience, and business transformation to create the future.

Please click here to view a list of previous winning case studies