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The 2019 Microsoft Advertising Agency Awards: The finalists

Finalists are announced. Microsoft Advertising Agency Awards 2019.
In honor of the powerful partners who help make Microsoft Advertising successful, we are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 Microsoft Advertising Agency Awards. This year our recognition includes our technology and channel partners as well as agency partners. These key groups deliver outstanding, effective, creative and passionate work for their clients in the Americas. As Microsoft Advertising evolves, these partners are demonstrating what's possible, to ensure their clients are showing up in all the right places, in the most impactful ways.

Baratunde Thurston will host the event to be held on September 19 at Spring Studio in New York. The Microsoft Advertising Agency Awards recognizes partners from across the Americas in 14 categories celebrating individual, team and agency talent. We saw a record number of outstanding submissions from North America and Brazil this year, fanning the competitive flame and opening our eyes to truly remarkable projects. Categories and finalists appear below and a complete list including detailed descriptions of each award is available on the Microsoft Advertising Agency Awards website.

Individual Awards

Executive of the Year 

Awarded to an executive (in leadership position, with nation-wide influence) who has done an exceptional job in championing the search practice and demonstrating commitment to partnering with and investing in Microsoft Advertising.
  • A.J. Storinge – Hearts & Science
  • Brian Jolson – GroupM
  • Burcu Agma – Performics
  • Jim Kensicki – Catalyst
  • Rob Bernstein – Reprise Digital
  • Tim Daly – Vincodo

Microsoft Advertising Trailblazer of the Year 

Awarded to an individual that in an innovative and engaging way evangelizes Microsoft Advertising and drives Microsoft Advertising brand awareness and affinity internally, as well as in the industry. 
  • Briana Finelli – Reprise Digital
  • Cole Miller – Spark Foundry
  • Fion Su – Mediacom
  • Klim Kavall – One Publicis Team Samsung
  • Manish Mohan – NetElixir
  • Michael Caruso – SSCG Media Group
  • Nicole Long - OMD
  • Tarik Mughisuddin – Mindshare

Partner Awards

Account Team of the Year 

Awarded to an exemplary account team that partners, engages, and drives Microsoft Advertising growth and adoption throughout the year.  
  • Dell - Mediacom
  • DoorDash – Tinuiti (Formerly Elite SEM)
  • Eli Lilly – OMD
  • Sanofi – Havas Media
  • Samsung – One Publicis Team Samsung
  • Scorpion
  • Southwest – Spark Foundry
  • TurboTax/Intuit – 3Q Digital
  • Wells Fargo – OMD

Audience Excellence Award 

Awarded to the partner that has shown excellence in leveraging Microsoft Advertising audience products in a smart and innovative way to increase usage of Microsoft Advertising platforms. 
  • 360i
  • Adobe Advertising Cloud
  • a Cox Automotive Company
  • Jellyfish
  • Kenshoo
  • Media Storm
  • Publicis Sapient
  • White Shark Media

Growth Hacker of the Year

Awarded to a partner who demonstrates innovative and growth hacking usage of Microsoft Advertising tools, products, insights and solutions. 
  • Adlucent
  • AKQA
  • CMI/Compas
  • ForwardPMX
  • Horizon Media
  • Performics
  • Resolution

Inclusive Culture & Marketing Award

Awarded to the partner who demonstrates the strongest commitment to inclusive practices both culturally within their company and in driving the messaging and importance of developing inclusive marketing campaigns with their clients.
  • 3Q Digital
  • MatchCraft
  • Merkle
  • Publicis Brasil
  • Sales & Orders
  • The Search Agency

Independent Agency of the Year

Awarded to an independent agency that engages with Microsoft Advertising in partnership, grows its Microsoft Advertising spend and product adoption, and exhibits ingenuity and creativity around product application and optimization. 
  • Horizon Media
  • iCrossing
  • Jellyfish
  • Metric Theory
  • NetElixir
  • Path Interactive
  • Vincodo

Rising Star of the Year

Awarded to a partner that has made the most accelerated focus this past year with Microsoft Advertising. 
  • KlientBoost
  • LiveRamp
  • Mediahub
  • Rise Interactive
  • ROI Revolution
  • RPA

Agency Partner of the Year

Awarded to the agency who has shown excellence in partnership with Microsoft Advertising across the board. We'll announce an agency partner of the year for Brazil, Canada and the United States.


  • iD\TBWA
  • iProspect Brasil
  • Publicis Brasil
  • WMcCann + Graphene IPG
  • Raccoon Marketing Digital


  • iProspect
  • Media Experts
  • Mindshare

United States

  • 360i
  • OMD
  • Reprise Digital
  • Spark Foundry
  • Tinuiti (Formerly Elite SEM)
  • Wavemaker

Technology Partner of the Year

Awarded to the technology partner who has shown excellence in partnership with Microsoft Advertising across the board.
  • Adobe Advertising Cloud
  • Kenshoo
  • Marin Software