Here are the finalists in each category:
Patient Advocate: Patients who have gone above and beyond to share their personal story, network and speak out to support other patients to influence better health outcomes.
Quadricos Driskell, Health Policy Manager, National Psoriasis Foundation
Ervin Rogers, HIV Advocate
Pat Quinn, Co-founder ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Lisa Emrich, Social Ambassador, Brass & Ivory
Dan Dougherty, Epilepsy Advocate
Allison McCartin, CEO, Epilepsy Foundation
Rising Star: Recognizes people who are making their marks as outstanding analysts, experts, startegists, and who are making major contributions to their team.
Rafaela Alves, Planning Supervisor, Starcomm
Catherine Gallagher, Associate Director of Business Intelligence, Publicis Health Media
Sam Simoneaux, Associate Media Director, Good Apple
Agency Guru: People from healthcare ad agencies who have made a difference by achieving the highest level of excellence in their workplace and inspired others on their team and/or agency.
Hensley Evans, Principal, ZS Associates
Paul Ivans, Founder, Evolution Road
Lori Grant, President, Klick Health
David Cherry, Chief Digital Officer, Sudler & Hennessey
Chris Duffey, EVP Global Director of Creative Technology, Sudler WPP
Brand Marketer: Individuals from brands (pharma, specialty, medical device, etc.) who have been innovative and strategic in achieving great marketing success for healthcare.
Maria Lanzarone. Latin America, Regional Brand Lead, Pfizer
Peter Dannenfelser, Social and Digital Communications Leader, Johnson & Johnson
Jeremy Shepler, Head of Commercial and US Launch Team, Novo Nordisk
Hayley Zismer, Senior Market Development Manager, Medtronic