Flashback at AmChampion Awards 2020

On October 6th, 2022, AmCham Bulgaria will acknowledge its most engaged members in 2021 at the second-in-a-row AmChampion Awards. The AmChampion Gala Dinner is part of the agenda of the AmChams in Europe Best Practice Conference 2022 (October 5 – 8) which is hosted by AmCham Bulgaria.

Introduced back in 2021, the AmChampion Awards, aims to recognize the members of the AmCham community that have been most devoted to the Chamber in initiatives, committees’ work, communication platform, projects, etc.

AmCham Bulgaria members will have some unique opportunity to share the moment and to build their network with senior executives from many of the AmChams in Europe that will be our guests during the ACE Best Practices Conference.

Flashback at ACA 2020

On December 15th, 2021, AmCham Bulgaria announced the first winners of the AmChampion Awards at the Executive Club Business Meeting with H.E. Herro Mustafa, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria. Both occasions had some special flavor – it was the first in-person event with the U.S. Ambassador since 2019, and the awards fit well in the event having the Ambassador herself giving the awards to the winning members and their leaders.

AmChampions 2020

Project of the Year

United Against COVID-19 Fund was awarded Project of the Year 2020 by the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. The presence of U.S. Ambassador Mustafa and Olivier Marquette, AmCham President, gave individual trophies to the leadership of the three of the companies that had contributed the most to the Fund: Dora Strezova, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Bulgaria, Desislava Taliokova, Executive Director, America for Bulgaria Foundation, and Krassimir Nenov, Executive Director, ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3.

SME Category Winner

The winner was HR Consulting Partners. The award was presented by George Alexandrov, Board Member and Chair of the Research, Innovation & Startups Committee to Yoanna Yordanova, Managing Partner.

This category included 135 members. Other nominees for 2020 were: The American University in Bulgaria​ and Boyanov & Co Law Firm.

Corporate Category Winner

The winner was Penkov, Markov & Partners. The award was given by Olivier Marquette, AmCham Bulgaria, President, and Co-Chair of the Energy and Mineral Resources Committee to Nikolay Cvetanov, Managing Partner of the firm.

This category included 72 members. Other nominees for 2020 were: ​Colliers International​ and Hilton Sofia..

Large Corporate Category Winner

The winner was is AES Bulgaria. The award was given by Tony McMurray, Board Member, to Ivan Tzankov, Executive Director.

This category included 109 members. Other nominees for 2020 were: ​IBM Bulgaria​ and Merck Sharp & Dohme Bulgaria

All-Round Contribution Award

Ernst & Young Bulgaria is the winner of the All-Round Contribution Award for 2020, being the most active member in almost all criteria indicators.

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Awards Criteria and Process

AmChampion Awards are given to the most active members in different categories based on membership tiering. There are four categories: Large Corporate Membership Winner, Corporate Membership Winner, SME Membership Winner, and All-Round Winner. AmChampion Award is also given to the Project of the Year.

Read more about the criteria.

Highlights of 2021 Ceremony

All winners and guests of honor (L/R): Krassimir Nenov, Olivier Marquette, Dora Strezova, Ambassador Herro Msutafa, Desislava Taliokova, Yoanna Yordanova, Ivan Tzankov, Nikolay Garnev, Nikolay Cvetanov.