Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 22, 2013) – CruiseOne is pleased to announce that Sandi Szalay, vice president of information technology, has been recognized with two prestigious awards for her information technology contributions to the company. Szalay won the first ever CIO Award in her company revenue bracket from the South Florida Business Journal and was recognized as a Corporate IT Leader by Women in EcommerceTM at its second annual Golden Mouse Awards.
“From developing new technology initiatives that better serve and benefit our employees, agents and customers to her leadership positions within the company, Sandi is truly an asset to our organization and we are so proud of her accomplishments,” said Dwain Wall, senior vice president and general manager of CruiseOne.
The South Florida Business Journal CIO Awards presented by Steven Douglas Associates honors chief information officers who lead their organizations in delivering business value and innovative use of IT. Honorees demonstrated an ability to work productively with business partners; alignment of technology direction with the company’s strategy; innovation internally or in the form of new products or services; team growth; strong leadership; and community involvement. The Golden Mouse Awards honors 14 South Florida women who successfully use the web and technology personally and professionally; the awards reception benefitted the PACE Center for Girls.
Szalay was recognized for her ongoing innovative contributions to the company such as My Cruise Control, consumer-related projects, system upgrades, the new mobile-friendly websites and more; her strong leadership in fostering a culture that generates new value from IT and encouraging professional growth among her team; and active involvement with industry organizations and Make-A-Wish®.
A resident of Deerfield Beach, Szalay has worked at CruiseOne for more than a decade. She ensures that CruiseOne is one-step ahead of the technology curve and meets the needs of consumers, agents and staff by overseeing the creation and implementation of technology solutions that allow people to seamlessly work from home all over the country, connect with the corporate team for backend support and receive up-to-the-minute bookings from cruise lines.
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Cutlines: Photo 1: Melanie Dickinson, publisher of South Florida Business Journal; Sandi Szalay, vice president of information technology at CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®; and Jim Kelly, director of marketing for Comcast Business. Photo Credit: South Florida Business Journal
Photo 2: Vickie Frazier-Williams, CEO of C4L and emcee of the Golden Mouse Awards; Sandi Szalay, vice president of information technology at CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®; Heidi Richards, founder of Women in EcommerceTM and Linda Pereira, senior partner and CEO of L&I Communications Group. Photo Credit: Mark Vacker