EAST WINDSOR, New Jersey, October 22 /PRNewswire/ --

- Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 14

Commonwealth Business Media's Renee Jacobs and Kathy Keeney were named as Finalists in the Best Executive - Service Businesses - up to 2,500 Employees category in The 5th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run -- worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world's premier business awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word crowned, winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 14. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S. and several other countries are expected to attend.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted for consideration in 50 categories, including Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, and Best Community Involvement Program. Commonwealth Business Media's Kathy Keeney and Renee Jacobs are Finalists in the Best Executive -- Service Businesses -- up to 2,500 Employees category.

Kathy Keeney is Publisher of the Rail Group for the Directories Division of Commonwealth Business Media. Kathy, a role model for women in the railroad industry, has been with CBM for 23 years, and is well respected among her industry peers. Her responsibilities include editorial, sales, marketing of several industry-leading railroad publications, web sites as well as trade shows.

Based in San Diego, Renee Jacobs has been the Conference Director for the Journal of Commerce (JOC) Conferences Division since 2002. Over the past six years, Renee has increased the number of conferences and exhibitions held each year by 85%. She has been responsible for the expansion of the conferences into the Canadian, European, South American and Asian market and in February of 2009 will launch the first annual Breakbulk Transportation and Exhibition conference in Singapore.

Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement, said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.

We are very pleased and proud that Kathy Keeney and Renee Jacobs have been nominated for The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, said Jill Rodby, Vice President, Communications, Commonwealth Business Media. These are very prestigious awards and it is a great honor to be selected as finalists. We would like to congratulate Renee and Kathy for their nomination.

Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/women.

About Commonwealth Business Media

Commonwealth Business Media Inc., a subsidiary of United Business Media Limited, is the leading information provider to the global trade, transportation and travel market with comprehensive proprietary data, news and analytical content. Its leading brands include The Journal of Commerce, PIERS Global Intelligence Solutions, Official Airline Guide, Air Cargo World, Traffic World, and Aviation Industry Group, plus a number of directory databases covering the international trade, railroad and trucking markets. The company also produces more than 30 conferences serving the international trade, aviation and maritime markets. For more information, visit www.cbizmedia.com .

About United Business Media Limited (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com)

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalist to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, Techninsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of US$2.5 billion.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and The Stevie Awards for Sales Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

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Jill Rodby, Vice President, Communications of Commonwealth Business Media, +1-415-847-6768, jrodby@cbizmedia.com