GameWorks, Inc. and CEO Philip N. Kaplan Win Three Stevie® Awards in 2019 International Business Awards®

GameWorks, Inc., a full entertainment and dining experience for millennials, teens and families, announced today that the Company and its Chairman and CEO Philip N. Kaplan earned three Stevie® Awards in The 16th Annual International Business Awards® today.

The Company earned Gold in the Company of the Year – Hospitality & Leisure (Large) category while Kaplan was named Gold winner in the Executive of the Year – Hospitality & Leisure category and also earned silver status as Maverick of the Year.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2019 IBAs received entries from organizations in 74 nations and territories. A record total of more than 4,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the ANDAZ Hotel Am Belvedere, Vienna, Austria on October 19.

The judges cited GameWorks’ new trajectory under Kaplan’s leadership as impressive and also noted the role new leadership played in fostering teamwork as well as the great strides made in operational enhancements as key rationale for GameWorks earning these accolades.

“The Company of the Year recognition is a testament to our hundreds of dedicated employees whose tireless efforts contribute to ensuring our guests have an excellent experience every time they visit GameWorks. The Company award is a true reflection of the dedication of our entire team nationwide,” said Kaplan.

“We are gratified to be recognized in both company and management categories of the 2019 International Business Awards, and appreciate the judges recognizing the new path on which are traveling. Our renewed focus and spirit, coupled with a major corporatewide emphasis on esports, GameWorks is leading the way in the entertainment options, particularly in the fast-growing esports arena. We are proud this message was heard in this year’s IBA program,” he said.

Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

“The IBA judges from across the world were highly impressed with the nominations they reviewed this year. With the level of achievement documented in the nominations from 74 nations, the Stevie Awards are proud to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of industries” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “We received more nominations than ever and look forward to honoring the Stevie winners at our gala in Vienna, Austria this October.”

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at

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