Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Honors Three Members with 2011 Fellow Awards

Top Quote Bill Fiora (GE Healthcare), Jody Holtzman (AARP) and Barbara Orr (Salt River Project) Selected for Outstanding Contributions to Competitive Intelligence. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 12, 2011 - Alexandria VA. - Each year SCIP recognizes and celebrates the individual accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the competitive intelligence profession made over the years by three of its members. Nominated by their fellow members, the award recipients are selected by a committee of their peers. During the selection process, nominees are evaluated against a stringent set of standards, including 1) applied new intelligence knowledge in practical and valuable ways; 2) shared their expertise and experience through original publications and presentations; and 3) practiced and advanced high ethical standards. This year's Fellow Award recipients are Bill Fiora (GE Healthcare), Jody Holtzman (AARP) and Barbara Orr (Salt River Project).

    Bill Fiora, head of competitive intelligence for GE Healthcare, focuses on the ability of competitive intelligence to support strategic planning, marketing strategy, and the product development process. "SCIP has been a key part of my professional development for over a decade," said Bill, "and many of the SCIP Fellows have provided me with invaluable support over the years. I'm honored to be joining them, and I hope that I can provide the same level of service to other SCIP members that the Fellows have provided to me."

    Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President of Research and Strategic Analysis at AARP, heads teams who provide forward looking and actionable insight about the external and competitive environment in support of senior management decision-making. "It is very gratifying to receive the SCIP Fellows award and be acknowledged by the leading thinkers in the area of strategy and competitive intelligence," said Jody. "And the fact that my official role is no longer limited to intelligence in a narrow sense, also speaks to SCIP's growth and evolution. It is recognition that as strategy and competitive intelligence professionals our role is to be that of thought leader, who brings a unique point of view that enables our decision makers, and helps our organizations achieve their goals in the marketplace."

    Barbara Orr, Senior Planning Analyst at the Salt River Project, has primarily focused on two critical but often overlooked aspects of competitive intelligence: Customer Intelligence and Regulatory Intelligence. "I am very honored to receive this special recognition," said Barbara. "It has been a privilege to collaborate with SCIP and the competitive intelligence community during the past 15 years in the effort to support and advance the intelligence profession."

    Over the last twenty years, the Fellow Awards have been bestowed on individuals who become noted public advocates of the competitive intelligence field in academia, business, and government. Many have also become noted leaders in both their Society and their field. Meet this year's Fellow Award recipients and 700 other competitive intelligence professionals at the SCIP2011 International Annual Conference and Exhibition, May 9-12, Orlando Fl. See the agenda at

    About Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)

    With members in over 70 countries, SCIP (formerly the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals) is a 3000-member global nonprofit membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing strategic and competitive intelligence. Education and training have been a critical component of SCIP's member services since the Society' founding in 1986. Many SCIP members have backgrounds in market research, strategic analysis, or science and technology.

    Ken Garrison, CEO
    kgarrison ( @ ) scip dot org
    Ph, 703 739 0696 x105

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