Gold Stevie® Award Winner in 2021 American Business Awards® – Entrepreneur of the Year
We are so pleased to announce that Torre Capistran has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year category for the 19th Annual American Business Awards®.
The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.
More than 3,800 nominations – a record number – from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Virtual Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others. Torre Capistran was nominated in the Entrepreneur of the Year category for Computer Services.
More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.
“The American economy continues to show its resilience, and as we’re poised on the beginning of what should be a phenomenal period of growth, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of a wide range of organizations and people over the past 18 months,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher. “This year’s Stevie-winning nominations in The American Business Awards are testament to the ingenuity, the commitment, the passion, the adaptability, and the creativity of the American people. We look forward to celebrating this year’s winners during our virtual ceremony on June 30.”
Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2021 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.
About Torre Capistran
In 2014 Torre Capistran founded Hooked On Code, a boutique WordPress website agency, as a 24-year old. A graduate of the SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas, with a degree in marketing, Torre now finds herself fulfilling her creative calling. She is a self-taught web designer with a passion for continuous learning and skill development. After a few years of working in digital marketing, Torre decided to transition into entrepreneurship with unwavering confidence. She knew there was a better way to provide reliable results for website development clients while developing meaningful relationships. Through her client-side experiences, Torre observed a gap in the market in both pricing and service excellence with regards to website development projects. She set out on a mission to cut the bullsh*t out of the web development industry and make the process an enjoyable journey for all involved.
Since founding Hooked On Code as a one woman team, Torre has grown the agency to encompass three full time employees with a team of outstanding contractors (all women). As a tool to scale her business, Torre began implementing EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), a system that is considered a business best practice and a way to develop her team efficiently and effectively, while encouraging a positive workplace culture. In 2020, she integrated Culture Index to survey potential employees and clients to ensure her team remains full of highly efficient, self-motivated, and detail-oriented creatives. Culture is so important to Torre that her business operates completely around the core values she established in 2019: Keep it Simple, Be Yourself, Relentless Forward Motion, Do What You Say, and Be Delightful AF.
Torre’s distinct focus on company culture led her to double Hooked On Code’s revenue in 2019 (all from referrals), retain her team and 95% of her client base during the COVID-19 pandemic. These same values have since led to the development of the agency’s 100% Happiness Guarantee and unlimited vacation policy (employees take as much time off as needed).
Torre has designed a very specific process and approach to website development and redesign which has been proven to save clients up to 75% more time compared to the average agency project experience and has grown her major accounts by 25-100% year over year. Her goal is not strictly to create an impeccable end product but to remain focused on delight and simplicity.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
The Stevies also produce the annual Women|Future Conference. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. 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 http://www.StevieAwards.com.
Sponsors of The 2021 American Business Awards include John Hancock Financial Services, Melissa Sones Consulting, and SoftPro.