SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 20, 2012 – Tanis Communications, a Silicon Valley marketing and communications services firm, was recognized with a Silver Stevie® Award in the Communications Team of the Year category in The 10th Annual American Business Awards.

Tanis’ award-winning work was delivered in support of its client Oclaro, a leader in optical components and modules for the telecommunications, industrial and consumer markets.  Since 2009, Tanis has functioned as Oclaro’s outsourced communications team, orchestrating its communications strategy and program execution, and ensuring message consistency for internal and external corporate and marketing communications.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were announced June 18 in New York.  Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 270 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process this year.  All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – and more than 3,000 entries were submitted for the 2012 competition.

“We work in close partnership with our clients to ensure the programs we design help them achieve their business goals,” said Nikki Tanis, founder of Tanis Communications. ”It’s worth noting that Tanis was the only agency among the five finalists for Communications Team of the Year honors. Our results for Oclaro were judged alongside those from corporate teams from much larger brands including Marriott International and Mohawk Industries, putting us in great company and showcasing the strength of our client relationships and the high caliber of our work.”

For the first time, a second round of American Business Awards, focused on the technology industry, will be given out September 17 in San Francisco. Tanis is a finalist for best Telecommunications Website for its work with IntelePeer, a provider of on-demand, cloud-based communications services for enterprises and service providers. Tanis provides communications strategy and program execution for IntelePeer. As part of a brand strategy and messaging update, Tanis helped its client simplify the story on its website, through refreshed brand positioning and messaging; improved navigation; addition of new graphical images and icons to emphasize the benefits; and the creation of an intriguing flash animation to tell the company story simply and effectively.

“We’re delighted that the first of our two American Business Awards banquets honored so many deserving organizations and executives,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “It’s gratifying and inspiring to have received so many remarkable entries for this year’s competition.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners who were announced on June 18 are available at

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

About Tanis Communications
Based in San Jose, Calif., Tanis Communications is a Silicon Valley high-technology integrated communications firm. Established in 1997, the firm offers brand strategy, messaging and positioning, public relations, employee communications, marketing communications, financial communications, executive communications, social multimedia and strategic marketing services, focused on the semiconductor, networking, storage, software, Internet, telecommunications and embedded technology markets. For more information, visit

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