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Encore Path Wins Stevie® Award in 8th Annual American Business AwardsSM


Kris Appel, Encore Path
(410) 635-1203

Vicki Aversa, Aversa Communications
(410) 338-0318

BALTIMORE, MD – June 23, 2010—Encore Path, Inc., a Baltimore company that makes devices for recovery from stroke and brain injury, won a Stevie Award for “Best New Product or Service of the Year” for its Tailwind rehabilitation device in The 2010 American Business Awards on June 21, 2010. The Tailwind helps stroke and brain injury survivors with paralysis recover their arm movement and regain their independence.

The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The ceremonies were hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network and broadcast nationwide on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network.

2010 Stevies WinnerIn winning one of the Stevie awards, which are considered “the Oscars” of the business world, Encore Path, an emerging life sciences company, competed along with long-time leaders of American industry. Encore Path beat out other finalists for “New Product or Service of the Year” including products such as an external defibrillator and services such as a LEED certification training program.

Kris Appel accepting the 2010 SteviesIn accepting the Stevie, Encore Path President Kris Appel said, “Encore Path is proud to be improving the quality of life for stroke and brain injury survivors around the world, and we are proud to be recognized for this by the American Business Awards.”

Added Appel: “To be in the company of winners such as Ford, Apple, and Oracle is a tremendous honor, and an acknowledgement of the hard work of the people who have supported Encore Path and helped bring this important product to the market.”

Kris Appel speaking at 2010 SteviesStevie Awards were presented in over 40 categories including Best Overall Company of the Year, Executive of the Year, and Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year. More than 2,700 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.

More than 200 executives across the country participated in the judging process to determine the Finalists and Stevie Award winners.

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of honorees in all categories are available at

About Encore Path

Encore Path, a Baltimore, Maryland-based technology company founded by award-winning entrepreneur Kris Appel, develops and brings to market products and therapies to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors. The Tailwind, the company’s debut product, is being used by stroke and brain injury survivors around the world. More information is available at (410) 635-1203 or

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 companies 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

Sponsors and partners of The 2010 American Business Awards include Infogroup, Netezza, CIGNA, Citrix Online, Epic Advertising, High Performance Technologies Inc., imagistic, John Hancock, LifeLock, Lionbridge, Optimum Lightpath, PetRays, RCN, and SoftPro.


NOTE: Photos of Kris Appel accepting the award on behalf of Encore Path are available upon request.