Over 40 Chanticleer Intelligence Brief officers, analysts and members gathered at the HTC Center’s hospitality suite on the evening of Monday, May 2, 2016, for the first annual CIB awards banquet. The event was sponsored by CIB and organized by the organization’s Executive Team. The purpose behind it was to recognize the achievements of the CIB community and to celebrate the dedicated work of analysts in the past year.
Prior to the awards ceremony, CIB faculty mentor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, recognized the hard work of CIB Director, Blake Gutberlet in the past year with a small gift in the form of a book, and thanked him for his dedication to the CIB effort. Three graduating members of the Executive Team, Joshua Mgrdechian (Chief Financial Officer), Diana Evans (Communications Officer) and Grant Barratt (Chief Recruitment Officer) were also recognized for their contributions in the past year, by receiving commemorative books. Those present also welcomed and recognized the three incoming CIB officers for the 2016-2017 academic year, Victoria James, Connor Kilgore and Casey Mallon.
Four awards were presented during the ceremony. The Intelligence Forecast Award, for achieving the most successful analytical forecast record in the spring semester, was presented to CIB’s Americas section. The section was composed of Diana Evans (section chief), Tyler Arnott, Connor Kilgore and
Joshua Mgrdechian. These analysts maintained an impressive 100 percent successful forecast record throughout the semester.
The Intelligence Analysis Award, given for delivering the highest-quality oral analytical product in the spring semester, was won by the CIB’s Europe Section. This was the Club’s largest section, headed by Blake Gutberlet and staffed by Emily Clingenpeel, Jeremy Lee, Sheila Martinez, Eva Ruiz, and Matthew Serenita. These analysts concluded the spring semester with the highest average evaluation score for oral briefings.
The Best Intelligence Essay Award recognizes the best written analytical product of the semester. It went to Sarah Harvey, CIB’s Latin America specialist, whose analytical question for the semester was: “Will the United Socialist Party of Venezuela come closer to losing power in 2016?”. Sarah’s final analytical product was deemed to be the best quality by a committee composed of academics and intelligence professionals.
The final award of the evening was the CIB Achievement Award is given by the Executive Team to an individual member of the organization who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to the CIB’s efforts. By unanimous decision of the Executive Team, this year’s award was presented to Ben Malone (Middle East Section), who spearheaded the founding of the organization in 2015.
The CIB wishes to thank all of its Executive Team officers, its analysts and its members for a highly successful year, and looks forward to continuing to strengthen our organization in the years to come. We also want to congratulate our graduating members and wish them our very best as they embark on their next steps in life.