New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2011 – Susan M. Peterson, Vice President and COO of Kessler International, was named a Finalist in the Best Executive – Service Businesses category for the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be named a Finalist for this year’s Stevie Awards for Women in Business,” said Ms. Peterson. “I have spent the past two decades working tirelessly to deliver results to our clients, and to be recognized for that is an honor.”

Ms. Peterson has spent the last 20 years of her career fighting white collar crimes and investigating fraud and abuse in the areas of brand protection, computer crimes and forensic accounting. She has earned the status of Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Forensic Accountant and Board Certified Forensic Examiner, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Coalition Against Diversion. Ms. Peterson is a leader in Kessler International’s brand protection division. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property investigations, anti-counterfeiting and anti-diversion strategies, trademark and copyright enforcement, and the supervision of complex undercover operations.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 11. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A and several other countries are expected to attend. The presentations will be broadcast live on radio in the U.S.A. by the Business TalkRadio Network.

Ms. Peterson is a Finalist in the Best Executive – Service Businesses with Up To 100 Employees category of this year’s Stevie Awards. The annual competition received a record number of entries, with more than 1,300 businesspeople vying for honors in 75 categories. Among them are the titles of Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year. Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the six final judging committees will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Women entrepreneurs and executives continue to innovate, excel, and impress,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “Regardless of general economic conditions, the achievements of women-owned and -run organizations around the world remain high, and are reflected in this year’s impressive body of Finalists.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and a list of Finalists are available at

About Kessler International
Kessler International provides forensic accounting services, discreet risk mitigation services, business intelligence and computer forensic services to corporations including financial and investment institutions, law firms and governments worldwide. With offices in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Washington, Illinois, Puerto Rico, Paris, Beijing and United Kingdom and affiliates throughout the world, Kessler International services the globe by providing the highest quality in forensic accounting services, high technology crime evaluation and prevention, civil and criminal litigation support, intellectual property protection, asset tracing, receivership, compliance and monitoring programs, business intelligence, and corporate risk management. Please visit our website at for more information regarding our services.

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

Sponsors and supporters of the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business (as of October 12) include the Business TalkRadio Network, Coloredge, Infogroup, KeyBank | Key4Women, Melilea International Group of Companies, SDL, and Smart Reader Worldwide.

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