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2022 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (8th)

2022 - Outstanding Leadership Awards Finalist: Leadership Headquarters

2022 - Best of Georgia Businesses Nominee: Georgia Business Journal

2022 - Atlanta Magazine: Atlanta's 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders

2021 - Gordon State College Alumni Spotlight - Hall of Fame: Entrepreneur

2021 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (7th)

2021 - Sales Partnerships Award for Ethics in Sales - Stevie (Bronze)

2021 - Atlanta Magazine: Atlanta's 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders

2021 - Best Business Services - Best of Clarkston Awards Program

2020 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (6th)

2019 - Feature: BE Modern Man of Distinction - Black Enterprise

2019 - Who's Who in Black Atlanta 19th Edition - Real Times Media

2019 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (5th)
2018 - Top 100 Transformational Leaders - John Maxwell Team

2018 - Leadership Character Awards Finalist - Turknett Leadership Group

​2018 - SCORE $5,000 Grant Awardee - Film Industry Workshops

2018 - Best Business Services - Best of Clarkston Awards Program

2018 - Who's Who in Black Atlanta 18th Edition - Real Times Media

2018 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (4th)

2017 - Feature: Meet Forrest Tuff of One Vision Productions - VoyageATL
2017 - Who's Who In Black Atlanta 17th Edition - Real Times Media

2017 - Exemplary Service Certificate - U.S. Attorney's Office (NDGA)

2017 - Best Business Services - Best of Clarkston Awards Program

2017 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (3rd)

2017 - The High IQ Society (Top 2%) - American Mensa

2016 - Author of the Month (September) - KinderCare Learning Center
2016 - International Trailblazer Entertainment Award - Jaby, Inc.
2016 - Who's Who In Black Atlanta 16th Edition - Real Times Media

2016 - Best Business Services - Best of Clarkston Awards Program

2016 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (2nd)

2015 - Feature: Filmmaker of the Month (October) - Faith Flix Films

2015 - Regional Business Awards Nominee - Gwinnett IMPACT Award

2015 - Atlanta's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For - NABR (1st)

2014 - Entrepreneur of the Week (June) - Black Enterprise

2014 - Entertainment Industry Award - Georgia Minority Business Awards

2013 - Torch Award for Customer Service - Better Business Bureau
2012 - Top 300 Small Businesses in the South - Business Leader Magazine

2011 - Who's Who Among Executives & Professionals - Cambridge Who's Who

2010 - Georgia Author of the Year Award Finalist - Georgia Writers Association

BRAND MARKETING 

2022 - Hermes Creative Awards: U.S. Dept. of Justice: Everyday Heroes PSA (Gold)

2022 - Hermes Creative Awards: 8ight Research Labs: Heart Rate Variability (Gold)

2022 - Hermes Creative Awards: Woodruff Arts Center: Doug Shipman Tribute (HM)

2021 - Viddy Awards - EMF Protect USA: Invisible Dangers (Platinum)

2021 - DotComm Awards: Toastmasters D14 Conference Commercial (Gold)

2020 - Telly Awards: Artificial Consciousness Technology Video (Silver)

2020 - District 14 Toastmasters End of Year Awards: Best Marketing Video

2020 - Hermes Creative Awards: Toastmasters, Be Prepared Commercial (Gold)

2020 - Hermes Creative Awards: Toastmasters, Virtually Connected (Platinum)

2020 - Aurora Awards: Artificial Consciousness Technology (Gold)

2019 - Hermes Creative Awards: YouTow Explainer Video (Gold)

2019 - Toastmasters Wow!Factor Video Contest Winner - Producer: Club #833

2018 - Hermes Creative Awards: SCORE Film Workshop Commercial (HM)

2017 - Videographer Awards: Imagine Commercial (Excellence Award)

2016 - Stevie Awards: One Vision Productions Marketing Video (Silver)​

2016 - Stevie Awards: McDonald's "Value Every Day" Commercial (Silver)

2016 - Stevie Awards: Woodruff Arts Center Marketing Video (Bronze)

2016 - Stevie Awards: Western Union Marketing Video (Bronze)​

2015 - Hermes Creative Awards: Woodruff Arts Center Video (Platinum)

2015 - Hermes Creative Awards: New Hope Basketball Highlights (Gold)

2015 - Hermes Creative Awards: E3 Magazine Commercial (HM)​​​

2014 - Telly Awards: Imagine, One Vision Productions (Bronze)

2013 - Telly Awards: Holidays at the Woodruff Video (Silver)

2013 - Telly Awards: Woodruff Arts Center Strategic Plan Video (Silver)​

2013 - Marcom Creative Awards: Woodruff Salutes (Platinum)​

2013 - Marcom Creative Awards: Woodruff Arts Center Strategic Plan Video (Gold)

2011 - How Sweet the Sound Video Contest: Rose of Sharon Choir​​​ (Winner) $3,000

2010 - How Sweet the Sound Video Contest: Rose of Sharon Choir (Winner) $3,000

COMMUNITY SERVICE

2022 - Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award - Georgia Secretary of State

2022 - Communitas Awards - Excellence in Community Service

2021 - Points of Light Inspirational Honor Roll (Outstanding Individual Service)

2021 - Distinguished Service Award - SCORE (American Express 100 for 100 Program)

2021 - Communitas Awards - Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility

2020 - 5 Year Service Award (Business Mentor) - SCORE North Metro Atlanta 

2020 - Distinguished Service Award - SCORE North Metro Atlanta (NPS 100)

2019 - President's Call to Service (Lifetime Achievement) Award - Points of Light

​2019 - Thurgood Marshall Award Nominee - NAACP: DeKalb County Georgia Branch

2019 - SCORE National Featured Spotlight (December)

2019 - Humanitarian in Leadership Award - Global International Alliance

2018 - Humanitarian Award: Released - IndieFEST Film Awards

2018 - Distinguished Service Award - SCORE North Metro Atlanta

2018 - SCORE National Volunteer Spotlight (September) 

2018 - President's Volunteer Service Award (Gold) - Points of Light

2018 - Communitas Awards - Excellence in Community Service

2018 - From Ordinary to Extraordinary - The Awesome Awards

2017 - ​President's Volunteer Service Award (Gold) - Points of Light

2017 - Citizens Care for Tucker Nature Preserve - The Champion Newspaper 

2017 - MLK Drum Major for Service Award - Corp. for National & Community Service
2016 - President's Volunteer Service Award (Gold) - Points of Light
2016 - Lifestyle Change Award - American Heart Association

2016 - SCORE Gwinnett Chamber Nonprofit of the Month (Team Award)
2015 - Champion of the Week - DeKalb Champion Newspaper
2015 - President's Volunteer Service Award (Gold/Silver/Bronze) - Points of Light
2015 - Community Service Award - E3 Spirit of Excellence Award
2014 - Community Outreach Award - U.S. Attorney's Office (Northern District of GA)
2014 - Communitas Awards - Leadership in Community Service

2010 - Unseen Supporter Award - The Way, The Truth & The Life Christian Center

FILM & TELEVISION

2022 - Platinum Award: Winning Wildcats Documentary Trailer - Hermes Awards

2022 - Honorable Mention: Tuff Talk Show: (Women Who Mean Business) - Hermes Awards

2022 - Official Selection: Released Documentary - Best Documentary Award

2021 - Gold Award Winner: Tuff Talk Show - Viddy Awards

2021 - People's Choice Award: Tuff Talk Show (Film & TV - Digifest Film Festival

2021 - Best Web or TV: Tuff Talk Show - Only the Best International Film Awards

2021 - Best PSA: Everyday Heroes - 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival

2021 - Best Movie Trailer: Winning Wildcats - 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival

2021 - Best Movie Trailer: Released - Direct Online Monthly Film Festival

2021 - Best Movie Poster: Released - Only the Best International Film Awards

2021 - Best Movie Poster: Released - Iconic Images Film Festival

2021 - Honorable Mention: Tuff Talk Show (A & IT) - Like It Film Fest

2020 - Best Movie Poster: Released - Avalonia Film Festival

2020 - Best Movie Trailer: Winning Wildcats - Focus International Film Festival

2020 - Best Movie Poster: Released - American Golden Picture Int'l Film Festival

2020 - Best Movie Trailer Finalist: Winning Wildcats Trailer - The Monthly Film Festival

2020 - Best Movie Trailer Finalist: Winning Wildcats Trailer - The Scene Festival 

2020 - Official Selection: The Shoeshine Minister - Focus International Film Festival

2019 - Best Short Film: The Shoeshine Minister - Carolina Short Film & Screenwriting Showcase

2019 - Audience Award Winner: The Shoeshine Minister - Filmmakers Without Funding Festival

2019 - Inspired Missions Award: The Shoeshine Minister - Inspired Faith Film Festival

2019 - Bronze Award Winner: The Shoeshine Minister - Spotlight Short Film Awards

2019 - Official Selection: The Shoeshine Minister - Saints & Sinners Film Festival

2019 - Official Selection: The Shoeshine Minister - Christian Family Film Festival

​2019 - Official Selection: Little Sister - Direct Monthly Online Film Festival

2018 - Humanitarian Award: Honorable Mention, Released - IndieFEST Film Awards

2018 - Best Overall Documentary Winner: Released: - Longleaf Film Festival

2018 - Best Documentary Feature Winner: Released - Global Film Festival Awards 

2018 - Award of Merit Winner: Released - The IndieFEST Film Awards

2018 - Award of Merit Winner: Released - The IMPACT DOCS Awards

2018 - Award of Merit Winner: Released - Global Shorts Film Awards 

​2018 - Best New Filmmaker: Limbo - Peachtree International Film Festival

  • Shanalyna Palmer (Prod / Director / Editor), Forrest Tuff (DP / Sound / Trailer)

2017 - Best (Documentary | Message | Editor): Released - Top Indie Film Awards

2017 - Silver Award Winner: Released - Spotlight Short Film Awards​

2017 - Gold Award Winner: Released: Aurora Awards

2016 - Platinum Award: Confidence - Hermes Creative Awards

2016 - Honorable M: Miss Winn's Garden Trailer - Hermes Creative Awards

2016 - Diamond Award: Miss Winn's Garden - California Film Awards

  • Shanalyna Palmer (Prod / Director / Editor), Forrest Tuff (Poster /  Trailer / Editor)

2016 - Bronze Award Winner (The Social Hitman_DP) - Spotlight Film Awards

2015 - Bronze Award Winner (Confidence) - Kingdomwood International Film Festival

2014 - Distinction Award (Jackpot) - Videographer Awards

2011 - Best Faith-Based Arts Program (Giver of Life) - AIB Allen Awards

2011 - Excellence Award: Actor Demo Reel - Videographer Awards

2011 - Distinction Award: Tuff TV Show -Videographer Awards 

2011 - Distinction Award: Performing Arts in TV - ​Videographer Awards

2010 - Producer Award (Radio & TV) - The Way, The Truth & The Life

speaker | toastmasteRs

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2021

2020

  • Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) - Highest Level

  • Inspirational Speaker Award - COAN Tennis Association 

  • Accredited Speaker (Hall of Fame) Finalist

  • Best Speaker: North Gwinnett Advanced Toastmasters (2)

  • Best Evaluator: North Gwinnett Advanced Toastmasters (2)

  • Best Impromptu: North Gwinnett Advanced Toastmaster

  • Best Speaker: Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters

  • Toastmasters International Triple Crown Award*

  • Area Director Award For Outstanding Service 

  • Best Speaker: North Gwinnett Advanced Toastmasters

  • Area Director Award: Outstanding Creativity & Support

  • Advanced Leader Silver Education Award (ALS)

  • Area Director of the Month: D14, Div A (Apr)

  • Area Director of the Month: D14, Div A (Mar)

  • Area Director of the Month: D14, Div A (Feb)

  • Best Evaluation - Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters

  • Best Impromptu - Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters

  • Best Speaker - Goodwill Speaks Toastmasters

  • Certified Corporate Club Mentor #7277573

2019

  • Toastmaster of the Year - Gwinnett-Tucker TM

  • 1st Place - Division A: Humorous Speech Contest​

  • Area Director: District 14, Division A

  • Outstanding Area Director (Dec, Q1)

  • Leadership Excellence Certificate - (Nov)

  • D14 Leadership Spotlight: District 14 (Oct)

  • Area Director - Pot of Gold Excellence Award (Sep)

  • Outstanding Service: Youth Leadership Program (Aug)

  • Producer: Wow!Factor Video Contest Winner (Jul)

  • 1st Place - Area A16: Humorous Speech Contest

  • Best Speaker - Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters (3)

  • ​Best Impromptu - Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters (2)

  • Best Impromptu - Goodwill Speaks Toastmasters

  • Best Evaluator - Gwinnett-Tucker Toastmasters (2)

  • Advanced Communicator Gold Education Award (ACG)

  • Advanced Communicator Silver Education Award (ACS)

2018

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