Hammock Inc’s work for four of its clients was recognized in the just-concluded 2015 Apex Awards competition. More than 1,900 entries were received in the 27th annual Apex contest. Projects that received Awards of Excellence were:

• “A Proud Pedigree: Tracing the History of Scottish Ancestors and Their Journey to the New World,” in the Sept./Oct. 2014 issue of American Spirit magazine, published for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, received a Grand Award for Feature Writing. The judges praised the article: “You don’t have to be Scottish to find this in-depth, well-researched and interestingly written feature article a compelling read. You come away with a sense of the background and history of a people, and, if you happen to have Scottish ancestry, you also get an extensive range of resources with which to trace and learn more about that ancestry. A well-told story.”

• Magazine Writing (entire issue): Nov./Dec. 2014 American Spirit magazine

SemperFiCover• Design & Illustration – Magazine Covers: “Honoring the Fallen” in the May/June 2014 issue of Semper Fi magazine published for the Marine Corps League

• Feature Writing: “Lives on the Line” – an article on advances in battlefield medicine also in the May/June 2014 issue of Semper Fi magazine.

• Custom-published newsletters: H2U – Health to You newsletter Sept. 2014, published for H2U, LLC.

* Custom-Published Magazines, Journals & Tabloids: The Source magazine 2014 Q3, published for HealthTrust Purchasing Group

APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. APEX Grand Awards honor the outstanding works in each main category, while APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories.

2014_winnerHammock Inc.’s work for clients has earned six Apex Awards, including a coveted Grand Award, in the just-concluded competition.

The Grand Award went to American Spirit, the bimonthly member magazine of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, which we have published for DAR since 2002, and which has taken a number of Grand Awards.

The competition’s judges lavished praise on the November-December 2013 issue of American Spirit, saying that, “This is a magazine  that never fails to appeal. The design and layout are richly stunning, but the editorial well is the tour de force here. Features are thoroughly researched and presented in a lively and engaging manner. You find yourself reading each to the end, even when the topic is one you didn’t think would particularly interest you. Top drawer in every respect.”

Apex Awards of Excellence were accorded to:


Though we’re not going to dress up in fancy ballgowns or tuxes with Stetsons and hand-tooled boots like the folks at the CMA awards this week here in Nashville, we at Hammock are celebrating with our clients over a clutch of MarCom awards for the work we are honored to collaborate with our clients in creating.

The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition for anyone involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. The program is administered by AMCP, the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals. There were about 6,000 entries this year from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 50 companies.

Here’s what was in the envelopes:

Here at Hammock we tend to subscribe to Natalie Portman’s philosophy that, “Awards are so unnecessary because [we] think we get so much out of our work just by doing it. The work is a reward in itself.” But that’s never stopped us from entering competitions or spreading the news of our success when we receive an award.

We recently learned that work we’ve done for clients received a total of five APEX Awards for Publication Excellence this year, including yet another Grand Award for American Spirit, the member magazine of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

RexBlog, penned by Hammock Inc. founder Rex Hammock, has been honored by Youngentrepreneur.com as one of its top business founders’ blogs.
Other business founders honored by the site include Bob Parsons, the CEO and Founder of GoDaddy; Guy Kawasaki, the managing director of the venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures; Virgin founder Richard Branson; and Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.
Youngentrepreneur said of the C-suite bloggers: “If you’re serious about being an entrepreneur, we highly recommend checking out these blogs and spending some time learning more about these CEOs and founders. They have remarkable success stories that inspire and educate us on how to be better entrepreneurs.”
An early adopter and explorer of blogging, Rex started his blog in August 2000. With his commitment to melding strong functional design with compelling content to provide a rich, accessible experience for readers, the RexBlog easily met Youngentrepreneur’s standards for its award.

Wausau Paper, one of the leading producers of paper in the country, has named Rex’s Rexblog.com to their top 10 list of blogs for printers and publishers. Here is what Wausau Paper’s blogger Patrick Henry wrote about Rexblog:
Rex Hammock started a custom publishing company in 1991. His focus as a blogger is content as it’s deployed across the full spectrum of publishing media—a concept that many printers and publishers, tied mostly to one medium, are still struggling to understand. Hammock is a prolific poster who has taken maximum advantage of the self-promotional tools now available to bloggers. His links (“Rex Connections”) are worth a visit to the site by themselves.

Hammock’s work honored as best of the best with major awards from two high-profile organizations.

On Nov. 12, Hammock scored in three categories of the Pearl Awards sponsored by the Custom Publishing Council. “Live SNAP ’09” took top honors with a Gold award in the Best Use of Community/Social Networking category and Silver in Best Microsite. “Live SNAP ’09” created an online space where attendees and those who couldn’t be at the Association Media & Publication Conference could follow the schedule of events along in real time. The goal was to provide a place for members, attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike to interact, participate and communicate through social media tools such as Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and blogging during the event.

An Interview with ‘Social Media/Blogger of the Year’
At the end of October, Hammock Founder/CEO Rex Hammock was named 2009 Social Media/Blogger of the Year at a large downtown gala hosted by the Nashville Technology Council. The rest of us at Hammock were especially impressed that Rex’s “trophy” is a Gibson electric guitar and that only 10 organizations or individuals received one — two went to HCA and one to Nissan USA. However, it didn’t surprise us that Rex won — he’s been blogging since the Paleozoic Age and tweeting almost that long. (His Twitter account is @r if that gives you any idea.)

Rex with fellow nominees Kate O’Neill and Dave Delaney.

However, we think it probably surprised a few people who don’t know Rex that someone over 25 years old won a social media award. But then, most people don’t know that Rex’s approach to social media is not just about being up on the latest online fad. It’s about innovating new approaches to achieving measurable business objectives for our clients. To help you understand why the judges awarded Rex such an honor, we asked Editorial Director Jamie Roberts to interview him about the award — and social media in general.

We’ve been busy in the office today finding the perfect spot to showcase our newest trophy — the Gold Azbee award we won at last night’s American Society of Business Publication Editors awards banquet for MyBusiness, the magazine we publish for and with the National Federation of Independent Business.

When words like “elegant,” “inviting” and “grand” are used to describe us and our work, you know we have to tell you about it.

Hammock Inc. — and the publications we create for our clients — was recently awarded several APEX 2009 Awards, including a coveted Grand Award.
The Grand Award, Magazines and Journals category, was given for the January/February 2009 issue of American Spirit, the national magazine we publish for the Daughters of the American Revolution.