Winner: 2012 APEX Grand Award

Pioneer Services recognized for financial education writing that assists military families

The 23rd Annual "APEX Awards for Publication Excellence" are a competition for writers, editors, publications staff, and business and nonprofit communicators that recognizes some of the best communication materials in the country. Organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Navy, Costco, FedEx, and Walt Disney, entered more than 3,300 projects into 130 different categories; out of those 3,300, only 100 are chosen for a "Grand Award," which highlights the best of the best.

Pioneer Services was one of those 100, receiving a "Grand Award in Writing" for its series of financial education articles, beating out Ford Motor Company, Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, and many others. One judge noted that Pioneer Services' articles were an "extremely well-written series with concise, nicely 'chunked' copy, including plenty of subheads and bulleted lists. The reading is easy and the advice is first-rate."

"This award is a great tribute to the quality of our financial education materials," said Karen Von Der Bruegge, chief marketing and retail operations officer for Pioneer Services. "The real winners, however, are the military families who have learned how to better manage their money thanks to our financial education program. They are the driving force behind all we do, and we are honored to offer them the information they need to have financial success."