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K’nex has announced three finalists in the ninth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business: Barb Rentschler, Kristen Krikorian, and Kate Loffio. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 9.

Barb Rentschler, chief marketing officer and vice president of global marketing, is a finalist in the Female Executive of the Year—Consumer Products category. Rentschler joined K’nex in 2002.

Kristen Krikorian, brand manager for K’nex Nintendo & Nascar products, is a finalist in the Communications or PR campaign of the Year—Marketing—Consumer Products category. Krikorian has been with K’nex since 2007.

Kate Loffio, marketing communications specialist, is a finalist in the Employee of the Year category. Loffio joined K’nex last December.

Finalists were chosen by more than 130 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. More than 90 members of the five final judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging. Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.