Allen Communication Learning Services and Tread Lightly! Recognized for Prestigious Interactive Media Award

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Indianapolis, IN (May 2, 2008) — The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2008 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

Allen Communication Learning Services and Tread Lightly! were recognized for their excellence with a Silver award for the Public/Non-profit category. Tread Lightly!, a non-profit organization, partnered with Allen to create an engaging public course to further the message of responsible recreation. You can view the course by pointing your browser to and click on “Take online awareness course” on the top left side or click here: Online-Awareness-Course.

“Receiving an award for a project dedicated to teaching people how to treat the environment is important to Allen,” said Ron Zamir, CEO of Allen. “In today’s training culture, we must influence new types of behavior by finding compelling ways to reach beyond the internal audience of our partners.”

Tread Lightly! had a huge audience of diverse learners, some of whom would continue on to become Tread Trainers for a broad community of recreation enthusiasts. They wanted to find a better way to promote their message and the five impact principles that guide them. Allen helped Tread Lightly! create a course that inspired learners with positive affirmations about ways to leave their mark without leaving a trace. By using flash video, assessments, audio, and scenic photos, Allen could orient learners to the Tread Lightly! message without overburdening learners with theory.

“We are thrilled that our ‘Tread Lightly! 101’ course is receiving this prestigious award,” said Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly!’s executive director. “The course has been teaching crucial outdoor ethics to thousands of recreationists in innovative and engaging ways, and we are proud of what it has helped us accomplish so far.”

The seventh annual, international competition saw just over 1000 entries from 20 countries around world including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand Turkey, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and nearly all 50 of the United States of America. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated 18 different categories ranging from online advertising to video games. The 2008 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, CDs and DVDs, online ads, video and more. For more information, visit

“The 2008 competition was the most competitive to date. The work in this year’s competition is at such a high level that the judges really had their work cut out for them,” said Mike Sauce, founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “All of the winning entries displayed a high level of sophistication, aesthetic creativity, technical excellence and clear purpose.”


About Tread Lightly!:

Tread Lightly!, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to proactively protect recreation access and opportunities in the outdoors through education and stewardship initiatives. Tread Lightly! is the nation’s signature ethics message for outdoor enthusiasts that use motorized vehicles. The organization offers unique education, training and restoration programs strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.

About the Horizon Interactive Awards:

In its 7th year, the Horizon Interactive Awards was created to recognize excellence in interactive media production worldwide. Since 2001, the competition has received thousands of entries from countries around the world and nearly all 50 US States. Each year, those entries are narrowed down to the best of the best to be recognized and promoted on and international stage for their excellence. The judging process involves a Horizon Interactive Awards advisory panel, end user panel and a worldwide panel of judges consisting of industry professionals. Winning entries are dubbed the “best of the best” in the interactive media industry.

About Allen Communication Learning Services:

For over 25 years, Allen Communication Learning Services ( has helped improve the training processes and methods of numerous Fortune 500 companies. With a rich history in training that started with the introduction of the world’s first commercial interactive videodisc system, today the company is recognized as a leader in custom training, e-learning, blended learning, and learning portal development. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Allen’s mission is to align organizations’ training initiatives with their business objectives by developing the optimal learning solution for each organization.

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