Kelley Higney Honored with Stevie® Award Wins in 2023 American Business Awards®

Gaby M. Rojas

The 21st Annual American Business Awards® announced Founder & CEO Kelley Higney of Bug Bite Thing, the chemical-free, reusable insect bite relief suction tool, as the winner of three Stevie® Awards.

Higney is the recipient of two Gold Stevie® Awards in the Consumer Products category, Woman of the Year and Best Entrepreneur. In addition, Higney was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Consumer Products category as Thought Leader of The Year.

More than 230 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. Over 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.

“I started my company on a small scale in my South Florida community and sold my home to fund the business. Growing Bug Bite Thing into a multi-million-dollar, global enterprise has been an incredible experience. It’s an honor to have my work recognized by the American Business Awards and to be included among such talented entrepreneurs,” says Higney.  

“It is very gratifying for us to be able to recognize the achievements of such a wide variety of organizations, teams, and individuals in the 21st ABAs, and we look forward to bringing them together in New York on June 13 to celebrate with them,” said Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards.Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2023 Stevie winners are available at  




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