The John C Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award Contest

Official Rules


Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The John C Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award Contest begins at 12:00 a.m., Eastern Time (“ET”) on March 21, 2019 and ends at 11:59 p.m., (“ET”) on August 24, 2019(“Contest Period”). Contest is sponsored by Martinelli & Associates, Inc. (John Maxwell Team), 2300 N Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (the “Sponsor”).

ELIGIBILITY: The John Maxwell Team (“the Contest”) is open to “Nominators” (Participate who completes the Submission) and “Nominees” (subject matter of the Submission) who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including the District of Columbia, and Canada, except Quebec, who are 21 years of age or older as of March 21, 2019. Employees, officers and representatives of the John Maxwell Team (the “Sponsor”), their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, advertising and promotion agencies, their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings and spouses) and persons living in the same household (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate in the Contest as a Nominee. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules. Void where prohibited by law.

TIMING: The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on March 21, 2019 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on August 24, 2019 (“Contest Period”). The Contest Period consists of a Submission/Nomination Phase, a Validation Phase and four (4) separate Evaluation Periods set forth as follows:



  • Nominations Accepted – March 21, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Candidate Response (via Survey #1) Starts – March 28, 2019, noon
  • Nomination Ends – April 18, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
  • Candidate Response Ends – April 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
  • Candidate Evaluation Completed (by JMT Review Team) – April 25, 2019, 11:59 p.m.


EVALUATION PERIOD #1 (Top 100 Selection):  April 26th  – May 22nd

EVALUATION PERIOD #2 (Top 30 Selection): May 23rd – July 17th

EVALUATION PERIOD #3 (Top 10 Selection): July  17th  – July 26th

EVALUATION PERIOD #4 (Selection of Final Nominees): July 26th – Aug 24th

HOW TO ENTER: During the Submission/Nomination Period, participants may nominate either themselves or someone which they believe has the leadership skills deserving of being the Award winner. Final 4 participants travel base expenses will be covered. Participants must visit the Sponsor’s website at and being redirected to the Nomination landing page. Participants will be instructed to fill out the form and answers all the questions regarding the nominee (the Submission). LIMIT ten (10) submitted Nomination per person, per email address. All Nomination entries must be received by the Nomination closing date of 11:59 p.m. ET on May 22, 2019.

Once submitted, a Nomination cannot be deleted, canceled, or modified. Any violation or attempt to violate this restriction may cause Sponsor to disqualify participant’s eligible Nominations. The participant is solely responsible for all costs associated with uploading a video. Incomplete Nominations, or those containing incorrect information or those which do not follow the Official Rules will be voided. Proof of sending a Nomination will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. By participating in this Contest, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. By entering this Contest, participants agree that each Nomination becomes the property of Sponsor and that the Sponsor may use such Nomination, including the video entry, for any proper purpose, including, without limitation, for Sponsor’s advertising/promotional purposes. Any personally identifiable information collected during the Contest Period will be collected by Sponsor and used by Sponsor, its respective affiliates, agents and marketers for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Contest as described in these Official Rules and may be used by Sponsor to provide participants with promotional offers and product information.

Nomination Response and Validation Periods: All Nominations will be reviewed by a qualified panel of volunteers selected by the Sponsor to ensure that they comply with these Official Rules. All Nominees will be asked to complete and submit a Nominee Response Form. All Nominee Response Forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 22, 2019. References for all of the Nominations will be validated at this time and the panel will begin to score the references based on the how well all of the submitted nomination information has been received. All Nominees are identified but not limited by one of the ten categories which are as follows: Business / Social Enterprise, Education, Faith-Based, Family / Youth, Government / Military Service, Health and Wellness, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, and Community Service, but not separated by these categories. Nominee Validation period closes on 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15, 2019.

The Nominees with the top one hundred (100) scores who fully meet the evaluation criteria will move on to the Top 100 Candidates. Each of the Top 100 Candidates will be asked to respond to further questions, via a survey, identified as the Leadership Impact self-evaluation survey, and also invited to submit a bio and photo of themselves along with an optional video link to be displayed in their profile page on the Sponsor’s website which must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2019. The video link can be uploaded to either YouTube or Vimeo and should be no longer than two minutes in length. The Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may chose not to include the video link if it believes the video does not comply with the subject matter as outlined in these Official Rules.

Evaluation Period #1: Candidates will be reviewed by a qualified panel of John Maxwell Team members selected by the Sponsor, which is identified as the JMLA Review Team (the “Team”). This Team will leverage any of Leadership Reference(s) provided in the Nominee Response form or additional testimonies against the nominee’s response to the Leadership Impact self-evaluation survey and the Leadership Insight core question. Selection at this level is subjective, and may leverage other sources of evidence including testimonials to validate the qualifications of the candidate. The score from the Nominee Response Form will equal 50% of the judging criteria and the score for the Leadership Insight evaluation based on references will equal the other 50% of the total judging criteria.

Evaluation Period #2: The top 100 Validated Candidates (or less if 100 is not the total) will be reviewed by a qualified panel of John Maxwell Team members selected by the Sponsor, which is identified as the JMLA Review Team (the “Team”). This Team will leverage any additional of Leadership Reference(s) provided in the Nominee Response form or additional testimonies against the nominee’s response provided via social media accounts. Selection at this level is subjective, and may leverage other sources of evidence including testimonials to validate the qualifications of the candidate.

Evaluation Period #3: Each of the 30 Semi-Finalists will each be interviewed by two qualified JMLA Review Team Members, whom have been assigned as a member of the JMLA Interview Team. The Team member will evaluate each Semi-Finalist based on the following objective criteria; 1) Their experiences and/or insights on Leadership, 25%; 2) Their experiences and personal stories of how they have made an impact, 25%; 3)Their strategic approach to ensure that impact can be sustainable, 25%; 4) Their understanding and value of the laws of leadership, 25%. Each criteria area is worth 25% value, providing a total score equal to 100%. The ten (10) most outstanding Semifinalists with the highest score will be determined to be the ten (10) Finalists. In the event of a tie, the evaluation team will use the score from their experiences and personal stories of how they have made an impact to break the tie.

Evaluation Period #4:
The Grand Prize winner will be selected from the ten (10) finalists. The Grand Prize winner will be determined in July 2018, and announced live at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Spotlight moment held during the John Maxwell Team Training event, which will be held on August 24, 2019, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL, and will then be instructed then on how to claim the award.

PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize winner will be presented an award by John C. Maxwell during our live event on August 24.
Prize Verification & Conditions: Grand prize may not be awarded in the event an insufficient number of eligible Nominations are received that meet the minimum criteria established by the judges. By accepting the Grand Prize, recipient agrees to release the Sponsor from any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by entering the promotion or for damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use/misuse of prize awarded. All local, state and federal taxes are solely the responsibility of winner. No substitution or transfer of prize or election of cash in lieu of prize will be permitted. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute any prize package with another prize of equal or greater value in the event that the prize (or any component thereof) is not available. Grand Prize recipient will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release to be returned within seven (7) days of notification, or prize may be forfeited and an alternate recipient selected. If potential recipient fails to return requisite document within 7 days of receipt, or if a potential recipient is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and an alternate recipient may be awarded the prize at issue.

General: By accepting the Grand Prize, where permitted by law, recipient grants to the Sponsor its parent, subsidiaries and related companies, and those acting pursuant to the authority of Sponsor (which grant will be confirmed in writing upon Sponsor’s request), the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide IN ALL MEDIA without limitation at any time the recipient’s full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification. IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR , THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES, DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, SUPPLIERS, PRIZE PROVIDER AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF, OR ANY HARM RESULTING FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZES. By participating, entrants release and agree to hold harmless the Sponsor, their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, dealers, distributors, suppliers, Prize provider and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, death or losses or damages to persons or property AS WELL AS CLAIMS/ACTIONS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, AND/OR INVASION OF PRIVACY that may arise from participating in this Sweepstakes or its related activities or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of, or any harm resulting from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize(s). Winner acknowledges that Sponsor have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Prize.

INTERNET LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: If for any reason this contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the prizes using all non-suspect eligible entries received. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in the Contest or downloading any materials in the Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON (S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Use of Data: Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants including e-mail addresses from entry forms in accordance with its Privacy Policy. Please review the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at the following link:

By participating in the Contest and providing your e-mail address, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Florida. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Florida or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida.

Recipient List Requests: To request confirmation of the name and address of the Grand Winners please send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope, by December 1, 2018, to: by Martinelli & Associates, Inc. (John Maxwell Team), 2300 N Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

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