Announcing the 2012 Likeable Awards Finalists

By Michele Weisman Likeable is on a mission to find the most likeable people in the world. From March 28 to April 24, the Likeable community submitted thousands of nominations for the inaugural Likeable Awards, which recognize individuals who have leveraged social media to create a charismatic, transparent and responsive image.

Last month, we opened all 17 categories to nominations, including Most Likeable Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Entrepreneur, Photographer, Journalist, Food Blogger, Mom Blogger, Video Blogger, Author, Doctor, Marketing Thought Leader, Professor/Teacher, Lawyer, Student, Fashion Designer, Chef and Politician. Many of you have nominated your favorite individuals for each of the 17 categories. From those submissions, Likeable chose six finalists in each category based upon the number of nominations.

Final voting is now open! Winners will be announced and honored on May 15, 2012 at Likeable U: Class of 2012 Beyond The Buzz , at the Desmond Tutu Center in New York. Likeable is thrilled to announce the 2012 Likeable Awards Finalists!

Chief Executive Officer Blake Mycoskie Dennis Crowley Jason Fried Jason Goldberg John Pepper Tony Hsieh

Chief Marketing Officer

Barry Judge Beth Comstock Geoff Cottrill Karen Quintos Lisa Gavales Patrick Adams

Entrepreneur Brandy Exner Brian Wong Elizabeth Howard Jeremy Goldman Mark Cuban Spencer Bramson

Photographer Allen Klosowski Annie Leibovitz Anthony Quintano Chase Jarvis CJ Wilson Jamie Beck

Journalist Anderson Cooper Andy Carvin Ann Curry Jen Preston Katie Couric Matt Silverman

Food Blogger @cupcakeblog  Heather Hands Lindsay Nixon Lisa Lillien  Lisa Theile Rhiannon Trautmann

Mom Blogger @MomItForward Audrey McClellan Bringing Up Brooklynites FatMumSlim Nancy Johnson Horn Resourceful Mommy

Video Blogger Cassidy Quinn Dom Mazzetti Emily Hudspeth Jen Knoedl Jenna Marbles Steve Garfield

Author Chuck Palahniuk Erik Qualman JK Rowling Michael Ian Black Oliver Burkeman Seth Godin

Doctor Ed Zuckerberg Georgeanne Freeman Karen Young Krupali Tejura Rocco Piazza Sanjay Gupta

Marketing Thought Leader Adam Kmiec Christian Hollingsworth John Janstch Mack Collier  Mark Schaefer Scot Maitland

Professor/Teacher Anthony Rotolo Caroline Kaltefleiter Dan Smith David Gerzof Paul Morgan Jr. Ryan Vaughn

Lawyer Alison Monahan Brian Cuban Darren Heitner David Lat Lee Rosen Matthew Weiss

Student Alyssa Henry Emma Tangoren Melissa Reohr Mike McMahon Pavel Konoplenko Tina Yip

Fashion Designer Betsey Johnson Corrie Nielsen Diane von Furstenberg Donna Karan Kate Spade Rebecca Minkoff

Chef Bethenny Frankel Bobby Flay Fabio Viviani Joanne Chang Rachael Ray Richard Blais

Politician Barack Obama Bernie Sanders Cory Booker Frank Lautenberg Mike Bloomberg Tom Croci 

Who is your favorite finalist? Cast your vote now!