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    Peak Ace’s CEO & Co-Founder Bastian Grimm named “Search Personality of the Year”

    Amazing news from Budapest! Together with Julia, Alessa and Piotr, Bastian attended the European Search Awards in Budapest’s Vigado Concert Hall as Peak Ace was nominated in three separate categories. Having just arrived from Leeds where he spoke at LeedsSearch 2019 that same day, Bastian had no idea that he was in for a huge surprise during the course of the ceremony.

    The evening started with a big bang when Julia received the award for the “Best Integrated Campaign” on behalf of her entire team. The winning PPC campaign was “Peak Ace & Nets – The Digital Reinvention of a Nordic Payment Giant”, making this its third award this year, having just earned two SEMrush Nordic Search Awards in April. The successful evening came to a grand finale, when Bastian was asked to come to the stage to accept the award for “Search Personality of the Year”!

    European Search Awards 2019

    Quotes to Bastian’s success

    Bastian Grimm, CEO & Co-Founder, said the following about taking home this prestigious award:

    I almost can’t believe this has happened, but I am exceedingly grateful to have received such a great honour in Budapest. First of all, I would like to thank the entire Peak Ace family as I personally think it’s really all about the team. Without the incredible work of each and every one, I would never have been given such a distinguished award. Secondly, I appreciate being able to work with such great clients such as Nets. If you have clients who trust in you, work just becomes so much more enjoyable. And last but certainly not least, I want to say ‘thank you’ to all of the judges, as well as the entire team behind the European Search Awards. The amount of work everyone puts into this is beyond amazing and highly appreciated by the search industry.”

    Marcel Prothmann, CEO & Co-Founder, also commented on the successful evening and congratulated both his partner Bastian and his PPC team for their hard work being recognised by the judges:

    After winning ‘Best SEO Campaign’ at the European Search Awards in 2016 and 2018, we took home the ‘Best Integrated Campaign’ award this year for our work for our client, Nets. We are tremendously proud as this shows that we can create outstanding results through our departments working closely together. Thank you to the client leads Julia and Piotr, the team behind them and of course, to everyone at Peak Ace for making this happen – this is absolutely amazing! Furthermore, I am so proud that Bastian was chosen for the award “Search Personality of the Year”. This award is carefully selected by the judges and goes to personalities who are huge contributors within the industry. In my eyes, this is the highest honour to be received in our sector. Well-deserved Bastian – I’m happy to have you as my partner!”

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    About the award: Search Personality of the Year

    The European Search Awards are bestowed across a total of 36 categories – including sector as well as agency awards. An exception to this is the award for the “Search Personality of the Year”. As officially stated, every year the prestigious trophy goes to an inspiring and talented person from the search community who has continually contributed to the industry, revolutionised it and keeps challenging conventions.

    Unlike the other awards, there is no shortlist for “Search Personality of the Year”. Anyone may be nominated – in addition, the jury can appoint individuals who, according to them, should also be considered. With his triumph in this outstanding category, Bastian Grimm joins industry giants such as Aleyda Solis (owner of Orainti) and Markus Tandler (founder of who were given the prestigious award in 2018 and 2017.

    Emily Wilson

    is a Marketing and Communications Manager at Peak Ace. She joined the company in 2021 and works in the Berlin office. When she isn’t writing for our blog, Emily enjoys travelling, writing, and working on craft projects.