Affiliate Marketing Legend Pinnacle Award Winner


Kim Rowley and Brad Waller

I’m still in awe over receiving the 2012 Wayne Porter Affiliate Marketing Legend Pinnacle Award at Affiliate Summit. After being nominated for “Affiliate of the Year” three years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011) and never winning (but still an honor nonetheless), I was in utter shock to be nominated for the “Legend” award. I was up against some stiff competition, Brad Waller of and Adam Weiss, a “big wig” at Linkshare.

Brad was one of my first affiliate friends, so I indubitably voted for him to win. Many think “Legend” makes one sounds “old”, but I like to think of us as “experienced.” I then found out that Brad is the one that in fact nominated me for the award! He wrote this very kind recommendation for me:

Kim was one of the first in so many different areas.  She was a “mommy blogger” before there were bloggers, she did coupons before they were the “next big thing,” and so much more.  Kim has been a fixture in the business and our events, openly talking about what she does, teaching others how to follow her footsteps, and continuing to create more sites.  And all of this from Nebraska!

Thank you so much, Brad! I wish we could have both won!

Someone suggested that I was not only the youngest to win this award, but also the first woman to the win.  I did some research for validity and discovered the intelligent Kellie Stevens was actually the first woman to win (2009). As for the youngest, I believe I am a year older than Brian Littleton (2008).  I am good company with them as well as Tim Storm (2006), Todd Crawford (2007), Scott Jangro (2010) and Todd Farmer (2011).

When Affiliate Summit Co-Founders Shawn Collins and Missy Ward announced my name as the winner, I honestly was in shock. The reality didn’t sink in until afterwards when I was sitting next to Lisa Picarille, looking at my trophy, and listening to Eric Thomas speak. And that’s when I started to cry.

It’s not about how you start but how you finish.

Success is based on individuality. It starts with a vision.

Failure is not an option.

You are going to get to where you want to get to.

And with every new quote Eric Thomas spoke, I sobbed a bit harder realizing, despite my failures along the way, I finally got to where I wanted to be. I guess that means it is now time to start dreaming bigger!

About Kim Rowley

Kim traded in her business casual attire to work from home full-time in 2001. She now mainly works while wearing free tshirts and pajama pants. Follow Kim's Personal Accounts on Google and Twitter. And see all of Kim's sites at


  1. That’s a wonderful post – congratulations!

  2. Beautiful post.

    Once again, congratulations on the award well-deserved, Kim!!

  3. Very touching to read this, Kim.

    I feel for Brad, but you’re as deserving of this as anyone. Congrats!

  4. Demonstrating yet again why you’re one of my favorite people in the industry. You’re all class, Kim! Congratulations!

  5. Jackie K. says:

    Congratulations! Glad to hear that goal can be checked off your list! May you soar to your next goal! ;) Glad to call you my friend! :) Someday I may have to learn a thing or two from you!

  6. Marlene Stevens says:

    I’m so proud to call you my friend Kim. I was visiting with your Mom on Thursday and we agreed that you have to be one of the cleverest people we know and have made a wonderful success of combining motherhood with business. I hope someday I can figure out how to do what you do – so far I don’t seem to be smart enough and I know I will never be as clever as you at blogging! Congratulations on your award – you would not have received it if you didn’t deserve it.

  7. Pat Grady says:

    i looked up “Can Do”, “Hurdle Slayer” and “Never Quit” in the dictionary – i wasn’t surprised to see your picture on all 3 pages. fitting that they’ve now added you to the “Affiliate Legend” page!

  8. Congratulations!

  9. Fantastic sharing and no surprise. Big congratulations, you absolutely deserve it… I only wish I had been there to give you a congrats hug in person – you’re one rock star woman and I’m thrilled to be able to call you a friend!

  10. Congrats for that award at affiliate summit.


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