Gamertag: KSI Scotland 7
Reasons they deserve this award: Being in departments is hard. Having a leadership role in a department is slightly tougher. Becoming a Co-Head or Department Head is even more challenging. Multiply the stress and workload of all those by 7 or 8 and you get the position of Chief Department Manager. This gentleman is one of couple people I could ever claim as a mentor in KSI. He manages a multitude of tasks every week, puts out fires left and right, is a voice of reason for upwards of 15 Department Heads and Co-Heads. And he still makes time to make sure people know they're important. Scotland is a super-soldier in KSI. It's hard to think of another Senior Leader who has been as involved and integrated in the community this past year.
Gamertag: KSI BadKitty 7
Forums: @KSI BadKitty 7
Reasons they deserve this award: I only started to get to know BadKitty earlier this year. I'm hoping the trend continues. As far as Directors go, she definitely had to make a lot of tough calls this past fall. Her perseverance and commitment to doing the right thing is well apparent to all who were affected by the FI/CD merge. She continues to be instrumental in the community as a Senior Moderator, Department Head, AAP staff member and T&E Ambassador to the Board. She's one of the most upbeat, exciting people I've met. He contributions to KSI only barely outshine her ability to make people laugh. I'm totally stoked to work with her in 2019.
Gamertag: KSI Eyonia 7
Forums Link: @KSI Eyonia 7
Reasons they deserve this award: Eyonia could easily be nominated for Division Leader OR Co-Division Leader of the year. She's held the reins in Eternal Souls while in both positions. Eyonia has shown amazing perseverance in 2018 - giving her utmost to protect her squads and support them through many tribulations. She is a determined force wrapped in a kind spirit. I honestly doubt there has been another 7 that has been put through as much hardship and struggle as Eyonia has this past year. But... She's emerged stronger than ever. This is one Leader that should definitely be added to the Hall of Fame.
Gamertag: KSI HAVOC 7
Forums Link: @KSI Havoc 7
Reasons they deserve this award: Havoc and I met this past summer. If you can call it meeting. It consisted of me spamming him with messages over the course of 5 days, finally getting an invite, only to sit in a part for 47 minutes listening to him type frantically on a keyboard. At last he stopped long enough to ask me what I wanted to talk about. I told him I wanted to know more about this thing called "Performance Operations". He kinda laughed and said a long, drawn out "Well......." I think that's where it all started.
When I think of Havoc, I think of innovation. Clarity. And purpose. He makes plans, he follows through, and he impacts members left and right. If you want an abridged version of what he's done in 2018, look at Performance Operations - KSI's "4th Branch" - and how much it's grown over the past months. Current and ex-Leaders in the community, working together to assist the divisions as they evolve. If you want to see the bigger picture of what Havoc has accomplished, look at Divine Warriors. Look at the entirety of Divine Warriors. The activity, the passion, the legacy they've created this year. His leadership has been an obvious and driving force behind DW's growth. And Havoc has been more than just a leader in his division. He's been a rock FOR his division. The security of knowing he's there and that he cares, in my opinion, is the main reason he's earned the trust of so many.
It takes a special kind of person to remain humble and true when their success is so inescapably seen by a community of two thousand members. Havoc is that person.
Gamertag: KSI M3NTALIST 7
Forums Link: @KSI M3NTALIST 7
Reasons they deserve this award: The past year I've watched this dude progress through his KSI career with awesome strides. He's risen from Lieutenant to Captain to General to Co-Founder. There's almost no one in his division who hasn't been affected by him in a positive way. M3NTALIST has taken the skills he developed as a successful General and continued to apply them as he mentors and oversees his squads as LS's current Founder. He's made a name for himself as one who isn't swayed by friendships or favoritism. Fairness, dedication and humility are some of the many qualities that have earned M3NTALIST respect in his division, as well as the respect of many members in the community as a whole. I'm very excited to see where this gentleman's path in KSI takes him.
Gamertag: KSI Hatter 7
Forums Link: @Hatter 7
Reasons they deserve this award: Hatter was one of the best 2 Generals Last Strike saw in 2018. (The other would be the gentleman in the previous nomination.) She brings immense passion and dedication to whatever she does. Hatter isn't the epitome of what a General should be. She IS what Generals, Captains and Lieutenants dream about being while they're asleep. On top of that, she's an awesome recruiter, an experienced trainer and a cornerstone of wisdom and loyalty all rolled into one. "Hatter is a multi-squad splitter, a Grifball junkie, a Warlock by trade and a rockstar Mom of 3." Any division that has Hatter as one of it's Generals is guaranteed to have at least one squad that grows, develops and unites as a family. I'm very thankful she's continuing her work in the community as an officer in Eternal Souls.
Gamertag: KSI FadeZ 7
Forums: @KSI FadeZ 7
Reasons they deserve this award: Member of the Year is a big deal. I'm not nominating FadeZ because he's an awesome member of our community. I'm not nominating him because he's the most dependable and ambitious writer the News Team has had all year. I'm not nominating him because of his kind spirit or his charismatic personality. I'm not nominating him because he'll talk to anyone about their problems, no matter how bad they are or how late it is. I'm not nominating him because he works his a** off to improve himself, his squad, his division and his departments. And I'm not nominating him because he strives to better this community every single day he's a part of it.
I'm nominating him because he is and does all of these things.
Gamertag: KSI xKing 77
Forums: @KSI xKing 77
Reasons they deserve this award: This dude keeps the forums safe. He's like the big guy in the Thor movies who has the sword that controls the time-warp thing that lets people into Asgard. I forget his name. Anyway. Ever since King became a Forums mod, he's been one of, if not THE most vigilant forums mod we have. He catches issues almost instantly. He keeps the members of our community safe. And his punctuality and dedication as a Join/Rejoin mod is second to none. King is hands down, the "forums guy". #chatboxbanner
Gamertag: KSI Greenday 7
Forums: @KSI Greenday 7
Reasons they deserve this award: This young lady has grown more in 2018 than I have ever seen anyone in KSI grow. Ever. She's transformed from a quiet, reserved department member to a fully developed, insanely driven and intensely dedicated Co-Head. She manages staff, mentors new department hires and continually inspires those around her. Her great love of KSI history has given her a passion for work that is evident to anyone in the community. HSI has steadily grown into an almost brand new department, mainly due to her contributions and work ethic. When I think of the best, most persevering department member I've known this year, it's without a doubt KSI Greenday 7.