Awards & Associations

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Our mission is to provide exceptional quality products and services by striving to exceed our customers’ expectations. We are truly humbled and honored to be recognized by industry experts, associations, peers, analysts, and media for our innovative products and services and our commitment to our customers and to the industries that we serve. It is our privilege to share the awards and recognition we’ve received over the years:


2019 - 75th Anniversary

Milwaukee County Historical Society

Ken Cook Co. was recognized by Milwaukee County for celebrating 75 years of business.

2019 - ICON of Product Safety & Compliance

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Ken Cook Co. was recognized for its leadership and long time contributions to the Product Safety & Compliance Seminar Planning Committee and Compliance Planning Committee. Ken Cook was Chairman in 2018 and 2019.

2019 - STC AWARD OF Merit


Ken Cook Co. was awarded for our generic Bass, Flats, Skiffs, Bay & Poling Fishing Boats manual. This generic boating & safety manual, one in a series of 7 different boat types, was developed for boat builders seeking a high-quality, low cost alternative to in-house custom creation. The manual is based on American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) T-24 Owner/Operator Manuals TIR and contains extensive Safety, Regulations, Navigation, Rules of the Road and much more. This manual can be purchased off-the-shelf but most boat builders customize with branding, model-specific additions, photographs and schematics/drawings. We publish and print the customized versions for nearly 50 boat builders nationwide.

2018 - STC Award of Excellence

Society for Technical Communication Chicago Chapter

STC recognizes excellence in technical communication and outstanding service to the Society with its honors, awards, and competitions programs.

Individuals are honored for their contributions to the profession via speaking, teaching, mentoring, writing, and research, as well as their service and dedication to the Society and their communities.

Communities are recognized for their contributions to the Society’s goal of providing high-quality programming, resources, and networking opportunities for technical communicators all over the world.

2018 - STC Distinguished & Best in Show Awards

Society for Technical Communication Chicago Chapter

Ken Cook was awarded for the Volvo Overseas Delivery Brochure. STC stated, “the Volvo Overseas Delivery Brochure is a brilliant example of what we hope to achieve as technical communicators. The language speaks to the reader very clearly, very concisely, and with great invitation. The writing is inviting. The choice of a small folder is perfect. The printing is professional, full-bleed. I do not see that any expense was spared in this production. It is sure to pay back dividends. This is a great example of hiring the right people to do the jobs they do best. It is what good technical communication is all about.”

2018 - ISO Certification Obtaining ISO9001:2015

International Organization for Standardization

Ken Cook Co. demonstrated compliance for international standard for quality of all business models and products.

2013 - 2017 AEM Pillar of the Industry Award

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

The AEM Pillar of the Industry Award recognizes Ken Cook Co.’s tremendous dedication to the people and communities of the equipment manufacturing industry. This is achieved through activities that include outreach to elected officials, including Congressional Representatives, and facilitating employee participation in the I Make America campaign by informing them about the importance of pro-manufacturing policies.

2016 - Legend of Communication

Society for Technical Communication

A recent issue of Intercom magazine published by the Society for Technical Communication, featured six Legends of Communication. Among those chosen was Ken Cook, President and CEO of Ken Cook Co.

2014 - IBEX Innovation Award

International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference

Ken Cook Co. was awarded for online their book publishing, media1off service, and distribution bookstore for US boat builders exporting to Central Europe (CE).

2013 - IBEX Innovation Award

International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference

Ken Cook Co. was awarded along with the American Boat and Yacht Council.

2013 - President's Award

Society for Technical Communication

The President’s Award honors those who have made distinguished contributions to the profession of technical communication or the Society. It is awarded solely at the discretion of the President. Ken Cook was recognized for his financial and professional support of the Society’s mission, long history of encouraging technical communicators, and business success that is a testament to the power and value of technical communication.


Ken Cook Co. actively partners with local, regional, and national associations. Our experts sit on organizational boards and committees, as well as participate in roundtables, breakout sessions, and other presentations. Participation in these organizations helps our professionals share their knowledge and stay abreast of current industry topics and events.

American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
ABYC’s mission is to develop quality technical practices and engineering standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of small craft with reference to their safety.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
AEM is a trade association that provides services on a global basis for companies that manufacture equipment, products and services used worldwide in the following industries: Agriculture, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Utility. AEM’s membership is made up of more than 750 companies and represents 200+ product lines.

Association for Talent Development (ATD)
The world’s leading association of workplace learning and performance professionals, forming a world-class community of practice.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce (MMAC)
MMAC is the Milwaukee region’s most effective business organization, connecting 1,800 business members and their 300,000 employees who are committed to strengthening our economic future.

National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE)
The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education represents government, industry, and labor; united to promote aviation education activities and resources; increase public understanding of aviation; and support educational initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
The NMMA is the nation’s leading trade association representing boat, marine engine and accessory manufacturers. NMMA is a unifying force and powerful voice for the recreational boating industry, working to strengthen and grow boating, advocating boating safety and protect the interests of its member companies.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
SAE is a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing mobility technology to better serve humanity.

Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA)
With just under 650 members, the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association reaches out and connects small manufacturers, suppliers and wholesalers together, giving them the advantage over their competitors.

Society for Technical Communication (STC)
STC is a professional association that advances the arts and sciences of technical communication.

The eLearning Guild (ELG)
The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information, networking, and community for eLearning professionals.

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
For more than 100 years, ASSP have supported occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals in their efforts to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Providing education, advocacy, standards development and a professional community to their members.

Watersports Industry Association (WSIA)
The WSIA is the towed water sports industry’s leading advocate, known for preserving the vitality of water sports activities. As a group, we develop best practices, maintain waterway access rights, educate participants, promote safety and facilitate sustainable industry growth.