SYLVANIA, OH--(Marketwired - May 14, 2014) -  Root Inc., the strategy execution consulting company, today announced four of its employees -- Dave Ayling, Chad Dankert, Brent Howard, and Josh Lightle -- placed first and second place in the Tree Film Festival, which took place in Sylvania, Ohio, in late April. All are members of Root's cinematic storytelling team delivering award-winning employee engagement videos to Root clients. In the past the team has won several awards, including top prize in their category at the Telly Awards.

"At Root, we believe a company can only be successful by tapping into the true potential of their people," said Jim Haudan, CEO of Root. "We are successful because of our amazing employees -- and we encourage all of them to do what they love and pursue areas where they have passion and interest. We are so proud that these Rootsters won first and second place in this event, which also helps our hometown shine in the arts."

During this year's festival, the first place winner -- the musical Maddie, created by Howard and his partner -- zoomed in on a frantic moment in a young woman's life: the first date with that special guy. Stalled, by Ayling, Dankert, and Lightle, features a worker in a bathroom stall facing a hostage situation when a mysterious man in the stall next to him refuses to give him toilet paper. The film also won the Audience Choice Award.

Hosted by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, the Tree City Film Festival supports local, regional, and national filmmakers in the pursuit of their art, and seeks to develop a committed, cultivated film audience in the community through education, entertainment, and participation.

You can check out the winning films here.

About Root Inc.
Root is a strategy execution company that helps organizations engage their people as the catalyst and driver for change. Root does this by connecting people with complex strategies using creative and visual methods, transformative insights, and consulting know-how on strategy deployment and sustainment. With more than 20 years of capabilities developed from partnering with the world's largest businesses, Root has created a proven framework that consistently achieves clarity, ownership, and results. Based in Sylvania, Ohio, Root has been recognized as a Great Place to Work eight times in the last nine years. Visit for more information and follow Root on Twitter: @therootinc.

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