Brandon Hall Group Announces Winners of 2012 Excellence in Technology Awards

Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes the Best of the Best in Learning, Talent Management, and Sales and Marketing

Brandon Hall Group, the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on Empowering Excellence in Organizations™, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards.

Now in its 19th year, the program honors winners with more than 70 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in 30 categories.  Winners include Adobe, Ceridian, Cisco, Dell Computers, GE Energy Sourcing, NetDimensions and SumTotal Systems. For the complete list of winners, please visit the Brandon Hall Group Awards Page.

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Senior Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

“It is our honor to recognize this year’s award winners, who exemplify the commitment to innovation and excellence that drives growth and over-the-top business results,” said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Office of Brandon Hall Group, Inc. stated, “This year’s entries underwent a rigorous judging process and arriving at a final decision on this year’s award winners was extraordinarily difficult for our judging panel.”

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious in the industry.  Often times called the “Academy Awards” by Learning, Talent and Business Executives, the program was one of the first of its kind in the learning industry. Entries come from organizations around the world –small, medium, large and global enterprises, government, not-for-profit, and associations.

The 2013 Awards Program will be announced early next year. For more information, please contact us at awards@brandonhall.com.

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Talent Management, Learning and Development, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing, and Executive Management. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs. (www.brandonhall.com).

For more information please contact Mike Cooke: (561) 865-5017 or mike.cooke@brandonhall.com

Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer

Rachel Cooke

Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management.

Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth.

Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions.

Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.
Rachel Cooke

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