Brandon Hall Group Announces Winners of Annual Excellence Awards

The 2012 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards program recognizes the best of the best in Learning, Talent Management, and Sales and Marketing.

Delray Beach – September 18, 2012 – Brandon Hall Group, the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing learning, talent management, and business research to help drive organizational performance, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards.

Now in its 18th year, the awards program is announcing today the winners and providing medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze, from forty-eight categories. For the complete list of winners, please visit the following pages: Learning, Talent and Sales & Marketing.

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measureable
benefits.

“This years’ winner should be very proud of their achievements especially based on the rigorous judging process all submissions underwent,” said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, Inc.  “We are honored to recognize the award winners who exemplify a high standard of performance in their organization and demonstrate clear, measurable business results through these innovative programs.”

“This year’s award entries were all excellent examples of best practices in the categories of Learning, Talent Management and Sales and Marketing,” said Rachel Ashkin, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group, Inc. “Once again, our awards participants raised the standard for what world class programs and initiatives look like and are remarkable examples of what organizations should be focused on to improve business performance.”

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 our primary research portfolios – Talent Management, Learning and Development, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing, and Executive Management. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Our members have access to research and connections that help them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services tailored to help put the research into daily action. (www.brandonhall.com).

For additional information about our organization please contact Mike Cooke: (561)865-5017 or mike.cooke@brandonhall.com, www.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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