Delray Beach, Florida – February 29, 2012

Brandon Hall Group, the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing learning, talent management and business research to help drive organizational performance, today announced the kickoff of the 2012 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards.

The 2012 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards includes 38 categories in three program areas:

  • The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards, featuring 18 categories
  • The Brandon Hall Excellence in Talent Management Awards, featuring 15 categories
  • The Brandon Hall Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards, featuring 15 categories

“Our awards program is comparable to winning an Oscar in our industry,” said Rachel Ashkin, COO of Brandon Hall Group. “Our award winners tend to be the most recognizable and successful organizations in the world based on the results we see from their award entries.”

Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, commented: “Entering its 18th year, our Awards Program has been the most prestigious award an organization can receive. We are proud of our heritage and look forward to the award entries this year.”

The deadline for submitting entries to the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards is April 27th, 2012.

For more information about the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, including the online entry form, visit: Brandon Hall Excellence Awards.

About Brandon Hall Group: Having worked with more than 10,000 clients globally and after 20 years of delivering world-class solutions, Brandon Hall Group is the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing research-driven solutions to drive organizational performance for emerging and large organizations. Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research, data, and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing Impact, and Executive Management.

For additional information please contact Mike Cooke: (561) 865-5017 or, Brandon Hall Group.

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.