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The final countdown is well underway for applications for the 2014 Excellence Awards Program! The programs in Learning and Development, Talent Management and Human Resources, and Sales and Marketing will be open until this Friday April 18, 2014. This year, the award categories have expanded to 50 and are judged by Brandon Hall Group executives and analysts and an international panel of judges. Results will be announced in a live online event, the date of which will be announced after applications close. Award winners will also be honored at the Excellence Conference 2015 which will be a 3-day event held January 28-30, 2015 in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. Registration to open soon!

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the performance improvement industry. Often called the “Academy Awards” by learning, talent and business executives, the program was one of the first of its kind when it debuted in 1994. Brandon Hall Group recognizes the best companies that have successfully developed and deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have helped companies achieve measurable results.

But don’t take our word for it! Take a look for yourself at some testimonials from previous award winners and see what they thought. Still not convinced? Here are some of the benefits of participating. You still have a chance to submit your application for this year’s program! Don’t wait any longer! If you wish to request an extension, please contact program director Rachel Cooke at awards@brandonhall.com.

Brandon Hall Group is also proud to feature the first sponsors for the Excellence Awards!
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“The willingness of these great companies to serve as sponsors illustrates the awards program’s importance in the industries we serve and the importance of formal recognition to advancing performance in Learning and Development, Talent Management and Human Resources, and Sales and Marketing,” Cooke said. “These sponsorships will enable us to continue to improve and expand our recognition programs.”

Winners of the 2013 Learning, Talent Management and Sales and Marketing programs were announced in a live online event in September. Multiple award winners included Accenture, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, Turkish retailer Migros Ticaret, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell Oil, American Express, Microsoft, KPMG, Bridgepoint Education, CareerBuilder, Capgemini and IBM.

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 our primary research portfolios:  Talent Management and Human Resources, Learning and Development, Leadership Development, and Talent Acquisition.  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 extensive advisory services tailored to help put the research into daily action. (http://www.brandonhall.com).

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

 

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.

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