2012 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards is Now Open to Receive Entries

The annual program is now accepting entries in thirty categories across three program areas.

Brandon Hall Group, the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing learning, talent management and business research to help drive organizational performance, announces the kickoff of the 2012 Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards (http://go.brandonhall.com/excellence_in_technology).

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

  •    The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology
  •    The Brandon Hall Excellence in Talent Management Technology
  •    The Brandon Hall Excellence in Sales & Marketing Technology

The deadline for submitting entries to the Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards Program is September 17th, 2012.

“The Excellence in Technology Awards recognizes both mature and emerging organizations focused on delivering business results”, said Rachel Ashkin chief operating officer 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. We look forward to judging the next wave of companies delivering cutting edge solutions that leverage the power of the cloud, social, and mobile technologies.”

Mike Cooke, chief executive officer of Brandon Hall Group, commented: “Executives and technology buyers, more than ever, need to make sure they are investing in credible providers that can execute and have proven results – winning an Excellence in Technology Award is a good first step for any provider.”

For more information about the Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards, including the online entry form, visit: http://go.brandonhall.com/excellence_in_technology.

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 [email protected], http://www.brandonhall.com.

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.