2015 HCM Excellence Award Winners

hcm excellence awardsOne of my favorite times of year is when we unveil the annual HCM Excellence Award winners here at Brandon Hall Group. Beyond all the excitement, there is a tremendous amount of hard work that my team contributes in the months and weeks leading up to our announcement.  We recently revealed Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in six divisions and more than 70 categories.

Winners include organizations from throughout the world in almost every major industry. This illustrious group includes such iconic organizations as Accenture, Adobe, American Red Cross, Bank of America, Boeing, California Pizza Kitchen, Cleveland Clinic, CVS Health, Dell, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Prudential, Sears Holdings, Shell, Siemens, Toyota, and Yum! Brands.

Our submissions grew by 60% this year, and also have many multiple winners. Leading in awards again this year is Accenture with 30. Noggin Labs is next with 12, followed by Genpact with 11. GP Strategies and Tata Consultancy Services won 9 awards followed by NIIT, iCom Productions, IBM, and Canadian Tire with 8 awards. They are followed by Ernst & Young with 7, Dubai-based Emirates NBD Bank with 6, and 5 each for Cognizant Technologies, KFC/Yum Brands, Sweet Rush, and Bottom Line Performance. 12 organizations won 4 awards, and 102 organizations won more than 1 award.

For those that may have missed our online announcement last week, please check out the complete list of winners here for:

The high quality of work and commitment to driving business results among our award winners never fails to amaze me. All of these winning programs deliver meaningful business results to their organizations. Winning an Excellence Award is a great honor, but the real winners are the organizations themselves and their customers and clients because of the innovation and customer focus they demonstrate.

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference January 27-29, 2016, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Selected winners also will serve as presenters in the more than 20 breakout sessions during the 2½-day conference.

Selected award-winning case studies from this year’s Excellence Awards Program will be available to Brandon Hall Group members in the coming weeks. For details on a Brandon Hall Group Membership or to learn more about our Awards Program, visit us at www.brandonhall.com, or contact me at [email protected].

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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.