Brandon Hall Group Deadline for Excellence in Technology Awards on September 15

Delray Beach, FL – September 14, 2017 — The deadline for Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Technology Awards – serving organizations that create or implement technologies that improve productivity and enable innovation in Human Capital Management and Sales Enablement – is upon us: Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

The 2017 Excellence in Technology Awards are open to solution providers and user organizations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools.

The 2017 Excellence in Technology Awards includes more than 50 categories in five program areas:

  • Excellence in Learning and Development Technology
  • Excellence in Talent Management Technology
  • Excellence in Workforce Management Technology
  • Excellence in Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Excellence in Sales Enablement Technology

“Organizations – both corporations and providers – are making major strides in leveraging technology in innovative ways to drive human capital management initiatives,” said Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke, who leads the awards program. “So, recognizing technology innovators is very important because it motivates organizations to continue to push forward, keep pushing the envelope. Technology award winners historically come from both mature and emerging companies, so all types of organizations – large and small, U.S.-based and overseas — are recognized.”

The awards are open to:

  • Solution providers that offer technologies to Learning & Development, Talent Management, Human Resources, and Sales functions.
  • User (non-solution provider) organizations with technology functions or departments.

Organizations can enter alone or with their client or partner organizations.

Solution Providers are encouraged to apply for this year’s awards and be recognized for their innovative technologies – it’s not too late!

For more information about how to enter and where to download the entry form, please visit or contact us at [email protected].

 About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.

To learn more about Brandon Hall Group, please call us at (561) 865-5017 or email us 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.