Honoring the 2020 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award-Winners: Best Advance in Workforce Planning and Management; Best Unique or Innovative Workforce Management Program; Best Advance in Benefits Strategy and Administration; Best Advance in HR Data Analytics; Best Advance in Payroll Strategy and Administration

Best Advance in Workforce Planning and Management 

We honor these award-winning organizations in this category: Albaraka Turk, Bank of America Corporation, Fifth Third Bank

Best Unique or Innovative Workforce Management Program 

We honor these award-winning organizations in this category: Kronos Incorporated, TTA, KoçSistem Bilgi ve İletisim Hizm. A.S.

Best Advance in Benefits Strategy and Administration 

Gerdau Saves Overall Costs by Expanding Health and Welfare Offerings for EmployeesWith the help of Mercer, Gerdau North America expanded its 2020 health and welfare offerings, plus added a robust administrative platform, that brought savings to the company and new modernized benefits to employees. This provided a more personalized, digital and cost-effective experience for our diverse generations of employees and families. Gerdau North America and Mercer were honored with a Gold Award for Best Advance in Benefits Strategy and Administration in the 2020 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards.

We also honor this award-winning organization in this category: HR Project Specialist

Best Advance in HR Data Analytics 

We honor this award-winning organization in this category: Akbank, H+K

Best Advance in Payroll Strategy and Administration

We honor this award-winning organization in this category: H+K


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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.