Sysmex America, Inc. Awarded with 2020 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology For Learning and Development Program Launch

Lincolnshire, IL – January 17, 2021 – Sysmex America, Inc., a leader in innovative diagnostic solutions that transform the future of healthcare, won the coveted Brandon Hall Group gold award for excellence in the Best Advance in Business Strategy and Technology Innovation category and a silver award for excellence in the Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Small and Medium Sized Businesses category. Sysmex’s win was announced on December 10, 2020.  A full list of winners is available at

“Sysmex believes that investing in associate development is paramount to the success of our organization,” says Ralph Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Sysmex America, Inc. “When associates are developing to their fullest potential, they are able to provide exceptional services and innovative solutions to our customers. By providing our associates with the opportunity to own their development and career growth, we propel the organization forward.”

Sysmex’s Talent Development Team earned a gold and a silver award by executing on the company’s commitment to offer development and education to all of their associates.  The team developed a comprehensive strategy that integrated multiple technology platforms and utilized a focused cadence of communications. This strategy resulted in a significant increase in learner engagement as associates have gained new skills and knowledge due to the strategic combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities provided by the Sysmex University programs.  The team also implemented many innovative solutions through new partnerships and by optimizing learning and develop methodologies.

After completing a comprehensive learning needs analysis and implementing changes, participation in the programs offered through Sysmex University steadily increased over the last year. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic required the Talent Development team to pivot quickly to modify learning and development offerings for associates across the US, Canada and Latin America.

“Our Talent Development team, consisting of Erin Dunstan, Kim Rihman, Jennifer Greenberg and Simi Kang, is dedicated to helping our associates learn and grow. Within the last two years, they completely redesigned the training and development programs based on the results of an extensive learning needs assessment. This effort allowed for training to be modified and delivered in more of a just-in-time format to our 1,200 associates throughout North and South America,” said Karen Stoneman, Vice President of Human Resources at Sysmex America. “I am very proud of the results of this team and the impact that they have made and will continue to make in the future.”

Brandon Hall Group: Excellence in Technology Awards Program

“Technology is the great enabler of human capital management initiatives. It has never been more important than during this rapid evolution of remote work that challenged everyone to instantly adapt,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and awards program head Rachel Cooke. “Winners of Excellence in Technology Awards are critical drivers of their organizations’ success, especially in these disruptive times. Their solutions resulted in substantial benefits to their business and the human capital management function. That is the ultimate differentiator: the positive business impact of technology.”

“The Excellence Award in Technology also emphasizes the value of collaboration between HCM leaders, business leaders and technology developers. To win, everyone must work together to meet the needs of all stakeholders, especially the end-users. Technology Award winners met this challenge and created value for everyone,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Executive Officer Mike Cooke.

A panel consisting of veteran, independent senior industry experts and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts evaluates the entries based on criteria such as innovation, uniqueness, problem solving and benefits as a result of the product or program.

About Sysmex America, Inc.

Sysmex America is lighting the way to better health with diagnostic solutions that transform the future of healthcare and contribute to healthier lives. Its innovative hematology, urinalysis, information systems and flow cytometry testing technology are reshaping the world of diagnostics. As America’s regional affiliate of Kobe, Japan-based Sysmex Corporation – a trusted global leader respected for optimizing the efficiency, operations and financial performance of clinical laboratories – it offers diagnostic products that equip patients and the healthcare professionals who treat them with the information needed to make decisions with greater trust and confidence. Forbes magazine named Sysmex one of the most innovative companies in the healthcare equipment and services category, and the Center for Companies That Care named Sysmex America to its “Honor Roll.” Learn more about Sysmex America at

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

Brandon Hall Group is a professional development company that offers data, research, insights and certification to learning and talent executives and organizations. The best minds in human capital management (HCM) choose Brandon Hall Group to help them create future proof employee development plans for the new era. To learn more visit (

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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.