The Stevie Awards Blog

One Week Until Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service Final Entry Deadline

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

World’s Top Honors Accepting Nominations Through January 11

The final entry deadline for the 2017 (11th annual) Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service is Wednesday, January 11.  Entry kits and complete details on the competition are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

These are the world’s top honors for customer service, contact center, business development and sales professionals.  All organizations and individuals worldwide may submit nominations.  The 2017 awards will recognize achievements since July 1, 2015.

sascs17entrykit_001.jpgFinalists will be announced on Thursday, January 19.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on Friday, February 24 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.   Attendance is not required to win.

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service feature more than 135 sales awards, customer service awards, business development awards, new product awards and solution provider awards categories. Entrants may submit any number of nominations to any number of categories.   

The competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world, and nominees will have access to all of the judges’ comments about their entries – an invaluable resource.

The 2017 program offers new categories for new products and services and solution providers. New categories for new products and services include Customer Service or Sales Book of the Year, Customer Service Training Product of the Year and Sales Training Product of the Year. The new solution provider category for 2017 is Leadership or Management Training Practice of the Year.

2017 will see the return of a popular feature of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. All finalists in the Customer Service Department of the Year categories will be included in the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service, a worldwide public vote. Voting will open January 19 and close February 10.  Winners of the public vote will receive a special crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award trophy.

Winners of the 2016 edition of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service included Cars.com, Comcast, CubeSmart, Delta Air Lines, Etiya, eZCom Software, FedEx, HubSpot, Kohl’s Department Stores, Office Depot, SAVO, ShopKeep POS, Vestmark, and VIZIO, Inc., among others.

The 2017 entry kit and a complete history of the awards program are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

Tags: customer service awards, sales awards, best new products, solution provider

Stevie® Award Winner Provides Corporate Lodging Solutions

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 04:08 PM

An interview with Tabatha Conway, Marketing Director, Creative Lodging Solutions

Corporate lodging services provider Creative Lodging Solutions (CLS™) was presented a Silver Stevie® for Sales Growth Achievement of the Year at the 2016 Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service in Las Vegas. Chief Sales Officer Cindy Rudovich also was named Senior Sales Executive of the Year - Bronze Stevie-winner.

Review the entry kit now to see how your organization can win Sales Awards. The final entry deadline for the 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service is January 11.

What does Creative Lodging Solutions do?

Creative Lodging Solutions (CLS) is an award-winning travel management company that provides customized lodging programs for corporate clients nationwide. Our services provide assistance with lodging expense control, negotiated rates, consolidated billing, and travel policy adherence. CLS has reserved over 11 million traveler nights.

What is your role in the organization?

I’m the Marketing Director.

Creative lodging.jpgWhat is the organizational vision?

Creative Lodging Solutions’ founding vision is to create profitable companies that allow us to provide revolutionary generosity. To fulfill our vision, we must be profitable; however, we are not in business solely for the betterment of our own lives. We exist to make a difference in the world. It is our philosophy that you cannot take it with you when you die but you can send it on ahead.

What sets your company apart in this category?

Creative Lodging Solutions’ fast-paced growth is fueled by our sales team who consistently surpass their annual goals despite any slowdowns in the economy or industry sectors we serve. The sales team has proven to be resourceful in expanding CLS’ market share with revenue exceeding $138 million in 2016.

How did you first become acquainted with the Stevie® Awards?

We’ve participated in various Stevies awards programs for several years.

What was it like for your company to win this award?

We were honored to win a Silver Stevie for Sales Growth Achievement of the Year. It was an exciting recognition for CLS’ sales team.

How has the win affected your business?

Winning this award provided our sales team with national recognition for their accomplishments which propelled them toward ongoing success.

What results have been gained since you've won this award?

Our client base increased by 26% and revenue has increased by 17% so far in 2016 with numbers continuing to climb.

What inspires you to continue your work?

Creative Lodging Solutions has an amazing team that’s truly passionate about serving our clients. The organization’s owners continue to invest back into the company with new technologies and a new corporate headquarters built in 2015. It’s exciting to see the results of our work as we expand and create new jobs while giving back to the community.

What do you expect to change in your company in the future?

Creative Lodging Solutions currently focuses on long-term and project based stays. We plan to enhance our services in 2017 and offer additional business travel solutions to our clients.

Learn more about Creative Lodging Solutions

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Chairs Named for 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service Final Judging Committees

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 12:14 PM

The following seven executives have been appointed to head the final judging committees that will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in the 2017 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  (All the category groups can be viewed in more detail here.) The winners will be announced at the awards gala on Friday, February 24 at the Caesars Palace Hotel in  Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service is accepting nominations through January 11. 

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

SALES INDIVIDUAL/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Chair: Stephen Gill, President
Stephen Gill Associates, Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

17 SASCS Chair Gill.jpgStephen Gill is an experienced, award-winning, international business development consultant and company director with a strong engineering background. He gained much of his experience at the senior management or board level of international organizations.  With a focus on helping individuals to excel, and organizations to grow and thrive, he is a trusted advisor, mentor, and strategist to executives and businesses. 

Stephen is a high profile figure in the HVACR engineering field serving as President of the Institute of Refrigeration, and as a refrigeration expert consultant working on many prestigious HCAVR projects around the globe.  He is known for providing energy-efficient, sustainable cooling solutions that are practical and affordable. Stephen Gill Associates won a Gold Stevie® at the 2014 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Services Awards in Las Vegas; and went on to win two Gold Stevies® at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards in Shanghai for a refrigeration industry awareness poster campaign. These posters have since been translated into 8 languages.

Comments Stephen: “The Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service bring a focus to the diversity of energy, professionalism, creativity, and sheer passion of working in this industry for individuals, departments, and organizations.  As a past Gold Stevie® winner I know just how much it means to win one of these coveted awards.”

Stephen is a regular contributor to business and technical magazines and books, as well as a conference speaker.  He has an MBA from Loughborough University and an LL.M (Business Law) from De Montfort University. He divides his time equally between his businesses in the UK and Southeast Asia.

SALES ACHIEVEMENT/NEW PRODUCT & SERVICE
Chair: Kelly Waltrich, SVP, Marketing and Communications
eMoney Advisor LLC, Radnor, PA, USA

17 SASCS Chair Waltrich.jpgKelly Waltrich joined eMoney Advisor in the fall of 2013. Since that time, she has established—and now leads—the team responsible for the planning, development, execution, and monitoring of eMoney’s Marketing and Communications and Lead Generation initiatives.

Prior to this position, Kelly served as Assistant Vice President, Director of Advisor Marketing and Communications at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, where she was responsible for creating and managing marketing strategies that increase brand awareness, positively impact revenue, and improve the client experience. Before joining Janney, Kelly provided strategic marketing support to institutional sales and client service professionals at Turner Investment Partners in Berwyn, Pa.

Kelly attended James Madison University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications, and holds her Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. She is a member of Women in Investing of Philadelphia, as well as the CMO Club. She also serves as Treasurer for the Bucks County Chapter Board of Associates of the Fox Chase Cancer Center and is a member of the American Marketing Association.

SALES TEAM/SALES DISTINCTION
Chair: Jeffrey C. Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Digital Risk, LLC, Maitland, Florida, USA

17 SASCS Chair Taylor.jpgSince 2005, Jeffrey Taylor has been co-founder and managing director of Digital Risk, the nation’s largest provider of mortgage risk, compliance, and transaction management solutions. Jeff sets the strategic vision for the company’s business development and marketing. He has been on the forefront of addressing challenges faced by the mortgage industry across origination, quality control, and compliance. Under his leadership, Digital Risk has grown from a start-up venture to as many as 2,000 plus U.S.-based employees. The company has become a partner to many of the largest U.S.-based mortgage investors and banks and government-sponsored enterprises in processing mortgage transactions, as well as identifying and correcting regulatory/compliance risks. 

As a serial entrepreneur, Jeff has built dynamic, innovative businesses by identifying opportunities to meet specialized needs within the financial services ecosystem. He has launched three companies: Digital Risk; Rapid Reporting Marketing Group; and American Transfer & and Trust, Inc.  Jeff is a voice for the industry and is a frequent guest on financial television networks such as Fox Business News and CNBC.  He is also a source for top tier news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, sharing keen insights on the US mortgage market and the economy.

Jeff is an active leader in both his industry sector and his community, serving on the boards of the following non-profit organizations: Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), The Baptist Health Foundation of South Florida; Virtual Enterprises International; and the Taylor-Cata Foundation. He has a degree in political science from the University of Miami.  Jeff is honored to have won several Stevie® Awards and to have had Digital Risk recognized at multiple Stevie® Awards programs over the past few years. He looks forward to acting as Chair, along with the esteemed colleagues who will make up his judging committee.

CUSTOMER SERVICE/CONTACT CENTER INDIVIDUAL & CUSTOMER SERVICE/CONTACT CENTER ACHIEVEMENT
Chair: Will O’KeeffeVice President, Customer Services
Acquia, Burlington, MA

Cus Service and Contact Center.jpgWill has more than 25 years experience leading, growing, and transforming global customer support organizations. In his role at Acquia, Will is responsible for building and maintaining a world-class Global Support team that is recognized for excellence by Acquia's customers and partners. 

Prior to Acquia, Will was Vice President of Customer Service and Support at ATG where he led efforts that resulted in dramatic improvements in customer satisfaction and retention. When ATG was acquired by Oracle in 2010, Will transitioned to lead the global support team for Oracle Commerce and was responsible for the integration of Endeca and Inquira into the Support portfolio. Prior to ATG/Oracle, Will led the Customer Care organization at NaviSite and was a Principal Consultant at PRTM. 

Will lives in the Boston area. He has a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Boston University.

CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT & CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCCESS
Chair: Chuck Browne, Sr. Manager, Customer Care
Vivint Smart Home, Provo, Utah, United States

17 SASCS Chair Browne .jpgAs a Senior Manager on Vivint Smart Home’s Customer Care team, Chuck is responsible for the daily operations and strategic growth of the organization. On being appointed Chair of the Customer Service Department & Success Final Judging Committee, Chuck told us it was an honor for him to be asked to assist in the judging of the operations and success of other businesses. As he put it: “I know so many companies do so many great things. I’m looking forward to reading through best practices and being a part of recognizing some of the great work in the Customer Service industry.” 

He added: “I know our team felt a big confidence boost from the recognition in the 2016 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service for all their hard work.  I’m excited to be able to pay that feeling forward to another team in 2017.”

Chuck has been involved in the Customer Service industry for fifteen years. For six years of those years, he has been a major influence on the strong customer-facing approach to service at Vivint Smart Home. Chuck co-leads a team of nearly a thousand customer service agents and leaders across three sites. In 2016, Chuck’s team successfully launched a work-from-home program that has rapidly expanded to over 100 agents and 4 supervisors. Chuck has played a vital role in the consistent improvement of Vivint Smart Home’s quality of service and operational efficiency, amidst 30%-plus growth each year, an aggressive product-launch schedule, and market expansion.

Chuck received his Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 2012. Chuck has been married for 10 year and has two beautiful daughters. When Chuck is not in the office, he can often be found on one of Utah’s world-class rivers practicing his fly fishing or hiking trails with his family.

CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM
Chair:  George Cleveland, Vice President, Customer Operations
Cricket Wireless, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

17 SASCS Chair Cleveland.jpgAs Vice President of Consumer Operations at Cricket, George is responsible for Cricket's sales operations, customer care, training and communications, and the digital experience. Prior to his current role, George was assistant vice president of the AT&T Customer Solution Centers. George tells us he is “excited and humbled” by this opportunity to participate as Chair of this Final Judging Committee.

George began his telecom career in 1996 as a senior accountant with BellSouth Cellular in Atlanta. From there, he progressed through several sales leadership roles within AT&T Mobility before assuming the role of regional sales operations director for Company Owned Retail, supporting the South Central region. He then became executive director of AT&T University.

George is a certified CPA and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

SOLUTION PROVIDER
Chair: Alaa Jamaleddine, Senior Back Office Advisor
DHL Express, Beirut, Lebanon 

17 SASCS Chair Alaa.jpgIn 2007, while still pursuing his education, Alaa Jamaleddine started his career as a part-time call center agent with DHL Express–Lebanon. When he graduated, he resumed his career as a full-time employee, assuming many roles in the Customer Service Department throughout the years.  DHL is a multinational company operating in more than 220 countries and having around 325,000 employees. Alaa’s job consisted largely of following up and communicating with these overseas facilities and offices. This taught him a wide range of skills and allowed him to be flexible in handling and resolving any type of customers’ claims or complaints, while avoiding any delays and meeting deadlines. Not only was he able to satisfy the customers’ concerns, but he also helped the organization to retain key customers and gain new ones.

As a Certified International Specialist, Alaa is designated coach and trainer for newcomers to the back office team. He trains new agents on how to empathize with a customer’s problems, and how to give their best when handling a critical situation. In 2015, Alaa was selected by the regional office to attend an Operational Excellence Training (OET), as he had demonstrated throughout the years a great ability and passion to analyze trends and forecasting.  Not long after his return from the training, he initiated a work plan to reduce workload and increase productivity.  With his wide analytical skills, Alaa conducted a study on network profitability that grabbed the attention of the country manager who made a price revision for a specific network product code that was below profit margin. This initiative helped the company provide customers with the option of Global Quality Control monitoring. To top it off, Alaa won the 2016 Gold Stevie® Award for Back-Office Customer Service Professional of the Year in the transportation industry

Alaa is the holder of Extra Miler, Job Well Done, Hero of the Day, and Employee Of the Month certificates at DHL, and has been nominated for Employee Of the Year. Alaa graduated with a Business Administration Degree from Haigazian University in Beirut.

Tags: sales awards, Customer Service, awards judging, judges

How Product Innovation Leads to Remarkable Growth for USHEALTH Advisors

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:20 AM

The Story behind the Silver Stevie® Award winner for Sales Growth Achievement of the Year - Financial Services & Insurance

USHEALTH Advisors is the wholly-owned national health insurance distribution arm of USHEALTH Group, Inc. The company sells individual health coverage and supplementary products underwritten by The Freedom Life Insurance Company of America and National Foundation Life Insurance Company, wholly-owned subsidiaries of USHEALTH Group, Inc. The company is focused on serving America’s self-employed, small business and individual insurance market through its captive agent sales force.

USHealth Advisors has won many Stevie Awards over the years. In the 2016 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, they won  Silver Stevies for Sales Growth Achievement of the Year - Financial Services & Insurance and Field Sales Team of the Year. 

Interested in applying for the 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service? Review the entry kit here.

US Health Advisors.jpgTroy McQuagge, the President and CEO told us, “I have the privilege to work on behalf of every USHA agent and every USHG employee. I view my role as helping our agents and employees unlock the incredible potential that exists within themselves and collectively, within this company.”

We asked Troy about his personal organizational vision and learned it was to, “Leverage our world-class distribution capabilities to build a great American company focused on our mission of helping and serving individuals, small business, and the self-employed with affordable and innovative healthcare solutions.

Ours is a story of grit and determination. Since inception, our company has faced and overcome numerous challenges; many of which have led competing companies to exit the marketplace altogether. USHEALTH has ‘stayed in the game’ because we believe we offer a better healthcare solution for middle America.”

We asked how they had first come to hear about the Stevie® Awards. Troy recalls, “For many years, we have viewed the Stevie Awards as the premier business awards program and as an important vehicle for highlighting the good work being done by USHEALTH’s agents and employees.  We first became acquainted with the Stevie Awards while working with another company back in the early 2000’s. By 2007, we had won our first Gold Stevie Award for that company, earning “Insurance Company of the Year” honors. When we launched our new company (USHEALTH) in 2010, we knew the Stevie Awards would be an important partner in helping us tell our story.

There really is nothing else quite like winning a Stevie Award.  Winning this award is a key indicator that we have created a company that is worthy of the trust placed in it by our agents, employees and customers.    

Winning this award has created a deeper sense of pride among our agents and employees because in a sense, it validates their hard work. It has also helped create a heightened sense of awareness about our business in the American marketplace.    

Perhaps the most evident impact has been seen in our agent recruitment efforts. When considering where they want to hang their professional hat, sales people are naturally attracted to a winning organization. While we have no empirical evidence to support our assertion, there is ample anecdotal evidence that people who consider this opportunity are impacted positively by the fact that we have won so many Stevie Awards, including the prestigious Gold Stevie.” 

When we asked what inspires USHealth to continue their good work, Troy gave us a message of hope, “We are driven by our stated Mission of H.O.P.E. - Helping Other People Everyday. These are words that we live every day, in pursuit of excellence as individuals and as a company.”

McQuagge’s perspective on the future of their industry is that, “We’ve already changed our industry. Our innovative products didn’t even exist prior to being created by our company. No other company in America offers the same kind of products. Only we have successfully made this type of product portfolio affordable for the customer yet also profitable and sustainable for the company. We believe we can bring even more innovation and change to the insurance industry and in the process help even more people with affordable healthcare solutions.”

Learn more about USHealth Advisors

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Shown from left to right: Dean Whaley, VP – Financial Planning & Analysis, Bill Shelton, Sr. VP - Marketing, Jim White, Sr. VP - Sales, Troy McQuagge, President and CEO, Travis Yoder, EVP - Sales, and Brian Clark, Sr. VP - Admin and CMO, Bill Woods, Sr. Director – Data Analytics.

Tags: customer service awards, sales awards, Customer Service Team of the Year, sales team of the year

ValueSelling Associates to Sponsor Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service for Ninth Consecutive Year

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 05:05 PM

The Stevie® Awards, organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs, haveannounced that ValueSelling Associates Inc., the creator of the ValueSelling Framework, has signed to be a sponsor of its Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service program for the ninth consecutive year.

The 2017 (11th annual) Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are accepting nominations through January at www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.  The program recognizes the year’s best achievements in sales, business development and customer service.  The awards will be presented at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on February 24. 

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

ValueSelling Associates offers its customers a conversational, question-based sales methodology that is simple, logical and scalable, empowering sales organizations around the globe with a proven formula to qualify prospects, accurately forecast and close more deals.

Value selling ballroom 2.jpgThe Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service offer our customers and their peers around the world the opportunity to seek public recognition for their achievements, and we’ve seen time and again how meaningful and impactful it is for them to win a Stevie,” said Julie Thomas, president and CEO of ValueSelling Associates.  “We’re pleased to be able to support this program again in 2017, as our customers will benefit from the opportunity to celebrate their good work.”

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service feature more than 135 sales awards, customer service awards, business development awards, new product awards and solution provider awards categories. Entrants may submit any number of nominations to any number of categories, which include:

  •         Sales Individual categories such as Senior Sales Executive of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year
  •         Sales Team categories like Global Sales Team of the Year and Online Sales Team of the Year
  •         Sales Achievement categories such as Sales Turnaround of the Year and Sales Training or Coaching Program of the Year
  •         Sales Distinction categories in 13 industry groupings
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Individual categories such as Front-Line Customer Service Professional of the Year and Customer Service Leader of the Year
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Team categories like Contact Center of the Year and Back Office Customer Service Team of the Year
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Achievement categories such as e-Commerce Customer Service Award and Award for Innovation in Customer Service
  •         Customer Service Department categories in 11 industry groupings
  •         Customer Service Success categories in five industry groupings, to recognize the customer service-related achievements of organizations without a formal customer service function
  •         New Product and Service categories like Best New Business Intelligence Solution and Best New Marketing Solution
  •         Solution Provider categories such as Sales Consulting Practice of the Year and Incentive, Rewards or Recognition Provider of the Year
  •         Business Development categories such as Business Development Professional of the Year and Business Development Achievement of the Year    

The 2017 program offers new categories for new products and services and solution providers. New categories for new products and services include Customer Service or Sales Book of the Year, Customer Service Training Product of the Year and Sales Training Product of the Year. The new solution provider category for 2017 is Leadership or Management Training Practice of the Year.

The 2017 competition will be judged by more than 200 professionals around the world.

Stevie Winners in the 2016 edition of the awards included Adobe Systems, Cars.com, Comcast, CubeSmart, Delta Air Lines, DP DHL, Etiya, eZCom Software, FedEx, HubSpot, IBM, ISN Software UK Ltd., Kohl’s Department Stores, Office Depot, Ooyala, SAVO, ServiceMax, ShopKeep POS, Sirius Decisions, SugarCRM, VIZIO, Inc. and Vodafone Turkey, among others.  The full-text of Gold Stevie-winning nominations are available on the website.

The 2017 entry kit and a complete history of the awards program are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

About ValueSelling Associates, Inc.
ValueSelling Associates is the creator of the ValueSelling Framework®, a proven formula for accelerating sales results. Its customized training on the ValueSelling Framework methodology, reinforcement tools and consulting services, make complex B2B sales simple so sales organizations around the globe adopt it immediately and consistently. Since 1991, thousands of sales and customer-facing professionals use the ValueSelling Framework to grow revenue, increase productivity and improve win rates. Visit http://www.valueselling.com.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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From Solution Provider to Solution Stevie Award Winner

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

The 11th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recognize the achievements of contact center, customer service, business development and sales professionals worldwide. Entries for the 2017 competition are now being accepted.

October 19 is the early-bird entry deadline with discounted entry fees. The entry deadline is November 16, but late entries will be accepted through January 11 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the eleventh annual competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on February 24 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Today we will highlight the Solution Provider Awards categories.

SASCS_Call_for_entries_4-1.jpgThese categories recognize the achievements of solution providers for sales, contact center, and customer service professionals.

Information required for entries in these categories include:
(a) An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's accomplishments since July 1, 2015.

(c) Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges. At the very least you should provide a link to the organization's website.

  1. Sales Consulting Practice of the Year
    121. Sales Training Practice of the Year
    122. Sales Outsourcing Provider of the Year
    123. Incentive, Rewards, or Recognition Provider of the Year
    124. Customer Service or Call Center Consulting Practice of the Year
    125. Customer Service or Call Center Training Practice of the Year
    126. Sales or Customer Service Solutions Technology Partner of the Year
    127. Contact Center or Customer Service Outsourcing Provider of the Year 
    128. Leadership or Management Training Practice of the Year (new category for 2017)

Solution Provider Award winners in 2016 include: 

Sales Consulting Practice of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Sales Partnerships, Inc., Westminster, CO USA: A Beautiful Reinvention of Selling
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
EFG Companies. Irving, TX USA: Raising the Bar in Client Service
Imparta Inc., Austin, TX USA: Imparta Inc.
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Confero Inc., Raleigh NC USA: Leveraging mystery shopping and employee engagement for maximum sales
HGS, Lisle, IL USA: Improving Enterprise Sales with Speed, Effectiveness, and Visibility
Janek Performance Group, Las Vegas, NV USA: Janek Performance Group

Sales Training Practice of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Imparta Inc., Austin, TX USA: Imparta Inc.
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
iSpeak, Inc., Round Rock, TX USA: iSpeak and IGT
Janek Performance Group, Las Vegas, NV USA: Janek Performance Group
MarketBridge, Bethesda, MD USA: MarketBridge
Wilson Learning, Minneapolis, MN USA: Wilson Learning
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
The Brooks Group, Greensboro, NC USA: The Brooks Group
Carew International, Inc., Cincinnati, OH USA: Carew International
MAVI Interactive, LLC, Doylestown, PA USA: "Waisimo" customer service training game with LC Waikiki
mLevel, Chicago, IL USA: mLevel's Partnership with Microsoft Azure
New York Community Bancorp, Inc., Westbury, NY USA: Building Business Customer Relationships

Sales Outsourcing Provider of the Year
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Sales Partnerships, Inc., Westminster, CO USA: Sales Outsourcing Leader Wins Head to Head Yet Again
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Revana, Tempe, AZ USA: Revana - Integrated Sales and Marketing Solutions Drives Superior Outcomes for Clients
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
GuideWell Connect, Jacksonville, FL USA: Partnering for Success

Incentive, Rewards, or Recognition Provider of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
MarketBridge, Bethesda, MD USA: MarketBridge
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
EXTRA Loyalty Solutions Co., Istanbul, Turkey: Tailored Loyalty Solutions for our Clients to Increase Their Sales and Customer Engagement
GuideWell Connect, Jacksonville, FL USA: Flexible Work Arrangements = Win-Win
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
GuideWell Connect, Jacksonville, FL USA: Change Leaders Committed to Continuous Improvement
GuideWell Connect, Jacksonville, FL USA: Curtain Call - Top Performers Have Chance to Razzle Dazzle ‘em

Tags: customer service awards, sales awards, solution provider awards, best solution providers

Nominate Your Award-worthy Sales Team

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

The 11th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recognize the achievements of contact center, customer service, business development and sales professionals worldwide. Entries for the 2017 competition are now being accepted.

October 19 is the early-bird entry deadline with discounted entry fees. The entry deadline is November 16, but late entries will be accepted through January 11 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the eleventh annual competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on February 24 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

SASCS_winners_2016_987.jpgToday we will highlight the Sales Team Awards categories. Sales team categories recognize the members of individual teams within your overall sales department.  For example, the team may service a particular customer segment or a single client, or may work in a particular sales territory.

Information required for entries in these categories include:
(a) An essay of up to 650 words describing the team’s accomplishments since July 1, 2015.
(b) Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges. At the very least you should provide a link to the organization's website.

Global Sales Team of the Year
Recognizing sales teams whose industry, client, or other focus has a global scope.

National Sales Team of the Year
Recognizing sales teams whose industry, client, or other focus has a national scope.

Government Sales Team of the Year
Recognizing sales teams whose charge is selling to government clients.

Field Sales Team of the Year
Recognizing sales teams that obtain the majority of their business out of the office at face to face meetings with clients.

Telesales Team of the Year
Recognizing sales teams that obtain the majority of their business by telephone .

Online Sales Team of the Year
Recognizing sales teams that obtain the majority of their business via online and social media.

Sales Support Team of the Year
Recognizing teams that provide administrative, logistical, or resource support to sales organizations.

Sales Operations Team of the Year
Recognizing teams that help sales organizations to run effectively, efficiently and in support of business strategies and objectives

Virtual Technology Sales Enablement and Pre-sales Team of the Year
Recognizing teams that provide remote sales and technology expertise to accelerate and enable sales with a global or national scope.

Sales Management Team of the Year
Recognizing the leadership teams of sales organizations for their achievements.

Past Stevie Award winners in the Sales Team Awards categories include:

Global Sales Team of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA USA: Cisco's Global Virtual Sales Organization
SILVER STEVIE WINNER:
Acquia, Burlington, MA USA: Acquia's Global Account Sales Team
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Marriott International Inc., Bethesda, MD USA: Marriott Global Reservation Sales
Varonis, New York, NY USA: Varonis Systems Sales Team
Victrex plc, Lancashire, United Kingdom: Victrex Sales Team

National Sales Team of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Adobe Systems Incorporated, San Jose, CA USA: Adobe Strategic Accounts Sales Team
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
iHeartMedia, Inc., New York, NY USA: iHeartMedia, Inc. National Sales Team
Lyons Consulting Group, Chicago, IL USA: LYONSCG's National Sales Team
Sales Partnerships, Inc., Westminster, CO USA: Sales Partnerships, Inc. Sales Team of the Year
SoftPro, Raleigh, NC USA: SoftPro Sales Team Boosts Revenue Amidst Industry Changes
BRONZE STEVIE WINNERS:
Digital Risk, Maitland, FL USA: Digital Risk National Sales Team
Revana, Tempe, AZ USA: Revana Ranked Highest Global Google AdWords Vendor

Government Sales Team of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
DHL Express U.S., Plantation, FL USA: DHL Express Public Sector Team
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
IAC Philippines / TomArmor Systems, Layton, UT USA: IAC Philippines Government Sales Team

Field Sales Team of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Sales Partnerships, Inc., Westminster, CO USA: SPI Lights up Sales in 2015
SILVER STEVIE WINNERS:
American Solar Direct, Los Angeles, CA USA: American Solar Direct Embraces Change to Drive Results
Turk Ekonomi Bankasi, Istanbul, Turkey: Strongest Field Sales Team of Turkey
USHEALTH Advisors, LLC, Grapevine, TX USA: USHEALTH Advisors Field Force Fulfills Our Company's Mission of HOPE
BRONZE STEVIE WINNER:
Lennox Industries, Inc., Richardson, TX USA: Lennox's Field Territory Sales Team

...and more. See all 2016 Sales Team winners here.

Tags: sales awards, sales accomplishments, best sales team

The 11th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service Issues Call for Entries

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 10:29 AM

Top Sales Awards and Customer Service Awards Winners to Be Recognized in Las Vegas

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards programs, has issued a call for entries for the 2017 (11th annual) Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Entry kits and complete details on the competition are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

TN-53253_sascs17entrykit_0011.jpgAll customer service, contact center, business development and sales departments, teams and professionals worldwide are eligible to be nominated, in addition to new products and services used by those professionals. The 2017 awards will recognize achievements since July 1, 2015.

The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is October 19, 2016. The final entry deadline is November 16, but late entries will be accepted through January 11, 2017 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the 11th annual competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on February 24 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service feature more than 135 sales awards, customer service awards, business development awards, new product awards and solution provider awards categories. Entrants may submit any number of nominations to any number of categories, which include:

  •         Sales Individual categories such as Senior Sales Executive of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year
  •         Sales Team categories like Global Sales Team of the Year and Online Sales Team of the Year
  •         Sales Achievement categories such as Sales Turnaround of the Year and Sales Training or Coaching Program of the Year
  •         Sales Distinction categories in 13 industry groupings
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Individual categories such as Front-Line Customer Service Professional of the Year and Customer Service Leader of the Year
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Team categories like Contact Center of the Year and Back Office Customer Service Team of the Year
  •         Customer Service and Contact Center Achievement categories such as e-Commerce Customer Service Award and Award for Innovation in Customer Service
  •         Customer Service Department categories in 11 industry groupings
  •         Customer Service Success categories in five industry groupings, to recognize the customer service-related achievements of organizations without a formal customer service function
  •         New Product and Service categories like Best New Business Intelligence Solution and Best New Marketing Solution
  •         Solution Provider categories such as Sales Consulting Practice of the Year and Incentive, Rewards or Recognition Provider of the Year
  •         Business Development categories such as Business Development Professional of the Year and Business Development Achievement of the Year    

The 2017 program offers new categories for new products and services and solution providers. New categories for new products and services include Customer Service or Sales Book of the Year, Customer Service Training Product of the Year and Sales Training Product of the Year. The new solution provider category for 2017 is Leadership or Management Training Practice of the Year.

The 2017 competition will be judged by more than 200 professionals around the world.

2017 will see the return of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service, a popular feature of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in which the general public worldwide may vote for their favorite providers of customer service.

Stevie Winners in the 2016 edition of the awards included Cars.com, Comcast, CubeSmart, Delta Air Lines, DP DHL, Etiya, eZCom Software, FedEx, HubSpot, IBM, ISN Software UK Ltd., Kohl’s Department Stores, Office Depot, SAVO, ShopKeep POS, Vestmark, VIZIO, Inc. and Vodafone Turkey, among others.  The full-text of Gold Stevie-winning nominations are available on the website.

The 2017 entry kit and a complete history of the awards program are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

Get the Entry Kit

Tags: best customer service, customer service awards, new product awards, sales awards, customer service excellence, business development awards

Business Development Awards Opportunities in the 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 03:31 PM

The 11th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recognize the achievements of contact center, customer service, business development and sales professionals worldwide. Entries for the 2017 competition are now being accepted.

October 19 is the early-bird entry deadline with discounted entry fees. The entry deadline is November 16, but late entries will be accepted through January 11 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the eleventh annual competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on February 24 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

iStock_000082016437_Large-2.jpgREVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Today we will highlight the Business Development Categories. These categories recognize the achievements of individual business development professionals, and singular business development achievements in a variety of industries.

Information required for entries in these categories include:
(a) An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's accomplishments since July 1, 2015.
(b) Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges. At the very least you should provide a link to the organization's website.

  1. Business Development Executive of the Year
    Recognizing the achievements of business development executives since July 1, 2015. (Professionals at the VP level or higher.)
  2. Business Development Professional of the Year
    Recognizing the achievements of non-executive business development professionals since July 1, 2015. (Professionals at a Director level or lower.)
  3. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Financial Services Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the financial services industries since July 1, 2015.
  4. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Hospitality & Leisure Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the hospitality and leisure industries since July 1, 2015.
  5. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Media & Entertainment Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the media and entertainment industries since July 1, 2015.
  6. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Services Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the services industries (business or consumer) since July 1, 2015.
  7. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Technology Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the technology industries since July 1, 2015.
  8. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Transportation Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the transportation industries since July 1, 2015.
  9. Business Development Achievement of the Year - All Other Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - since July 1, 2015 in any industry not addressed by categories 132 - 137.

Past Stevie Awards winners in the Business Development categories include:

Business Development Executive of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Thought Bubble, Brisbane, Australia: Nyree McKenzie, Managing Director and Principal Consultant

Business Development Professional of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Lennox Industries, Inc., Richardson, TX USA: Bill Carlson, Director of Retail National Accounts

Business Development Achievement of the Year - Technology Industries 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
B&L Information Systems, Bridgman, MI USA: B&L Information Systems Bus. Dev. Achievements

Business Development Achievement of the Year - All Other Industries 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
EFG Companies, Irving, TX USA: Quality Service Leads to Quality Growth

Tags: customer service awards, sales awards, business development awards, biz del awards

10th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service Announce Winners

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Winners in the tenth annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, recognized as the world's top honors for business development, contact center, customer service, and sales professionals, were unveiled on Friday night at a gala ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada attended by more than 500 executives from around the world.

The complete list of Stevie winners by category is available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

SASCS-2016-Delta-Group.gifDP DHL, with Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award wins for their operations in 29 countries, won the Grand Stevie Award trophy as the most honored organization in the competition for the third year in a row. Other organizations that took home Grand Stevies, in recognition of the sheer number of awards they won, include Carbonite, Inc., Delta Air Lines, eMoney Advisor, LLC, GuideWell Connect, iHeartMedia, John Hancock Financial Services, Lennox Industries, Inc., Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Sales Partnerships, Inc., and Visualize.

Carbonite and GuideWell Connect were the top winners of Gold Stevies, with five each. Winners of four Gold Stevies include Cisco Systems, HomeServe USA, Lennox Industries, Sales Partnerships, and WePay, Inc. eMoney Advisor,  and iHeartMedia, each won three Gold Stevie Awards.

Winners in the People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Customer Service, a worldwide public vote, were announced in February, and were presented to winners during the ceremony.

The presentations were broadcast live via Livestream, and the recording is available to watch online.

More than 2,100 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition, an increase of 11% over 2015. Finalists were determined by the average scores of 115 professionals worldwide, acting as preliminary judges. Entries were considered in 59 categories for customer service and contact center achievements, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Consulting Practice of the Year; more than 50 categories for sales and business development achievements, ranging from Senior Sales Executive of the Year to Business Development Achievement of the Year; and categories to recognize new products and services and solution providers.

More than 70 members of seven specialized final judging committees determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists.

Tags: best customer service, customer service awards, sales awards, business development awards, solution provider awards

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