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Watch Clips from the 2014 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service Banquet

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

We are pleased to share that the acceptance speeches and winner interview clips from the awards gala celebrating the 2014 (8th Annual) Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, the world's premier sales awards and customer service awards, are now available to view on YouTube. The gala took place on February 21 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

A complete list of all Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards by category is available at picture

Here are some of the Gold Stevie-winning interviews you'll find online now:

kohlsKohl's Department Stores - Credit Division, Winner of the Gold Stevie® Award for Contact Center of the Year (Over 100 Seats) All Other Industries



describe the imageRevana, Winner of the Gold Stevie® Award for Sales Oursourcing Provider of the Year

freshbooksFreshBooks, Winner of the Gold Stevie® Award for Customer Service Manager of the Year, Customer Service Team of the Year - Business Service Industries, and Customer Service Management Team of the Year - All Other Industries

media temple(mt) Media Temple, Winner of the Gold Stevie® Award for Contact Center Solution - New Version


boxBox, Inc., Winner of the Gold Stevie® Awards for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year - Technology Industries - Computer Software - 100 or More Employees


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Chairs Named for 2014 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service Final Judging Committees

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 04:11 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 2014 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 21 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Becky JohnsBecky Johns, Vice President of MarketBridge in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is Chair of the Final Judging Committee for the Sales Achievement and Sales Individual categories.

Becky Johns works with clients to improve marketing and sales productivity by developing and executing integrated data-driven marketing and sales strategies. At MarketBridge, a global provider of digital marketing, sales enablement, and customer analytics solutions, her experience centers primarily on building brand loyalty through customer acquisition, engagement and retention programs and developing online and social media communities. Becky recently led her MarketBridge teams to win back-to-back Gold Stevie Awards for Sales Training Program of the Year in the 2012 and 2013 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service Awards, as well as a Silver Stevie for Brand Experience of the Year in The 2013 American Business Award.

George OrrGeorge Orr, Vice President of Client Services at kCura in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is Chair of the Customer Service & Contact Center Achievement Final Judging Committee.

George Orr is vice president of client services at kCura, a developer of web-based e-discovery applications for managing large volumes of electronic evidence during litigation or investigations.  A member of the kCura team since 2007, George’s department is responsible for much of the company’s client-facing activity. Over the past few years, George has helped the team’s processes evolve from “brute-force problem-solving” to a set of polished procedures that ensures a positive customer experience every time. Prior to taking the reins of kCura’s client services department, George worked as the messaging systems manager for Rotary International, a Chicago-based non-profit organization specializing in humanitarian funding programs.

George is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to being a Relativity Certified Administrator, George also has extensive Microsoft and infrastructure training and is certified in both arenas.


Mike Ortegon

Mike Ortegon, Director of Global Sales Operations at in Austin, Texas, USA, Chairs the Final Judging Committee for the Sales Team and Sales Department categories.

Mike Ortegon joined HomeAway in March 2012. As the Director of Global Sales Operations, he is responsible for supporting sales leaders across the globe to help them make well-informed business decisions and to run effective and efficient teams while aligning to corporate strategy.  Throughout his career, Mike has been in management, operational, sales, and marketing roles in North America, EMEA, Latin America, and APAC. 


Sanjeev GargSanjeev Garg, Global Head of Customer Care, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit at TATA Motors in Mumbai, India, is Chair of our Customer Service & Contact Center Individual Final Judging Committee.

Sanjeev Garg has been the Global Head of Customer Care for the Commercial Vehicle Business Unit of Tata Motors since December 2011. His customer care group is spread across four continents and supports more than 3 million Tata Motors vehicles through 2,300-plus service touch points and over 33,000 retail networks of spare parts. In 1996, Sanjeev joined General Motors Ltd and was instrumental in launching new initiatives for the customer satisfaction index and new Competitive Intelligence processes. His work at GM encompassed global geographies including South East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Under his leadership, GM was ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction in the Middle East, ahead of Toyota, Honda, and Nissan.

KellyThomasThe Chair of our Customer Service Department Final Judging Committee is Kelly Thomas, Assistant Vice President, Client Relations at OppenheimerFunds, Inc., in Englewood, Colorado, USA.

Kelly Thomas began working with OppenheimerFunds 29 years ago and currently is assistant vice president of Client Relations at its Denver Campus.   Her leadership philosophy is to act with integrity and pursue excellence.  She believes a leader should be able to take risks, to challenge the status quo, to inspire others, and to create a healthy work environment that will encourage and foster team collaboration. In addition to her leadership role within OppenheimerFunds, Kelly serves as the president of the City of Centennial Chapter for the National Association of Professional Women

BenHerkenhoffBen Herkenhoff, Customer Interaction Center Manager at Outsell, LLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Chairs our Customer Service & Contact Center Team Final Judging Committee.

Ben Herkenhoff has been the manager of the Customer Interaction Center at Outsell for the past two years.  Outsell LLC is a digital marketing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company that is transforming the way brands engage with consumers. Its Digital Engagement Platform offers clients the ability to consistently engage with consumers across distributed sales networks from the national to local level. Ben’s team at Outsell won the Stevie® Award for Contact Center of the Year in the 2013 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service.

Ben tells us he is “excited to get started” on the final judging, and has worked hard to put together a great committee.

Ansa SekharanThe Chair of our Final Judging Committee for the New Product & Service and Solution Provider categories is Ansa Sekharan, Senior Vice President, Global Customer Support at Informatica Corporation in Redwood City, California, USA

Ansa Sekharan is senior vice president of Global Customer Support at Informatica Corporation, an independent provider of data integration software and data masking technology. He is responsible for establishing Informatica as a trusted partner for customers worldwide by ensuring their success with Informatica's products.  Ansa has a very busy schedule, dividing his time between Redwood City, California and Bangalore, India, as well as other global Informatica locations.


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93 Superstars Help Determine Sales & Customer Service Awards Finalists

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 @ 01:35 PM

Sales and Customer Service AwardsThe following professionals participated in the preliminary judging of the 2012 (6th annual) Stevie® Awards for Sales and Customer Service, the world's premier customer service awards, contact center awards, and sales awards, in November-January. Their average scores determined the Finalists. We thank them for their dedication, time, and insights. This year's Stevie Awards winners will be announced at our annual awards ceremony at Caesar's Palace resort in Las Vegas, NV, on Monday February 27. Learn more about the event and reserve your table today.

Kenneth Amormino, Director of Call Center Operations, GAW, Enfield, CT, United States
Johnny Anderson, Vice President, Bulldog Solutions, Austin, TX, United States
Jeff Billado, Sales Consultant - Customer Interactive Solutions, Dimension Data, Herndon, VA, United States      
Paul Bilodeau, VP Sales & Marketing, The Brooks Group, Greensboro, NC, United States
Jane Blackwell, Community Outreach Manager, High Point Bank & Trust, High Point, NC, United States
Jill Blankenship, CEO, Frontline Call Center, Eastsound, WA, United States
Jeanne Bliss, President, CustomerBLISS, Pacific Palisades, CA, United States       
Bob Botelle, Exec VP. Merchant Services, Chief Customer Officer, Litle & Co, Lowell, MA, United States
Norm Bour, Community Development Director, OPIS Network, Newport Beach, CA, United States
Johnny Bravo, Account Executive, PolyPak America Inc., Sales, Loas Angeles, CA, United States
Patrice  Bryon, Head of Client Services, ProFund Advisors, LLC, Financial Services, Bethesda, MD, United States
Elaine Buxton, President, Confero Inc, Cary, NC, United States
Jon Byers, Manager of Client Relationships, Covisint, Client Satisfaction, Healthcare, Durham, NC, United States
Andrew Christofferson, Customer Service Manager, Cargill, Inc, Feed Products, Blair, NE, United States
Chadwick Collier, CEO, Consumer Driven Solutions and Group Cars, Memphis, TN, United States
Ryan Consigli, CEO, Zoom Technical Services, Inc., Woburn, MA, United States
Tom  Cross, Editor, TECHtionary, Boulder, CO, United States
Kelly Dantas, Media Director, SDI Distributor, Yonkers, NY, United States
Robyn Davis, Owner, When I Need Help, Columbus, OH, United States                 
Brent Dierking, Director, Business Development/Strategic Planning, NorthStar EMS, Birmingham, AL, United States
Kevin Domingue, VP, Customer Services, TRUMPF, Inc., Customer Service, Farmington, CT, United States
Alan Dowler, Customer Service Officer, Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton, NJ, United States
Carolyn K Edwards, AT&T and  WATCh?, San Diego, CA, United States    
Annette Eland, Claims Customer Service Manager, Esurance, San Francisco, CA, United States                   
Evren Erbasol, Phone Banking Manager, AKBANK, Alternative Delivery Channels Management, Istanbul, Turkey
Ron Essig, VP, Products & Services, Marriott Vacation Club, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Meredith Estep, Vice President Client Services, Unitiv, Inc., Alpharetta, GA, United States
Paul Evans, President and CMO, Evans Media Group, Overland Park, KS, United States
Franck Fielemon, Manager Direct Sales, DHL Express, International, Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Will Garrick, Senior Director, Prescription Solutions/  A United Health Care Company, Customer Service, Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Gina Giordano, VP, Customer Feedback, Macy's, New York, NY, United States
Barb Girson, Principal, My Sales Tactics, New Albany, OH, United States
Jaki Glenn, Regional Sr. Sales Rep., Taleo Learn, Taleo, Belton, SC, United States
Bob Gooderl, Product Manager/AVP, Symetra Financial, Life Division, Bellevue, WA, United States
Justin Grenier, Support Team Manager, Listrak, Lititz, PA, United States
Jimmy Griffith, Director, Solution Center Operations, Assurant Solutions, Extended Protection Solutions, Lawton, OK, United States
Judy Guffee, Senior Manager Customer Service, med fusion/ ClearPoint Diagnostic Laboratory, Lewisville, TX, United States
Josh Hatala, Marketing Specialist, AIReS, Marketing, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Peggy Heafey, Director - Intermediary Partner Care, Marriott Intl., Inc., Marriott Sales and Customer Care, Omaha, NE, United States
Arne Henrickson, SR Director Client Services, Coinsar/Redbox, Corporate, Bellevue, WA, United States
Greg Ives, Director of Global Services, ChannelAdvisor, Morrisville, NC, United States
Jeanne Jalufka, Sales Marketing Consultant, Pearson, Corpus Christi, TX, United States
Robert Jeppsen, Vice President, Commercial Sales, Zions Bank, Commercial Sales, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
David Johnston, President, Sales Resource Group Inc., Oakville, Canada
Rebecca Jones, Senior Marketing Manager, The Retail Outsource, Coral Gables, FL, United States
Christine Kazor, Customer Service Manager, Bright House Networks, Riverview, FL, United States
Rafal Kucharski, Advertising Manager, Wytwornia Mebli, Swarzedz, Poland
Rebecca Lane, Epitome Health and Beauty, Bushey Heath, United Kingdom
Howard  Lewis, President, Family Heritage Life Insurance, Cleveland, OH, United States
Shane Lewis, Asst VP of Sales, Sundance Vacations, Sales, Kennett Square, PA, United States
Angie  Marchant, CEO / Client Management, Millennium Benefits Consulting, Sandy Springs, GA, United States
Frank Maylett, EVP Sales and Global Alliances, inContact, Midvale, UT, United States
Colin  McKillop , Chief Executive Officer, Butcher Enterprises, Windsor, Canada
Curtis McLaughlin, Customer Support Manager, Debix Inc., Customer Support, Austin, TX, United States
Sharon Metzung, Publications & Graphics Manager, Lake Metroparks, Concord Township, OH, United States
Tiffany Mittal, Director of Sales and Marketing, Multifamily Utility Company, San Diego, CA, United States
Simona Mollova, CEO, Investmen JSPK credit consult - jsk, Sofia, Bulgaria
Stacy Muentzer, Project Manager, Bankers Life and Casualtyy Company, Chicago, IL, United States
Mark O'Toole, Managing Director, Public Relations & Content Marketing, H|B, Newton, MA, United States
Steve Pappageorge, Sr. Director, Business Services, DeVry Inc., DeVry University, Downers Grove, IL, United States
Donald Pillai, International Marketing Executive, Bumbo International, Pretoria, South Africa
Melanie Pope, Director, Australian National Paramedic Support Foundation, Aspley Qld, AL, Australia
Janine Popick, CEO, VerticalResponse, San Francisco, CA, United States                
Amy Pulaski, Manager, UPS, Global Customer Service Group, Richmond, VA, United States
Jesintha Rajaratnam, Partner, Joje India Consultants - Finance HR FZC, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Dennis Reno, Vice President, Global Customer Service, Oracle, San Francisco, CA, United States
Nancy Reynolds, Global Customer Service Manager, Braiform, Asheville, NC, United States
RJ  Riemer, Director - Training & Process Improvement, VIZIO, Inc., Irvine, CA, United States                     
Bruce Rosenblatt, VP of Sales, ITG Holdings, LLC, Bonita Springs, FL, United States
Amanda Running, PR Manager, SecurityMetrics, Orem, UT, United States
Brillian S K, Head - Talent Engagement, AIL, Human Resources, Mumbai, India
Anita Samojednik, VP, Customer Operations,, New York, NY, United States
Russell Sarder, Chairman and CEO, NetCom Learning, New York, NY, United States
Harry Schechter, CEO, Temperature@lert, Boston, MA, United States
Stu Schlackman, Owner, Competitive Excellence, Richardson, TX, United States
Paula Seeger, Supervisor-Customer Service Hotline, University of Minnesota, Office of Classroom Managment, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Randy Selleck, Sr. Director, Call Center Operations, Assurant Solutions, Atlanta, GA, United States
Bill Shelton, Vice President, USHEALTH Advisors, Insurance, Grapevine, TX, United States
Donnovan Simon, Director, Sales Support, SMART Technologies, Calgary, Canada
Peter Smith, CEO, SDL, Superior, CO, United States
Cate Sommervold, Dr., pharmaCline, Development and Patient Outreach, Sioux Falls, SD, United States
Alec Stern, VP, Strategic Market Development, Constant Contact, Waltham, MA, United States
Will Tarrant, Project Director, FreemanGroup, Richardson, TX, United States
Lucas Tennant, Sr. VP of Sales, CompuPay, Miramar, FL, United States
Dwayne Tharp, Director of Sales, Networking Technologies and Support, Inc., Midlothian, VA, United States      
Kathy Townend, Marketing Manager, Europ Assistance, CSA Travel Protection, San Diego, CA, United States
Heather Valentine, Vice President Global Sales, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Manakin Sabot, VA, United States
Laura Walter, Corporate Marketing Manager, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., St. Louis, MO, United States
Jerry Weinberger, Director, Customer Service Retention Webs, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, United States
Uriel Weisz, Customer Experience Manager & Researcher, Strativity Group, Rochelle Park, NJ, United States
Patrick Williams, Hit-Maker, YOU ROCK!®, Gig Harbor, WA, United States
Pam Young, President, Unique Innovations Inc., Lancaster, PA, United States
Julia Zamorska, VP of Corporate Communications, iolo technologies, Los Angeles, CA, United States       

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Final Judging Committee Chairs Named for Sales and Customer Service Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @ 04:13 PM

The following professionals have been named committee chairs for the final judging of the 2012 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Finalists will be notified on January 25 and announced on January 26.

Final judging will begin on January 30 and run for two weeks. 2012 winners will be announced at the 6th annual sales and customer service awards banquet on February 27 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

In total, more than 100 judges will participate in this year's final judging for the sales and customer service awards. Thank you to all of our judges for their participation.

Jason CSales Achievement Chair: 
Jason Copeland
, Senior Manager, National Sales Group, SurePayroll, Inc., Glenview, Illinois


Raj H

Sales Department & Sales Team Chair:

Raj Hajela
, Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer,  Salesify,
Redwood City, California

Bill B


Sales Individual & Solutions Provider Chair: 
William Binch
, SVP Sales, Marketo,
San Mateo, California



Carita V


Customer Service/Call Center Individual & Customer Service/ Call Center Team Chair:
Carita Vallinkoski
, Expansion Management, Competence Call Center AG,
Vienna, Austria


Susan C


Customer Service/ Call Center Department Chair:
Susan Cloutier
, Operations Manager, Mayo Medical Laboratories,
Rochester, Minnesota

Cameron H


Customer Service Achievement Chair:
Cameron E. Hurst, Vice President, Assurant Solutions,
Asheville, North Carolina


Ben S

New Product & Service Chair:

Ben Saren
, Vice President, Marketing, Litle & Co,
Lowell, Massachusetts



Next week we will publish the names of our committee members.

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