2009 Finalists Announced

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Fairfax, VA – January 14, 2009 – Finalists in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, an international competition recognizing excellence in disciplines that are crucial to business success, were announced today.  

The awards are presented by the Stevie® Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious American Business Awards.

Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala banquet on Monday, February 9 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Nominated customer service and sales executives from the U.S.A. and several other countries are expected to attend.  

More than 500 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted to this year’s competition.  There are 27 categories for customer service professionals and 41 categories for sales professionals.

Among the leading contenders with multiple Finalists are Broadridge Financial Solutions, The Cobalt Group , Crossroads Systems, Direct Alliance, Golden 1 Credit Union, Office Depot, PeopleAdmin, SDL International, Somerby of Alpharetta, SurePayroll, and TELUS Corporation.

Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners this week from among the Finalists.   Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging.

“The results of the judging thus far illustrate that even in a tough economic environment, organizations can still outperform in customer service and sales,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards.  “Better yet, continuing success in these essential disciplines is critical to an organization’s future overall success. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/sales

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  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 www.stevieawards.com.

Sponsors of the third annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include John Hancock Mutual Funds, Sales Partnerships, and ValueSelling Associates.