What is the Alumni of the Year Award?
After well over a decade of helping companies surface new revenue opportunities, hundreds of memoryBlue alumni have elevated into roles with some of the industry’s most recognizable names and hottest start-ups.
The memoryBlue Alumni of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments and put together a “career year” so to speak. The winner receives “Hall of Fame” treatment in our offices complete with a $5,000 dream vacation on us and a banner commemorating the achievement.
Applicants are put through a rigorous judging process where 40-60 deserving nominees get whittled down to just three finalists. From there, the former Alumni of the Year winners, a star-studded judges panel comprised of decorated inside sales industry luminaries, company leadership, current staff, and an “at large” popular vote help select a final winner. In the end, there can only be one Alumni of the Year – someone who stands alone on top of an extremely high mountain!
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The 2018 Alumni of the Year winner is Michael Daversa!
We’re thrilled to announce that our fourth annual memoryBlue Alumni of the Year winner is Michael Daversa! memoryBlue CoFounder and Managing Partner Chris Corcoran announced Michael as the winner in our Q3 State of the Elephant employee town hall. Michael had a sensational year in 2017 as a Senior Sales Director at Infor (one of the largest enterprise software companies in the world). Along with achieving legendary status within the halls of memoryBlue, Michael has earned a $5,000 dream vacation on us.
Congratulations Michael – well done!
This competition was razor close and featured three incredible finalists. All three Finalists received multiple first-place votes from our various judging panels and each had strong claims to the crown. Thank you to Michael Breslin and Katie Braesicke – it was our honor to have you both competing heavily for this title and we can’t wait to see you both back in this position next year!
Michael has now earned a $5,000 dream vacation on us along with the prestige that comes with joining the select group of prior victors.
He was honored in a special awards ceremony and we have raised his banner across all our offices – the fourth recognized memoryBlue Alumni of the Year.
The Judges Panel
Like past years, we turned to a strong group of inside sales industry luminaries to help us judge the competition. The panel this year was comprised of five professional sales experts, leaders and educators:
- Bob Perkins – Founder & Chairman, American Association for Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP)
- Craig Rosenberg – Co-Founder & Chief Analyst, TOPO
- Lauren Bailey – Founder & President, Factor 8
- Mark Weber – Executive in Residence, The Catholic University of America
- Ralph Barsi – Senior Director, Global Sales Development, ServiceNow
We owe these professionals a special debt of gratitude for their insight and help in selecting a final winner!
To learn a little more about our three sensational finalists in 2018, see below.
Meet the 2018 Alumni of the Year Award Finalists