Top Sales Experts Form Evaluation Panel for "2017 Best Companies for Sales" Selection

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ --  Chicago-based GrowthPlay, an integrated sales effectiveness services provider, is pleased to announce it has partnered with Sales Management Association to conduct the first annual "Best Companies for Sales" research project. The purpose of this research is to introduce new levels of practical business intelligence applied to recruiting, hiring, coaching, training, and developing of sales forces and to ultimately reveal sales organizations that companies admire enough to learn from and emulate.

GrowthPlay is seeking participation from C-Level executives, sales leaders, and sales support executives most involved in sales force development and effectiveness with the goal of producing a comprehensive assessment of the status of global sales organizational trends. To take the survey, go to Best Companies for Sales Nomination.

We are excited to announce this year's panel of top sales thought-leaders to participate on the evaluation panel in the selection of the "2017 Best Companies for Sales": Tiffani Bova, Global, Customer Growth, and Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce; Tom Martin, President, Strategy 2 Revenue, Inc.; Mark Roberge, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Tom Steenburgh, Professor of Business Administration, Darden Graduate School of Business; Barry Trailer, Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder of CSO Insights; Michelle Vazzana, Partner, Vantage Point Performance; Craig Wortmann, Founder and CEO, Sales Engine, Inc.; Clinical Professor, University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

About the Survey:

Data will be collected to examine areas of finding, developing, and deploying sales talent, and a team of analysts will generate a list from the data of recommended "best companies for sales" to present to the panel of sales experts for input into the final selection. Data collection will be through an online survey which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Thirty sales organizations will be selected and recognized. The Best Companies for Sales listing will be published in February, 2017. The survey will close November 30, 2016.

Selection criteria is based on several views of a sales force: Self-Nomination, Peer Organization Nomination, and Panel of Industry Experts.

Input about your company's sales processes will contribute to the selection process of the final 2017 top sales companies which will be featured in Sales Management Association's publications and during the 2017 annual conference. Survey participants will receive a FREE copy of the Best Companies for Sales research executive overview.

About GrowthPlay:

GrowthPlay is a sales effectiveness firm that partners with its clients to grow revenue. The company brings together a powerful combination of sales performance offerings that align and enable customer organizations to achieve their revenue goals. We focus on consulting, training and technology solutions to elevate sales performance and drive profitable growth. Bringing together sales industry leaders - Force Management, Chally Group, Akina, Incite Sales, and Law Leaders Lab – GrowthPlay provides a tailored approach and a breadth of offerings that activate change at both the organizational and individual levels and deliver lasting, measurable results. For more information about GrowthPlay, go to

Media Contact: Lisa Spathis, GrowthPlay, LLC, 847-831-1367,

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