IES Lifetime Achievement, Women in Sales Leadership, Entrepreneur Sales Leader, and Rising Sales Star Award Recipients

The IES recognizes a sales visionary, leader and world-class executioner of sales excellence each year with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The IES also recognizes a high-achieving Women in Sales leader each year as well.

Qualifications for the Lifetime Achievement Award include a substantive career in leading sales at the highest level at major brands, a legacy of protégé success, and commitment to the sales profession.

The Woman in Sales Leadership award criteria may include sales leadership positions held at top brand companies, exemplary leadership or achievement in sales, service to the sales professional, and performance.

Veronica Poissant

About Veronica Poissant

2021 Recipient

Veronica Poissant exemplifies confidence, professionalism and resourcefulness. Throughout her 16 years in the industry, she has devoted her time to coaching and mentoring others to become exceptional public sector sales professional.

She leads by nurturing a fun, open and collaborative culture that is based on meritocracy, which inspires those who work […]

Craig Abod

About Craig Abod

2020 Recipient

Craig P. Abod is president and founder of Carahsoft Technology Corp., a Reston, Virginia-based firm that has become one the nation’s most respected and fastest growing Government-focused IT solutions providers. In founding Carahsoft, Abod combined his entrepreneurial spirit and 25+ years of experience in government sales, marketing and contract management […]

Mark Testoni

About Mark Testoni

2019 Recipient

Mark Testoni is among the nation’s leading experts in the application of technology to solve problems in government and industry, especially in the U.S. national security space. With more than 20 years of technology industry experience, 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and 30 years of public sector management […]

Gigi Schumm

As SVP of Worldwide Sales of ThreatQuotient, Gigi Schumm is responsible for the revenue growth and driving global channel strategy. Gigi brings over two decades of experience leading high-performing sales and services organizations, spanning commercial sales, services, channels, alliances, business development and operations. Prior to ThreatQuotient, Gigi served as VP and General […]

Teresa Carlson

About Teresa Carlson

2018 Recipient

Teresa Carlson is one of the most highly-regarded and recognized sales and business leader in the technology industry. She is the vice president for Amazon Web Services’ worldwide public sector business. Prior to working for Amazon, Ms. Carlson served as Microsoft’s Vice President of Federal Government business.

Since starting AWS’s public […]

Paul Smith

About Paul Smith

2017 Recipient

Paul Smith joined Red Hat in 2004 to oversee the sales, marketing, consulting, channels and strategic planning of the Government Business unit. With more than 20 years of experience marketing key technologies within the government marketplace, Paul has a track record of successfully selling software solutions to government agencies and […]