VIENNA, Va. – Sept. 17, 2020 – PRLog — The Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES) today announced this year’s finalists for the inaugural Jay Nussbaum IES Rising Sales Star Award. The award recipient will be unveiled at the virtual IES Sales Excellence Awards on Friday, October 16.

The inaugural Jay Nussbaum Rising Sales Star Award pays tribute to Jay Nussbaum, a former IES Lifetime Achievement in Sales Award Recipient and titan of the sales industry. The award honors young sales professional under the age of 40 who exude professionalism and are committed to a successful career in B2B/enterprise sales.The finalists for this year’s award are:

  • Jihad Abdur-Rahim, Learning Tree International
  • Andrew Bailey, SAP NS2
  • Abhijeet Jhala, Amazon Web Services
  • Casey Lynott, 3Pillar Global
  • Bryan Martin, JK Moving
  • Brandon Steele, DLT Solutions

“Jay Nussbaum was a powerful sales leader having led world-class sales organizations at Xerox and Oracle as well as creating Agilex, which was acquired by Accenture. We are thrilled to honor his memory with the Jay Nussbaum Rising Sales Star Award,” said Fred Diamond, President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Excellence in Sales. “The six finalists represent Jay’s spirit, drive and commitment to sales excellence and performance.”

This year’s IES Sales Excellence Awards will also feature a special tribute to Jay as we celebrate the life and legacy of a sales legend.

To learn more about registration and sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event, click here ( and follow along on social media at #IESAwards.

About the Institute for Excellence in Sales:

The IES provides a wealth of services to sales leaders and their teams at companies large and small throughout the U.S and across the globe. It is an unbiased and trusted partner for the delivery of sales programs, speakers, training, services and products. The IES also produces the award-winning Sales Game Changers Podcast and runs the IES Women in Sales Leadership Forum. Contact the IES at A complete list of upcoming IES programs can be found here (