VIENNA, Va. – Nov. 11, 2021 — The Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES) announced today the inaugural recipients of its new IES Premier Sales Leader designation. The Premier Sales Leader designation recognizes top sales leaders who have made a significant impact with their customers and the sales professionals they lead.

The inaugural Premier Sales Leaders are all world-class leaders with great energy, passion, and drive for customer success. These leaders are at the forefront of developing workforce environments that attract, motivate, and retain top-tier sales talent. They represent world-class organizations committed to customer service and sales excellence.

The IES Sales Excellence Awards is one of the most prestigious events in the sales industry. Event sponsorship is only open to a select group of companies and sponsors are given the opportunity to submit a tribute video that will be played at the gala.

The inaugural IES Premier Sales Leaders are:

  • Nancy Bohannan, Red Hat
  • Vince Burruano, JK Moving Services
  • Mike Byrd, Red Hat
  • Clint Crosier, AWS
  • Jennifer Fisher, WorldStrides
  • Matt Freix, Cvent
  • Barry Leffew, SAP NS2
  • Hannah Kate McWilliams, Cvent
  • Pete Mattimore, SAP NS2
  • Kim Mirazimi, 3Pillar Global
  • Jeremy Nye, Akamai
  • Russ Walker, Datasite
  • Rebecca Wetherly, AWS

“In the era of ‘The Great Resignation,’ companies find themselves challenged more than ever with acquiring, motivating, retaining, and elevating top-tier sales talent. One thing that keeps great sales professionals at their companies is the leaders who grow their people, inspire their customers, and make things happen,” said IES Cofounder Fred Diamond. “These recipients were chosen from a select group of sales leaders for their high achievements throughout their careers and ability to adapt and evolve through unprecedented workforce changes.”

Premier Sales Leaders were nominated by their companies and selected by the IES for inclusion in the Premier Sales Leader guide, which can be downloaded here. The list will continue to be updated on an annual basis.

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 Mid-Atlantic region 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. The mission of the IES is to help sales leaders acquire, retain, motivate and elevate top-tier sales talent. Contact the IES at A complete list of upcoming IES programs can be found here.