VIENNA, Va. – April. 28, 2021  — The Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES) today announced this year’s finalists for the 2nd Annual Jay Nussbaum IES Rising Sales Star Award. The award recipient will be unveiled at the virtual IES Sales Excellence Awards on Thursday, June 3.

The 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 professionals 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, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Matt Cannone, Akamai
  • Desmond Chua, Datasite
  • Anne Cynamon, 3Pillar Global
  • Katie Kramer, Cvent
  • Pat Narus, Fireeye
  • Veronica Poissant, Red Hat
  • Cathlin Sibears, Salesforce
  • Ash Thankey, Amazon Web Services

“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. The Rising Sales Star Award was created to continue his legacy of passion, energy, boldness and sales excellence,” said Fred Diamond, President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Excellence in Sales.

“The 8 finalists represent Jay’ spirit, focus and vitality,” said Diamond. “They come from all over the globe and have bright futures in enterprise sales. We’re proud the recognize them.”

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 (