What do you get when you combine a New York Times Bestselling author and sports journalist, award winning team members, and a pie in the face?
That would be the New Horizons Learning Group Sales Kick-off, of course.
NHLG held its annual sales kick off on January 15, 2016 at The Center Club in Costa Mesa. This event is held to celebrate the successes of the previous year as well as get the team motivated for the year to come. “We’ve worked hard this year and we’ve grown,” said VP of Sales, Ryan Landry, ”To be able to come together like this at the end of the year and celebrate where we are as a company and where we’re going shows who we are as a team. Culture has value. And ours? It really shows.”
Events included a key note speaker, a presentation from CEO Kevin Landry, employee awards, and a pie in the face for VP of Sales, Ryan Landry.
Key Note Speaker, Don Yaeger
What Makes the Great Ones Great?
New York Times bestselling author and former Sports Illustrated Journalist Don Yaeger gave his motivational speech on what makes the great ones great. During his talk, he gave discussed what teams can learn through the example of great teams in sports and his experience with world renowned coaches and sports figures such as Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, The USA Dream Team, and UCLA coach John Wooden.
Our Living the Values program allows New Horizons Learning Group coworkers to nominate their fellow teammates who they feel exemplify NHLG’s core values of Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Simplicity, and People-First. 2015 winners were:
Gratitude: Brian C.
Respect: Jennifer H.
Accountability: Tony B.
Simplicity: Ron L.
People-First: Mackenzie M.
Living the Values: Jackson L
Annual GRASP Award: Rory K
Aaron Brown, B2B
Greg Olmen, B2C
Sale of the Year: Mark Roque
Rookie of the Year
Burbank Account Executive Mahsa Jarrahi won Rookie for the Year for her exceptional performance in sales for 2015. “Being presented with this award is really exciting,” Mahsa said, “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my entire team at New Horizons. I can’t wait for 2016 to see what I have in store for it!
Terry Bradley Memorial Award
Recipient: Cindy Sutherland, VP of Business Development
The Terry Bradley Memorial Award is an award bestowed in honor of NHLG’s beloved former CFO, who passed away in October 2009. This award is presented to those employees who exemplify integrity, passion for co-workers, high standards of quality of work output and self-awareness. This year’s winner was VP of Business Development, Cindy Sutherland: “Living the values is something we strive for every day at New Horizons. To win this award for my work habits and to honor Terry is truly a blessing. I am grateful and proud to be a part of our company’s journey.”
A Little Friendly Competition Never Hurt Anyone
A little friendly competition never hurt anyone – unless you’re Sales VP Ryan Landry, who found himself the loser of an internal sales competition. He was given a faceful of pie courtesy of Cindy Sutherland.
With a new year ahead (and a new name!), the team here at New Horizons Learning Group is ready to tackle 2016.