SOURCE: Sage Software

June 08, 2005 11:00 ET

Sage Software's Taylor Macdonald Named Best Sales Executive by 2005 American Business Awards

Macdonald Honored for Innovative Advocacy and Continued Focus on the Channel

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 8, 2005 -- Sage Software announced today that its chief channel executive, Taylor Macdonald, has been honored as "Best Sales Executive" at the third annual American Business Awards. The American Business Awards are the first national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace. The awards are nicknamed the Stevie's for the Greek word "crowned" and have been recognized by the New York Post(1) as "the business world's own Oscars." Macdonald's achievement was marked with the presentation of a Stevie at a reception earlier this week in New York.

Macdonald received the award based on the strong impact and clear investments Sage Software, under his direction, has made in channel programs to help the company's business partners succeed. Macdonald's first-hand experience as a successful business partner has guided his strategies for supporting the Sage Software partner network. Prior to joining Sage Software, Macdonald was founder of Macdonald Consulting Group, Sage Software's top business partner for five years.

Among the innovative programs Macdonald created and implemented in the past year was Partners for Growth, designed to help business partners in one of the most challenging areas required to accelerate business: finding, hiring, and training effective sales people. Macdonald's team launched the Partners for Growth program with a $1 million investment in sales training, hiring assistance, direct financial support and marketing assistance programs to business partners. Designed to fuel internal growth in the company's 6,000+ strong partner channel, the program was an overwhelming success, with partner applications far exceeding the spots available. Each of the 100 partners accepted into the program received $10,000 towards finding and training a new member of its sales force. Macdonald's hands-on approach and consistent communication with Sage business partners have provided him with the opportunity to develop a sustainable channel business, which accounts for nearly 50% of all Sage Software revenues.

Winners of the American Business Awards were announced during an awards ceremony and reception on Monday, June 6, 2005 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The ceremonies were also videocast on the Internet and broadcast on radio. Donald J. Trump received the first Lifetime Achievement Award that evening. More than 1,200 nominations from companies of all sizes and virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, Best New Product or Service and Best Support Staffer.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.5 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, ACCPAC, ACT!, BusinessWorks, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, MIP, Peachtree, SalesLogix, and Timberline Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.bestsoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-BEST.

About The Stevie Awards

Hailed as "the business world's own Oscars" by the New York Post (September 22, 2002), Stevie Awards are conferred in three programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, and The Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

Premier sponsors of The 3rd Annual American Business Awards include Rogen International, ValueVision Associates, Veritude, Ultimate Software and The Professional Society for Sales & Marketing Training.

Media sponsors include the Business TalkRadio Network, Hoover's Online, Selling Power Magazine and Wired Magazine. Speedera Networks will again videocast the awards ceremonies live on the Internet.

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(1) Hailed as "the business world's own Oscars" by the New York Post, September 22, 2002.

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