SOURCE: ValueVision Associates, LLC

October 10, 2006 13:00 ET

ValueVision Associates Bolsters Team, Expands Global Presence

Addition of Six Sales Professionals Furthers Company Mission to Escalate Sales Performance in the U.S. and Abroad

RANCHO SANTA FE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- ValueVision Associates, a leader in competency- and process-based training for escalating sales performance, today announced the addition of six associates. The new associates, all former sales executives and leaders, will aid the expansion of ValueVision Associates' sales training capabilities around the world.

These associates represent key strategic markets and contribute a critical understanding of their national attitudes, language and business environments. ValueVision Associates welcomes Ian Roughsedge from Australia and in the European market, Hans-Gerd Dobben joins from Germany, Giovanni Menera is from Italy and David Bentley is based in the United Kingdom. Strategic Productivity, LTD also will represent ValueVision Associates in South Africa. Americans Jim Roche and Charlotte Alex, along with Executive Communication Group also join the company.

"We're thrilled to welcome these sales experts into our organization," said Julie Thomas, president and CEO of ValueVision Associates. "Their collective experience in sales and sales management will enable us to penetrate new opportunities, expose more sales leaders to the benefits of a consistent sales methodology and deliver phenomenal training. With the addition of Hans-Gerd in Germany and Giovanni in Italy, we are also able to expand our language capabilities."

Each new associate is responsible for furthering ValueVision Associates' strategy of working with sales teams of any size and industry, identifying the challenges that impact them and incorporating a consistent, sustainable sales methodology to maximize results.

About ValueVision Associates

ValueVision Associates is a worldwide leader in competency- and process-based training for escalating sales performance. Its proprietary ValueSelling Framework™ is founded on a practical, sustainable methodology that uncovers a prospect's critical business issues and enables the salesperson to link the unique value of their solution to those issues. Through personalized classroom instruction, sales executives are armed with strategies to access and dialogue with executive decision-makers, diagnose stalled decisions, increase forecast accuracy, eliminate discounting and increase deal size. Victory! is a competency-based series of online, multimedia training sessions for sales professionals seeking to sharpen their skills by building their core competencies. ValueVision Associates offers sales training programs in English, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish.

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