Tampa Man Named Finalist in Search for World's Greatest Salesperson

Jun 10, 2010, 16:41 ET from HCP & Associates

NEW YORK, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- With entries from 12 countries, the search for the World's Greatest Salesperson narrowed as New York-based OgilvyOne Worldwide announced the names of the three finalists who will travel to Cannes to pitch live on stage for the coveted title.

Eric Polins from Tampa, USA, Y. Lee Abbas from Hokkaido, Japan, and Todd Herman from Edmonton, Canada, were the three finalists selected. They will appear at a special seminar at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France on Monday, June 21. The winning video submissions by each of the finalists can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/ogilvy.

Polins currently serves as Managing Partner of HCP & Associates (www.hcpassociates.com), an International marketing consulting firm headquartered in Tampa Bay.  "I grew up being a huge fan of the David Ogilvy and his advertising practices.  Being able to participate with people from all over the globe was intriguing to me.  I am honored to be in the company of my other competitors from Canada and Japan, and look forward to the challenge in Cannes," Polins said.

During the Cannes seminar, the audience will vote real-time for the ultimate winner, who will be named the "World's Greatest Salesperson" and will receive a three month fellowship with OgilvyOne to help craft the sales guide to the 21st century.

"We've been blown away by the creativity, enthusiasm and digital savvy that we've encountered on our quest to find the World's Greatest Salesperson," said Mat Zucker, Executive Creative Director of OgilvyOne in New York, and the originator of the contest. "Choosing only three finalists from such an impressive field has been the most challenging part for us so far – but what impressed us the most about the finalists was their approach to the changing nature of sales."

Tapping several tools of the sales trade, OgilvyOne is on a mission to reinvigorate the noble art of salesmanship and the credo of its founder David Ogilvy who said, "We sell, or else." OgilvyOne launched a global search to find the world's greatest salesperson through an online video competition on YouTube where contestants were asked to submit a two minute pitch on how they would sell a red brick.

SOURCE HCP & Associates