LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Velocify, the market leader in cloud-based intelligent sales automation software, today announced that Nick Hedges has been recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management" by the Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA), placing fourth overall. Members voted for up to three people from the list of nominees. The nominees came from many areas including CRM and marketing automation software, database management, telemarketing, consulting, fulfillment, higher education and publishing companies.
The award caps off a year of impressive growth for the company under Hedges' leadership, including Velocify being recognized as one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies on Inc. Magazine's distinguished "Inc. 5000" list, as well as one of Glassdoor's 50 Best Places to Work in the small and medium business (SMB) category.
"It's a great honor to be recognized amongst some of the most influential leaders in the sales lead management industry," said Nick Hedges, president and CEO at Velocify. "This award validates our ongoing effort in partnership with associations like SLMA, to help revolutionize the results achieved by sales teams through technology."
Velocify enables sales organizations to effectively manage sales opportunities and increase revenue through intelligent features such as real-time activity prioritization and guided selling that optimizes the selling process. The company is primed for future growth as many industries continue to shift from traditional field sales to inside sales teams to drive revenue and meet quota.
Nick Hedges is president and CEO at Velocify and a 15 year veteran of the Internet and software as a service (SaaS) industry. Nick joined Velocify in 2008 as SVP of business development and then held various roles at the company, including head of sales and chief revenue officer, prior to becoming CEO in 2011.
Prior to Velocify, Nick was a case team leader at Bain and Company, where he led strategic assessments in the technology, consumer products, media, and private equity industries. Prior to Bain, he was the CEO of an online marketplace for the global soft commodity industry that provided trading and logistics services to companies across Africa, Asia and Europe. The company was one of the few early dot-coms to generate healthy revenue and was a forerunner of SaaS technology. Earlier in his career, Nick worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) on Internet and process-reengineering projects and at Ogilvy and Mather Advertising as an account manager for big brands, such as Kodak and Ford Motor Company.
A Fulbright Scholar, Nick holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree with first class honors from Manchester University.
Velocify is a market-leading provider of cloud-based intelligent sales software, designed for high-velocity sales environments. Velocify helps sales teams keep pace with the speed of opportunity and increase revenue by driving rapid lead response, increased selling discipline, improved productivity, and actionable selling insights. The company has helped more than 1,500 companies across a variety of industries improve customer acquisition practices and sales performance. Velocify was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte and a Best Place to Work by the Los Angeles Business Journal. For more information please visit Velocify.com or follow the company on Twitter @Velocify.
The mission of the Sales Lead Management Association is to help companies become successful in the critical business process of managing sales leads. The SLMA has 8,454 worldwide members, and its website includes 300-plus articles from 60 industry authors. Activities throughout the year include an active blog, recognition for the '20 Women to Watch in Sales Lead Management', the election of the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management, the SLMALive Radio Channel producing marketing and sales shows for at-work listeners, and an SLMA Weekly Radio program. SLMA Internet Radio has interviewed 342 executives on 242 programs. Sponsorship programs are available. For more information about SLMA or the 'Top 50' list, call Sue Campanale at 360 933 1259.
50 Most Influential in Sales Lead Management for 2014
The 50 Most Influential in Sales Lead Management for 2014 as awarded by Sales Lead Management Association:
Adam Needles - ANNUITAS
Adrian Chang - Oracle
Andrea Becker - LeadMD
Anna Weidell - Stanford Graduate School of Business