You Know That Thing I Said About Not Winning Awards – Well We Did

ERP Lifestyle consultants are all about keeping customers happy and not about winning awards.

So then how did I manage to squeak out an invitation to  President’s Circle with Sage January 2010?

According to Paul Johnson of Sage I was selected from a pool of 140 partners who’d been nominated for the inaugural Sage Spirit Award.

This new category  was created by Sage to honor business partners that embody the five Sage principles of agility, innovation, simplicity, trust, and integrity. In other words it’s meant to recognize people who don’t sell millions in software but have other characteristics that Sage has determined justify them being honored.

I wrote about the Sage Inaugural Spirit Award on my main site so I won’t get into it in detail here. Suffice it to say that I was completely surprised and honored to receive the call from Paul Johnson.

Now on to Arizona  (assuming they accepted my reservation) where I’ll see if I can use my scary social media skills to  become the first Sage Business Partner ejected for live blogging about what goes on at President’s Circle. Full press release after the jump.

Dec 22, 2009 12:09 ET

Sage Announces 2009 Sage Spirit Business Partner Awards

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwire – December 22, 2009) – Sage North America announced today the Sage Spirit business partner awards for 2009, recognizing Sage Business Solutions (SBS) partners who are diverse, vibrant and strong contributors to the Sage partner community. The recipients of the inaugural Sage Spirit awards are Azamba Consulting Group, Chicago, IL and Schulz Consulting, LLC, Glastonbury, CT.

“At Sage, we believe that a successful business partnership is developed through embracing the fundamental principles of agility, innovation, simplicity, trust and integrity,” said Jodi Uecker-Rust, president, Sage Business Solutions division. “By recognizing these business partners, Sage is acknowledging the characteristics that we look for in order to build a successful business partner relationship.”

Azamba Consulting Group specializes in the sale, installation and support of SageCRM. Known for generosity in the Sage partner community, Azamba Consulting Group often provides no cost marketing, promotional and consulting services to other Sage business partners to help overall customer service. Responsive and professional, Azamba Consulting Group has the reputation as a company built to work with Sage business partners.

Schultz Consulting, LLC demonstrates that effort and persistence can drive success no matter what size the firm. The company is known for outstanding contributions to customers and to the Sage business partner community. Recognized as a leading voice for Sage MAS through innovative use of social media, Schulz Consulting, LLC embodies the spirit of the Sage principles.

The Sage Spirit award is part of the Sage Partner Advantage Award Series, which honors business partners for a variety of outstanding achievements. Spirit awards have been added to the program to honor business partners that embody the five Sage principles of agility, innovation, simplicity, trust, and integrity. Recipients have demonstrated that they value their relationship with Sage by embracing these principles in order to create a mutually beneficial partnership. Nominations were submitted by Sage business partners and Sage employees with selections being made by a Sage executive committee.

Distinction as a Sage Spirit award recipient includes an invitation to the exclusive President’s Circle. All Sage Partner Advantage Award Series recipients will be honored at an official awards ceremony at the luxurious Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, January 25-27, 2010.

About Sage North America

Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs more than 4,000 people and supports nearly 2.9 million small and medium-size business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 14,500 people and supports 5.8 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at or call 866-308-2378.

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Quick Preview Of What The Sage Presidents Circle Might Look Like This Year As Spirit Award Winners Join The Million Dollar Sellers and Sage Execs

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