The 2018 Sales Pro Central MVP Awards!

Sales Pro Central brings together the best content from hundreds of industry thought-leaders. These awards will recognize the Most Valuable Posts as judged by our readers, award committee, and our machine intelligence and social media. We will recognize the posts that provide the highest value to industry professionals - useful and actionable information, that is tactical or strategic in nature, providing either long-term or short-term value.

Check out the 2018 MVP Awards Winner Spotlight:



Awards will be given for articles covering the following categories:

Audience Size

Every day, our articles are read by an audience of over 50,000 people on our site and newsletter. We use our machine intelligence and social media, bolstered by our editorial team, to curate this content.

But 2018 is coming to an end and we want to know: of all of our articles, which are the best of the best? Our machine intelligence, social media, and editors can get us close. But we want that extra special touch that comes from beloved reader feedback.

You can represent these 50,000 readers. Cast your vote and let us know what you like to see!

Judging Criteria

We're judging posts that we see to provide the highest value to industry professionals. Does your article include useful and actionable information? Is it tactical or strategic? Does it provide short- or long-term value? Those are the types of questions our judges will be asking themselves.


Submitting content for consideration

To nominate an article, please email a link of it to Eve Lyons-Berg with "2018 Sales Pro Central MVP nomination: (category)" as the subject line. Articles must have been published between October 1st, 2017 and October 1st, 2018 to be eligible.

Nominations are open until October 26th. After that, our panel of judges will review the nominations and narrow them down to a list of finalists for each category.


Finalists will be announced on November 14th. Once finalists are announced, we will open up voting to our readers. Voting ends on November 27th. Winners will be announced December 3rd.

Program Committee

Meet our expert panel of judges!

Elyse Archer

Entrepreneur and Business Consultant

Elyse is passionate about helping sales and leadership professionals break belief barriers to uncover their true potential. Her areas of focus include strategic leadership, creating vision for your team members and effective accountability. Elyse has trained thousands of sales professionals and business leaders worldwide on how to create selling systems that produce real results, working with organizations such as Mass Mutual, Keller Williams, New York Life, Wells Fargo and many more. Elyse’s sales and leadership insights have been featured on,, the Daily Discipline podcast, and many others. She also co-hosts one of the world’s leading social selling podcasts, the Social Selling Podcast by Linking into Sales. The show was recently named by as one of the top 14 podcasts that will make you a more successful entrepreneur.

Nic Poulos

Partner, Bowery Capital

Nic Poulos is a Partner at Bowery Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. He focuses on investments in enterprise cloud software, with particular experience in machine learning, supply chain & logistics, healthcare IT, and vertical SaaS. Prior to forming Bowery Capital, Nic worked as an Associate at AOL Ventures, where he helped drive investment in and support of over 20 software startups. Prior to that, he served in a strategy role in AOL, leading various business development initiatives for the company's ad tech properties. Nic began his career in technology Investment Banking at GCA (fka GCA Savvian), where he supported M&A and private financing advisory as an Analyst in the firm's Internet group. Nic also serves as a Board Director for non-profit Impact NYC and holds an A.B. from Princeton University.

Russell Hornfisher

Author, How to Treat Your Employees Like a Dog

Russell Hornfisher has held positions ranging from District Sales Manager to President. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior and Development, and taught in the School of Business at University of Northern Iowa and Eastern Michigan University as an adjunct instructor. In his spare time he has fostered, trained, showed and is currently an AKC and UKC Judge. Most recently, Russell authored a book How to Treat Your Employees Like a Dog.

Paul Smith

Speaker, Author, and Consultant

Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts in business storytelling. He’s one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018, a storytelling coach, and bestselling author of the books Sell with a Story, Lead with a Story, and Parenting with a Story. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, is a former consultant at Accenture, and former executive and 20-year veteran of The Procter & Gamble Company. (