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CSS unveils its 2021 ‘Talent Superheroes’

The Commercial Strategy Center (CSS) revealed his Talented Superheroes 2021 winners — managers who are recognized for recruiting, selecting, developing and engaging the best in their teams and in their markets every day.

The annual honor recognizes leaders in sales leadership roles who oversee all things talent in their teams and territories and who were most likely nominated by a member of their team. Winners are selected by a committee that reviews each nominee’s skills and success based on building and maintaining a strong talent bank, recruiting top talent into the organization, mentoring people to maximize their strengths, the commitment of their team and the retention of the best over time.

“We received a tremendous number of nominations in the fourth quarter of 2021 (the highest number since the launch of this annual recognition in 2017), which is a true testament to the leadership, work ethic and skills of these managers. and cultures they create for their business. teams,” said Beth Sunshine, partner and vice president of talent management services at the Center for Sales Strategy. “The competition was the toughest it has ever been, and it is truly an honor to recognize these leaders for the incredible work they do day in and day out for their teams and organizations.”


The 2021 talent superheroes are:

Amy Coplen — Local Sales Manager, TEGNA, Austin

Angelina Rosario — Director of Sales, Cox Media Group, Miami

Carolyn McCulligh — Vice President of Advertising, McClatchy, Western Region

Darlene Park — Sales Manager, Bonneville International Corp., Denver

Fran Mallace – Former Group Vice President of Cox Media and current CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona

Frank Palino — Sales Manager, TEGNA, Seattle

James Conner — Director of Sales, Emmis Communications/Indianapolis

Jason Finkelberg — Market President and Chief Revenue Officer, Townsquare Media, Hudson Valley (Newburgh-Middletown and Poughkeepsie, NY)

Jim Richmond — Sales Manager, Bonneville International, Seattle

Jimmy Farrell — Sales Manager, Cox Media Group, Jacksonville

Maryann Balbo — Group Vice President, Cox Media

Sarah Dobbins — Vice President of Sales, Townsquare Media, Northern New England

Scott Hopek — Division President, iHeartMedia, New York


In addition to this honor, Maryann Balbo joins the “League of Legends” Talent Superhero, as she is the first Talent Superhero recipient to receive this prestigious award twice (2018 and 2021).

Founded in 1983, the Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) focuses on improving sales performance as it helps sales organizations turn talent into performance and develop top performing sales professionals.


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