Top Sales Magazine Names Consultant to Cisco and Microsoft Partner Programs a Top 50 Sales/Marketing Influencer

KNOXVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - May 7, 2012) - Ken Thoreson, author of the award-winning Your Sales Management Guru blog, articles and book series for sales leaders, renowned consultant, columnist and speaker, and Acumen Management Group Principal, was named to Top Sales' "Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers for 2012" list. The magazine describes this elite group as "resources that can assist companies in becoming the best that they can possibly be." Full details appear in this month's downloadable Top Sales magazine.

Lori Malin, Cisco Systems senior manager, business development for worldwide channels, isn't surprised about Thoreson's recognition. She said, "Acumen has brought great value to resellers going through our Cisco Partner Practice Builder program. One of our premier partners, Dynetics, told us, 'Ken's coaching was excellent. We are already putting his suggestions to work, and may arrange a follow-up session.'"

Matthew Woodget, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft, said, "Ken added great value in co-creating a Microsoft Partner business focused program and delivering information to partners in a way that was relevant for their businesses. I'm glad Ken is part of the team."

Reviews like these made Thoreson an ideal choice for being chosen as a keynote speaker at the first major online conference for small business IT consultants, Managing for Success 2012, in June, hosted by Small Biz Thoughts. He is also speaking at his 10th Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July.

Top Sales reviewed the credentials of 150 candidates, and polled editors of the most popular sales resource venues and the sales community. Assessment criteria included: Social media presence; quality, regularity and popularity of written work; active engagement with recognized resource sites; commitment to continually advance selling and marketing practices.

About Ken Thoreson
Ken Thoreson, Acumen Management Group, Ltd. president, is a sales leadership professional who for more than 14 years has helped executives revitalize their organizations by pulling sales results from the doldrums to predictable revenue. He is a recognized expert in sales execution, channel management, revenue generation, sales analysis, compensation, forecasting, recruitment, and training. Ken's consulting, advisory, and speaking services have illuminated, motivated, and rejuvenated sales efforts for companies across North America. For more information about Thoreson and his "Your Sales Management Guru's Guide" books, visit, call 423-884-6328, or email

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