Qvidian Customers Energized by 2016 Connect Conference

Premier event for proposal and sales professionals boasts record attendance, raises the bar for professional development

CHELMSFORD, MA – April 19, 2016 - Qvidian, the innovator in sales execution solutions, today announced that its Connect 2016 conference received rave reviews from this year’s record number of attendees. The annual event, established in order to connect sales, content managers, RFP and proposal professionals across a wide variety of industries, inspired and reenergized customers to revolutionize how they approach RFP management and proposal automation, and best practices to drive successful sales behavior with digital playbooks.

Attendees gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to engage with influential leaders through keynote presentations, hands-on training sessions, customer presentations, and peer-to-peer networking. Customer Mark Marcinowski from Nuance (NASDAQ:NUAN) said of the event: “One of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. I learned a lot and was impressed with Qvidian’s roadmap and investment in the product.” Debra Bowness of Teknion observed: “Qvidian keeps upping the game – each year’s Connect conference gives us more of what we need to be successful.”

Presenters included keynote Mark Schulman, whose resume reads like a “Who’s Who” of Rock n’ Roll having worked with various artists from P!nk and Cher to Foreigner. Mark provided the audience with a fun interactive presentation disguised as a rock show that left attendees feeling confident and capable. Additional presenters, BJ Lownie and Jon Williams from Strategic Proposals, sharpened attendee proposal capabilities through an intensive workshop session.   

“Our overall mission is to help customers succeed, and this year’s annual conference and innovation awards are a great testament to that success,” said Lewis Miller, CEO, Qvidian. “We continue to empower customers with technology, knowledge, and connections so they can achieve greater results. The momentum coming out of this year’s conference was truly inspiring.”

The Connect conference recognized customers who surpassed benchmark business objectives through the Qvidian Customer Innovation Awards. This year’s recipients include:

  • Leader of the Pack – Darrell Woodward, Verizon
  • Producer of the Year – Lisa Orr, Accenture
  • Best Breakout Performance – Blake Stillman, O.C. Tanner
  • Artist of the Year – Alison Donley, BeyondTrust
  • Best Group Collaboration – Marcel Schwarz, Cisco Systems
  • RFP Superstar – Leslie Caldwell, Spectrum Business

Additional award nominees also included: Ameriflex, Dell, Ellucian, Hexagon Infrastructure & Safety, IBM Kenexa, Morneau Shepell, Rosetta Stone, RubinBrown, UOP Honeywell, and York.

“A customer exclaimed to me – ‘You are blowing my mind with everything Qvidian is doing for us,’” said Christopher Faust, Chief Marketing Officer, Qvidian. “The level of energy and excitement customers have right now is indicative of the level of energy and excitement our employees have put into the series of product releases that is truly revolutionizing how our customers are achieving success.”

A brief highlight video of Connect 2016 produced onsite sums up the three day conference in three minutes. To learn more about Qvidian and see how innovative organizations are achieving sales execution success, visit - www.qvidian.com

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About Qvidian

Qvidian, established in 2003, is a solution provider of cloud-based RFP and proposal document automation software. Qvidian enables teams to easily and efficiently access, assemble, deliver, measure and manage sales documents. Qvidian’s innovative software and advisory services help organizations manage repeatable processes and workflows that enable them to deliver winning proposals. Qvidian has more than 1,100 global customers and 200,000 licensed users.