As part of our continuing series of interviews on the five most important things an executive has learned in business and life, we spoke with Mari Anne Vanella of the Vanella Group. She has authored the best-selling and award-winning book 42 Rules of Cold Calling Executives. Mari Anne presented thoughts that have guided her in her career such as:
- It’s never about you…
- How a question she asks new-hires can be a guide for your own life
- The importance of living by your word
- Why being grateful is being gracious
- The importance of managing yourself
About Mari Anne Vanella
Mari Anne Vanella has 25+ years of sales and business management experience. As Founder/CEO of sales development firms in the Silicon Valley, her organizations have consistently delivered long-term, successful sales development programs to high tech and services industries across the United States.
Mari Anne's background includes successful performance as Vice President and Director at companies such as The EC Company (now ADX), PictureTalk, a subsidiary of Drake International (one of the world's largest IT solution and staffing firms), Global Knowledge, a $500 Million IT Training and consulting firm, and at Skyline Computer Corporation, where she led the Cisco Training Products organization to a #5 position in the country within one year. Prior to these she founded Procom, a sales development firm based in the Silicon Valley serving customers such as State Farm Insurance, Waddell & Reed, AmeriPro, and many others.
Mari Anne is listed in the #3 position in the "40 Most Inspirational C-Level Leaders in Sales Lead Management" in 2015 and is also listed in the "20 Women to Watch in Sales Lead Management" in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011. She was recently a speaker in featured sessions at Dreamforce on Social Selling and has been invited to speak three times recently in featured sessions. She has also been invited to represent the SMB CEO role at "LinkedIn Live" event which was co-sponsored by the regional Chamber of Commerce and focused on how SMB's can successfully leverage LinkedIn as The Vanella Group, Inc. has.
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