David DiStefano Finalist 2007 American Business Awards

David DiStefano, CEO of Richardson, Named Finalist of The 2007 American Business Awards for Best Executive

Philadelphia, PA — June 1, 2007 — Richardson, a leading sales training and consulting firm, today announced that David DiStefano, President and CEO, has been named as a finalist in the Best Executive category by The 2007 American Business Awards. More than 2,000 entries from companies of all sizes, and in virtually every industry, were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories.

The American Business Awards (also known as The Stevie Awards) were created to honor and generate public recognition of the efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions of companies and business people worldwide. In addition to being named a Stevie Award finalist, Mr. DiStefano has also been recently honored as one of the top 20 influencers in the Training Industry by TrainingOutsourcing.com for his outstanding contributions and innovations in sales training.

Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City . More than 700 executives from across the USA are expected to attend. The ceremonies will be videocast on the Internet and broadcast on radio, and hosted by Larry Wilmore of TV's THE DAILY SHOW with JON STEWART.

“Being named a Finalist in The American Business Awards is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of national recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

“I am truly honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and recognition,” says David DiStefano , President and CEO of Richardson. “I am proud to receive this national recognition and attribute it to the commitment, dedication, and hard work of my entire Richardson team. Our success as an organization and our ability to support our clients in reaching their sales goals is directly the result of our team effort.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba .

About Richardson

Richardson accelerates the productivity of sales professionals by ensuring they have the skills, strategies, and processes to achieve their objectives and implement their organization's strategy. Utilizing a comprehensive curriculum, coaching, consulting, diagnostic testing tools, and a proprietary customization process, Richardson helps develop the critical skills sales organizations need to win. Richardson 's curriculum includes sales, sales management, strategy, negotiations, and service training delivered through seminars, one-on-one and team coaching, and interactive eLearning.

About The Stevie Awards

Hailed as “the business world's own Oscars,” Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards.  Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com .

To learn more about Richardson, please contact us at info@richardson.com.