Linda Richardson and David DiStefano Named Among “Top 20 Most Influential Training Professionals“

Linda Richardson and David DiStefano Named Among “Top 20 Most Influential Training Professionals“

Philadelphia , PA — April 12, 2007 — Richardson , a leading sales training and consulting firm, today announced that company founder Linda Richardson and company CEO David DiStefano have both been named to the prestigious “ Top 20 Most Influential Training Professionals ” by Training Industry, Inc.

The two Richardson executives were selected from a list of 71 nominees based on the impact their contributions and innovations in technology, business strategies, best practices, instructional methods, creation of unique learning content, and development of strategic processes for learning have had on the profession.

The award recipients were selected and voted for by over 12,000 of their peers on the TrainingIndustry.com website and include CEOs, Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Chief Learning Officers, Authors, Consultants, and Senior Executives of training companies from a variety of industries, government agencies, and academia.

“Our industry needs thought leaders to drive innovation, encourage the application of best practices, and champion effective business strategies for learning,” commented Dr. Jim Hanlin, Chief Marketing Officer for Training Industry, Inc. “Linda and David's contributions have made Richardson, perhaps, the most respected sales training organization and have moved our industry forward by positively impacting the performance of their client companies through their thought leadership.”

“It has been a great privilege to be a part of the training industry and to have the opportunity to develop process, content, methodology, and tools that help professionals reach new potential. This recognition by my peers and Training Industry is deeply appreciated by me,” states Linda Richardson.”

“When we envisioned this award, we felt that acknowledgement by one's colleagues and peers provided the most prestigious form of recognition,” says Doug Harward, Founder and CEO of Training Industry, Inc. “ Nominations and voting for candidates was completed exclusively by leaders and practitioners in the training industry so those selected should feel especially honored for having been selected by those most knowledgeable of their contributions.”

“We want to congratulate all of the nominees and winners of this very esteemed award and thank all of the people who voted for us,” says David DiStefano , CEO of Richardson. “After 15 years of building our company together, I am honored to be recognized alongside Linda for this most prestigious award. The Richardson team's tireless dedication and commitment to addressing the challenging and innovative business needs of our clients has propelled our company to where we are today – a true leader in sales training for the global marketplace. We will continue to aggressively support our clients in pursuit of their business goals and growth objectives.”

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 Training Industry Inc.

The mission of TrainingIndustry.com is to create a more efficient marketplace for learning. Our goal is to create an intelligence center that provides best-in-class business strategies, practices, and processes to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between training suppliers and corporate executives. For suppliers, TrainingIndustry.com provides the most targeted portal strategy for the delivery of lead-generating information about their capabilities and services through our learning community structure. For the corporate and government executives and training professionals, we are an objective and trusted information source. We focus on the relevant business issues, processes and practices as well provide up-to-date news, trends and research within the training industry.

Richardson Contact: 215-940-9255 info@richardson.com