Atlanta, GA – Georgia State University and SOAR Performance Group are launching the Atlanta Sales Leadership Community. The Sales Leadership Community is a cross industry organization of senior sales leaders focused on building a community within the Atlanta market for advancing best practices in sales leadership. It also creates networking and mentoring opportunities for Atlanta senior sales executives with Georgia State University students participating in the Georgia State University Sales Program.

The founding advisory board for the Sales Leadership Community includes senior sales executives from leading global organizations such as Coca-Cola, Georgia Pacific, AT&T, IBM, SAP and Ricoh plus other growth companies such as MedAssets, Navicure, Elavon, Aptean and Pros.

“Sales Leaders are the catalyst for economic development through the billions of dollars of revenue generated by their organizations in the local and global market,” said Charlie Thackston, President of SOAR Performance Group and Chair for the Sales Leadership Community Advisory Board.

“The enthusiasm of the Advisory Board to engage and be leadership role models for the Georgia State University students participating in the Sales Program is phenomenal”, said Steve Young, Lecturer at Georgia State University and Faculty Chair for the Sales Leadership Community.

The inaugural event for the Atlanta Sales Leadership Community will be on the morning of October 2nd, 2015. The event is by invitation and will feature a panel discussion on “How Top Sales Executives Lead Through Transformation”. The panel will include:

  • Kyle Bowker – Executive VP at Aptean
  • Mike Hayes – Senior VP at Georgia Pacific
  • Heath Morgan – VP at IBM
  • Craig Potts – Executive VP at Navicure

In addition to the meetings, the Sales Leadership Community will include an online forum called Sales Leadership Community Insights for discussion on LinkedIn. The forum is open to all interested sales leaders.

For more information, see the Sales Leadership Community home page.

The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students and 75,000 alumni. With programs on five continents and students from 88 countries, the college is world-class and worldwide. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by the Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, and its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world’s premier programs. Located in Atlanta, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia’s top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the Southeast.

SOAR Performance Group is a client-focused sales consulting and training company that concentrates on sales performance improvement. We accelerate results for our clients through the development and execution of new sales and go to market strategies. Clients achieve success through a process of insights, diagnostics, consulting and training centered on a comprehensive understanding and connection to each client’s business.