CARA Announces the PURE Award Recipients for the Fourth Quarter of 2011, Marcia Gauger and Jerry Stemkowski
Chicago, IL — The CARA Group, Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in custom learning and performance solutions, announced the recipient of its PURE Service Award for the fourth quarter of 2011. CARA is pleased to recognize two consultants, Marcia Gauger and Jerry Stemkoski, for this prestigious award.
CARA’s PURE Service Program sets it apart from other firms by providing a unique way to measure success and evaluate how well their consultants’ service client needs. The firm’s entire recruitment process is based on the PURE Service philosophy and consultants are reviewed quarterly based on how well their work-ethic aligns with the PURE Service criteria: Professionalism, Understanding, Responsibility and Excellence. CARA’s staff selects the recipients after careful consideration of candidates nominated through client feedback, team observations and proven results.
Marcia Gauger is an Instructional Designer and Performance Consultant. She joined CARA in early 2011 to help our client, Motorola Solutions, with a Sales Competency Modeling project. Our client described Marcia’s contributions, “… From my perspective, her work ethic epitomizes PURE. Her professionalism sets the standard. She is never late to a meeting, always appropriately dressed, and plans ahead to prepare. I am never concerned about having her ‘solo’ in calls and meetings with my colleagues to represent me or my needs. She truly understands my specific needs and requirements, those of my internal leader customers, as well as the culture of our organization. And of course, she understands adult learning and how to leverage it to achieve performance requirements. She responsibly meets her commitments … she truly exhibits excellence through her concern and tenacity around ensuring everyone and everything connected to the projects she works on meet our mutually high standards.”
This behavior carried over for another client, Centro, a firm that streamlines the online media buying activities for advertising agencies, Marcia was instrumental during the sales process in helping this client articulate his vision for a new consultative sales methodology. She immediately established creditability, helping the client understand the gap analysis process. Not only did Marcia professionally conduct the needs analysis across a target audience of 100 Account Executives and Account Managers, she provided added-value with thought leadership on the very definition of Solution Selling.
Jerry Stemkoski is a Senior eLearning Instructional Design Consultant and Project Manager. Jerry began working with CARA in October, 2010 on an assignment with our client, The College of American Pathologists. He went on to work on various projects with a variety of clients, including Takeda Pharmaceutical, Federal Reserve Bank, General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church and McDonald’s Corporation. This level of traction in Jerry’s tenure with CARA is indicative of a highly skilled consultant who efficiently and effectively gets the job done for our clients. We receive consistent feedback that Jerry is a pleasure to work with on his assignments.
His latest client at McDonalds shares, “Jerry has been absolutely amazing to work with. What he has done with the 6 pieces of paper that we gave him being our script has been nothing short of amazing in my mind … Jerry has certainly been a shining star in this mammoth project … He has also done an amazing job at taking changes we make in one presentation and carrying this forth to the others…”
Thank you, Marcia Gauger and Jerry Stemkoski! CARA is proud to recognize both of you for consistently demonstrating the values represented in the PURE service characteristics resulting in outstanding customer satisfaction.”
The CARA Group, Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in custom learning, performance and change management solutions for Fortune 1000 organizations. CARA was recently named to the Inc. 5000 2011 List of Fastest Growing Companies in America.
Headquartered in Oak Brook, IL, CARA provides clients with highly qualified consultants who design, develop and implement flexible solutions to meet their training needs. By quickly and cost effectively delivering world-class consulting services, CARA helps clients build programs that directly contribute to an organization’s productivity and growth. To learn more, please visit www.caracorp.com.
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