Brainshark Announces 2014 Sharkie Award Winners

"Winners Recognized for Outstanding Use of Online and Mobile Video Presentations – Improving Sales, Marketing and Training Communications Across Their Organizations"

WALTHAM, Mass. — April 10, 2014 — Brainshark, Inc., the leader in cloud-based business presentations, today announced the winners of the sixth annual Sharkie Awards. These awards honor organizations and individuals who have created engaging and effective business presentations, and demonstrated excellence in their use of Brainshark’s technology.

Brainshark received more than 400 entries for consideration in this year’s competition. Presentations were judged based on clarity, organization, aesthetics and overall quality, along with their use of key Brainshark capabilities – such as incorporation of video, animation, audio, attachments, survey and test questions, and more.

This year’s competition featured two new categories: Best VideoSync Presentation, recognizing masterful use of Brainshark’s VideoSync feature for displaying video and slides side-by-side, and Rock Star Company Administrator of the Year. Key players in corporate communications and presentation success, company administrators are responsible for managing Brainshark use and adoption within their organizations, and acting as a liaison between their users and Brainshark.

“We were impressed by the caliber and creativity of presentations submitted this year, and congratulate our winners – the best of the best,” said Joan Babinski, vice president of marketing at Brainshark. “The winners exemplify how to communicate with impact, using Brainshark to magnify the reach and results of their business communications. We’re also especially excited to honor standout company administrators this year and celebrate the valuable work they do behind the scenes to foster communications success.”

Winning presentations can be viewed at The 2014 winners, listed by category, are as follows:

Gold Winner – Presentation of the Year
Also Category Winner – Training (External) Presentation

BB&T Retirement and Institutional Services
“Your Retirement Journey”


Silver Winner – Presentation of the Year
Also Category Winner – Creative Expression Presentation
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Bronze Winner – Presentation of the Year
Also Category Winner – Corporate Communications Presentation

YMCA Employee Benefits
“A Holiday Story”


Charitable Cause Presentation
Goodwill of Central Arizona
“Volunteer Orientation”

Creative Expression Presentation
“Conference Call Etiquette”
* Tie with Haas School of Business (silver winner above)


Marketing Presentation
Pacific Life Insurance Company
“LIFT Retirement Savings with the Help of a Variable Annuity (Client)”

Mobile-Optimized Presentation
“BIG Inc Brand Launch”

myBrainshark Presentation
“Toronto Foundation for Student Success: Beyond 3:30 Benefit”

My First Presentation
Performance Based Ergonomics
“Are You Fit2Work? Time Management & Productivity”

Short Presentation
Presentation Studio
“Surf Life Active”

Training (Internal) Presentation
Combined Insurance
“Introduction to Compliance”

VideoSync Presentation
KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc.
“AHDC Software Version 11 Video Installation Guide”

Voiceless Presentation
ACTIVE Network
“Location Search Preview”

The following companies received honorable mention awards: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (“The Brainshark Brainshark” for Internal Training Presentation), Konica Minolta (“Change Management Survey” for VideoSync Presentation) and Precision Drilling (“The PD Portal” for Corporate Communications Presentation).


Rock Star Company Administrators of the Year were:
Wyatt Conrad, Sitel
Michael Helton, Combined Insurance
Bethany Sarazin, Transamerica
Jonathan Schenk, Citi
Jack Wexler, Goodwill Industries International


For more information about the Sharkie Awards, please see

About Brainshark

Brainshark’s data-driven sales enablement and readiness platform provides client-facing teams with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to perform at the highest level. With best-of-breed solutions for training and coaching, as well as cutting-edge insights into sales performance, customers can ensure their sales reps are always ready to make the most of any selling situation. With Brainshark, companies can: enable sales teams with on-demand training that accelerates onboarding and keeps reps up-to-speed; validate readiness with sales coaching and practice that ensure reps master key messages; empower teams with dynamic content that can be created quickly, updated easily and accessed anywhere; and use powerful scorecards to visualize sales performance trends and make real connections from improved readiness to increased revenue. Thousands of customers – including more than half of the Fortune 100 – rely on Brainshark to close performance gaps and get better results from their sales enablement initiatives. Learn more at