Cobalt’s President’s Club

Each year Cobalt recognizes some of its best in the President’s Club, a selection of the best salespeople over the last year, and sends them to an exotic location. While there, they provide input into the company’s direction as well as relax and enjoy some well-earned luxury. For 2010, Cobalt sent 22 salespeople from both Cobalt and Dealix on a Hawaiian cruise in April, on the Pride of America cruise-liner. Two days of strategy workshops with executives were combined with recognition and recreation. Here are a few reactions from those who were there.

Cobalt President's Club 2010Bill, a Cobalt salesman based in the Seattle home office and a repeat President’s Club honoree, said “I am extremely fortunate to have made President’s Club four times and cruising the Hawaiian Islands was by far the best! Cobalt does a terrific job of making us feel appreciated, and the result is more focus and dedication. It’s also a great time to build relationships with other successful reps and company leadership… The Pride of America was awesome. They had to break down the door to my stateroom to get me off the boat.”

Cassie, a Dealix saleswoman, also enjoyed her experience. “Being a part of this year’s President’s Club was an honor and an experience I will never forget,” she said. “My favorite part of the trip was seeing everyone from Dealix and meeting the folks from Cobalt, being with the best of the best. I’d be lying if I didn’t agree that the views from the cruise ship and the experiences we all shared were fantastic. There were many times my husband and I sat on our balcony, looking at the view, talking Cobalt President's Club Hawaiiabout what an amazing opportunity it was for us to be there in that moment.”

Cami, a business operations analyst in Cobalt’s Seattle office, was selected specifically as the honorary winner for 2009, as someone who worked with Sales regularly and helped them throughout the year. “President’s Club was such a great experience, and I’d like to thank the 2009 President’s Club members for electing me in! I was so honored to be recognized by the team,” said Cami. “My husband and I had so much fun and enjoyed spending time with the President’s Club members and their spouses. All of the islands were beautiful (and warm!!!) but our favorite is still Kauai.”

The executives on the trip valued the opportunity to work directly with the company’s top performers to understand areas for improvement and opportunity.

Earning a place in the President’s Club is a goal that any Cobalt salesperson can achieve, and Cassie has some advice for those looking to meet the high standards. Among her recommendations, she says, “Don’t ever stop giving it your all!”

Being the best may not be easy, but for those who make it at Cobalt, it does have its rewards. Congratulations to this year’s President’s Club!

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Cobalt Has STAR Power

TSIA STAR AwardCobalt’s Services Department has a new feature: the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) STAR Award trophy.

Cobalt is proud to be named the winner of the TSIA STAR Award for Best Practices in Value-Added Support in the SMB category. Cobalt’s own Dan Dorgan and Juli Howarth were there to receive the award on May 5 at the Technology Services World conference in Silicon Valley.

The STAR Awards recognize technology companies who display exceptional leadership, innovation, and commitment in developing and implementing best practices. This award recognizes Cobalt’s commitment and focus on developing and delivering support offerings designed to help customers increase or accelerate the ROI on their product or technology investment as well as help the company increase overall product sales.TSIA STAR Award Trophy

“We’re pleased to recognize Cobalt as a leading service organization that is setting the pace for the industry by pushing the envelope and delivering the strategies and tactics needed to help customers bridge the technology consumption gap,” said J.B. Wood, CEO of TSIA.

Since its inception in 1990, the STAR Awards have become one of the highest honors in the service and support industry, acknowledging the contribution of companies of all sizes to the continual improvement of service and support delivery industry-wide. Winning a STAR Award means that a company and their Support and Services Center have been acknowledged by their peers as being among the best in the business.

“I thank and congratulate each and every one of you for your contributions in making this award possible,” said Mark Dunn, vice president of services at Cobalt, in a message to the Services Team. “Let’s continue to do what we say we will do and exceed our customer’s expectations.”

Cobalt’s Services Team is happy with the addition of this prestigious award and looks forward to adding more to their collection!

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Cobalt Celebrates Fifteen Years in Style

Cobalt's 15 aniversaryTraditionally, a 15th anniversary is commemorated with crystal, but Cobalt, as always, does things a little differently.

Cobalt was founded in 1995, and this year celebrates 15 years of innovation and service in the automotive industry. In the past, we’ve celebrated at the Cobalt offices, at some select locations around Seattle, and even at Boeing’s famous Museum of Flight. This year, however, was something completely new.

On April 30th, a cool Friday evening, Cobalt employees from both Food at Cobalt's anniversarythe Seattle and Lynnwood offices gathered at the Trinity Nightclub for a night of good food, music, and dancing. Cobaltians explored the four rooms in Trinity, each with a different theme and style with pulse-pounding dance music that set the tone for the night. Bartenders in each room served the growing crowd everything from wine to mixed drinks and even Guinness on tap.

As things heated up inside, guests could step outside to cool off and get a bite to eat. Cobalt provided delicious sausages from several Dante’s Inferno Dogs carts as well as Hawaiian and Korean treats from “Seattle’s sauciest food truck,” Marination Mobile.

Cobalt's 15Back inside, the crowd grew and everyone cut loose to dance into the late hours of the night. Many guests, from those new to Cobalt to those of us who’ve been here for years, agreed that it was simply a blast – one of the most fun Cobalt parties ever, and that’s saying something!

Crystal may be traditional for a 15-year celebration, but Cobalt’s 15th Anniversary party did it  better, by creating a night filled with good memories for all who attended. Here’s to 15 years past and many more to come!

If you’d like to see more pictures from the evening, take a look at the Cobalt Talent Facebook page.