A little like a piano exam, or having the boss looking over your shoulder, most people will be slightly nervous in the judging session, but it is experiences like this, paradoxically, that will be eagerly anticipated by all parties as an incredibly positive experience. Shortlisted candidates will find themselves in front of a group of judges selected from local businesses and owners, sales and sales leadership, as well as the academic elite.


Phase 1

Nomination entries close 11:59 pm Friday 17th August 2018 and finalist shortlist is announced on Monday 10th September 2018.


Phase 2

Finalists will be given a time slot between Monday 15th to Friday 19th of October 2018 to fulfil their next phase of judging before a judging panel at the nearest or most convenient chosen location. The exact format of the face to face second phase of the judging experience won’t be known until the nominee(s) are being judged. Don’t worry, further details will be communicated to give you ample time to prepare (a little bit!), but we won’t be telling you everything about what to expect. Expect the unexpected!


Results from the finalist judging are fully embargoed until the New Zealand Excellence in Sales Awards (NZESA) awards event when winners in all categories are announced. The New Zealand Excellence in Sales Awards (NZESA) gala awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 20th November 2018 in Auckland.


Judge Nomination and Involvement

Experienced sales professionals and specialists will participate in judging for the New Zealand Excellence in Sales Awards (NZESA) Awards, combining expertise around sales competencies with disciplines ranging from sales, customer service and marketing to account management, leadership and academia.


If you wish to be involved in the judging or know someone who might be interested in adding their knowledge and expertise to the judging process, please submit their details in the form below and we’ll connect with them immediately.


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To find out more about entering or any aspect of the New Zealand Excellence in Sales Awards (NZESA), please contact us at nzesa@instituteofsales.co.nz