ICMI Attracts Nearly 800 Contact Center Professionals to ACCE 2010 Conference & Expo in New Orleans; Event Arms Attendees with New Tools for Improving Contact Center Performance and Customer Experience

By International Customer Management Institute icmiubm Live, PRNE
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 24, 2010 - The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) today announced
the successful wrap up of the 2010 ACCE Conference & Expo, the annual global
gathering for the contact center community, which was held in New Orleans,
June 14-17, 2010. The event brought together nearly 800 contact center
professionals to discover how to enhance call center performance by better
managing people and resources, improving operations and properly selecting
and implementing technology. Attendees left the event with renewed focus on
how to add more value to their contact center and ultimately improve their
customer experience.

ACCE will be returning to New Orleans again in 2011, taking place June

Event highlights included:

    -- Programming in five core areas: "Improving Operational Effectiveness,"
       "Strategic Leadership in Action," "The Power of the People," "Today's
       Technology and Tomorrow's" and "Social Media in the Contact Center"
    -- 90 percent new content
    -- Case studies from top organizations, including USAA, Disney
       Reservation Center, Allstate Financial, Bell Atlantic, and Chase
    -- A speaker line-up of seasoned call center executives and industry
    -- An Exhibit Hall featuring the latest tools and services providing
       effective contact center solutions
    -- Announcement of the winners of the Global Call Center of the Year
       Awards: Capital One and Transcore
    -- The presentation of the winning videos from the ACCE 2010 Video

Keynote speakers included John Foley of CenterPoint Companies presenting
"High Performance Climb(R)," drawing upon his experience as a lead solo of
the Blue Angels to describe how companies and individuals can achieve
substantially higher levels of performance; Sally Hogshead, speaker, author,
and Brand Innovation Consultant with, "Fascinate! The Seven Secret Triggers
of Persuasion and Influence;" and Patrick Morrissey, Vice President,
Strategic CRM Partners of salesforce.com presenting "Customer Service in the
'Twitter' First Century."

"We're thrilled with the success of this year's ACCE Conference & Expo,"
said Joy Sobhani, Professional Development Director for ICMI. "The conference
program attracted contact center professionals from across the country, while
the Expo floor was filled with attendees exploring innovative technology
solutions. From the prominent keynote speakers to the special events, the
event was well received from the point of view of attendees, exhibitors and
sponsors alike."

The ACCE 2010 video contest focused on the theme "Call Center Best
Practices." Top honors were awarded to Hot Topic, Inc., Orrick and
Northwestern Bank. A five-member panel of customer service industry experts
judged the videos on how well they supported the theme, along with creativity
and originality. "The creativity and imagination-intertwined with solid
experience, proven success, and humor-displayed in all of the nominated
videos illustrated just how dynamic the call center industry is," added
Sobhani. The winning videos can be found online at

ACCE 2010 also partnered with the Beacon of Hope Resource Center in a
"Restore New Orleans" project to help rebuild New Orleans neighborhoods
impacted by Hurricane Katrina. On Sunday, June 13, ICMI staff and ACCE
attendees and exhibitors volunteered to help damaged areas with landscaping,
painting, and other activities. "Giving back to the community is a high
priority for ICMI," said Sobhani. "We were excited to work with Beacon of
Hope to help in some small way to improve the lives of the residents of New
. We were amazed at how much damage still exists, yet the residents
have come through this ordeal with spirit and passion. It was a pleasure to
work with them on this project."

ACCE provides valuable insight into how contact center professionals can
improve their service center's performance by better managing people and
resources, improving operations, properly selecting and implementing
technology, and more. ACCE 2010 was presented by ICMI, one of the contact
center industry's most respected organizations.

About ICMI

The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) is the leading
global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management
professionals - from frontline agents to executives - who wish to improve
customer experiences and increase efficiencies at every level of the contact
center. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, analysts,
and consultants are committed to providing uncompromised objectivity and
results-oriented vision through the organization's respected lineup of
professional services including: Training and Certification, Consulting,
Events, and Informational Resources. Founded in 1985, ICMI continues to serve
as one of the most established and respected organizations in the call center

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Rachel Ostafi, Event Marketing Manager, ICMI, +1-610-284-1220, rostafi at icmi.com

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