Friday, February 15, 2008

Affiliate Classroom Awards Five More Professionals With Honorary Affiliate Manager Certifications

The Affiliate Classroom, a leading publisher of educational tools for the interactive advertising industry, today awarded an additional five affiliate managers with Honorary Affiliate Manager Certifications.
"Like the four recipients awarded last week, we believe that these five people exemplify the true meaning of a 'Professional Affiliate Manager,'" said Anik Singal, the company's CEO. "On behalf of our staff and our Board of Advisors, we extend these awards in recognition of the contributions that these individuals have made to the Affiliate Marketing community."

The award recipients, as announced in a video on the company's blog at are:

Linda Woods, President and CEO of Partnercentric -- Linda is receiving this award for her long-running involvement and progressive thinking in affiliate marketing. In her nearly 10 years in the industry, Linda has experienced affiliate program management from several angles. Her background includes business development and consulting with major networks like Commission Junction and Kowabunga. She is now best known for founding and running Partnercentric, an outsourced program management agency which manages several successful affiliate-friendly programs.

Andy Rodriguez, Founder of Andy Rodriguez Consulting -- Along with his active affiliate management contributions, Andy is being awarded for his role in providing affiliate manager education. Before running his own consulting and outsourced program management company, Andy devoted himself to TigerDirect's affiliates and motivated them to drive high sales volume for the electronics supplier. His focus on affiliate-centric techniques and his friendly, open availability to affiliates both new and experienced, have made him a successful affiliate manager.

Debra Rabin, Senior Business Development Specialist at the LinkValu Affiliate Network -- Debra is a worthy recipient of this award because she is an active, ethical and successful affiliate recruiter, an example of a true affiliate relationship manager, and an advocate for affiliate training. A contributing author for Affiliate Classroom Magazine, Debra's articles have taught thousands of affiliates how to adhere to industry best practices and build good working relationships with merchants.

Brent Coppieters, Affiliate Manager at DotComSecrets -- Brent is receiving this award for his proactive approach to supporting and communicating with affiliates. As the affiliate manager for Russell Brunson's DotComSecrets, Brent makes himself highly accessible to affiliates and goes the extra mile to provide affiliates with the tools and information they need.

Bryan Rhodes, Affiliate Manager for Schaaf Consulting -- Bryan is being awarded for his ability to optimize affiliate marketing strategies to achieve maximum revenues. Bryan started his affiliate marketing career at where he increased affiliate sales a hundredfold to over $1M within two years. He is a recognized innovator in the industry, having received the 2004 Commission Junction Horizon Award for Innovation for his work with datafeeds. Today, Bryan works with several affiliate programs through the outsourced program management agency, Schaaf Consulting.

Last week, the company awarded the first four Honorary Affiliate Manager Certifications to:

-- Shawn Collins, Co-Founder of Affiliate Summit

-- Carolyn Tang, Client Services Director at Shareasale

-- Stu McLaren, Founder of MyIdeaGuy

-- Brock Siegel, VP of Business Development at Pepperjam

As previously announced, Affiliate Classroom will launch an innovative training and certification program for professional Affiliate Managers called "AC Certified". Through the AC Certified program, new and veteran affiliate managers can receive an education in managing affiliate programs, earn their Affiliate Manager Certification and find an affiliate management career.
The program will launch at Affiliate Classroom's Affiliate Manager Workshop held on February 23, 2008 at the Rio All Suite Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
More information about AC Certified can be found at

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