TABS Wins Four Prominent Business Education Awards For Best Practices in Employee Training

IRVINE , California   ( Nov 16, 2005 ) :

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today announced that its dealer training programs have been awarded four separate awards for outstanding innovations in employee training and education. The awards, which were presented over the past two months, include accolades from Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and Human Resources IQ / International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC).

“It is a tremendous honor for TABS to win all four of these awards in recognition of our highly successful training programs,” said Anthony V. Codianni, director, Education and Development Group, TABS. “While we have worked extremely hard as an organization to develop effective training methods for our industry, it’s very exciting to be recognized for program excellence among companies from all industries worldwide. Through training, TABS has realized incredible results in terms of employee retention, enhanced productivity, program participation and overall employee satisfaction.”

TABS was awarded the following:

CLO magazine’s “Learning in Practice Award” — TABS was selected from more than 120 nominees in the Learning Innovation category, receiving a Gold award for its dedication to employee development as demonstrated by its Training To Go (TTG) program.

ASTD’s “BEST Award” — ASTD recognized TABS for the second consecutive year, selecting the company as a recipient of the award after receiving nearly 100 nominations from organizations worldwide. The “BEST Awards” recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development.

USDLA’s “Distance Learning Award” — This award recognizes instructors, programs and distance leaning professionals for major accomplishments in distance learning. TABS received the bronze for Excellence in Programming resulting from its successful Dimension 1 online training program.

Human Resources IQ / IQPC’s “CUBIC Award” — TABS was awarded an honorable mention in the CUBIC (Corporate University Best In Class) awards program in the category of Best Overall Corporate University. The category recognizes organizations that align learning programs with the corporate business strategy, demonstrate enculturation of learning throughout the company and show a positive ROI or cost savings.

Earlier in 2005, TABS also received a “StevieTM” Award in the category of Best Sales Trainer in the 2005 American Business AwardsSM program. As the 2005 Best Sales Trainer honoree, Codianni was recognized for the development of his innovative Special Weekly Acquisition Training (S.W.A.T.) program, designed to quickly train new TABS dealers on Toshiba’s extensive product line.

About Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers, and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States.

Named the most favored manufacturer seven times by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba’s entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the “Copier Manufacturer of the Year” six times by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), and has twice been named to the CIO 100 for being among the top 100 “bold” (2005) and “agile” (2004) companies in the world.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the sixth largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 72nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 9th Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2004 was approximately $55 billion.

For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call 1-800-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at