Running Canada's Fastest-Growing Company

No. 1 company on the PROFIT 500, Avigilon, is a rising Canadian tech star. How it keeps its top sales reps, competes globally and continues to grow

Written by Mira Shenker

Founder and CEO of the No. 1 company on the 2013 PROFIT 500 Alexander Fernandes says the company looks for the very best A players when hiring sales execs. How do they hold onto that top talent? Let them do what they do best. Fernandes likens a salesperson to a hunter. To keep them happy, Avigilon gives them the tools that they need, and then rewards their success. There’s no cap on sales commission for reps. Fernandes says: “They eat what they kill. The more they sell; the more they make.”

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What’s the biggest contributor to Avigolon’s impressive five-year growth? “A happy customer,” says Fernandes.

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Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com