Key Ring Application
Touchstone’s business development team has worked with a committee built of key account professionals across the country to build a program that offers both recognition and a network. One big part of the cooperative difference is our willingness to share our stories and help each other grow. We felt that key account representatives need to be recognized for their continued hard work and national engagement. In doing so, our committee and the Touchstone national staff created The Key Ring.
The Key Ring is a tiered, recognition program for cooperative key account representatives to be recognized for their achievements and continued growth in the Touchstone network. Our hope is for The Key Ring to become a collaborative network of key account representatives from across the country, where a shared purpose builds a better future for our cooperatives and their members.
The Key Ring has four tiers of achievement, each being achieved through points awarded by personal experience and participation in cooperative networking events. As you elevate through the tiers, you will be given a pin associated with that tier. Points can be earned a multitude of ways (please see the link below for the full scoring list) but below is a summary of the main ways to earn additional points:
- Earning your CKAE through NRECA
- Earning a Certified Energy Manager certificate through AEE or similar program
- Attending the NET Conference
- Bringing local and regional C&I Members to NET
- Partnering with local businesses to provide member-owners discounts through the Co-op Connections Card program
- Attending Touchstone’s Key Account Webinars
- Attending Touchstone Key Account Training courses
- Participating in Touchstone Committees
There are four tiers in the program:
Platinum – The Platinum Key Ring holder is more than just an experienced key account representative. They are a local partner for their business community and a cooperative network stalwart. This designation signifies a career of key accounts expertise as well as being a Touchstone Energy champion. One must be a Certified Key Account Executive (CKAE) to achieve this level.
Gold – The Gold Key Ring holder is an accomplished and engaged key account representative. They represent both knowledge and exceptional performance. This designation signifies a relied upon resource and key account network builder. One must be a Certified Key Account Executive (CKAE) to achieve this level.
Silver – The Silver Key Ring holder is an experienced key account and energy professional that demonstrates commitment to the cooperative difference and is actively engaged with Touchstone Energy. This level may have a CKAE certificate, but it is not a requirement. This is the highest level achievable without a CKAE.
Bronze – The Bronze Key Ring holder is a key account and energy professional that utilizes the Touchstone Energy network. This level may have a CKAE certificate, but it is not a requirement.