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CompTIA ChannelCon 2015 Concludes Record-Setting Chicago Run

12 Aug, 2015

Chicago, IL - August 6, 2015 CompTIA ChannelCon 2015 closed a record-setting run here Wednesday with a full day of education, training, networking and socializing for business owners, executives and leaders from information technology (IT) companies across the country and around the world. Produced by CompTIA, the IT industry trade association, ChannelCon 2015 set new records for on-site, online and overall attendance.

“By any measure this was our most successful conference yet,” said Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and education, CompTIA.

More than 1,100 industry representatives attended ChannelCon 2015 in person. The total included more than 520 technology solution providers, the companies that provide the vast majority of technology expertise and service for businesses and organizations.

More than 2,000 people attended the virtual conference, ChannelCon Online. That’s more than double the number from 2014, the first year online sessions were offered.

“Beyond the numbers, there was a great vibrancy to our networking events, intense engagement in our educational programming and a strong social buzz enveloping the entire conference,” Ricker added. “We’re grateful to all who participated and made ChannelCon 2015 a success.”

Highlights of the closing day included remarks by Kevin Murai, president and CEO of SYNNEX Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation and a leading business process services company.

In his Thought Leaders Keynote, Murai advised business owners and executives of technology businesses to set “meaningful milestones” for their companies and to set aside time on a regular and frequent basis to assess the progress they’ve made toward reaching those milestones.

“What do you want your headline to be a year from now?” Murai asked his audience. “You must understand market shifts, your company’s competitive position, know what success looks like and have a clear and measurable plan for getting to the finish line.”

Best of Show Awards

Datto, a provider of backup, recovery and business continuity solutions used by managed service providers worldwide, won two ChannelCon awards, as voted on by solution provider attendees. Datto was honored for Best of Show and Most Innovative Solution on display at the ChannelCon Technology Vendor Fair.

Other award winners included:

  • Lenovo, a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology, for Best Channel Partner Program.
  • Intermedia, a one-stop shop for cloud business applications, for Best Services and Support.
  • StorageCraft Technology Corp., a provider of best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions for servers, desktops and laptops, winner of the ChannelCon Recruitment Challenge Award.

CompTIA ChannelCon 2016 is scheduled for Aug. 1-3, 2016 at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla. More details on next year’s event will be posted in the coming months at https://www.comptia.org/events/all-events.

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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