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Toshiba Earns Business Technology Association’s Top 2012 Channel’s Choice Award; Muratec, Copystar Also Presented with BTA awards

16 May, 2012

Kansas City, MO - May 14, 2012 - Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) was recently presented with the 2012 Channel’s Choice Superior Performance award by the Business Technology Association (BTA). Paul Cox, senior district sales manager, accepted the coveted award on May 2 from 2012-13 BTA President-Elect Terry Chapman during a reception at BTA Mid-America's Gateway to Success event at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. This is the 13th time TABS has received BTA’s top award since the Channel’s Choice Awards were established in 1989. In addition, TABS receivedChannel’s Choice awards in three other performance categories: Corporate Support, Distribution and Inventory.

"The BTA Superior Performance award is a prestigious honor for Toshiba and a crucial indicator from independent dealers about our company's overall performance in the marketplace," said Mark Mathews, president and CEO, TABS. "Our sixth straight and 13th overall recognition is a great testament to our independent dealers' dedication to Toshiba, and our team's commitment to setting a standard in dealer programs, as well as delivering industry-leading products and services."

Two other vendors were also presented with 2012 Channel’s Choice awards at the BTA Mid-America reception. Muratec America Inc. received an award for its Outstanding Performance as a Secondary Product Line Provider. It was accepted by Jim D’Emidio, president of Muratec America. This is the ninth time Muratec has received the award. Copystar received the 2012 Channel’s Choice award for Product Line. The award was accepted by Bob Burke, vice president of sales.

Earlier this year, BTA mailed ballots to all of its dealer members and a number of dealers outside of its membership. The association also posted the ballot on the BTA website and encouraged the industry’s hardware vendors to provide their dealers with a link to the ballot for them to submit online. The ballot asked dealers to rate their primary and secondary line vendors in key performance categories. The balloting results determined the Channel’s Choice award winners. BTA received 455 completed ballots.

“BTA's annual Channel’s Choice awards program provides dealers with a means of recognizing and honoring those vendors that are the most supportive of the dealer channel,” Chapman said. “Through the years, we have honored a number of deserving vendors for their outstanding product lines and exceptional levels of performance and dealer support. We congratulate Toshiba, Muratec and Copystar, and express our sincere thanks for their exceptional support of the BTA channel.”

A comprehensive look at the balloting results is presented in the BTA 2012 Channel's Choice Report, which is free to BTA members. The 104-page report provides  an unparalleled view of how dealers rate their vendor partners. The report was prepared for the association by Industry Analysts Inc., based in Rochester, N.Y. The report is now available for download at http://www.bta.org/ChannelsChoice (a member username and password is required to download the report).

Founded in 1926, the Business Technology Association serves office technology dealerships, resellers, manufacturers, distributors and service companies. Its core members — office technology dealerships — consult, sell and service hardware, software and supplies with the goal of helping businesses maximize their investment in devices and technology. Through the association's various educational programs, information, research, legal services, publications and guidance, BTA member dealerships are positioned to be the premier source of the office technology used by businesses throughout the United States every day. For more information on BTA, see its Web site at http://www.bta.org or call (800) 505-2821. The fax number is (816) 941-4838. You may also write to: BTA, 12411 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. 

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