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CompTIA to Host Inaugural Vendor Summit at ChannelCon August 3-5 in Chicago

Downers Grove, Ill., June 16, 2015 — CompTIA, the IT industry trade association, today announced its first ChannelCon Vendor Summit, the organization’s latest endeavor to help the IT industry move forward.  


Held in conjunction with the 2015 ChannelCon “Minds in Motion” event in Chicago August 3-5, the inaugural ChannelCon Vendor Summit will explore and address many of the business challenges, trends and opportunities facing established and emerging IT channel vendors, now and into the future. The three-day event is open to all IT vendor executives registered to attend ChannelCon. More information, including the event agenda, is available here.


“CompTIA’s new Vendor Summit complements the solution provider-focused education and discussion tracks offered at ChannelCon by placing equal emphasis on the areas of the business that keep IT vendors and industry channel chiefs awake at night,” said Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and education, CompTIA.


“Hosted by CompTIA’s leadership team and industry experts, the Summit will appeal to the builders, influencers and decision makers within the IT vendor community and, without question, will become one of the many event highlights.” 



The new event will educate and empower channel executives to think differently, be resourceful and take action. The agenda takes a deep dive into the research and discussions making headlines in today’s technology trades including the following sessions:  


  • Born-in-the-Cloud Partners: What’s the Difference? Presenters: Brent Combest, Microsoft and Diane Krakora, PartnerPath.

  • Does Your Partner Program Meet the Needs of Your Channel? Presenters: Todd Garrigues, Intel and Patricia Rush, Rush to Channel.

  • Delivering a World-Class Partner Experience via Digital Platforms. Presenters: Drew Davidson and Matt Tesch, AKTA.

  • Looking into the Crystal Ball. Presenters: Toni Clayton-Hine, Xerox and Bruce Stuart, Channelcorp.


The Summit will run parallel to the main ChannelCon conference. All main stage keynotes, networking and social activities will be in combination with the full solution provider attendee base. Sessions will not interfere with the Technology Vendor Fair, so attendees won’t miss a thing.


Registration for ChannelCon and the ChannelCon Vendor Summit is open and available online. Media and IT industry analysts are encouraged to attend ChannelCon. Highlights from CompTIA ChannelCon will be available on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #ChannelCon15.


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.