Ingram Micro's SMB Invitational Builds on Partner Successes
Award-Winning Distributor Invests in Additional Resources and Support
Personnel to Help SMB-Focused Channel Partners Be More Successful
HOLLYWOOD, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/13 -- Ingram Micro Inc.
(NYSE: IM) today welcomed hundreds of channel partners to its 2013
Spring SMB Invitational in Hollywood, Fla. Anchored by Ingram Micro's
U.S. SMB Alliance (SMBA) partner community and SMB Business Unit, the
bi-annual event focuses on educating, inspiring and enabling channel
partners serving the small to midsize business (SMB) market. Follow
event activity on Twitter @IM_SMB and #SpringSMBI, or register online
to participate in the event virtually.
"SMBs are among the top consumers and early adopters of technology,
which is why they represent a sales goldmine for channel partners who
know how to put IT to work," says Kirk Robinson, senior vice
president, Commercial Markets Division and Global Accounts, Ingram
Micro. "As an indispensable business partner to the IT channel, one
of our top priorities is partner enablement. We invest in a number of
areas and wear multiple hats so that our channel partners can
leverage the power of Ingram Micro and capitalize on the market's
full sales and services potential."
Over the past 18 months, Ingram Micro has continued to invest in and
enhance its SMB resources, which include the SMBA partner community
and Ingram Micro's SMB website (www.im-smb.com), as well as a highly
skilled team of dedicated credit analysts, marketing professionals,
business development managers, cloud services experts and field-based
technical solution engineers. Last year, the distributor introduced
its SMB 500, an annual ranking of Ingram Micro's fastest growing,
SMB-focused channel partners, and expanded its portfolio to make it
easier for SMB partners to cross-sell products and solutions from
other Ingram Micro subsidiaries including AVAD and Ingram Micro
Consumer Electronics (IMCE).
The distributor's efforts haven't gone unnoticed. Earlier this year,
readers of ChannelPro-SMB recognized Ingram Micro and its SMB
business unit for having the "Best Partner Program." The 2013 award
was presented to Ingram Micro's SMB team in response to its exemplary
efforts around partner enablement and demonstrated expertise within
SMB sales. In 2012, Ingram Micro also earned top honors in four
distribution categories in the ChannelPro-SMB 2012 Readers' Choice
Awards including Best Cloud/MSP Service Offering, Best Financing
Options, Best Sales Support and Best Training Programs.
"If a channel partner is looking to fast-track his or her business
for success in SMB, then Ingram Micro is the business partner of
choice," says Jamie Ferullo, co-host of the SMB Invitational and
director of SMB sales, Ingram Micro U.S. "Our SMB business unit, SMBA
partner community and SMB Invitational are a business-building
trifecta that channel partners cannot get anywhere else."
Throughout the SMB Invitational, attendees will engage face-to-face
with peers, technology manufacturers and Ingram Micro associates, as
well as hear from several IT channel executives, industry thought
leaders and business influencers including motivational speaker Mike
Abrashoff, who is a former Navy Commander and author of "It's Your
Ship," a best-selling book on management strategies. The event's
title sponsors include Brother, Cisco, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft,
Microsoft OEM, Ricoh, Sharp, Symantec and VMware.
To learn more about the Ingram Micro SMB Alliance partner community,
visit www.im-smba.com. For more information on Ingram Micro visit
Follow Ingram Micro Inc. on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IngramMicro
and Twitter at www.twitter.com/IngramMicroInc.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro is the world's largest
wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT
supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics
solutions. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram
Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and
resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and
mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product
aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global
broad-based IT distributor, serving approximately 160 countries on
six continents with the world's most comprehensive portfolio of IT
products and services. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.
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