ChannelCon 2017 is a Wrap!

This weeks ChannelCon was a great success.  Congratulations to the entire CompTIA team on a very well produced event.  The buzz was consistent, loud and positive.  I heard many people say this was the best ChannelCon ever.  The number of people in the closing sessions and at the wine down reception was the best I’ve ever seen.

All this positivity speaks to the opportunities ahead for our industry our the clients we serve.

Alyssa Fitzpatrick, Microsoft (L), Joe Panettieri, ChannelE2E (C), Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA (R)


One of the better interviews this week, was when CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux interviewed Alyssa Fitzpatrick, General Manager, Worldwide Channel Sales at Microsoft.  Microsoft is in the midst of a transition to what she referred to as a Partner First business model.  Partner First is a realignment of resources to ensure the success of Microsoft partners and customers.  It’s also about making sure that partners have access to the resources they need to have the right conversation with their clients and those conversations are about business needs, not technology.  I’m excited to have a broader team of experts within Microsoft to work with, to match our clients business needs with the right Microsoft technologies to meet those needs and exceed their goals.

There was a great morning session titled “The Best Career Advice Ever.”  The panel included some people I know and some I did not.  Each of them had a great nugget or two to share about their own experience and advice for others.  Here are just a few of those nuggets:

  1. Don’t let what you can’t do get in the way of what you can do.

  2. Being a success in your family life will ensure your success in your professional life.

  3. Understand before being understood.

  4. Put yourself in a position to be lucky.

  5. Preparation will overcome any obstacle.


The only concerning moment of the week for me was when I polled the attendees in one

CompTIA has a very active philanthropic arm as well.  In addition to the Creating IT Futures foundation, CompTIA has the Tech Leaders Giving Circle (TLGC).  CompTIA commits $200,000 annually to donate to charities each year through TLGC.  Each member designates a charity of their choice to receive a $1,000 donation.  For the first time this year, all of those who were in attendance at ChannelCon gathered for a group photo, below.

Finally, in the pure fun category, I had the pleasure to meet Gina London, former pioneering Headline News anchor at CNN.

Gina emcee’s ChannelCon Online, the live stream of the event for those who are unable to make it in person.  Gina worked with one of my cousins who was a pioneering producer for CNN back when it was first starting up.  We live in a small world!

Joe Panettieri, ChannelE2E and Gina London on the ChannelCon Online Set


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