SONY DSCLast Thursday, October 24, 2013, we held our Fall Partner Meeting in Nashua, NH. We had a great meeting with 12 attendees.  Our speakers included, Brian Mandell of Datto who spoke on Back-Up and Business Continuity Strategy and Jerry Clark of Comlink talked to us about Cloud Computing.  Jerry was joined by his colleague Travis Fox also of Comlink. The group enjoyed hearing about the latest and greatest from both of these companies.  In addition, we were thrilled that Dan Petlon, CIO of Enterasys Networks from nearby Salem, NH, could drop in to speak to the group about the future of IT.  Dan is an innovative thinker and was named as the 2012 Enterprise CIO of the year by the Boston Business Journal.  Again, our thanks to Dan and the guys from Comlink and Datto for showing their support for what we and the partners of Stuart Selbst Consulting do.

Our agenda included discussions on Measuring Success in Servicing Clients, Selling to Win, Staffing, and Working Tickets. Our approach this year was not to talk “at” our attendees but rather to get them involved in the discussions to share their experiences and best practices with the group.  This synergistic approach allowed everyone to get the most out of their day.  We love throwing a topic out there and allowing our partners to brainstorm and share their know-how with each other.

Later that evening we shared a nice dinner with the group where we presented the 2013 Partner Awards. This year we presented 3 awards. These were the Rookie of the Year, the Most Improved Partner and the Partner of the Year award.

We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Jewell of Jewell Computing Solutions from Phillipsburg, NJ was named as our Rookie of the Year.  Since coming on board with us this past summer, Jeff has brought on new clients, restructured his offering and shown a strong determination and focus to help his clients succeed. Please join us in congratulating Jeff and the team at Jewell Computing on this award. We are expecting even more great things out of Jeff and his team in the years to come.

We were very happy to present the Most Improved Partner award to Don Schultz of Infratactix from Madison, WI.  Don and his team have made great strides over the past several months and we know that the coming year will be transformational for Infratactix.

The Partner of the Year award is earned by the partner who over the last year has demonstrated focus, drive, determination, business growth and the ability to innovate. We are very proud to announce the 2013 Partner of the Year was awarded to Kevin Kilpatrick from Kilpatrick IT Solutions in Merrimack, NH.  Last week, Kevin was also named to the MSPMentor250, an annual list that recognizes leaders and innovators in the managed services industry.

We are extremely proud of all of our partners and the hard work and determination they, and their employees put forth every day.  Our thanks to them for collaborating with us and for embracing the potential we see in all of them. Every one of them continues to do an incredible job working with their teams and their clients as they improve and grow their business.  They set the standard of excellence as leaders in our industry.

We are looking forward to our spring meeting which is set for beautiful Sedona, AZ in March of 2014.

Wishing you all the best in success,

Stu and Loree

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