Global IT Industry Trade Association to Honor Raj Patel at ChannelCon 2014 for Leadership and Industry Contributions
Raj has beenrecognised as a ChannelChanger and designated a future leader within the information technology (IT) industry channel by CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association. At 28, Raj is the Founder and Technical Director at Vanti and is credited with being the driving force behind the company’s continuing expansion of it’s Audio-Visual & IT consultancy and solutions businesses as well as diversification into new corporate and public sector markets.
A first of its kind awards program for the IT channel, CompTIA’s 2014 ChannelChangers recognized five young entrepreneurs and innovators who are making their mark in the technology industry and shaping the future of the IT channel. These emerging leaders are being applauded for their early successes and relentless pursuit of excellence and originality.
“The innovative minds and impressive accomplishments of our winners and many of our nominees is a sure sign that the future of the IT channel is in good hands,” says Kelly Ricker, Senior Vice President, Events and Education, CompTIA. “We are honoured to recognise Raj as the first recipient of the CompTIA ChannelChanger award.”
Young professionals between the ages of 23 and 29 as of August 2014, who have a minimum of two years’ experience in the IT industry and are currently employed by a CompTIA member company were eligible for consideration as a ChannelChanger. Nominees were evaluated on a number of criteria including the quality of their achievements and accomplishments; their understanding of the channel’s opportunities and challenges and how well they thought and acted beyond their own company to benefit the industry as a whole.
Winners were selected by a committee of IT industry executives and experts, including Robert Demarzo, senior vice president, strategic content, The Channel Company; Heather Murray, vice president, Tech Data Mobile Solutions, Tech Data Corporation; Bob Stegner, senior vice president, North America marketing, Synnex; Larry Walsh, CEO and chief analyst, The 2112 Group; Barry Williams, senior director, indirect channel sales, Comcast; and Mark Williams, CEO, Pensar.
The award winners will be recognized at CompTIA’s ChannelCon 2014, the premier partnering and training event for IT vendors, distributors and channel partners. The conference is set for 4th – 6th August at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Visit ChannelCon to learn more.
You can read the recent coverage of Raj’s achievement in the Birmingham Post
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