News | July 24, 2012

HTG Peer Groups Launches Online Professional Development Platform

Owners and executives of developing businesses can obtain peer group experience via monthly meetings through HTG Online

For growing companies, and certainly those just starting out, limited resources often means putting professional development on a back burner. However, missing out on peer feedback and emerging industry trends can prove disastrous in the long term. Fortunately, HTG Peer Groups — a worldwide network of IT solution provider executives formed to collaborate and share business best practices — has launched HTG Online to address this issue.

HTG Online is an adaptation of HTG Peer Groups’ principal membership, which consists of face-to-face quarterly meetings, networking and an annual summit. Now, without the cost of quarterly travel, value-added resellers (VARs) and managed services providers (MSPs) have the opportunity to benefit from an HTG-like experience during monthly, online meetings.

Through a combination of educational content, independent study, and online meeting collaboration, members will work to improve their businesses and their lives. The web-based meetings typically last 60 to 90 minutes, and are led by an industry veteran who facilitates discussion of homework and assigned reading materials. The HTG Online group then compares notes on key areas and best practices, while making sure everyone is accountable for their individual goals.

“We understand that for a developing business, not only are out-of-pocket dollars a hindrance to participating in our in-person quarterly meetings, but also the lost billing opportunities from not being in the field,” said Arlin Sorensen, founder and CEO of HTG Peer Groups.

“I personally have always had a heart for the small guy,” Sorensen continued. “In fact, I was the only guy in my company for the first five years, so I can relate to the challenges of running a business with few resources. I also understand that as an owner or executive, there’s so much you need to know and sometimes you don’t know where to turn. That’s why we’re here.”

Two HTG Online groups were launched on July 12 with members from across the United States and Canada. Additional groups are forming and will be launched in August and September.  The fee for participation in HTG Online Program is $1200 when paid annually. To learn more and to apply visit: http://www.htgpeergroups.com/become-an-htg-member/htg-online.html.

Members of traditional HTG Peer Groups will also benefit through an additional web-based program designed to support the development of second-level managers and staff showing strong leadership potential.  Details will be available in September. 

About HTG Peer Groups

HTG Peer Groups Established in 2000 by Arlin Sorensen as a business and personal development community, today HTG Peer Groups is an international organization of leading IT solution providers. HTG has nearly 300 member companies throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand. Each peer group consists of 10-12 IT company executives who work together and share resources and information to formulate and meet business goals such as strategic planning, process improvement and tools, and life-work excellence. HTG offers Leadership Forums, vendor peer groups and other educational events, quarterly meetings, and an annual summit that attracts hundreds of attendees, vendor exhibitors and strategic partners. Visit www.htgpeergroups.com for more information.

SOURCE: HTG Peer Groups

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