Jenne Hosts Its First Annual Powering Partners Summit, Driving Successful Reseller And Partner Engagements Into 2012
Jenne Marks 25th Anniversary by Recognizing Valued Ecosystem of Resellers and Partners
Jenne, Inc., a leading value-added distributor of IP telephony, audio and video conferencing, unified communications, data networking and IT security products, held its first annual Powering Partners Summit earlier this week, presenting its VARs and manufacturer partners with the opportunity to network and share insight into the latest solutions, tools and best practices available in the channel. The Summit, held at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson from April 16-19, featured manufacturer solution workshops, a partner exposition, a gala awards dinner and keynote speeches by respected economist Dr. Ken Mayland and legendary Notre Dame coach / ESPN commentator Lou Holtz.
Kicking off the Summit, Jenne CEO Dave Johnson laid out Jenne’s vision for success, centered on how VARs can leverage pioneering technologies by leveraging Jenne’s “high touch” model — which remains unique in distribution.
“We are thrilled at the overall response of our first Powering Partners conference,” commented Dave Johnson. “This event not only served as the perfect platform to recognize our close community of manufacturer partners and VARs, but also provided us an opportunity to strategize and build on new engagement opportunities that will drive success for all concerned well into 2012 and beyond.”
“I was blown away by the commitment the Jenne team has to the partner community,” commented Ian Pugh, co-owner of Calif.-based GSolutionz, Inc. “The event was a fantastic combination of learning and socializing with both new and legacy partners. Jenne’s tools and support is setting new standards in distribution and setting them up for years of success. Congratulations on 25 years of excellence, Jenne!”
Powering Partners: Networking for Success
The Powering Partners Summit featured several manufacturer solution workshops, each offering attendees the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the most innovative technologies available in the channel from companies including Avaya, Aastra, ADTRAN, Extreme Networks, Jabra, LifeSize, Logitech, Panasonic, Status Solutions and Teles.
The Powering Partners Summit vendor expo facilitated face-to-face meetings among VARs and leading manufacturer partners, and Jenne took the opportunity to demonstrate its advanced collection of tools designed to help solution providers remain efficient and win new business.
On demonstration was the Jenne Solutions Designer (JSD), an online tool that provides resellers with the ability to upload, view and maintain network design configurations in real time. VARs also had a chance to experience Jenne’s Contract Management Tool, which automatically tracks contract expirations and flags opportunities for service renewals — making a once burdensome task simple and easy.
Well-Deserved Recognition for Manufacturers and Resellers
At the Opening General Session, Jenne recognized three top partners in conjunction with three of its Platinum sponsors. The following VARs were recognized: with Avaya, BenComm; with LifeSize, North American Communications Resources; and with Panasonic, ID-Tech Solutions. At its awards dinner the closing evening Jenne recognized the growth and success of six partners with the Jenne Awards of Excellence. The award was presented to Axess Communications, Johnston Communications, GSolutionz Inc., Enterprise Systems Corp., Frontier Communications Corp. and Heavy Water Ltd.
1. Jenne’s panel of resellers sharing best practices during the Powering Partners conference. Left to right: Skip McGaha, Owner, Ark-La-Tex Communications, Shreveport, LA; Michael Oh, CEO, Heavy Water Ltd., New Rochelle, NY; Ian Pugh, co-owner, GSolutionz, Inc., San Francisco, CA; Steve Strochak, President, Xtelesis, Burlingame, CA; Dave Tremblay, Vice President, Total Asset Solutions, Hookset, NH.
2. Dave Johnson, CEO of Jenne, addresses attendees at the first Powering Partners conference in Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, April 17th.
Jenne, Inc., headquartered in Avon, Ohio, is a leading value-added distributor of business telephony, data, audio and video conferencing, and security technology products, including equipment and software for the Enterprise and SMB markets. More than 150 major manufacturers partner with Jenne including Avaya, Aastra, ADTRAN, Bogen, ClearOne, Extreme Networks, GN Netcom, ICC, Lifesize, Panasonic, Plantronics, Revolabs, Valcom, and Verint. Jenne is dedicated to tracking emerging technologies, offering fresh solutions, new equipment and related applications, accredited training and certification to better serve dealers and resellers.
SOURCE: Jenne, Inc.