EVENT RECAP: Vantage Minneapolis

Vantage Thank You

The Vantage Minneapolis event on June 3, 2015 brought in over 120 local Minneapolis solution providers, Ingram Micro   associates, and Manufacturer representative attendees to the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis. With the event theme of “Improve Your Vantage Point – how to prepare for the new IT”, Ingram Micro’s objective was to improve our customers’ vantage points by helping solution providers and manufacturer partners build their businesses and be more   profitable by developing 3 key areas:

1) Understand today’s market challenges and offer relevant solutions

2) Identify and bring new market opportunities to our partners

3) Enable our partners to focus on their core businesses and leverage our vast capabilities

One of the main highlights of the day’s agenda was the Keynote Address from Michael Rogers, Practical Futurist, who recently completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times and is a columnist for NBC.com. He is also a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology. He shared great insight on the future of technology and where it’s taking us. Find out more about Michael here: http://michaelrogers.com/

Attendees also received a better understanding of the 2015 Top CIO Priorities and how to leverage the many offerings of Ingram Micro and manufacturer partners.

Many thanks to our 28 Manufacturer Sponsors:

Adaptec, B&B Smartworx, BitDefender, Check Point, ClearOne, Cyberpower, Dell SonicWALL, Ingram Micro Sourcing Solutions, Intel, Jabra, Kaspersky Lab, Kingston, Microsemi, Panduit, Plantronics, QLogic, Revolabs, Sanus, Sennheiser, ShoreTel, SMK Link, Sophos, Tenable, Trend Micro, V7, VMWare, VXI, Western Digital


Hearing from Michael Rogers


Lunch time networking


Group discussions during the Interactive Solutions Workshop


Private tour of Minnesota Twins Target Field


Perfect photo opportunity with the Minnesota Twins mascot


Socializing during the Networking Reception at Target Field




Event Recap: Physical Security Customer Appreciation Event and Boot Camp, Philadelphia, PA

Last week, Ingram Micro’s Physical Security Technology Campaign hosted two events for our top resellers. The Physical Security team took over Philadelphia, PA for our Customer Appreciation Event on November 26th and our Physical Security Boot Camp on November 27th – 28th.

We started the week with our Customer Appreciation Event, a seminar and sports outing, sponsored by Dotworkz, PowerDsine and Sony. The evening began with manufacturer presentations in the Citizens Bank Park’s Hall of Fame Club, followed by dinner and drinks at the Citizens Bank Park’s Diamond Club.

image1After dinner, attendees walked across the street to Lincoln Financial Field for some Monday Night Football as the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Carolina Panthers.  It was a very successful event filled with manufacturer presentations and great networking.


The business continued as the Physical Security Boot Camp started the next day. The goals of the Physical Security Boot Camp are to help solution providers effectively sell physical security, strengthen their customer relationships, understand key market trends, and identify opportunities.

The training included presentations from our manufacturer partners: Axis, Intel, PowerDsine, Toshiba and Sony. We had industry speakers including Guy Reams, Professor at Mt. San Jacinto College as well as Ingram Micro associates, Shawn Enides and Mark Baxter, Senior Business Development Managers and Andrey Nedranets, Technology Solutions Engineer for the Physical Security team.


Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to sit with manufacturers during the speed partnering to see live demonstrations. It was a very successful event and we thank our manufacturer partners and resellers for attending.


Event Recap: ProAV/Digital Signage Boot Camp, Los Angeles, CA

The last ProAV/Digital Signage Boot Camp of 2012 took place in the Los Angeles, CA. On November 6-7th, solution providers from the western United States traveled to downtown LA for two days of training and product demonstrations at the Sheraton Downtown LA hotel.

The objective of this boot camp is to assist solution providers in expanding their businesses into the ProAV and Digital Signage markets. Attendees heard from industry speakers, manufacturers, and Ingram Micro ProAV/Digital Signage business unit leaders. Resellers also had time to view live product demonstrations during the roundtable sessions.


Alan Brawn, Principal at Brawn Consulting, spoke on the importance of planning and
the Seven Key Elements in Digital Signage. Robert Nishida, of HDDS Design, LLC,
provided insight in his peer success story. Along with presentations from Peerless-AV, Sharp, LG, Intel, Samsung, Optoma, Elo, AOpen, C2G, Sony, Panasonic, Planar, NEC concluded the event with a half day seminar. Solution providers learned about their content management software, touch technology, and leasing and financing options.


Attendees also had an evening out on the town at the Hard Rock Café next to Grauman’s
Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. After the NEC seminar, solution providers enjoyed a suite at the Staples Center for a Clippers game, where the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 106 to 84.


It was a very successful event for resellers and we thank our sponsored manufacturers for participating.

Event Recap: ProAV/Digital Signage Boot Camp, San Antonio, TX

Ingram Micro comes to San Antonio! We hosted our ProAV/Digital Signage Boot Camp on May 22-23, 2012 in San Antonio, TX, at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. Right on the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, Hotel Valencia Riverwalk was on U.S. News’ Best Hotels list for 2012.

Through this boot camp, solution providers learned how to effectively sell ProAV & Digital Signage solutions, as well as strengthen customer relationships.  Key manufacturer partners discussed how to increase service revenues; and LG Electronics hosted an Interactive Summit.

Networking roundtables with live product demonstrations

In addition to informative presentations, solution providers had consultation time with technology engineers. Our sponsoring manufacturer partners hosted product demonstrations and had time to network during our roundtables.

LG Electronics Interactive Summit

During the LG Electronics Interactive Summit, solution providers learned about LG’s newest product features and their video conferencing systems. Also, Elo Touchsystems, Intel and AOpen presented with our Technology Solutions Engineer on media player fundamentals and touchscreens.

Boat cruise through downtown San Antonio

But it wasn’t all work; everyone got a chance to sightsee during the boat cruise to dinner! Thanks again to all of our sponsoring manufacturer partners and solution providers for attending another great boot camp.