CLEARWATER, Fla., March 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Focused on delivering the best customer experience and support to its partners, Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) was named "Best Distribution Sales and Support" by the ASCII Group, Inc. (ASCII) at the ASCII I.T. Success Summit, held recently at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, FL. "This award reinforces our strong partnership with the ASCII Group and its members," said Greg Banning, vice president, SMB Sales at Tech Data. "Tech Data and ASCII share a focus on adding value through customized education and training to meet the needs of solution providers in the channel. The ASCII Group provides a beneficial network for solution providers, and we are proud to deliver the best support for its members." This prestigious award was presented to the technology company that is deemed to have the best distribution sales support in the IT industry. The awards are voted on by the solution provider attendees at the event. Tech Data supports ASCII's community of solution providers, integrators and resellers through education and training, as well as with dedicated system engineers, online tools like the Solutions Store, and special competitive pricing. "Partner groups like ASCII and IAMCP are important to our channel partners because of the valuable member benefits they provide," said Tiffany Embry, director of Product Marketing, Software at Tech Data. "The tools and services provided give channel partners the opportunity to share best practices, leverage relationships to complement their businesses, and gain education and training as they need to enhance their business practice. Tech Data's Software Product Marketing team will continue to be an active supporter of both." "We congratulate Tech Data on winning this award from the ASCII members at our Tampa Success Summit," stated Doug Young, senior vice president for Distribution Programs and chief operating officer of the ASCII Group. "We have had a productive long-term relationship with Tech Data for over 20 years, and we are pleased that our members have recognized Tech Data for the efforts they have made to support small and medium-sized solution providers."