Avnet To Host Annual Partner Summit Centering On Specialization

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, will hold its third annual invitation-only Avnet Technology Solutions Partner Summit, November 13-16, 2016, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. This year's summit will bring together Avnet partners and suppliers from companies that span the entire Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas channel community, as well as dozens of industry leaders to discuss the ever-evolving IT landscape and ways to compete for more market share in today's digital economy. Attendees will learn more about how to leverage Avnet's solutions specialist approach to accelerate their success in high-growth technology areas such as big data and analytics, cloud computing, converged infrastructure, digital transformation, internet of things (IOT), security and more.

"The Avnet Partner Summit is one of the many ways we are helping our partners develop deep expertise in specialized areas that are driving the future of technology," said Sergio Farache, senior vice president of strategy and specialist business units for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "We've taken great care to ensure that our speaker roster is filled with industry leaders and technology subject matter experts who are set to inspire, instruct and prepare our partners for long-term growth and success. As we continually work to evolve and embrace new, innovative technologies, our partner and supplier ecosystem has never been stronger or more poised to address today's IT channel challenges with the best possible solutions."

In addition to select Avnet executive presenters, including Jeff Bawol, president of Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, the Avnet Partner Summit will spotlight an array of guest speakers who are not only industry leaders, but agents of transformational change who will offer expert insights on specific ways partners can keep their businesses relevant and positioned for growth, including:
  • Jeanne Morain - principal researcher and consulting strategist at iSpeak Cloud™. Morain has two decades of experience in systems management, virtualization and cloud computing and has participated in the implementation of solutions for millions of users across Fortune 2000 companies. She will speak on digital transformation, the dawn of the business buyer age, multimodal marketing and technology trends for the digital age.
  • David Stelzl - consultant, speaker and author specializing in high-tech sales and marketing. Stelzl's presentations continue to bring new perspective on how the reseller model should work, how high-tech solutions should be positioned, and how to maintain margins in a commoditizing industry of networks and computers. He will present on creating the security value proposition, closing new business and the secret to selling security.
  • Rick Villars - vice president, data center and cloud, IDC. Villars is a senior member of IDC's IT Infrastructure research team, which assesses the development and adoption of solutions for data center transformation and exploitation of rapidly evolving technologies in the areas of Big Data and Cloud. He develops IDC's viewpoints on the evolution of converged IT infrastructure as well as the adoption of public and private cloud solutions.
  • Meredith Whalen - senior vice president, IT executive and industry research, IDC. Whalen is responsible for IDC's global research and go-to-market strategy for technology professionals. She oversees the research operations, client services and marketing activities aimed at technology professionals who work in both IT organizations and lines of business.

"Our team really benefited from attending last year's Avnet Partner Summit, and we're looking forward to this year's event," said Gary Quirke, CEO of QueBIT, a team of trusted experts in analytics and an Avnet partner. "The event provides us the opportunity to network and speak directly with senior executives and decision-makers from both Avnet and key suppliers, gain key business insight from industry thought leaders, and build and strengthen relationships in an environment designed for conversation."

Avnet partners can learn more about the invitation-only Avnet Partner Summit by viewing this short video. In addition, partners looking for more information about the conference can email partnersummit@avnet.com or contact their account representative.

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About Avnet, Inc.

From components to cloud and from design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology by providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a global company ranked on the FORTUNE 500 with revenues of $26.2 billion for the fiscal year 2016. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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