13 APR 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – The Channel Partners Spring Conference and Expo was held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino April 10 – 13 marking their 20th anniversary. This annual convention consists of over 100 industry-leading speakers, 275 exhibitors, and 5500 partners and suppliers. The title sponsor was AT&T and premier sponsors consisted of companies such as Vonage, Verizon, AVANT, and CenturyLink.
The first day of events began with an opening keynote and lunch. Keynote speakers were Carolyn April with CompTia, and Joe Chuisano and Janet Schijns with Verizon Business Markets. The evening ended with a first-time attendee reception at the 1923 Bourbon Bar.
Each exciting day consists of keynote speakers, executive tracks, technology leader tracks, and education tracks. Each event consisted of networking opportunities.
An addition to the entire conference and expo was the partnership between Channel Partners and Hire Heroes USA. Hire Heroes USA with support from Granite announced its Spring 2017 Veterans Initiative in which 11 job-seeking Veterans were hosted. Granite fulfilled by underwriting travel, hotel, and incidental expenses. This is the third Channel Partners event in which Veteran job-seekers were given access to education and networking opportunities. Veterans took full advantage of the offerings and gave excellent reviews thereafter.
The expo floor gave potential clients access to hands-on demonstrations and clear options to many of today’s technological solutions. All exhibits had polite and professional representatives which made the experience very enjoyable. For the not-so-faint of heart, there was also a mechanical bull which was enjoyed by yours truly.
The 2018 Channel Partners Conference and expo will be held again in Las Vegas, NV April 17 – 20 at the Venetian.
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