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ASCII Group Goes Back to Ohio on its 2017 IT Success Summit Tour

Stopping in Columbus, the two-day conference included in-depth content on sales, marketing, and the latest products and services for the SMB channel.

By ChannelPro

IT membership organization The ASCII Group Inc. has wrapped up the fourth of its nine IT Success Summits for 2017.

Stopping a the Sheraton Columbus on May 17 and 18, the conference featured a keynote appearance by Frank Abagnale, the legendary teenage con artist played by Leonardo DiCaprio in director Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can.

Abagnale has since become one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and document protection. His presentation paired a vivid recounting of his exploits as a phony airline pilot, doctor, and lawyer with a sobering, advice-filled discussion of security risks and mitigation strategies.

Other presenters included Frank DeBenedetto, president and chief technology advisor at Holmdel, N.J.-based MSP Two River Technology Group LLC and CEO of audIT Sales Presentation System, a vendor of cloud and managed service sales tools; Herman Pool, president of IT marketing agency Vertical Axion and author of One Hour Marketing: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Simple Effective Marketing; and George Sierchio, vice president of M&A advisory firm Cogent Growth Partners LLC, on metrics that matter when buying or selling a technology business.

Attendees voted on their favorite sponsor presentations in a range of categories. Here are their selections:

  • Best Education – Carvir
  • Best Technical Demo – RapidFire Tools
  • Best IT Workshop – Carvir
  • Best Rapid Pitch – Solutions Granted
  • Best Keynote Presentation – Cytracom
  • Best Partner Incentives – Pax8
  • Best Market Opportunity – Data Deposit Box
  • Best Productivity Solution – IT Glue
  • Best Revenue Generator – Greenlink Networks
  • Best Channel Programs – Datto
  • Top Distributor – Pax8
  • Best Partner Involvement – Pax8/ Datto/ QuoteWerks
  • Best of Show - Cytracom

The 2017 ASCII IT Success Summit tour rolls into Toronoto, Ontario at its next stop on June 22nd. Learn more and register to attend here.

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