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ASCII Group Shifts to Live Virtual Events for the Fall

The two-day online business-building ‘MSP Connect Live’ events feature educational sessions, an expo hall, networking opportunities, expert speakers, and more. By Colleen Frye

The ASCII Group, a membership-based community of independent North American MSPs, MSSPs, VARs, and solution providers, is hosting a series of virtual business-building events starting in September and running through December, replacing the in-person ASCII IT Success Summits previously scheduled for 2020 but now shifting to a full online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-day MSP Connect Live events will cover six regional areas: New York/New Jersey, New England, Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest

Content and acitvities scheduled for MSP Connect Live include: sessions featuring MSP peer education and industry speakers, organized table networking in small groups, virtual exhibit hall and vendor partner booths, downloadable content, plus prizes and giveaways to attendees.

Jerry Koutavas

MSP Connect Live will also feature two keynote speakers: author and fraud expert Frank Abagnale, whose early life as a con man was the basis of the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, and who now counsels public and private sector organizations on safeguarding and combating cyber-fraud; and Forbes contributor Roger Dooley, who will discuss how friction is a multitrillion-dollar problem and how to spot it, eliminate it, and use it to your advantage.

“ASCII has been bringing the channel together for over 20 years via our Success Summits, and while we would love to meet in person, we consider the safety of our participants a priority,” said Jerry Koutavas, president of The ASCII Group, in a statement. “MSP Connect Live will offer a new opportunity for our community to learn from each while enlisting prominent industry and nationally recognized speakers in discussing technology and service opportunities for the SMB market.”

MSP Connect Live is designed for managed service providers and is targeted toward those looking to increase revenue and enhance their current business model. The upcoming dates are:

  • September 9-10 – New York/New Jersey
  • September 23-24 – New England
  • October 7-8 – Southeast
  • October 28-29 – Midwest
  • November 18-19 – Mid-Atlantic
  • December 2-3 – Southwest

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