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Chicago Welcomes ASCII Success Summit

Continuing its 2017 tour, ASCII Group hosted IT solution providers and vendors for two days of networking, education, and training. By Colleen Frye

The ASCII IT Success Summit gathered IT solution providers and dozens of vendors in Chicago, August 30 to 31, for the seventh leg of the 2017 tour. Attendees took part in two days of networking, education, and training.

The ASCII Group events bring together over 150 IT solution providers and dozens of vendors in a two-day format that includes extensive networking, education, and training.

The pre-day event on August 30 started with a networking lunch and badge pickup, followed by presentations on ransonware protection, cloud adoption, marketing, two-factor authentication, and more.

The day concluded with an ASCII member meeting and welcome reception.

On the second day of the summit, Jerry Koutavas, president of The ASCII Group, kicked off the event with a presentation on the ASCII roadmap.

Additional speakers included Frank DeBenedetto, president and chief technology advisor of Two River Technology Group, who presented “Closing MSP Deals Through Emotional Based Selling”; and George Sierchio, vice president, Cogent Growth Partners LLC, and an entrepreneurial veteran, who spoke about “What You Need, What They Want – Understanding What Metrics Matter Most When Buying or Selling An IT Practice.”

The featured keynote speaker with Q&A was Frank Abagnale, one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents, and author of the best-selling book Catch Me If You Can. Abagnale was also the subject of a film of the same name, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Abagnale has now been associated with the FBI for over four decades. 

In addition, attendees heard vendor presentations on topics including: growing Office 365 profits with automation, new MSP opportunities in cybersecurity services, building a sales and marketing machine, revolutionizing storage, going to market with ransomware prevention, distribution in the cloud age, and more.

The day ended with a closing award ceremony and giveaways.

The award winners are as follows:


  • Best Education: Xcellerate
  • Best Technical Demo: ChannelOnline
  • Best IT Workshop: ChannelOnline

Main Day

  • Best Rapid Pitch: iRemoteReset
  • Best Keynote Presentation: Cytracom
  • Best Partner Incentives: Pax8
  • Best Market Opportunity: Mailprotector
  • Best Productivity Solution: IT Glue
  • Best Revenue Generator: Datto
  • Best Channel Programs: Datto
  • Top Distributor: Pax8
  • Best Partner Involvement: Cytracom/Datto/Pax8
  • Best of Show: Cytracom

The ASCII Group IT community is made up of a supporting network of 2,000+ MSP/VARs worldwide. ASCII provides a portfolio of IT business-building services that range from turnkey marketing campaigns to a highly utilized peer-to-peer business referral and lead network.

Next up for the ASCII IT Success Summit is Miami, September 27-28.

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