I mentioned in my last blog post that I’ve been fortunate enough to be nominated to the SMB 150 this year. The SMB 150 is an annual list of the top 150 IT professionals in the worldwide Small and Medium Business IT Channel put together by SMB Nation and sponsored by Blackberry.
Here are details of how to place your vote.
But obviously, I’m not the only one who’s been nominated! I’m grateful to work in an industry with some of the finest folks you’re ever likely to meet, and I probably don’t tell half of these people how grateful I am for their work and support – so I thought I’d help shine a light on some of them here.
You can click on each of the individuals names to be taken to their voting page for the SMB 150.
Back in 2009, I was one of only three or four Brits on the SMB 150. I’m glad to say the Brits are now represented in force!
|Gareth Brown||Owner at Sytec, Gareth is one of the founders of the SMB Community in the UK and continues to be one of the most respected and generous individuals you could wish know.|
|Chris Timm||Chris took over the Thames Valley SBSC user group when it was failing and turned it into a thriving group again.|
|Paul Tomlinson||One of the UK’s most successful MSP owners at Mirus and a great contributor to the CompTIA UK Channel Community.|
|Susanne Dansey||Owner of Purple Cow Ideas Management and founder of the UK SMB Community, and a long-time positive influence on myself and so many others within our Channel.|
|Lee Evans||Owner of Vital as well as being the Vice Chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community and a passionate advocate of raising standards in the Channel.|
|Mark Williams||Owner of one of London’s top MSP’s at Pensar and the HTG 11 groups member of the year.|
|Adam Harris||A key influencer in helping establish the CompTIA UK Channel Community in 2011 and beyond.|
|Andy Trish||His business, NCI Technologies, goes from strength to strength and he is consistently one of the most active community leaders in the UK.|
|Dave Sobel||The exiting facilitator of HTG 11 in the UK, “Mr Virtualization” and let’s face it – he’s pretty much a Brit now, right?|
These are the folks who regularly write to share their knowledge and experience with the rest of us, and as a fellow blogger, I appreciate their writing! If you’ve not read one of these blogs, I encourage you to check them out!
|Steve Noel||Steve is a consistently great writer on Technology and Sales – http://stevenoel.blogspot.com/|
|Wayne Small||The man behind SBSFaq.com – one of the top Small Business Server resources online.|
|Karl Palachuk||In my opinion, the “must read” blog in our industry – Small Biz Thoughts.|
|Brian Sherman||The owner of Tech Success Communications, and the writer behind many blog posts across the web.|
|Tim Barrett||The blogger behind the awesome No Geek Left Behind.|
|Eric Ligman||Eric is known by many not just as one of the nicest folks in our industry, but as the writer of the Microsoft Partner Community blog.|
|Susan Bradley||The SBS Diva – everyone’s first call for Small Business Server thoughts and guidance.|
|Vlad Mazek||You might not always agree with him, but Vladville is a brutally honest perspective on the Channel which we need.|
The Community Leaders
These are the people who have helped build the communities that many of us participate in and enjoy.
|Arlin Sorensen||Founder of the Heartlands Technology Peer Group and a real thought leader for our industry.|
|Christy Sacco||The lady who works feverishly away behind the scenes to ensure HTG are the top Peer Group available.|
|Len Dicostanzo||Len has driven the Autotask User Community to new heights and openly shares his experience and knowledge.|
|Andy Goodman||“Handy Andy” is an SBS MVP and a champion within many IT communities both locally and globally.|
|Todd Thibodeaux||The driving force behind the rise of CompTIA’s Communities in the US and now, the UK|
|Jeannine Edwards||Tirelessly travels the world over to ensure that the ConnectWise User Group Community is super successful.|
|Harry Brelsford||The founder of SMB Nation and one of the most influential individuals in our section of the industry.|
|Jeff Middleton||Famous for his Swing Migration technique, Jeff is a champion of so many SMB IT communities across the globe.|
The folks who provide the tools that enable MSP’s to thrive.
|Walter Scott||CEO of GFI Software, and the driving force behind that companies phenomenal global growth in the last few years.|
|Eric Webster||Chief Revenue Officer at Doyenz, and instrumental in the companies expansion to the UK in 2011.|
|Scott Barlow||Product Manager at Reflexion, who rightly have a reputation as one of the most MSP friendly companies you could work with.|
|Arnie Bellini||CEO of ConnectWise, and the vision behind the thriving IT Nation.|
|Alistair Forbes||Founder and General Manager at GFI Max who have doubled their customer base in the past two years to become the leading RMM tool.|
|Greg Starks||SMB Business Development Manager at HP who has consistently provided value to his Channel partners.|
|Karen Guarino||The partner “go to” at Reflexion – and someone who I often wonder ever sleeps at all given her dedication to helping others!|
MSP’s and MSP Coaches
The owners of successful MSP’s and those who coach MSP’s.
|Stephen Hall||Founder of District Computers in Washington, DC and a Microsoft Partner Area Lead amongst other Community based engagements.|
|Erik Thorsell||Owner of Success Computer Consulting in Minneapolis and a phenomenal IBM Partner who generously freely shares his advice and knowledge.|
|Jamison West||Founder of Arterian in Seattle who have enjoyed an amazing period of growth, and a key member of both HTG peer groups and his local user group.|
|Teresa Bell||Despite the collapse of the construction industry in the Florida area, including most of her clients, Teresa has not only kept Citrus NSG going but also grown the business.|
|George Sierchio||Author, Blogger and Business Coach at Action Business Partners – I’ve never read an article of George’s that I didn’t find value in.|
|Stuart Crawford||Owner at Ulistic, a Canadian company who are growing from strength to strength in the MSP Marketing segment.|
|Stuart Selbst||Well respected coach to many successful MSP’s within the USA.|
Quite a list – I hope you’ll consider voting for all those above, and that they all find their rightful place on the 2012 SMB 150 list.
If I’ve overlooked you, then I apologise, and do give me a nudge so I can make sure you get my vote.