Tech Data's TechSelect Community Focuses on Leadership and Enablement at Spring Partner Conference

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CLEARWATER, Fla., May 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TechSelect, Tech Data Corporation's (Nasdaq:TECD) community of IT solution providers dedicated to supporting the technology needs of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), hosted its spring TechSelect Partner Conference on May 14-17, 2014 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Approximately 400 channel partners were in attendance to share growth strategies and discuss the latest technologies and opportunities in the IT channel.

"Tech Data was proud to mark an important milestone for our TechSelect partner community—celebrating its 15th anniversary at the spring conference in Orlando," said Pete Peterson, senior vice president, U.S. Sales at Tech Data. "Since TechSelect's founding in 1999, TechSelect has grown into the IT channel's premier partner community, helping its members grow their businesses and maximize channel opportunities. The leadership training, education and enablement are invaluable to our community members, and we thank our partners for another successful TechSelect event."

The collaborative event included breakout sessions, peer-to-peer networking and business-building opportunities focused on four of TechSelect's pillars: Marketing, Services, Culture and Leadership. Identified by the TechSelect Advisory Council, the pillars are focused around enabling business growth in the key areas.

The event featured Mark Scharenbroich, award-winning educational speaker, author and founder of the "Nice Bike" principle, who spoke about the importance of making meaningful connections in life and in business. The event also featured Debbie Maier, founder of The End Result, who conducted a training workshop focused on sales, leadership skill development and customer service excellence.

The audience also heard from leading vendor partners including representatives from Cisco, VMware and Microsoft, discussing the latest technologies and business opportunities in the IT channel. Featured speakers included Michael Perez, manager, Partner Operations at Cisco; Peter McKay, vice president of Sales EUC Americas and general manager DaaS at VMware; and Long Tran, director of Technology & Evangelism SMB&D at Microsoft Corporation.

Through TechSelect's Partner Conference charity fundraiser, the TechSelect community has historically partnered with charitable organizations in the host cities of its events to give back to the local communities. For its spring partner conference, TechSelect raised over $33,000 for Edgewood Children's Ranch—a place where boys and girls of Central Florida are given a chance to live and attend school in a safe and loving environment. Since 2008, the TechSelect community has raised over $180,000 in monetary and product donations to help various charities that benefit special needs children, abuse survivors, children's education and advancement, humanitarian causes and more.

"The workshops around the business pillars were full of great ideas that I could easily share with my team and begin implementing," said Audrey Levi, managing partner at ITPointe. "The keynote speaker, Mark Scharenbroich, was indeed one of the best motivational speakers I have had the pleasure of listening to, and it was the perfect kickoff to TechSelect's 15th anniversary. TechSelect's greatest value to me has always been the meaningful connections that I have made over the years with my peers, the Tech Data team, and the industry's best vendors."

The fall TechSelect Partner Conference will be held October 23-25, 2014 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, Nevada, focusing on the following four TechSelect pillars: Sales, Finance, People and Wealth.

To learn more about TechSelect, visit or call (800) 237-8931, ext. 84529. Follow TechSelect on Twitter at @TechSelect.

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 115,000 resellers to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users in more than 100 countries. Tech Data generated $26.8 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2014. It is ranked No. 119 on the Fortune 500® and one of Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies." To learn more, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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