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JUNE 14 - 17     Atlanta Georgia

Clear your calendar to attend Channel Link 2016

You're invited to join us in Atlanta from June 14 – 17, 2016, for the channel's premier event designed to empower your business for success.
Gain valuable insight to manage your business while learning about the latest trends in technology. Interface with the key solution vendors
driving demand in the market. Network with your peers, and leave with actionable strategies from key channel leaders.

Don't miss out on this invaluable business-building conference. We look forward to partnering with you in Atlanta!

speakers

Scott Moore

Retired Rear Admiral Scott Moore, who spent 30 years as a Navy SEAL leader, led the military's elite forces through more than 2,000 of our nation's most extreme, high-stakes missions.

Scott Moore

Conference Tracks

1. Security — Cyber security has never been as important as it is in today's businesses. Get a better pulse on tomorrow's security challenges and what you can do to prepare your customers for the latest waves of sophisticated threats. 2. The Device Dilemma — With the tug of war between mobile demands and productivity and a new range of 2-in-1s, all-in-ones, thin clients, and more, your customers are counting on you to take the guessing game out of what device strategy to deploy. Hear from top Microsoft and device OEM channel executives and thought leaders about Windows 10 benefits for various form factors, end of support migration opportunities, and exclusive programs, resources, and enablement to help you drive sales and penetrate new vertical markets. 3. Access, Power, and Master the Cloud — Cloud transformation isn't easy. That's why Tech Data offers its partners proven steps to build a cloud practice that's right for you. Whatever your cloud business goals, you'll walk away from this track with an understanding of how Tech Data Cloud can help you create a path to success based on an assessment of where you are today. 4. Tech Data Services — Build your business by taking advantage of the many connections and partnerships at your fingertips—all available at Tech Data! In this track, we'll walk you through four exclusive service opportunities available to you as a Tech Data customer. 5. Leveraging Trends in Data Center — Discover what you can do to prepare your customers for the next phase of the data center and take advantage of the huge market opportunity.

AGENDA

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  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Arrivals throughout the day

    Registration & Welcome Reception Sponsored by HP Inc., Intel, & Microsoft

    Take advantage of early registration and the reception to connect with peers, executives, and fellow attendees so you're ready to hit the ground running on Wednesday morning!

     


  • 8:00 a.m.

    Registration Opens

    8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

    Breakfast

    Rise and shine! Fuel up for a productive and informative day.

    8:45 - 12:00 p.m.

    General Session 1

    General Session 1
    Join us for an incredible lineup of speakers to begin the first session.

    Tech Data Overview
    Marty Bauerlein, Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales, Tech Data

    Cyber Security
    John Tonnison, Executive Vice President, Global Cloud Computing and Chief Information Officer, Tech Data
    Get an insider viewpoint from an officer responsible for cyber-defense in a Fortune 107 enterprise. Topics include security priorities, realities and the dialog with vendors and VARs—plus a special callout to the weakest link

    Leading No Fail Teams
    Keynote Speaker - Scott Moore, United States Navy SEAL Rear Admiral (ret.)
    Larger than life, Rear Admiral Scott Moore knows how to get things done and build a team that achieves objectives when failure is not an option. Listen as he discusses the three most important factors affecting teams: leadership, trust, and peak performance. Learn from his insights and nail-biting stories that take place during some of the marquee moments of our nation's geopolitical history.

    Women in the Channel Panel
    Hosted by Ladies of Tech Data
    Moderated by Cal Jackson, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Tech Data

    Taking care of a company's human capital is key to its sustainability, and the diversity of your personnel can contribute to more creative business solutions for you and your customers. Data shows that a diverse workforce contributes to real bottom line dollars. Tech Data has taken a core value, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), and strategically applied it to its business case for success. In this session, Tech Data's Director of D&I will introduce you to thought leaders who have experienced impressive returns of investment from building an environment of inclusion for a diverse workforce.

     

    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

    Lunch

    Time for a break! Enjoy some food and get pumped up for the rest of your day.

    1:45 - 4:15 p.m.

    Technology Expo

    Learn about the latest technologies in the channel at this high-energy vendor expo, where all our leading vendors will be showcasing their product offerings. Experience engaging demos and learn about the cutting-edge programs that will increase your margin and revenue stream.
    6:00 p.m.

    Evening on Own

  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

    Breakfast

    Start the morning off right with a delicious breakfast while meeting your peers and Tech Data and vendor executives.

    9:00 - 10:45 a.m.

    General Session 2

    General Session 2
    Our final general session will include an information-packed morning featuring speakers from Lenovo and Microsoft.

    Polling and Q&A
    Marty Bauerlein, Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales, Tech Data

     

    In It, To Win It
    Marty Bauerlein, Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales, Tech Data

    Lenovo - Never Standing Still
    Chris Frey, Vice President & General Manager, US Commercial Sales
    Looking ahead to the new fiscal year with Channel growth, trends and opportunities

    Accelerate Your Business with Windows 10
    Jordan Chrysafidis ,Vice President of MS OEM Sales & Marketing, US Market
    Solve old problems with new technologies, increase productivity, and manage the data and risks of digital transformation. Discover the newest Windows 10 features designed to transform your work and deliver the most secure platform for business.

     

    Solution Provider Awards
    Marty Bauerlein, Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales, Tech Data

     

    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Channel Link Track Session 1

    Channel Link Track Session 1
    Choose from five channel tracks, each covering an important topic in the channel today that offers valuable tools for your business. Each track focuses on a vastly different area of IT, so take time to pick the one best for your business. More information about each track can be found on the App under the "Channel Tracks" section.

    Access, Power, and Master the Cloud
    Stacy Nethercoat, Vice President, Product Marketing, Tech Data
    Cloud transformation isn't easy. That's why Tech Data offers its partners proven steps to build a cloud practice that's right for you. Whatever your cloud business goals may be, you'll walk away from this track with an understanding of how Tech Data Cloud can help you create a path to success based on an assessment of where you are today.

    Device Dilemma
    Anthony Graziano, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Tech Data
    With the tug of war between mobile demands and productivity,  as well as a new range of 2-in-1s, all-in-ones, thin clients, and more, your customers are counting on you to take the guessing game out of what device strategy to deploy. Hear from top Microsoft and device OEM channel executives and thought leaders about the benefits of Windows 10 for various form factors, end of support migration opportunities, and exclusive programs, resources, and enablement to help you drive sales and penetrate new vertical markets.

    Leveraging Trends in Data Center
    Charles Layne, President, STG
    Discover what you can do to prepare your customers for the next phase of the data center and take advantage of the huge market opportunity.

    Security
    Tracy Holtz, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Tech Data
    Cyber security has never been as important as it is in today's businesses. Get a better pulse on tomorrow's security challenges and learn what you can do to prepare your customers for the latest waves of sophisticated threats.

    Tech Data Services
    Build your business by taking advantage of the many connections and partnerships at your fingertips—all available at Tech Data! In this track, we'll walk you through four exclusive service opportunities available to you as a Tech Data customer:

    • Technical Services
      John Warren, Senior Manager, Technical Support

    • Credit
      Jose Brito, Director, Credit


    • eBusiness  
      Ryan McKenzie, Manager, eBusiness Americas
      Heather Feldman, eBusiness Specialist


    • resellerCONNECT
      Bryan James, Senior Business Development Representative, resellerCONNECT

     

     

    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Lunch

    Grab a bite to eat, enjoy a midday break, and get ready for an awesome afternoon filled with valuable information.

    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Channel Link Track Session 2


    • Access, Power, and Master the Cloud
    • Device Dilemma
    • Leveraging Trends in Data Center
    • Security
    • Tech Data Services

     

     

    4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

    Channel Link Track Session 3


    • Access, Power, and Master the Cloud
    • Device Dilemma
    • Leveraging Trends in Data Center
    • Security
    • Tech Data Services

     

     

    6:45 p.m.

    Departure to World of Coca-Cola

    Buses will depart from Courtland Street Exit on the International Level of Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

    7:00 p.m.

    Finale Dinner – World of Coca-Cola

    Get an inside peek at one of the world's most successful brands when we spend the evening on June 16 at the World of Coca-Cola. Visit the Coca-Cola Loft, a collection of advertising artifacts dating back as far as 1896, and the Pop Culture Gallery, where themed collectibles by artists such as Haddon Sundblom and Howard Finster offer insight into Coca-Cola's influence into popular culture. Make time to watch Coca-Cola's memorable television advertising, from historic to animated. No trip to the World of Coca-Cola would be complete without a stop by the Taste It! exhibit to sample up to 100 Coca-Cola products from around the globe!

  • All Day

    Departures throughout the day

    *Agenda times are subject to change.

 Event Details

How to get to the conference

Travel

Airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - ATL Airport Phone: +1 800 897 1910 Hotel direction: 12 miles N

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Alternate transportation:

  • A-National Limousine Service (sedans): $60     USD (one-way) on request

  • Estimated taxi fare: $32 USD (one-way)

  • Car sharing service (Uber, Lyft): $11-20     USD (one-way)

  • Peachtree Center MARTA Subway: $2.50       USD (one-way)

  • Parking
    Valet parking: $35 USD daily
    Off-site parking: $4 USD hourly, $20 USD daily

    Venue

    In the heart of Atlanta, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is set in Peachtree Center with easy access to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena, and Georgia Dome. Relive The Hunger Games when you explore the towering 470-foot atrium, the setting for action-packed scenes in Parts 1 and 2.

    Make hotel reservations
    at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis


    Tech Data has secured a rate of $169+ per night. Tech Data will provide one complimentary room per company for up to three nights (Tuesday, June 14 - Thursday, June 16). ALL attendees must make their own reservation and a credit will be issued at Channel Link.

    You will need to provide a credit card to secure your room, but all room charges (excluding incidentals) will be transferred off your final bill at check-out. If there are multiple hotel rooms booked per company, indicate at registration which member will be receiving the complimentary room.


    Things to Do


    Relax
    Treat yourself and recharge at The Spa at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, an urban sanctuary that will melt your worries away. This Atlanta hotel and spa offers a highly trained staff who will make you feel completely relaxed as you take time to rediscover a sense of inner peace.
    If catching up on the latest can’t-miss TV is your idea of relaxation, you’re in luck! Each Atlanta Marriott Marquis room features a Smart TV with Netflix so you can continue binge-watching your favorite shows.

    Play
    The on-siteSear Resturant and Sear Bar are great spots for an informal gathering with your colleagues, vendor partners or Tech Data team. Sear’s chic, fire-inspired atmosphere features five floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine vaults. When you want to network in a more relaxed environment, head to Pulse, the Marriott’s iconic atrium lounge with a 50-foot-tall sail that projects a daily color-changing light show.

    For some, forgoing your fitness regimen is not an option. When you see the Atlanta Marriott Marquis’s 24/7 state-of-the-art-with-a-view fitness center, you'll find plenty of reasons to prolong your workout.


    Stick Around and Explore

    Experience college football like never before at the nearbyCollege Football Hall of Fame.

    Dive into theGeorgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere with 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water and tens of thousands of animals.

    Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits and sampling more than 100 different beverages at theWorld of Coca-Cola.

    Looking for more culture? Explore theHigh Museum of Art, one of the leading museums in the Southeast, and take-in fun exhibits like The Rise of Sneaker Culture and large-scale outdoor sculptures.

    If you’re a nature lover, Atlanta is adjacent to many recreation opportunities, from hiking inStone Mountain Park to rafting down the Chattahoochee River.




    venue

    Atlanta Marriott Marquis

    265 Peachtree Center Ave NE,
    Atlanta, GA 30303
          407-239-4200

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