Scottsdale, AZ

May 8 - 10, 2017

Register by Friday, April 1

Experience the full power of Partnership in Motion with Westcon-Comstor at CONNECT 2017. Join our leadership team, industry experts and your peers as we unite to capitalize on emerging technology trends, service-delivery models and much more. Connect with us May 8 – 9 in Scottsdale, AZ, to:

  • Increase your company’s market strength and profitability
  • Develop dynamic value partnerships
  • Establish strategies and relationships for mutual growth in FY’18

This year’s energizing agenda will provide ample opportunities to drive partnerships essential for building and sustaining a competitive edge in the Cloud, Networking, Services, Security, and Unified Communications and Collaboration market segments. Westcon-Comstor is also pleased to invite you to join us for the inaugural Capitalizing on Cloud half-day event. This forum begins after the Connect 2017 agenda concludes. Please see agenda for details.

Speakers

Andrew Warren
EVP, North America, Westcon-Comstor

With more than 15 years of executive channel experience, Andrew serves as EVP of Westcon-Comstor North America. Previously, as SVP of the Westcon US Security Practice, Andrew led his team to surpass $1 billion in annual sales by strengthening vendor relationships and building new avenues for solution providers to profit in the channel. Before joining Westcon-Comstor, Andrew championed sales efforts for six years at another distributor and defined sales strategies for communications vendor Evolving Systems. He also held management positions at General Dynamics and Verizon Wireless.

Andrew holds a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from Colorado State University.

Dolph Westerbos
CEO, WestconGroup

With more than 20 years of B2B and channel leadership experience, Dolph Westerbos serves as WestconGroup CEO. Dolph is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the value-added technology distributor. He brings an extensive track-record of managing organizations that couple premier technology-based solutions and services, built on strong operational capabilities. Dolph comes to WestconGroup from Brambles and CHEP, where he served as Group President of Asia Pacific and EMEA for the supply chain and pooling solutions provider. Additional experience includes VP of Solutions and Services for EMEA at Dell, shepherding its services, software and data center business to revenues of approximately $2.5 billion across 50 countries. He also helped establish the company's channel business and led the organization in Western Europe. Prior to his tenure at Dell, Dolph spent 12 years at ModusLink, a global provider of business process outsourcing services to the high-technology industry. His advanced education includes a B.A. in Business Administration from Maastricht Hotel Management School in the Netherlands, as well as an M.S. in Management from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Atul Damani
Chief Technology Strategist, Westcon-Comstor

With more than 15 years of technology leadership experience, Atul Damani serves as the Westcon-Comstor’s Chief Technology Strategist. In this role, Atul is tasked with the strategic selection, development and introduction of new and disruptive technologies in the channel, supporting the company’s current and long-term strategic business goals. Previously, he led the Solution Architecture and Business Intelligence Practice at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Atul also served as SVP for Global Applications Engineering at Marsh Inc., the risk and insurance brokerage division of Marsh & McLennan’s. His advanced education includes a B.S. in Production Engineering from the University of Bombay and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University.

Adam Kuta
EVP and CIO, Westcon-Comstor

With nearly three decades of experience leading technology initiatives across a range of industry sectors, Adam currently serves as EVP and CIO of WestconGroup. He is responsible for WestconGroup’s IT architecture development and investments, helping to effectively transform the next-generation infrastructure. Adam joined the company from Coach, Inc., where he championed an integrated IT roadmap in support of operational expansions. As the company’s SVP of Information Technology, Adam implemented the application and infrastructure necessary to support and improve multiple efficiencies.

He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Southern Connecticut State University, an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Computing Professional Studies from Pace University.

Harley Manning
Vice President, Research Director Serving Customer Experience Professionals
Blog: Customer Experience Blog

Harley serves Customer Experience Professionals. He is a research director in the customer experience practice at Forrester and the co-author of Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business. The book is a comprehensive study of why customer experience is fundamental to the success of every business. It explores the six disciplines companies need to master in order to compete effectively in a world where their customers can leave them more easily than ever.

Harley's research, analysis, and opinions have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Economist, FT.com, Fast Company, Investor's Business Daily, and Direct Marketing News. An accomplished speaker, Harley has keynoted major business conferences around the world. Harley founded Forrester's customer experience research coverage when he joined the firm in 1998. Today he manages a team of analysts who cover topics ranging from Forrester's Customer Experience Index (CX Index™), which measures how well a brand's customer experience strengthens the loyalty of its customers, to customer-centric culture. His own research focuses on the business impact of CX. Harley also founded Forrester's annual Customer Experience Forum, the company's largest event. In addition to its original location in New York, the Forum has expanded to San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and London.

Scott McKain
Internationally Known Customer Experience Authority, Speaker and Author

Scott is an internationally known authority who helps organizations create distinction in every phase of business and teaches the “Ultimate Customer Experience.” He is the founder of a consulting and training company that explores the role of ultimate customer experiences in creating enhanced client retention and revenue. Scott also is the author of three Amazon.com No. 1 business bestsellers, all demonstrating how to expand profits, increase sales, and engage customers.

Scott’s latest book, 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry, was released by McGraw-Hill and provides the specific steps for every employee to create and deliver ultimate customer experiences.

Brian Partridge
VP, Research and Consulting, 451 Research

Brian leads the 451 Research Mobility team, which was established in July 2014 with the integration of Yankee Group. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the team's syndicated and custom research services and editorial functions. As a researcher he leads the team's M2M/IoT research while contributing to a number of additional topics in the telecom and enterprise mobility domains.

Prior to joining Yankee Group, Brian held various senior-level marketing and sales roles at leading technology vendors such as ReefEdge Networks, 3Com, Enterasys Networks and Cabletron Systems.

He holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Plymouth State University.

Greg Schwem
Comedian

Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top dad humor sites of 2016. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.

Hotel & Travel

Hotel

Discover the infinite beauty and natural wonders of the Sonoran Desert surrounding the breathtaking 27-acre Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Take advantage of this spectacular destination with championship golf, Spa Avania, a 2.5-acre water playground, tennis courts and more. Set amidst flowering cactus and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, this resort is minutes from outdoor adventures and miles from the ordinary.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 East Doubletree Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Parking

Valet parking fee is offered for $31 per day, plus applicable taxes. Overnight guests have in/out privileges. The self-parking fee is $19 per day, plus applicable taxes.

Transportation

If you are flying to Phoenix to attend the CONNECT event, we recommend that you make arrangements to arrive and depart from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 15 miles (about 20 minutes) from the resort. From downtown Phoenix, estimated travel time is about 25 minutes (18 miles).

Transtyle Sedan and SUV Transportation Service
Available for transfers to and from the resort. Transtyle offers 24-hour private chauffeur-driven services in sedans that can accommodate up to four passengers and luggage, and SUVs that can accommodate up to six passengers and luggage. Reservations are required.

Cost:*
$50 Call upon arrival for your car to pick you up
$75 Meet and Greet Service with a car waiting for you upon arrival
SUV request is an additional $20
Reservations: Call 800-410-5479

Super Shuttle
Offers transportation between the airport and the resort 24 hours a day. Upon arrival at the airport, look for the island marked Van Service outside baggage claim. A uniformed Guest Service Representative will assist you with your arrangements. No reservations are needed from the airport to the resort; however, 24-hour advance notice is requested for return trips from the resort to the airport.

Cost:* $22 per person, each way. Groups may reserve an entire shuttle for $80. Vans accommodate a maximum of seven people. Reservations: Call 800-730-9267

*Does not include driver gratuity, which can be added. Pricing does not include Meet-and-Greet fees.

Agenda

If you have questions about CONNECT 2017, please contact Event Manager Erin Markiewicz at 813-817-8748 or erin.markiewicz@westcongroup.com.