I had the pleasure of attending Kodak Alaris’ first two-day Channel Partner Conference for the Latin America, U.S., and Canada regions. The event may have been in San Antonio, but it was anything but dry. The presentation topics included updates about our new company, the latest information from marketing and branding, as well as in-depth training sessions for our hottest technologies and solutions. So much information was shared that one partner Tweeted, “Only a state as big as Texas could hold the 2014 Channel Meeting.” Indeed. It was an excellent display of our strength as part of a one-billion dollar startup company with a 125-year history.
In fact, the conference’s theme was “stronger than ever.” So, in addition to hearing why Kodak Alaris and its partners reflect that theme, everyone received equipped gym bags. Who is ready for the treadmill followed by a quick tennis match?
On day one, Kodak Alaris’ leadership shared its updated vision with attendees: “Getting the right information to the right place at the right time to maximize value.” Attendees heard from Kodak Alaris’ first CEO, Ralf Gerbershagen as well as President, Dolores Kruchten; General Manager, Tony Barbeau; Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Palmer; Regional Business Manager for Latin America, Cassio Vaquero; Regional Business Manager for the United States and Canada, Russell Hunt; and Software and Solutions General Manager, Rod Hughes.
Day two was also full of action for attendees with a dynamic keynote speaker and numerous educational opportunities. Plus, there was a fast-paced award ceremony to recognize top performers at the end of the day.
I’m sending out a big thank you to our sponsors, Cranel Imaging Versitec and NewWave, for their support this year. Also, many thanks to our terrific exhibitors this year that were featured during scheduled times and breaks. That group included Parascript, Cranel Imaging Versitec, Kofax, DocuWare, EMC Corporation, Filebound, Ingram Micro Inc., NewWave, and Tech Data Corporation. If you are a channel partner who was unable to attend this year, I’m including some pictures from the event. Enjoy.
Kodak Alaris’ Regional Business Managers (Cassio Vaquero and Russell Hunt) kickoff the company’s first Channel Partner Conference for U.S., Canada, Latin America.
“A future of winning together for Kodak Alaris and partners,” says Chief Executive Officer Ralf Gerbershagen as he meets with channel partners for the first time.
Kodak Alaris’ President, Dolores Kruchten, presents to channel partners about the business on day one of the conference.
Kodak Alaris’ Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Palmer, talks about marketing, social media, and branding specific to the company and its partners.
Kodak Alaris’ GM, Tony Barbeau, presents on Document Imaging’s current and future portfolio with partners in San Antonio.
Kodak Alaris’ Regional Business Manager for Latin America, Cassio Vaquero, updates partners about progress in 2013 and 2014. Behind him is a photo of his very strong team.
Kodak Alaris’ Regional Business Manager for the U.S. and Canada, Russell Hunt, presents to partners in San Antonio, Texas.
Kodak Alaris’ Software & Solutions GM, Rod Hughes, shares his portion of the portfolio and its future with partners.
As you can imagine, a lot of work goes into making conferences like this happen. Thanks to a whole team of Kodak Alaris employees and vendors who made the event a productive, memorable experience. Here are a couple of pictures from behind the scenes as the team put the final touches in place on Sunday.
The setup crew puts finishing touches on the stage before Kodak Alaris’ leaders start their dress rehearsals.
Kodak Alaris’ audio and video support team standby as executives practice their presentations.
Kodak Alaris’ Chief Event Officer, Megan Alekson (right), reviews logistics with a vendor while Kathy Raschiatore (seated) works on executive calendars.
See y’all at the Channel Partner Conference in 2015 or before!