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2012 SMB 150

The SMB 150 is produced by SMB Technology Network (SMBTN) and SMB Nation and brought to you by BlackBerry. The SMB 150 honours individuals who have made a significant impact on the worldwide small and medium business (SMB) channel.  

A three-part process determined this year’s list of SMB 150 influencers. The competition began with an open nominating process, followed by the SMB IT community voting on the nominees at www.smb150.com. In addition to the community vote, a panel of industry experts judged each nominee based on a variety of relevant areas. The community vote accounted for 40% of each nominee’s overall rating, with the expert panel’s decision contributing the remaining 60%.

You may recall my prior blog post (“Catching Up”), where I mentioned being a nominee. Well…I am pleased to report I’ve been selected as a winner for 2012 (view the entire list here).

The 150 winners will be joining SMB Nation and SMBTN at a gala event in Los Angeles on May 16 at the Westin Bonaventure. In addition to complimentary dinner tickets, media coverage, personalised awards plaques, and recognition in the SMB Nation magazine, each honouree will also receive a complimentary 64 GB PlayBook, courtesy of BlackBerry, the title sponsor of the event. The live event will also be sponsored by Oki Data Americas and Quest Software. I look forward to it, and to reconnecting with some long term friends and colleagues.

Needless to say, I am grateful to voters and judges for my selection to this year’s list, and to SMBTN / SMB Nation for the overall honour. All nominees are winners in my eyes, and I will continue to work with this elite group to bring quality services and assistance to the SMB channel. If you know of other worthy influencers, please gear up for 2013 and prepare to nominate them; there can never be enough leaders.

Doña Keating is President and CEO of Professional Options, a prominent innovator in the policy and management consulting industry which provides solutions for businesses, organisations and governmental agencies. She is also a principal in K2 Strategic Solutions, a partnership between Professional Options and Keating Consulting Service which has a combined 50 year history in IT, policy, and management consulting.

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