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Feb. 10, 2015
Issue No. 439
What are some of the most progressive dealers in the country doing to ensure their success in managed IT services?
They've joined a Service Leadership GreatAmerica Managed IT Peer Group, the S-L GAMIT Group!
Just over a year ago, GreatAmerica Financial Services launched the office technology industry's first managed IT services peer groups. The groups are professionally led and facilitated by IT expert Paul Dippell and his team at Service Leadership Inc. Today, there are five groups with more being planned.
Group members are C-level individuals from eight to 10 non-competing dealerships that vary in size and experience.
• Each group meets quarterly and is facilitated by Service Leadership (Paul Dippell and his team).
• GreatAmerica subsidizes a portion of each dealer's participation.
• Agendas are member-driven and discussions include financial and operational benchmarking.
Visit www.greatamerica.com/sl-gamit-groups to learn more.
Come visit GreatAmerica's booth at BTA's Winter Break!
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BTA Southeast to Host Winter Break March 20-21 in Orlando, Fla.
On March 20-21, the Business Technology Association's (BTA) Southeast district will host its annual Winter Break event at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla.
Epson Launches Business Brand Campaign
Epson America Inc. has launched a national business brand campaign entitled "Cityscape," highlighting its wide range of high-performance business products in key strategic markets.
Katun Offers Print Audit Accelerator & Print Audit Premier
Katun Corp. and Print Audit have announced a new partnership that gives Katun customers the ability to purchase and implement Print Audit Accelerator and Print Audit Premier MPS programs.
Tim Acker to Lead SYNNEX's Mobility & Connected Solutions Businesses
SYNNEX Corp. has announced it has selected IT channel veteran Tim Acker to lead its mobility and connected solutions businesses.
New Sagamore MCS to Provide Variably Priced Managed Content Services
Sagamore Business Services LLC has announced a new product for the managed content services market.
EFI Self-Serve Print Products Now Available with Canon MFPs
EFI has announced that Canon U.S.A. Inc. will add new self-serve management capabilities in customer print environments, offering the EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station and EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral with many Canon imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems.
SYNNEX Announces Secret Sauce Sustainability 2015 Road Shows
The SYNNEX Corp. has announced its fifth-annual Secret Sauce Road Show schedule for 2015.
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Building My Business Webinar: "How to Increase Sales Productivity & Decrease Turnover"
While technology has changed, the products and services office technology dealers sell, the way they are sold, low sales rep productivity and high sales rep turnover are still major concerns for BTA dealers today — just like they were for NOMDA dealers 50 years ago. Larry Breed of Market Mentor Online made his first sales call as a Lanier sales rep in 1965 and has a half century of experience in the industry. In this webinar, he will share his firsthand experiences about sales rep productivity, turnover and lead generation, and provide attendees with a strategic plan for long-term business development. For more information or to register online, click here.
BTA Service Management Workshop - Orlando, Fla.
There is not a cookie-cutter approach to improving service financial performance, because every dealership is different in various ways. Therefore, it is important for dealers to understand what good looks like for their individual needs to help them develop plans for improvement. The BTA Service Management Workshop, led by Ken Staubitz of BEI Services, was developed to help dealership principals and service leaders not only learn about the various financial and operational service benchmarks, but also to learn how to develop specific action plans tailored to each dealership. These plans will enable attendees to implement change, drive financial gain and improve customer satisfaction. Attendees to the March 18-19 workshop receive free registration to BTA's Winter Break district event. For more information or to register online, click here.
18-19 PRO Dealer Group Meeting - Orlando, Fla. 20-21 Winter Break - A BTA district event hosted by BTA Southeast - Orlando, Fla.
BTA Southeast will host the first of its two 2015 district events, open to dealers from across the country, on March 20-21, 2015, at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla. The event will feature a keynote session dealer panel, seven additional educational sessions presented by industry leaders and a special session by John O'Leary of Rising Above. In addition, there will be time to visit with 30-plus exhibiting sponsors, many of which will hold drawings for great prizes during the event. Dealer attendees can also enter on-site for a chance to win one of five $100 American Express gift cards and be entered into the BTA District Event Sweepstakes. At 2 p.m. on March 21, the event will wrap up with a trip to one of the Disney theme parks of your choice: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. BTA Member Dealers: Register by Feb. 18 and receive 2-for-1 registration. For more information or to register online, click here.
25 Building My Business Webinar: "Communicating Your Sales Compensation Plans"
Sales compensation plans can become quite complex and even difficult to understand. Having your comp plans well documented is key for all parties involved to be able to understand, maximize and process. In this session, Luis Gonzalez of SalesScoreKeeper.com will go over a few best practices for documenting your compensation plans. He will cover how to structure the documentation and outline the key elements of building and documenting sales compensation plans. For more information or to register online, click here.
For details on these events and to stay abreast of industry events, visit the
BTA Industry Calendar.
The February issue of Office Technology, the monthly magazine of the Business Technology Association, is now posted on the BTA website. You will need your username and password to access the online magazine.
Click here to view the magazine online.
Click here for the Office Technology archives.
BTA Scholarship Foundation
Worried about the rising cost of your child's tuition fees? The sons and daughters of full-time employees of BTA member dealerships can apply for scholarships for use at colleges or accredited vocational trade schools. Each year, BTA awards $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships to qualifying children of full, dues-paying retail dealer members and to the children of members' employees as well.
The BTA Scholarship Foundation is supported by continuing contributions from individual dealers, local and regional chapter associations, as well as manufacturers and distributors.
The scholarship application submission deadline for the 2015-2016 year is May 1, 2015.
Visit www.bta.org/Scholarships for more information.
For more information on other BTA member benefits, visit www.bta.org/MemberBenefits.
Your BTA benefits are listed on the BTA website. Be sure to take full advantage of your membership by using the many discount programs and business services BTA offers exclusively for its members. Click here to learn more. Not a member yet? Join online.