The industry is fortunate to have the following selection committee members who give their time and energy in choosing the IT Hall of Fame winners.
Mr. Smith recently retired from CompuCom Systems, Inc. where he held the position of vice-president for field services. During his tenure at CompuCom, Smith was a very active member of CompTIA serving in the CompTIA IT Services and Support Community serving as co-chair of the predecessor, the CompTIA Services Section. In March, 2014, Smith was the recipient of the CompTIA Lifetime Achievement Award at CompTIA’s Annual Member Meeting. In addition, Smith is a longtime supporter of the National Cristina Foundation which promotes the reuse of technology to enable people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons to have opportunities through training, to lead more independent and product lives.
Nancy Hedrick changed careers in 1979 by enrolling at Western Carolina University in Systems Analysis and Design through the School of Business. This program laid the foundation for her future in the software and technology industry. In the fall of 2012, CSI was acquired by the Harris Computing division of Constellation Software. Nancy retired from CSI as part of the transition. The CSI financial management software, Smart Fusion, is now a flagship product for Harris Computing. Although Nancy has stepped away from the day-to-day operations of CSI, the software solutions live on. And the technology division of CSI also transitioned into a new organization, Encore Technology Group.
Nancy enjoys her retirement by spending half time with her grandchildren in San Diego while remaining involved with several non-profit and educational groups in South Carolina.
Senior Vice President, Marketing North America, SYNNEX
Mr. Stegner joined SYNNEX in September 2007 as Senior Vice President, Marketing, North America. He is responsible for all marketing efforts in the United States and Canada. With over 18 years of progressive channel marketing/sales management experience, Mr. Stegner is a seasoned professional whose marketing leadership has generated tremendous results throughout his career. Prior to joining SYNNEX, Mr. Stegner most recently served as Vice President of Worldwide Market Development for Ingram Micro Inc. Prior to that, at Ingram Micro, he was Vice President of North American Channel Marketing and U.S. Product Marketing, where he led the U.S. product marketing team in developing programs, goals and strategies. He was responsible for all channel programs focused on the small-to-medium business (SMB) and the Government/Education markets, as well as, reseller services.
President & CEO, CompTIA
Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading trade association representing the business interests of the global IT industry. He is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association.
Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations.
Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, Thibodeaux's love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).
Vice President, NA Channel Sales
Frank Vitagliano, vice president of sales in Dell’s global commercial channels division, is responsible for regional partners and Dell’s distribution businesses.
Prior to joining Dell in April 2013, Vitagliano was the senior vice president at Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for all partner relationships for the Americas. Frank started his career with IBM in 1973, where he held a number of assignments, ranging from business operations to sales management in both the enterprise and channel organizations. In 1994, he was named director of channel marketing for the IBM Personal Computer Company and held that position until 1996 when he was named vice president of worldwide fulfillment operations. In 2000, Vitagliano was promoted to vice president of distribution channels management and in 2003 was named as the vice president of worldwide distribution channels for the IBM global business partner organization.
Vitagliano has a degree in business management from Northeastern University in Boston. He is married with one daughter, who is currently a teacher in Georgia. He is currently a member of the board of directors for CompTIA and was a member of the Marketing Board of Technology for Georgia from 2002 to 2004 and on the board of directors for XSIGo’ Corporation from 2007 to 2008. In addition, he has served on the boards of advisors for numerous companies and provided advice-related go-to-market strategies, particularly regarding channels.
In August 2003, Frank was recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by VAR Business Magazine in recognition of ongoing accomplishments in the U. S. information technology marketplace. In September 2008, he was the first vendor executive inducted into the Ingram Micro Venture Tech Networks Hall of Fame.
President, Jameson Publishing
Jim Roddy is the President of Jameson Publishing, the publisher of multiple technology magazines and websites including Business Solutions, a 100% channel-focused product. Jim joined Jameson Publishing in 1998 as the Managing Editor for Business Solutions. He was elevated to Operations Manager in 2002 and then to President/General Manager in 2006.
Since 1999, Jim has educated business leaders through national magazine articles, online columns, webinars, podcasts, video interviews, and presentations at national conferences. He has helped launch four channel-focused conferences at Business Solutions including Channel Transitions, ISV IQ Live!, Smart VAR Summit, and Retail IT VAR Of The Future. Jim is regularly requested to moderate keynote panel discussions featuring executives from companies such as HP, NCR, and IBM.
Jameson Publishing has been named one of the Best Publishing Companies To Work For In The United States by Publishing Executive magazine. Jameson is the only publishing company in the nation to rank in the top 7 of Publishing Executive’s list for consecutive years.
Jim is author of the book Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer and regularly presents to channel executives about hiring best practices. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) and served as the association’s board chairman in 2014-15.
Prior to working at Jameson, Jim was a small-business owner in northwestern Pennsylvania.