Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80SPRING 2017 | CompTIAWorld 75 Last Word By John Tippett When I first got involved with CompTIA in 2009, I certainly never expected to become the association’s first-ever Member of the Year. That recognition has proven to be a humbling and deeply rewarding experience for me — on both a personal and professional level. I had a vague idea of what CompTIA was about, so I went to my first Breakaway event, the precursor to ChannelCon, with a fair amount of curiosity about what the organization had to offer and if it was worthwhile to become a member. The level of energy and knowledge demonstrated by those in attendance was striking, with a diverse and welcoming community willing to share ideas. What other organization puts those just starting out in the business in the same room with seasoned executives of large corporations to talk about business challenges and opportunities? The content and structure offered by CompTIA, combined with the event’s extensive networking opportunities, has had an indelible impact on my professional career. CompTIA membership benefits helped me as I moved from working as a managed services provider to my current position as a general manager of an organization selling hardware to MSPs. I highly recommend the association to anyone driven by a passion for information technology and the IT channel. Common Cause In this extremely competitive business, I expected a typical conference atmosphere at my first event, with attendees guarded about their individual expertise and business experiences. What I found was something completely different: a group willing to share best practices and trade ideas to find common solutions to IT business challenges. CompTIA members are deeply knowledgeable, care about what they do, and are concerned about the industry as a whole and how their work can help shape its future. I realized that others were facing the same challenges I had as an MSP, so getting involved in the CompTIA Managed Services Community made perfect sense. I eventually became vice-chair, then chair. From defining managed services for our industry to developing a credential outlining best practices, that group is making a significant contribution helping MSPs deliver more profitable, customer-valued services. By actively participating in the community, I was able to grow my own business knowledge while concurrently helping advance the My Journey as a CompTIA Member and its 2015 Member of the Year “Membership isn’t just about what you get out of it but what you put into it. “