CompTIAWorld | FALL 2017 8 A First Job in IT Leads to the UK Executive Council Cork, Ireland, where Janet O’Sullivan works as a channel marketing manager for StorageCraft Technology, has really changed in recent years. The tech industry there is strong, she said, thanks in part to both industry giants like Dell and Google, and the proliferation of smaller companies. Her own role in storage and recovery helps to play a vital part in this flourishing tech community. When O’Sullivan first joined StorageCraft three years ago, she trained at company headquarters in Utah, where she was first introduced to CompTIA. “I remember the first CompTIA event I went to,” O’Sullivan said. “It was EMEACon in 2014. I came back buzzing; I was so impressed. I knew that I wanted to be involved with CompTIA and I could absolutely see the value it would bring – both for me personally but also for our company.”O’Sullivan eventually joined the Executive Council for the UK Channel Community, which provides a relatively new platform for resellers, distributors and vendors focused on developing best practices, education and resources related to IT in the region. With colleagues O’Sullivan has met through CompTIA, she’s even planning a roadshow for Q4. And while the event is still in the early planning stage, she says her membership on the council has inspired many productive alliances in the past year. O’Sullivan, a native of Cork, says StorageCraft has actually been her first official foray into IT. “I think StorageCraft had the smarts to see that what’s important is the person and their experience,” she said. CompTIA Member Matters Janet O’Sullivan, StorageCraft Technology, UKCC Executive Council “I remember the first CompTIA event I went to. I came back buzzing; I was so impressed.”