FALL 2017 | CompTIAWorld 31 Food for Thought Mary Ellen Grom, vice president of marketing at SYNNEX Corp., attended the Smart Cities panel. She is a former CompTIA board member and is currently the chairperson for the recently developed CompTIA Channel Advisory Board. “Listening to the Smart Cities panelists gave me food for thought about a smart city event SYNNEX is hosting in Indianapolis in the spring of 2018,” Grom said. “One of the panelists from Indianapolis, Erik Hromadka, mentioned Indianapolis making major strides in smart city initiatives in working with the 16techindy.com innovation community. That led me to the thought of bringing local smart city initiative experts to our event. I spoke to Erik and as a result, we have reached out to the president of 16 Tech and I am hoping that things crystalize soon.” She added the Smart City panel gave her great ideas on how to create a better event with a more educated customer experience. Want more information? Contact Membership@CompTIA.org.