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CRN honours Women of the Channel

May 24, 2019

Konica Minolta’s Laura Blackmer and Patty O’Brian of Epson America were honoured on CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Laura Blackmer, Senior Vice President, Dealer Sales to its prestigious 2019 Women of the Channel list.

Laura Blackmer has had extensive industry experience which includes various roles, both in sales and executive leadership positions at Hewlett Packard. She has been awarded “Best Female Executive” for four consecutive years by The Cannata Report and is now a two-time honouree of CRN’s prestigious Women of the Channel list. In May 2018, she joined the Colorado State University Business Leadership Council.

“CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list honours influential leaders who are accelerating channel growth through mutually-beneficial partnerships, incredible leadership, strategic vision, and unique contributions in their field,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “This accomplished group of leaders is driving channel success and we are proud to honour their achievements.”

“Congratulations to Laura on this well-deserved honour. We are proud to have her as a key member of our team,” said Rick Taylor, President and CEO, Konica Minolta. “Laura’s channel expertise and vision has been a tremendous asset to Konica Minolta. She is truly committed to our partner community, creating innovative programs and providing the tools and support they need to be successful.”

Epson America, Inc. announced that CRN has named Patty O’Brian, director of commercial sales, to its prestigious 2019 Women of the Channel list.

Epson said, as director of commercial sales at Epson America, Inc., Patty O’Brian is responsible for driving demand for Epson products in the channel, defining the channel sales strategy, aligning sales efforts, and identifying efficiencies within Epson’s channel business to accelerate revenue growth. With over 35 years in the industry, O’Brian offers a unique perspective to the channel market through her wealth of sales experience and vast knowledge of Epson products and services. Her work ethic and commitment to excellence are integral to Epson’s channel success.

“CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list honours influential leaders who are accelerating channel growth through mutually-beneficial partnerships, incredible leadership, strategic vision, and unique contributions in their field,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “This accomplished group of leaders is driving channel success and we are proud to honour their achievements.”

“CRN plays an important role gaugeing where the channel market is going and recognizing the many talented people in the industry who are leading trends and developments in the market,” said O’Brian. “The growth of Epson America’s channel program is a result of our excellent partnerships and our tireless commitment to making sure that our partners have innovative inkjet printers, business tools and the support needed to effectively help resellers grow their own businesses.”

The leaders on this annual list are from all areas of the IT channel ecosystem; representing technology suppliers, distributors, solution providers, and other IT organisations. Each is recognised for her contributions to channel advocacy, channel growth and visionary leadership.

CRN editors choose the list from a multitude of channel leadership applicants and select the final honourees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise, and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

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