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Sharp wins big with Cannata Report

November 13, 2018

The Cannata Report’s 33rd Annual Awards & Charities Dinner saw a clutch of OEMs claim prizes, with Sharp picking up a quartet, in various categories.

The event was held at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey, last week, and raised $180,000 (€160,000) for Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic initiative benefitting the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Centre. Robert C. Goldberg, General Counsel of the Business Technology Association, served as the event’s host.

The awards acknowledged “excellence in the business technology and imaging industry,” and were determined by a survey of the independent dealer community, sponsored by TIAA Bank. Sharp’s American division, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, was the evening’s big winner, claiming the awards for Best-in-Class Manufacturer and Best A3 MFP Manufacturer, whilst the company’s Laura Blackmer and Doug Albregts won Best Female Executive and Best Male Executive respectively. Blackmer remains the only person to have won the Best Female Executive award since its introduction four years ago, although it will be her last victory at Sharp, having joined Konica Minolta earlier this year, whilst Albregts has also left the OEM, becoming Executive Vice-President and Group CEO of Scientific Games.

Other winners on the night included Kyocera Document Solutions America, which was named Best A4 MFP Manufacturer, Konica Minolta’s American branch, which was awarded the prize for Best Marketing Strategy, and Canon USA, which claimed victory in the Best Production Print Manufacturer category.

 “Our event celebrates the vibrancy and the vitality of the business technology and imaging industry and the innovative companies and executives who are leading the way,” said President and CEO of The Cannata Report, Frank G. Cannata. He added that the event was also about looking to “the many possibilities that the future holds for an industry that is Alive & Kicking, as our theme so aptly describes.”

This is the fourth time The Cannata Report has partnered with Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and to date, it has collectively raised close to $750,000 (€666,640) for the foundation. The Cannata Dinner has raised close to $2.5 million (€2.22 million) since its inception.

“Frank Cannata’s passion for his profession is only surpassed by his commitment to helping others,” said Joseph Burt, Vice President of Development at Hackensack University Medical Centre Foundation. “Tackle Kids Cancer is overwhelmed by the generosity of The Cannata Report. Our team of talented researchers, compassionate physicians and nurses and courageous kids, extend our heartfelt gratitude to Frank, his wife Carol and son CJ and all of the dinner participants, for partnering with us to Tackle Kids Cancer.” 

 

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