May 12, 2022
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), and Affinity Business Communications, publisher of ENX Magazine and ENX The Week In Imaging, announced that Melani Patterson, Associate VP of Sales, Strategy & Planning, Sharp Business Systems, Chris Johnson, Senior Director of Channel Sales, Central Region and Tony Titone, Senior Product Marketing Manager, have been selected as 2022 Difference Makers.
Profiles on Patterson, Johnson, Titone and other honourees are included in the May issue of ENX Magazine. The Difference Makers programme acknowledges and celebrates dealers, manufacturers and other technology specialists for their accomplishments and contributions to their teams, partners and clients.
“It is clear that in the era of the Great Resignation, businesses are acutely aware of the value of their most-cherished resource—loyal and dedicated team members,” said Susan Neimes, Managing Editor of ENX Magazine and ENX The Week in Imaging. “The dealer community and the industry at large are only as successful as the people behind the scenes. They are the lifeblood of every successful organisation. The pandemic continues to underscore the need to develop, encourage and celebrate the accomplishments of the Difference Makers, and we take great pride in bringing their stories to light.”
Combining over 24 years of experience within the industry, Melani Patterson has established herself as an accomplished executive leader. As the Associate VP of Sales, Strategy & Planning for Sharp Business Systems, Melani strives to expand her skills while leading with authentic intent. During her 12-year tenure at Sharp, Melani has been promoted six times and is frequently recognised as a dynamic leader within the Sharp community.
Chris Johnson has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry and has gained tactical leadership knowledge in multiple roles, ranging from solutions engineering to sales. His leadership is not only reflected in a corporate setting but was also exemplified during his military career with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. During his past five years at Sharp, four of them as the Senior Director of Channel Sales in the Central Region, he led his team during unimaginably tough times, resulting in a 15% increase in revenue growth. Chris has led his dealers in diversifying their offering with the Sharp Dynabook laptops as well as the display devices.
Tony Titone began his career at Sharp 27 years ago and has held multiple positions within the company on both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer sides of operations. He has served numerous roles in marketing, product management and product planning, becoming an expert in all aspects of the imaging technology marketplace. Recently, Tony has worked to drive significant growth in Sharp’s A4 copier/printer business and has taken the lead in driving the diversification of Sharp offerings with Sharp’s Dynabook laptop business.
“We’re honoured to have Chris, Melani and Tony represent Sharp as ENX Magazine’s 2022 Difference Makers,” said Mike Marusic, President and CEO, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Their commitment to the success and growth of our company has had a profound impact and we’re excited to see their future accomplishments as influential members of our Sharp family.”
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