2015 U.S. "Rising Star" Award Winners Announced During GTDC Vendor Summit

10th annual honors spotlight distribution’s role as an invaluable route to market to reach partners and customers globally

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. September 28, 2015 – The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) recently announced the recipients of its esteemed U.S. Rising Star Awards, which recognize technology companies with exceptional sales growth through U.S. distributors over the past year. The 12 U.S. Gold, Silver and Bronze GTDC Rising Star winners, listed below by revenue categories, were selected based on year-over-year sales growth rates within The NPD Group’s Distributor Track®.

GTDC members are the world’s most successful technology distributors, driving more than $135 billion in annual product sales across the globe. The GTDC’s 10th U.S. Rising Star Awards were presented Sept. 9th in Burlingame, Calif., at the annual dinner event kicking off the organization’s two-day Summit at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

Hardware companies with revenue of $500 Million+

Company Rising Star Ranking
Dell Gold
Acer Silver
EMC Bronze

Hardware companies with revenue of $100 Million - $500 Million

Company Rising Star Ranking
Nimble Storage Gold
Palo Alto Networks Silver
Microsoft Bronze

Hardware companies with revenue of $25 Million - $100 Million

Company Rising Star Ranking
Nutanix Gold
Beats Silver
Ruckus Wireless Bronze

Software companies with revenue of $20 Million+

Company Rising Star Ranking
Citrix Systems Gold
RSA Silver
Veeam Bronze

Rising Star Awards Methodology

Sales results for Rising Star award winners are based on actual U.S. revenue over the past year, as reported by industry research organization The NPD Group using its Distributor Track® service. Available by subscription, the Distributor Track aggregates actual distributor sell-through data to enable sharp insight into channel sales and pricing trends with the ability to dive into SKU-based details and drill down into specific product subcategories, including detailed attributes based on specific areas of interest. To be eligible for a Rising Star award, vendors are required to have sold corresponding products through technology distributors for a minimum of one year.

2015 GTDC Summit NA

The 2015 GTDC Summit NA – the industry’s premier gathering of technology distribution leaders, channel executives and research analysts -- continues today with a broad range of panels, presentations and breakout sessions focused on key trends, issues and opportunities. For more information on the Summit and other GTDC events, go to http://www.gtdc.org/events.php.

About The Global Technology Distribution Council

The Global Technology Distribution Council is the industry consortium representing the world's leading tech distributors. GTDC members drive more than $135 billion in annual worldwide sales of products, services and solutions through diverse business channels. GTDC conferences support the development and expansion of strategic supply-chain partnerships that continually address the fast-changing marketplace needs of vendors, end customers and distributors. GTDC members include AB S.A (WSE: ABPL), ABC Data, ALSO (SIX: ALSN), Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW), Avnet (NYSE: AVT), Computer Gross Italia, D&H Distributing, Esprinet (PRT.MI), Exertis, Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM), Intcomex, Logicom (CSE:LOG), Redington (BSE: REDI), SiS Technologies

(HKSE: 0529), ScanSource (NASDAQ:SCSC), SYNNEX (NYSE: SNX), Tarsus, Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD), Westcoast LTD and WestconGroup.

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