GTDC Announces 2014 U.S. “Rising Star” Award Winners

Ninth-annual honors spotlight how strong distribution partnerships optimize sales and market reach

GTDC U.S. VENDOR SUMMIT, San Jose, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2014 – The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) today 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. GTDC members are the world’s most successful technology distributors, driving more than $130 billion in annual product sales across the globe. The GTDC’s 9th U.S. Rising Star Awards were presented Sept. 9th in San Jose, Calif., at the annual dinner event kicking off the organization’s two-day U.S. Vendor Summit conference at the Fairmont Hotel.

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®.

Hardware companies with revenue of $500 Million+

Company Rising Star Ranking
Samsung Gold
EMC Silver
Lenovo Bronze

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

Company Rising Star Ranking
AMD Gold
Dell Silver
Aruba Networks Bronze

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

Company Rising Star Ranking
Palo Alto Gold
Vizio Silver
Microsoft Bronze

Software companies with revenue of $20 Million+

Company Rising Star Ranking
Veeam Gold
RSA Silver
Red Hat 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 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.

2014 GTDC U.S. Vendor Summit
The 2014 GTDC U.S. Vendor Summit – 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. This year’s featured speaker is HP CEO Meg Whitman. More than 200 executives are attending this year’s Summit, including representatives of approximately 70 different technology companies. For more information on the Summit and other GTDC events, go to http://www.gtdc.org/events.php

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About The Global Technology Distribution Council
The Global Technology Distribution Council is the industry consortium representing the world's leading technology distributors. GTDC members drive more than $130 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), Officer Distribuidora, Redington (BSE: REDI), SiS Technologies (HKSE: 0529), ScanSource (NASDAQ:SCSC), SYNNEX (NYSE: SNX), Tarsus, Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD), Westcoast LTD and Westcon Group

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