The technology channel has several fantastic young talented professionals. To celebrate this, we researched some of the best in the industry. Here’s who shone the brightest.
** Winners of this year’s Industry Rising Star Award **
Executive Director for Business Development
Maverick AV Solutions
“Louis Williamson plays an important role in the UK team at Maverick AV Solutions as BDE for Logitech’s unmanaged partners. The brand has seen stellar growth in the sector, and Lewis’ vigorous approach to its role ensures that large and small projects are identified and deployed effectively with the company’s partners.
“Working at Tech Data for the past three years, Lewis joined the company, working in Cisco UC’s business units as an internal sales manager; and two years later moved to Maverick AV Solutions, taking over as Chief Business Development Officer at Logitech in June 2021.
“Lewis became an expert on UC and video conferencing. His passion for technology, peer support and high energy have undoubtedly had a positive impact.
“His commitment to his own professional development and attention to detail led him to develop and own the company’s new Logitech Unite Affiliate Program – TDM / Logitech Program, designed to encourage partner travel to UC and provide a specialized curated user experience.”
Retail Sales Manager
“Hannah is a rising star at Intel and the UK technology ecosystem. With extensive experience working with multinational companies and formulating end-to-end pricing strategies, she now complements her skills with energy, enthusiasm and motivation in the business environment. Hannah is known for her strategic thinking, which allows her to create and implement successful, scalable sales plans. At the tender age of 27, she has a great future ahead of her !! ”
*Both will receive a much-coveted ticket to this year’s PCR Awards *
Well done to Louis and Hannah!
Rising stars of the PCR industry: Well done to all who made the list!
Strategic sales manager
“Alex joined OnBuy four years ago as employee number 10 when the company was in its infancy. As the first member of the sales team, Alex joined some of OnBuy’s first retailers. Since then, it has been a steady success, providing thousands of retailers to the platform, from independent retailers to some of the world’s largest brands. Not only did Alex achieve his goals of registration and inclusion, but he constantly went beyond to provide exceptional account management and maintenance, which was a valuable tool to help his clients succeed and maintain an OnBuy vendor base. . Alex continues to gain valuable industry experience and is increasingly relying on expanding experience to support “other functions within the commercial function. One key department with which he is strongly committed is the OnBuy partner team, which is involved in areas such as channel integration, logistics and implementation. The support of his retailers and partners has always been a key focus for Alex, which is why he has participated in more than 50 webinars on the OnBuy partner network, helping to improve their understanding of the market landscape.
B2C Marketing CEO
“Starting his career in technical support, Alex Astbury decided to transfer his extensive knowledge of technology to the world of sales. Starting his journey as a sales apprentice in 2014, Alex completed the entire training program in an incredible six months.
In 2015, Alex became an ETail account manager and was responsible for developing partnerships with some of the largest e-commerce retailers in the UK, managing over 50 independent retail stores and developing new business opportunities in the UK .
“Alex has quickly progressed to the role of channel manager in the gaming sector, where he manages relationships with Amazon, Argos and SDG, which has led to highly successful business and e-commerce partnerships, increased brand awareness and ultimately increased of sales activation.
“Now, 11 months into his career as BenQ’s B2C sales manager, Alex is responsible for managing all major UK Etail and Retail accounts in the UK. It has intensified, creating fantastic opportunities and growth areas for our clients; achieving and exceeding goals and developing impenetrable relationships that demonstrate the strength and commitment of our brand. ”
Executive Director of Digital Marketing
“With a 1st grade bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, Alex came to BenQ UK with a wide range of knowledge and experience in the marketing industry. Since joining BenQ in 2021, she has been a key figure in supporting the growth of the UK marketing department, supporting the transition from separate consumer and business offerings to the prospect of a consolidated multilateral portfolio.
“Working with the team, Alex supported and provided an improved digital marketing strategy that supports BenQ partners, customers and end users by making information more accessible through online channels.
“In addition, Alex provided new experiences, including tours, seminars and hybrid events for various sales channels and partner organizations.
By enhancing BenQ’s presence through digital marketing, Alex has increased the reach and visibility of the brand’s portfolio among its users. In terms of productivity, Alex not only achieves and exceeds every goal set for her, but has an incredible ability to choose solutions that are logical, creative and productive.
“She’s definitely a person to watch in our industry.”
Trade Finance Analyst
“Since joining Commercial Finance without any experience / education in the field of finance, Daniel has distinguished himself both in his practical workload and through his professional research at CIMA.
She had only 2 years of experience supporting the Basingstoke retail community with excellent service levels and moved to another area, diving deep into the deep again to gather more experience, this time mostly in support of Commercial .
“She is constantly receiving great feedback from senior stakeholders at Exertis and continues to be a rising star and a shining example of building a career at Exertis if you have the right ambition, motivation and attitude.”
Executive Director of Marketing of the group
Centerprise International Ltd.
“After graduating from Georgia in communications and media last July 2021, she decided to start her career in the fastest growing information technology industry and her feet have not touched the ground. Every day is different and she says it allows her to use her organizational skills to be on top of routine and special tasks. Two months after starting her new role, she redesigned the company’s internal weekly market and monthly newsletters and integrated them into the company’s new Microsoft CRM platform. The opportunity to learn a new application from scratch while fulfilling his commitments was a challenge and an opportunity in terms of personal development and service to others. Some of her projects include planning and conducting marketing campaigns on behalf of the company’s best-in-class IT innovation partners, all of which have delivered successful results.
“In addition, over the past year, she has volunteered to support a domestic violence charity by setting up a campaign targeting demographic groups aged 16-24 and raising their awareness of how domestic violence in their age group has increased during Covid -19 pandemic. The campaign included creating regular content for posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube; she also interviewed several victims to find out their experiences and use the findings in the charity’s own promotional content and archives. This is a project very close to her heart and something she is extremely proud of! ”
Smart Tech Product Manager
“Jack joined Exertis as an apprentice in August 2019 and exceeded all expectations. Jack not only secured a permanent position in the dynamic and demanding Smart Tech business unit, but also secured a promotion after becoming permanent in May. Jack is the definition of a team player and regardless of his own workload, he will always find time to support anyone who needs help. Combined with his strong systems, analytical and collaborative skills, Jack now takes care of one of our most sophisticated suppliers. Jack has a very promising future ahead of him. ”
Senior Unified Communications Consultant
Project Audio Visual
“Since joining the company in 2020, Jake has demonstrated his technical prowess, dedication to professional development and skills in developing solutions to transform the client’s business, always making extra efforts.
After previously working in the field of distribution, Jake moved smoothly into the world of integration. He made more sales than anyone else in the first 12 months of the company and was quickly promoted. Building solid relationships with large corporate clients has led Jake to sell more than 300 rooms to Microsoft Teams.
He strives to quickly improve his skills and professional knowledge. In the last year, Jake has completed 15 qualifications, improving his knowledge with accredited courses from Surface Hub and Microsoft, completed partnership training with Barco, Mersive, Shure, Logitech and Crestron and passed the AVIXA accreditation, industry standard. He is self-motivated in achieving this and is always looking for ways to streamline his work process, improve his skills and bring new knowledge to the business, ready to put it into practice for clients. ”
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