Proving that the channel is not just a bloke's world, ASI Solutions director Maree Lowe beat a hot field to take out the state's Businesswoman of the Year award last week.
Lowe, a vocal supporter of the Australian channel as it tries to protect its turf against global competitors, successfully spun off systems integrator/assembler ASI from its distributor parent Anabelle Bits and now employs over 130 staff.
Commenting on her award, Lowe urged more women to get involved in what is largely seen as a male-dominated IT industry.
"The IT community has massive staff shortages and women have the skills we want," she said.
"I don't believe in glass ceilings. Smart people see other smart people and quickly rise to the top."
Lowe has now set her sights on turning ASI into a $100 million-plus company over the next 12 months. It could well be a heady rise considering the organisation currently turns over around $60 million annually.