Close to 1,000 resellers and nearly 50 vendors attended Tech Pacific's ExpoTech roadshow last week in a sign of goodwill that clearly indicates the market leadership held by Australia's largest distributor.
According to managing director Kerry Baillie, the evening was a huge success and he was surprised by the large number of the company's customers that had ventured out on a chilly Sydney night.
"I didn't expect to see this many people here," Baillie said. "This a great opportunity for our valued resellers to see most of Tech Pacific's key partners in the one location - clearly they appreciated that.
"The show was simply fantastic. The mood of the resellers in attendance made me very optimistic about the current and future state of the market."
Baillie said he managed to speak to a number of vendor partners and resellers and was appreciative of the feedback he received about the roadshow and Tech Pacific. "I think everyone is finding that the market is not easy but they appear to all be positive," he said.
Baillie could not put a figure on the cost of such a roadshow. He said that while the ExpoTech roadshow is coordinated by Tech Pacific, "it is fully funded by our vendor partners".
Tech Pacific and Microsoft awarded a lucky door prize, which was won by Brenton Lockley, managing director of Locktec Australia. His good fortune saw him take home an integrated JVC stereo, TV and DVD home entertainment system.
Among other highlights: a mobile solutions theatrette was kept busy all night, signalling the increasing demand for such technologies; the post-merger HP display saw strong demand from resellers keen to chat about product roadmaps while having the chance to win printers; and Computer Associates had a caricaturist drawing pictures of resellers.