Industry representatives are mourning the loss of channel and industry veteran, Max Fredericks, who passed away earlier this month after a sudden illness.
Fredericks is best known for his stints at Toshiba as well as a three-year term as general manager of security distributor, Dovetail Distribution. The company was established in 1996 by former Rosser Communications boss, Tim Rosser, and was acquired by itX in early 2006.
Following the purchase, Fredericks joined former vendor partner, Secure Computing, as northern region sales manager, but left the organisation after it was acquired by McAfee last year.
In September last year, Fredericks joined security distributor, M.Tech, as general manager to help establish its Australian presence.
Fredericks started out as a trainee accountant before joining Illawarra City Council. He then joined Toshiba in the 1980s, followed by Sun Microsystems and several local distribution houses including Australasian Memory and Cleveland HiTek.
Fredericks passed away in hospital after contracting a chest infection. His funeral was held on Thursday, May 21. He is survived by his two children and his partner.
Former Secure Computing local boss, Eric Krieger, said Fredericks was well regarded throughout the industry. He was stunned by the news
“He was a highly respected, ethical man and fit as a bull,” Krieger said.
Tim Rosser, who hired Fredericks at Dovetail, also said he had the respect of both his staff and suppliers.
“Max was strong enough to push back when he needed to – I had enormous respect for him,” he said.
Lenovo managing director, Phil Cameron, who worked with Fredericks at Toshiba, coined him the gentleman of the industry.
"My memory of him is of a real gentleman and a manager of the people - he had strong ethics and taught me about how to treat people as well as true values," he said.