Meet the winners of the 2019 ARN Innovation Awards

Meet the winners of the 2019 ARN Innovation Awards

​Outstanding partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals honoured

Credit: IDG



Winner: Exclusive Networks
Highly commended: DNA Connect


Winner: Nextgen Distribution
Highly commended: Rhipe


Winner: Dicker Data



Winner: Microsoft


Winner: Dell Technologies
Highly commended: Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Winner: ConnectWise
Highly commended: APC by Schneider Electric


Winner: Sophos
Highly commended: CrowdStrike


Winner: Cisco


Winner: Veeam
Highly commended: VMware


Winner: Telstra


Channel Excellence

Winner: Neels du Plooy, VMware
Highly commended: James Walters, Nextgen Distribution

Neels was recognised for spearheading the roll-out of VMware’s new partner operating model in Australia and New Zealand, in a global first for the vendor. The move upended more than 10 years of traditional operating procedures and resulted in partner business growth of 36 per cent year-on-year.

Technical Excellence

Winner: Jay Isikli, Datto
Highly commended: Yusuf Mustafa, Arrow ECS ANZ

Jay won this award for his technical work with Datto channel partners and reconfiguring and rebuilding the vendor’s data centre in Sydney. Jay is tasked with up-skilling MSPs and through his technical expertise has helped expand the base of MSPs from three to 1,300 in four years.

Management Excellence

Winner: Damian Zammit, Thomas Duryea Logicalis

Highly commended: Jo Masters, Tquila ANZ

Damian was awarded for his expertise in leading the merged businesses of Thomas Duryea Consulting, Logicalis and CNI, through the creation of a unified internal team. The leadership structure implemented by Damian has supported 23 per cent year-on-year growth across the transformation business unit.

Marketing Excellence

Winner: Tristan Yeatman, Dicker Data

Tristan was recognised for architecting and implementing an incentive reward campaign for Cisco that delivered an incremental $10 million in revenue for the distributor’s Cisco business. Through this initiative, Tristan also increased the number of active Cisco partners transacting with Dicker Data by 14 per cent during the promotional period to a record high amount.

Sales Excellence

Winner: Ashley Steadman, The Missing Link

Ashley won this award for achieving year-on-year sales growth of 164 per cent during FY19. According to one customer, Ashley is valued for his ”technical advice, transparency and honesty”, performing the role of trusted advisor for new and long-standing accounts.


Partner: The Missing Link

Hardware Vendor: HP

Software Vendor: Cisco Meraki

Distributor: Leader Systems

Channel Enabler: Michael Brogan, Sophos


Rhody Burton
Vlad Mitnovetski
Nathan Lowe

ARN congratulates all winners, finalists and nominees, and thanks a judging panel comprising of over 170 of the industry’s leading influencers.

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