Andrew Assad - Mentor
Craig Somerville is the Managing Director of the Somerville Group, which has remained a privately owned organisation since 1985. He is well known within the Channel, both as a thought-leader and also as an astute business professional. It all started in electrical and communications, a business unit that has remained a steady corner for the Group ever since. Somerville has subsequently led expansion into networking and systems integration, the ISP space, managed services and making the business cloud-ready. The Somerville Group has an envious reputation for long term service and support of our customers, 32 years of operation and a proven track record in providing high performance bandwidth services coupled with strong integration skills and a mature suite of managed services, supporting holistic client environments from the cable to the Cloud.
Peter Kazacos has over 40 years of business experience and expertise. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a company Director and as a sophisticated investor having amassed an extensive and successful cash, property, equities and derivatives portfolios. Testament to Peter's experience are the current and past executive positions he has held, in particular his success as the founder and major shareholder of the Kaz Group Ltd; founder and major shareholder of Anittel Group Ltd (ASX:AYG); director and major shareholder of Kaz Capital Pty Ltd; and his prowess as a property investor and developer (director of Kaz Property).
ARN Hall of Fame inductee - 2013
Susan Searle is president and publisher of ARN and Reseller News. She has been in IT media with IDG Communications for over 30 years. In 1987 Susan became Computerworld’s publisher before extending her leadership to other IDG titles including Reseller magazine in 1995. Renamed Australian Reseller News, this brand became synonymous with the delivery of information about the Australian channel and the ICT industry. Three years later Reseller News was launched in New Zealand. ARN is now delivered in print, digitally via arnnet, electronically via e–newsletters and via mobile. Reseller News is New Zealand’s most prestigious online IT website. Susan launched the ARN ICT Industry Awards as part of ARN’s event portfolio in 2007. The Awards Celebration Dinner has become the must-attend event in the Australian ICT calendar, attracting over 650 people each year. From these Awards, the ARN Hall of Fame was established to recognise long term commitment and professionalism of leaders of the ICT channel. Now 23 members strong, this panel of industry experts represents over 300 years of industry experience and excellence. Susan will go on to launch the Reseller News ICT Industry Awards in October 2015. In 2012, Susan launched the ARN Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) to celebrate female excellence and affirm the importance of gender diversity in the ICT industry. Subsequently she has been asked to speak at industry and gender diversity forums on the road to leadership for women in ICT. In 2015, EDGE will be launched as an ANZ channel conference with 200 industry attendees over a 4 day destination event. Susan believes this will be an industry first - bringing the cross Tasman channel community together for an independent event.
Victoria Kluth is a successful entrepreneur and experienced technology executive. She started her career as a coder and is now a passionate leader in an industry she loves. Victoria is the Managing Director of Araza, a technology company that specializes in implementation of highly complex solutions including cloud based applications and robotics. Victoria brings an authentic leadership style to the employees and the clients which are ASX200 organisations. Araza, was recognised as the fastest growing technology consultancy in Australia this past year and celebrated as an ethical organization as it is 50% women in all areas and levels of the business. Victoria started an organization called 2186, dedicated to assisting others to hire diverse, gender equitable teams and to pay fairly within their organizations. 2186 has already had a global reach and has introduced diverse and ground breaking females to the Australian conversation. Victoria’s latest company, Indigo specializes in security systems implementations. Victoria has recently been named the Optus mybusiness Business Leader of the Year.