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Highs and Lows of 2009: A channel perspective

  • From Obama’s inauguration and scuba diving to global financial crisis and Eurovison. What were some of the highlights and low points for you in 2009? ARN put this question forward to channel and ended up with some interesting (not to mention hilarious) answers. If anyone is interested in contributing their responses to this slideshow, please email spandas_lui@idg.com.au

  • Anyware marketing manager, Steve Grant What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? A very near miss with two sharks while scuba diving in Hawaii……then taking full advantage of Happy Hour at Tiki’s Bar & Grill, Waikiki Beach What was the biggest low point? Dead heat between the Wallabies performance and Norway winning Eurovision (Iceland was robbed)! What are you looking forward to in 2010? The marriage of Corey Worthington and the Chk Chk Boom Girl, and the birth of their child who grows up to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • Frontline managing director, Steve Murphy What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? West Ham still surviving in the English premier league, just! And the Australian economy kept going okay… Rumours of its demise were greatly exaggerated! What was the biggest low point? My golf is still rubbish and why does beer continue to have calories? What are you looking forward to in 2010? That we continue to grow and thrive and employ lots more people without losing the small entrepreneurial feel.
  • Integ Group CEO, Ian Poole What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? Taking my wife on a vacation to Britain and Ireland for 3 weeks – well timed to coincide in a visit to Lords to see Australia vs England Ashes cricket test. What was the biggest low point? Losing the cricket test at Lords! What are you looking forward to in 2010? After a record year for revenue in financial year '09, I look forward to exceeding it again in 2010. We have some great customers and a number of large opportunities on the radar that (barring a major financial crisis), should enable us to do so.
  • Open Text alliance manager, Owen Brandt What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? Being English, finally being able to get my own back on my Australian friends and colleagues for two years of jibes and taunts in winning back the Ashes. What was the biggest low point? Realising that I just am not and never will be very good at golf. What are you looking forward to in 2010? Taking the plunge and buying a house in Sydney.
  • Express Data product manager, James Kirpichnikov. What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? Making the move to Mexico (Vic) to be with my partner. Two years of a long distance relationship was getting way to hard! I don't recommend it to anyone unless you've found your jelly bean in an oyster. What was the biggest low point? Being away from my family and lifelong friends who live in NSW. I try to visit them as much as possible. I can't cook a roast like my grandmother does. What are you looking forward to in 2010? Commencing my MBA studies and hitting the gym!
  • Internode CEO, Simon Hackett What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? Driving a Tesla Roadster 501 km's on a single electricity charge in the Global Green Challenge What was the biggest low point? Having to stop driving my Tesla Roadster again after the special permit for the Global Green Challenge ran out. What are you looking forward to in 2010? Continuing to improve the Australian broadband landscape in various ways with a lot of help from my fantastic team.
  • Quest product director, Matthew Johnston What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? My son starting school. They grow up so fast! What was the biggest low point? The Queensland Reds...Argh. What are you looking forward to in 2010? Spending more time at the beach!
  • Watchguard regional director, Scott Robertson Highlight and low point of 2009. I think one of the low points in 2009 was the overall decline in business confidence during those early moths following the start of the GFC. Thankfully this also led to one of the high points as the Australian dollar recovered from what was unprecedented volatility and Australia was seen as one of the few to avoid falling into recession. What are you looking forward to in 2010? Looking at 2010 I hope to see continued improvements in the markets to fuel growth in confidence and return to a ‘business as normal’ state of affairs. However, time will have to be the judge on this one!
  • Express Data productivity and training manager, Kellie Winning What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? Married in March 2009 on a lovely sunny day by the beach - LOVED it! What was the biggest low point? No real low points - hate winter and no daylight savings (coming home in the dark) - love the summer time! What are you looking forward to in 2010? Continuing on the EMS pathway for ED and having a baby!
  • Express Data Cisco operations manager, Ed Vincent What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? Going home to the UK to catch up with Family and Friends! Especially seeing my niece and nephews now they're rapidly growing up. What was the biggest low point? Finding out I needed a hernia operation, but it's fixed now so all is well. What are you looking forward to in 2010? Getting to the Beach more and perfecting my bodysurfing skills!
  • IDC IT spending and vertical market senior marketing analyst, Melissa Martin What was the biggest highlight for you in 2009? My son who had just turned 16 was offered the opportunity to follow his dream: a full chef apprenticeship at the Hyatt. He will finish by the time he is 18 and be able to work in any Hyatt anywhere in the world! I'm so proud of him! What was the biggest low point? Finding out I needed surgery ASAP for a nasty skin cancer (one of the 'joys' of being a red-head). But all my family, friends and IDC colleagues took good care of me. What are you looking forward to in 2010? Lots of fun and adventures and a better work / life balance - a family holiday via the spectacular Great Ocean Road and then on to the Barossa Valley for some good food and lots of very fine wines.
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