#SMB150 @ArnieBellini @ConnectWise @DoveHelpDesk @ChrisChase @TechDoctors4u @chriswiser Today is Part 3 as I work through the 2012 list of the SMB150, recognizing those who have had an influence on me.
Is there anyone in the SMB space that does not know who Arnie Bellini is? He is one of the most prominent personalities in our space. He and David have built an empire… wait, actually, it is a nation, IT Nation. ConnectWise has become the proving ground for some of the finest people in this business, many of whom are on this list, as well as some of the best ideas in the industry. Arnie is another one of those guys that just exudes passion! There is no doubt about what he is thinking or how he feels about something…. Need a little inspiration? Pull him aside from any of the many events he attends. As an aside, some of the BEST meals I have ever eaten have been paid for my CW. On a final note, I think that there should be a “secondary contest” for the best dressed man in the Channel. Arnie and Vlad would be duking it out!
Barbara Dove probably has one of the toughest jobs in our industry. Dove Help Desk provides a service that is nearly essential to every VAR, MSP or Service Provider. Help desk is often fraught with high turn-over and sometimes insufficient skill levels. I don’t know any of my peers that LOVE managing their Help Desk. Barbara and her team provide a valuable service, with domestic resources and a level of integrity unmatched in the SMB space.
Chris Chase and I travel in the same circles. I have run into him at HTG Events, Robin Robins events and numerous other events. He is probably best know for his JoomConnect integration with ConnectWise. Chris is a key contributor to the ConnectWise forums as well as the IT community as a whole. THAT is what I appreciate most about Chris. While many of us may be good at “fixing things”, Chris actually takes the time to document what he has done, but most importantly, he SHARES his knowledge. Thanks Chris.
Chris Smith is a “Neighbor.” He operates The Tech Doctors, Inc. about 20 miles from my office. Back when I ran the Chicago Chapter of SMBTN, Chris was a regular attendee of the meetings. We first met in Dallas, back in 2008, about 1500 miles from our offices, and have been friends ever since. I am glad to see him on the list.
Chris Wiser and I met several years ago at a Robin Robins event. For several years he and I were members of Robin’s Producer’s Club. Chris was always a favorite “target” of Robin’s, but that was because he was a key contributor with a tremendous sense of humor. He calls himself a Serial Entrepreneur and I won’t argue with him. He is getting to be a tough act to follow.