Last night, our CEO Andrew Thomas received the great honour of being inducted into the ARN (Australian Reseller News) Hall of Fame, for demonstrating a long-term commitment to the Australian IT channel. Joining a host of the industry’s finest, Andrew was chosen by a judging panel including previous inductees as most-deserving of this recognition in the Australian reseller community. This award was the highlight of the IT industry’s night of nights held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
Andrew accepted the honour alongside fellow 2012 inductees Pip Marlow, Managing Director of Microsoft, and Nick Verykios, Managing Director of Distribution Central. The ARN Hall of Fame represents the industry leaders for Australian IT resellers, distributors and vendors. ARN’s industry judging panel, as well as previous Hall of Fame inductees, are asked to nominate one person from a vendor, distributor and reseller worthy of recognition. The three individuals with the highest votes from the judges are then inducted.
Andrew Thomas received the award in front of 650 IT peers at the celebration last night, recognising the very best in the IT channel for 2012. Thomas’s company, Thomas Duryea, also picked up a Highly Commended Award for Enterprise Reseller of the Year at the event.
Andrew acknowledges that although the recognition was for his commitment to the industry – his success is a result of the dedication from not only him, but fellow directors Evan Duryea and Micah Smith to the company they founded 12 years ago. “It is such an honour to be recognised by the industry for the work we have done in the Australian IT market. It was unfathomable to think 12 years ago as university students working out of a garage that we would have made such an impact and contributed to the Australian IT market like we do today. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the result of many years of hard work, the support of highly skilled and passionate staff, and most importantly the relationships we have formed with our customers and the trust they have in our ability to transform their IT infrastructure.”
Andrew Thomas has also been recognised previously as the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southern Region in 2010 and Thomas Duryea was recently awarded the Australian Microsoft Desktop Partner of the Year for Australia. Congratulations to Andrew on his induction into the Hall of Fame and thank you to all the colleagues, staff, partners and customers who have contributed to the success of the Thomas Duryea business.
**National Marketing Manager at Thomas Duryea Consulting*