Professional Systems Network International (PSNI) hosted the sixth annual Supersummit with more than 100 affiliate representatives and Preferred Vendor Partners. Supersummit '13, held in Tucson, AZ, March 14-15, consisted of two days of educational and leadership workshops, the annual awards program and an outing to Old Tucson Studios.
The annual event, held since 2008, features unique educational opportunities, nationally renowned presenters and networking with industry peers. Prior to the Supersummit event, the annual stockholders meeting was held on Wednesday morning that included the annual election of officers and a company overview from Kelly McCarthy of Genesis Integration, PSNI's newest affiliate member.
"The PSNI Supersummit offers system integration company principals opportunities to learn new leadership strategies and philosophies and collaborate with peers and, importantly, the principals bring other key employees to share the same experience and network with their peer groups," said PSNI executive director Christopher Miller. "Typically, principals return from conferences and then try to implement what they learned, or 'push' the information downward. By attending Supersummit, an entire team can apply new approaches across the company. We hear over and over that this is a faster, more streamlined way to incorporate new best practices."
This year's sessions:
--Two top fighter pilots from the Afterburner team, Patrick "Lips" Houlahan and Julie "Jewels" Hudson, presented "Flawless Execution," a workshop covering tools for creating a continuous improvement process that, when combined with core leadership values, will develop a flawlessly executing culture.
--"Trends, Technology and Taking the Lead," presented by thought leader Scott Klososky, helped leaders see the world in new ways, and the workshop portion covered social technologies, big data, mobile strategies, and cloud computing from both an operating tool and a revenue stream for affiliates.
--Strategist Dr. John Sullivan presented "Talent Acquisition and Recruiting Innovations," guiding attendees in developing a true competitive advantage for their organization through strategic talent management planning and practices. Fast Company called Sullivan "the Michael Jordon" of hiring.
--"Improve Efficiency Through Effective Collaboration and Communication" was taught by internationally recognized leadership expert, trainer, executive coach and best-selling author Tom Haupt, who showed the audience how to identify the single biggest issue that affects employees' productivity and provided new techniques affiliates could implement immediately.
For the second year, PSNI presented affiliate achievement awards at Supersummit. Recipients at Supersummit '13 included:
· "Best Overall Affiliate PVP Performance & Participation" -- VCA. The award recognizes the affiliate who participated to the highest level-including engagement and performance with Preferred Vendors and PSNI staff. Pat Balestrieri received the award on behalf of VCA.
· "Best Overall Preferred Vendor Performance in 2012" was awarded to HB Communications. The award was accepted by HB Communications' Bill Tinnel.
· "Largest Preferred Vendor Partner Growth in 2012" was awarded to General Communications. Ingolf de Jong, President of General Communications, received the award.
· "Overall Commitment to the Ideology of PSNI" was awarded to Alpha Video. Stan Stanek and Kevin Groves received the award on behalf of Alpha Video. This award is the most prestigious award given by PSNI that recognizes the total commitment by an affiliate to participate in programs and engage in activities of PSNI.
Throughout the conference, attendees were treated to videos, some for education and some for fun, produced by PSNI and by Preferred Vendor Partner (PVP) sponsors specifically for Supersummit. Sponsoring Preferred Vendor Partners for 2013 included Anixter, Belden, Bosch Security Systems, Chief Mfg., Draper, Inc., Kramer Electronics, Middle Atlantic Products, Panasonic Solutions Company, ScanSource/Polycom and Synnex.