Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America’s (Sharp) 2016 Relationships@Work Dealer Meeting featured and recognized top-notch talent all around, including its Hyakuman Kai Elite Dealer Award winners, keynote speaker, entertainment and dynamic trio of hosts President Doug Albregts; Marketing, Partnerships and Supply Chain SVP Mike Marusic and SVP of Sales Laura Blackmer.
This year’s Hyakuman Kai Elite Dealer Award winners included: AD Solutions; Access Systems, Inc.; All Copy Products, Inc.; Cell Business Equipment; Centric Business Systems; Eakes Office Solutions; Fraser Advanced Information Systems (AIS); Gibbs Technology Company; Gordon Flesch Company, Inc.; Innovex; Leader Office Solutions; Les Olson Company; Millennium Business Systems; Modular Document Solutions LLC; Northern Business Machines; Pacific Office Automation; Rhyme Business Products, Inc.; Smile Business Products, Inc.; Texas Document Solutions, Inc.; TLC Office Systems; and Velox Systems, Inc.
Industry leaders and Sharp partners such ACDI, Clover Imaging Group, DocuWare, Fujitsu, Great America Financial Services, U.S. Bank, MWA Intelligence, PaperCut, PrintFleet, PSIGEN Software, Square 9 Softworks and Umango, among others, were all represented at the event.
Keynote speaker Keith Ferrazzi, founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, transforms behaviors that prevent global organizations from reaching their strategic goals into new habits that increase shareholder value. The firm’s Greenlight Research Institute has proven the correlation between practices that improve relationships and business success, particularly in sales performance and team effectiveness in an increasingly virtual world. Greenlight’s behavior engineering methodology for diagnosing and instilling the highest ROI behavior change is based on a decade of field engagements with iconic global organizations.
Ferrazzi is the author of the bestsellers “Who’s Got Your Back” and “Never Eat Alone.” He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc. and Fast Company. He was the youngest person to make partner and hold the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Deloitte Consulting, where he raised Deloitte’s brand recognition from lowest to a primary position, spurring the highest growth rate in the industry.
Sharp’s welcome reception featured the Chris Story Band. Story’s first professional music opportunity arrived in 1995 when he joined a local band that allowed him to play the fiddle and saxophone. Given the experience of working with an organized band, Story was able to move up from there. He started the Chris Story Band in 1997 and continued climbing the ladder that led him to be one of the most popular artists in central and south Texas. Story has traveled the world for some of the most elite corporations and has been included in a few celebrity weddings, making him an established artist in the event industry.
The second evening’s entertainment featured Lone Star Attitude, the premiere country-rock party band of Texas. They’ve been called “The Sound of Texas” for the soulful way they pay tribute to Texas music legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Don Henley and more. The Dallas-based Americana band is fronted by award winning Texas singer-songwriter and recording artist, Jon Christopher Davis.
The Hyakuman Kai Elite Dealer Awards on the third and final evening of the event featured the virtually universally appealing and self-effacing comedian Jim Gaffigan. Gaffigan is a regular on the late-night talk show circuit and an in-demand actor, as well. Gaffigan has made appearances on The Ellen Show, Ed, Law and Order, Sex and the City, and That “˜70s Show. During this time, Gaffigan released four CDs of his standup on his own label and worked in films, with small roles in Three Kings, Road Trip and Igby Goes Down. In 2004, he signed a deal with Comedy Central that would include a successful television special and his CD debut for the label, Doin’ My Time. Gaffigan recently released two books, “Dad is Fat” and “Food: A Love Story.” He can now be seen on The Jim Gaffigan Show, airing on TVLand and Comedy Central.