New communities include tech-specific committees, more leadership and networking opportunities
CHICAGO – CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, has announced the creation of the North America Community as part of a new strategy to better connect more technology businesses from around the globe with their geographic and industry peers.
CompTIA membership groups now include four communities – North America, United Kingdom and Ireland (UK&I), Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and Belgium, Netherland and Luxembourg (Benelux). Each regional community will include topical industry committees in areas such as managed services, cybersecurity, advancing tech talent and diversity, and emerging technology.
“This new strategy and the creation of new regional communities allows CompTIA to better support the global footprint of where our members live and work,” said MJ Shoer, chief community officer at CompTIA. “The creation of a North America Community aligns with our other regional communities and allows CompTIA to identify and assess other international areas that may be ready for regional representation as we expand our reach and serve more technology businesses around the world.”
CompTIA community staff work with regional members to enable leadership opportunities for sharing industry expertise and facilitating member-led initiatives to address industry needs. Each regional community has a member-led executive council of ten to 12 members with a chair and vice chair.
The North America Community is led by volunteer member leaders Rita Loncar, head of strategic accounts and federal government sales at Check Point Software Technologies, as chair, and Eric Anthony, MSP community and enablement director at Egnyte, as vice chair.
The UK&I Community is led by volunteer member leaders Hannah Lloyd, vice president of channel sales at inSoc Inc., as chair, and Dan Scott, IT Nation Community Director – EMEA at ConnectWise, as vice chair. The Benelux Community is led by volunteer member leaders Daniëlle Meulenberg, channel account executive MSP/CSP Western Europe at Sophos, as chair, and Steven Tytgat, CEO of Tyneso NV, as vice chair. The ANZ Community is led by volunteer member leaders Daniel Johns, managing consultant at CyberCX, as chair, and Nicole Freeman, consumer channel sales and marketing at Microsoft, as vice chair.
Global Task Force Formed
In addition to the new communities and committees, CompTIA also established a Global Task Force to consolidate and share the work of all global communities. The Global Task Force will facilitate the sharing of regional market trends and industry best practices with all CompTIA members. to provide a global perspective that might not otherwise be available to them.
“CompTIA is truly a global organization, and our regional communities provide members with more opportunities to network locally and establish meaningful connections to their industry peers around the globe,” said Deborah Schildkraut, vice president, community engagement at CompTIA. “The Global Task Force ensures that CompTIA stays on top of the most pressing issues and the newest developments within the technology industry, while facilitating a global dialogue for our members to learn and strengthen their businesses”
The association’s global reach was on full display as it kicked off ChannelCon 2022 in Chicago this week with CompTIA Communities Around the World, a virtual membership meeting that connected members and staff from all the international communities.
Around the World started with the ANZ Community meeting in Australia, traveled around the world in less than a day by streaming live from Sydney before handing off to the Benelux Community in Amsterdam, then to the UK & Ireland Community in London before culminating by landing at ChannelCon in the United States
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