Senior IT Executives to Discuss Economic Challenges and Market Opportunities at CompTIA Breakaway 2008

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Executive panel session set for August 6

Information technology (IT) industry leaders will address the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the current global economy during a keynote panel presentation at Breakaway 2008, the annual member conference for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the association announced today.

Breakaway 2008 is set for August 5-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando.

The executive panel discussion “Economic Crisis…Or Opportunity” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 6. Seven IT industry leaders will discuss how current uncertain economic conditions are affecting the business climate for technology solution providers. Scheduled to participate in the discussion are:

•    Derek DeVette, vice president, channel affairs, Diskeeper Corporation

•    Mike Gerentine, vice president, global channel and solutions marketing, IBM

•    Gary Gillam, vice president, channel operations, Xerox North American Resellers

•    John Gray, vice president, channels, Oracle

•    Kerry McDonough, director, channel sales, Cisco Systems, Inc.

•    Mike Menegay, global director, Dell Business Services, SaaS

•    Scott M. Vogel, vice president and general manager, global outsourcing and infrastructure services, Unisys Corporation

The panel will be moderated by Heather Clancy, vice president, strategic communications, SWOT Management.

“2008 may be remembered as a year of tough economic times, or as a turning point in the view of technology as a true business solution, one that helps small and large companies achieve both greater efficiencies and drives new sources of revenue,” said Chuck Wilson, vice president, conference and event management, CompTIA. “The Breakaway 2008 panel session will include ‘from-the-trenches’ perspectives of key vendor and channel executives. They will discuss why certain regions, industries and technologies might fare better than others; and why disciplined focus and execution are paramount to success.”

For more information on Breakaway 2008, the IT industry’s premier partnering and educational event, please visit

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world's $3 trillion information technology industry. CompTIA membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation; the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. For more information, please visit


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