STAMPEDE’S FIRST EUROPEAN VENDOR SUMMIT CHARTS COMPANY’S FUTURE PLANS FOR THE REGION

Like the Stampede Vendor Summits held previously in Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Canada, the European Executive Vendor Summit featured a mix of networking events, one-on-one sales meetings with key vendors and the European sales team, a trade show exhibit, and a keynote business presentation that highlighted the company’s growth plans for the region.

AMHERST, NEW YORK, November 1, 2016 — Underscoring its new position as a truly global value added distribution partner, Stampede last week convened its first Executive Vendor Summit on October 23—24 at the Tivoli Victoria-Vilamoura in Portugal. Like the Stampede Vendor Summits held previously in Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Canada, the European Executive Vendor Summit featured a mix of networking events, one-on-one sales meetings with key vendors and the European sales team, a trade show exhibit, and a keynote business presentation that highlighted the company's growth plans for the region.

According to Stampede CEO Mark Wilkins, the two-day event included Christie, Luida, Hitachi, Vogels, Calibre, Display Ten, and TeamMate in addition to senior Stampede management and the entire Stampede European sales team. "This was the first in what will now become an annual event that will only grow larger in the years to come," Wilkins said today. "Our inaugural vendor participants had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with each sales team member and present the full value proposition their product lines offer. As a result, our sales team is more empowered and better prepared to represent these manufacturers to our reseller network."
Amplifying on the global impact of the Stampede Vendor Summits, Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly emphasized to attendees that, "Stampede now has a global presence in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and is able to connect partner vendors with a reseller network that exceeds 20,000 members. Clearly, Stampede is open for business worldwide — ready to bring your products and services to 7,000 new resellers around the world that did not do business with us last year." Kelly was referring to the net new gains in the company's global reseller network achieved through its June 2016 acquisition of Just Lamps.
Reaching this global network of resellers, Kelly continued, is going to be achieved through the launch of expanded new series of policies, programs, and processes that are going to make doing business with Stampede easier than ever before.
The completion of the third Stampede Vendor Summit comes at a time when the company continues to grow and expand at a historic rate across all vertical markets and in every major product category. At the European Vendor Summit, particular emphasis was placed on Drone Video Systems and Unified Communications, two areas that are growing dramatically throughout Europe. Next year, Kelly plans to integrate augmented and virtual reality into the European product offerings.
Looking forward to 2017, Kelly reiterated a message delivered to attendees of the Buffalo and Toronto summits — opportunity is knocking and it is time to adapt, change, and harvest the new opportunities this shift from a product centric AV industry to an experiential AV industry is creating. "Our goal is to continue to be the best final mile in the global ProAV industry, and I believe we have the people, programs, and processes in place that will allow us to achieve this goal."
About Stampede
Headquartered in Amherst, New York, Stampede (www.stampedeglobal.com) is the world's leading value-added distributor of integrated AV/IT technology solutions that help resellers meet the expanding technology needs of end-user customers in dozens of commercial vertical markets in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Scandinavia, South Africa, and the United States.
Stampede provides a global network of nearly 20,000 resellers with the broadest range of traditional ProAV solutions from more than 150 manufacturing partners and leads the way in the creation of the new product categories and related training and support programs that are unleashing the business opportunities of the future — Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drone Video Systems, Virtual Reality, IoT, Unified Communications, and low cost Video Conferencing. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Just Lamps, Stampede also offers the world's largest selection of replacement projector lamps. Stampede annually produces the "Big Book of AV," a 1,100+ page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede's dealers in addition to product details on more than 8,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, visit www.stampedeglobal.com.

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