The 2012 SMB 150 Awards
The SMB 150, a collaboration between SMB Nation and SMB Technology Network, recognizes the top 150 influencers within the worldwide SMB Technology channel. And this year, we're thrilled that our own, Ben Johnson has been nominated.
Ben, who admits he is “Completely and utterly obsessed with technology,” serves on Cisco’s Small Business Executive Exchange Labtech Software's partner Advisory Council. He expressed his excitement at being in the running for this year's awards: "It's wonderful when people you respect from your own professional community recognize the contributions you've made to the field. I'm thankful to everyone who votes for me and can't wait to see who the channel picks as this year's top influencers."
The first phase of the award's selection process has already begun and consists of online community voting, open to anyone at smb150.com. Visitors may vote for candidates up to once per day. Open voting lasts until April 6, 2012, at which point a panel of industry experts will certify the online ballots and cast their own votes for nominees. Community voting counts for 40% of each nominee's score, with the remainder determined by the expert panel's votes.
Harry Brelsford, founder and chairman of SMB Nation, congratulated Ben, along with every other SMB 150 nominee. "I'm excited for all of our SMB 150 nominees. Each and every one of them has worked tirelessly to improve the SMB IT channel—and, by extension, the small business sector as a whole. I hope that everyone who has benefited from our nominees' expertise will show their support and appreciation at smb150.com."
In addition to inclusion on the SMB 150 list in SMB Nation magazine, each SMB 150 winner will receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook (64GB) and an invitation to the SMB 150 Awards Gala in Los Angeles, CA, on May 16, 2012. The 2012 SMB 150 has been made possible by Research In Motion, the platinum sponsor for this year's event.
If you want to help Ben win, click here to vote!