Jay Grisham Amato; Waldesky-Burg...heck!, The Wedding Singer%F3Not2:24 PM EST Thu. Sep. 03, 1998
Jay "Grisham" Amato
If Jay Amato is bummed about his departure as president of troubled Vanstar, he sure isn't showing it. He bragged to Bones that he's been planning to "retire" before his 40th birthday for some time. The 39 (and counting)-year-old has already bought a new home in Manhattan and hopes to be settled in before the holidays. Amato tells The Dawg he's not quite sure what retirement means, but says his head is full of ideas%F3"getting to work on a novel that I have been dreaming of writing for sometime, going back to school for American history and literature, focusing on physical fitness and just maybe learning how to play golf." The Vanstar alumnus isn't stepping out of the business world altogether: In the next few weeks, he takes over as chairman of the Technology Access Action Coalition, the Washington-based coalition that supports Microsoft's right to "innovate." Amato would not reveal the size of his retirement nest egg, but The Dawg's buddy Edgar, who works for the SEC, says Jay took down $430,000 last year and holds options for 345,000 shares of Vanstar stock. Considering that at least 100,000 of those shares are marked to be exercised at 9 bucks and Vanstar's stock is now trading below 8, Jay may want to give serious thought to writing a bestseller as soon as possible.
What would IBM's Internet boy wonder do if he ever had the urge to say bye-bye to Big Lou? If you're Irving Waldesky-Burger, you start your own business consulting company. That's all hypothetical of course. Waldesky-Burger says the greatest opportunity in the channel right now is taking businesses by the hand and steering them from start through solution. Pretty decent insight from a guy who runs IBM's Internet business and has spent more than two decades in Big Blue's R&D lab. Irving has a great idea, but we have some advice on what to name the company and it should not be Waldesky-Burger & Associates Consulting. Bones feels sorry for whoever has to answer the phones at the firm.
The Wedding Singer%F3Not
Compaq flak Jean Alexander tied the knot this week with an unnamed beau. Sources tell Bones the "spokesperson" eloped and had no plans for a honeymoon. Instead, the newly married couple will spend its loot on new home furnishings. "Where's the romance?" growled the old-fashioned Bones.
A Case for McGruff
Bones admits he's stumped by the case of the missing Annual Report Card trophy. "Maybe I should call my cousin McGruff (the Crime Dog)," he pondered. On Monday, Microsoft execs Tom Gruver and Bryan Watson were wondering what happened to the crystal award which was accepted by Microsoft's Frank Rossi during the ARC ceremonies%F3part of Breakaway XChange in New Orleans last week. Microsoft won first place in the SQL category for SQL 7.0. Rossi, who was the target of a few Bill Gates-pointed barbs from comedian/emcee Dennis Miller, disappeared after the ceremony missing out on the big photo opp and interview. The Dawg has a few theories about Rossi and the missing ARC award. No. 1: Rossi attended 3Com's Martini Madness party after the ARC and, well%D6 No. 2: Realizing the value of the gleaming award, Rossi cashed it in for at least one round of Hurricanes at Patti O'Brien's. No. 3: He heaved it at Miller and ran for cover only to be caught by two no-necked HBO bodyguards.
On the plane home from Breakaway, Bones couldn't help but listen in on a couple of folks who he remembered from the shindig. Seems another attendee got so caught up in the New Orleans revelry that he was later found in a stupor on the sidewalk downtown. At first he was brought to a hospital that deals with vagrants because he wasn't carrying any ID. It seems the embarrassed attendee wasn't much help either: He kept claiming to be a doctor. Folks at the hospital tracked down his true identity through his hotel room key with the familiar Network Associates logo. "Hmmm," thought Bones, "those NA folks are doing more than watching networks."
That's What Ears Are For
You can't blame the Dawg for eavesdropping when he's got such big ears. He couldn't help but listen in on two conversations at a restaurant in the heart of The Big Easy. At one table was Jeannette Barsky, Merisel's marketing whiz, hosting a dinner. Two tables over was Amy Hoffman, former Ingram marketing guru. The only thing separating the pair was a table of IBM executives entertaining a VAR. If you think Bones was the only one with his ears perked, you must still believe the president of the United States always tells the truth.
The Name Game
It was nice of CompTIA executive director John Venator to give VARBusiness "the scoop" at the ARC dinner. Seems Mr. V. chose the event to unveil not only the new CompTIA logo, but its new board members, including chairperson Susan Bailey of En Pointe. Venator received rousing applause when he announced that the Computing Technology Industry Association would now be known as CompTIA. "Thank goodness," sighed Bones. "That's almost as big a mouthful as Waldesky-Burger & Associates Consulting."
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