That participation and rousing community spirit was in full display once again at this year's Dash which featured Seattle Power 93.3 DJ Kat Fisher, the Seahawks Blue Thunder drum line and the best of Seattle's food trucks. The Dash has also become one of the premier fundraising events within the technology services business. This year among the Denali technology partners participating were: BlueStar, Zebra, Cisco, Dell EMC, APC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Samsung, Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Scansource, Panasonic, Cradlepoint, Cohesity and Ergotron.
Rob Dorsey, the vice president of sales for BlueStar, the premier mobility distributor and a longtime supporter of Denali's charitable efforts, says Denali’s commitment to giving back to the community is an inspiration for him and BlueStar. “Majdi has shown me how to give back," he said calling the Denali founder a mentor. "There are a lot of things that we can do as executives and partners that we don't put enough time and energy into. Majdi puts enough time and energy into it for all of us."
Dorsey said he was particularly excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Denali at this year's event. “One of the crowning achievements of the company is its history of giving," he said, noting Denali's ability to pull together technology vendors and the community to help others.
Kira Haller, a development director at Seattle Children's Hospital, said the hospital is thankful for the Denali partnership. "Events like the Denali Dash 5K and Kids Dash help Seattle Children's find better treatments and eventually cures for patients all over the region," she said. "I know Denali is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. I want to congratulate all of the employees at Denali and Majdi specifically. He has built a great company and we are so proud to be a partner."
The one constant over the last 25 years of rapid change in the technology services business has been Denali's customer first focus, said Daher.
"We exist to serve the customer," said Daher. "That was the goal when we started this company and that remains our mission today. Hitting the 25 year milestone is a great thing but to me the work is never done. There are still customers that need our expertise to deploy technology globally. There are technologies that we need to represent. We have a constant hunger to fight on behalf of the customer and present them with solutions that really help them advance their business."
Daher says what continues to drive him is the need to move faster to solve customer problems. "Our customers are facing a lot of challenges, and that’s what keeps me going" he says. "The transformation that is going on with technology. The pressure that our customers face on their journey to digital transformation. I feel extremely under accomplished because I am not fixing their problems at the rate that I should. That fire continues to burn. We are extremely motivated. It is like a bonfire that is burning out of control. We won’t rest until all of our customers achieve outstanding business outcomes."