Scenes From Varnex In Vegas: 'The Voice' Winner And Stegner The Beatle

Varnex, Meet Vegas. Vegas, Meet Varnex

Synnex's Varnex group helds its Fall 2011 conference recently. More than 240 VARs took up temporary residence at The Cosmopolitan. Fortunately, whatever happened at Varnex didn't stay at Varnex, as the following slides showcase some of the show's highlights.

Ninja Swans?

Attendees were greeted by these … err, people at the opening reception Sunday night. Contrary to some salacious rumors, they weren't CEO Kevin Murai and senior vice president Bob Stegner in costume.

All Smiles

HP’s Laura Honeycutt and Synnex's Steve Jow celebrate the long-standing business relationship between the two companies.

Working The Room

Varnex business development managers Sandy Harrington (Canada) and Kyle Thompson (U.S.), pose for a shot together as they get ready to welcome solution providers to the opening reception.

Thumbs Up

Lester Keizer of Business Continuity Technologies gestures his approval to Synnex President and CEO Kevin Murai at the opening reception.

Time To 'VARty'

From left, VARs Aaron Tyger of CRU Dataport, Shaun Butler of Business Systems Management, Brandon Busey of CRU Dataport, Tim Theophilus of Info-Link and Brent Tiller of Pinnacle Network Solutions hang out enjoying a few cold ones.

Networking Time

Vito Legrottaglie of Programmer’s Paradise, left, and Errol Blake of NetConnect, talk shop at the Varnex show in Las Vegas.

'Really Big Show'

"Ed Sullivan" kicked off the Varnex Fall 2011 Conference general session by introducing "The Beatles," who included….

The Fifth Beatle?

…Synnex's Bob Stegner, who made his typical grand entrance jamming with the Fab Four.


After a quick change, Stegner addressed the audience and told solution providers that they will get out of Varnex what they put into it.

Advisory Board Members

Mike Brogan, president of Erb's Technology Solutions and president of the Varnex advisory board gave a shout out to his fellow Varnex advisory board members, who work year round to help improve the program.

Ready for Questions

Synnex's Chris McLeod and Xerox's Gary Gillam are ready at the vendor pavilion to answer questions about Xerox Print Solutions.

Talking Digital Signage

From left, Dan Leunig from LG, Roland Evans from Missouri Office Systems and Supply and Sandi Stambaugh, director of product marketing for Synnex's Visual Solutions team, share ideas about digital signage during the vendor pavilion.


Synnex's Peter Larocque, president of U.S. distribution, gives audience members an update on the company's RenewSolv, a software licensing and warranty renewal platform.

Microsoft Message

Angus Norton, general manager of Microsoft's Office Division, delivers the message of the future of productivity with Office 365, the company's cloud-based productivity suite.

View On Mobility

As more and more of companies rely on mobility technologies to keep their businesses running while their employees are in the field, Motorola's Andon Dow explains how his company intends to help Varnex members expand their mobility presence.

View From The Top

Keynote Speaker and extreme adventurer Jamie Clarke humorously recounted his experience climbing Mt. Everest and challenged the audience to think differently, to view failure as a learning experience, experience the art of grunt work, conquer fear through focus, and live with passion on their own terms.

Signature Awards

Synnex executives Bob Stegner, Kevin Murai and Chris Phillips pose with the winners of this year's Signtaure Award winners. From left to right: Stegner; ); Paul Whalley of Whalley Computer Associates (Varnex Growth Award, Large VAR); Rose Kantos of DynTek (Top Symantec Revenue); Steve Ale of The Ale Group (Varnex Growth Award, Midsized VAR); Brent Tiller of Pinnacle Network Solutions (Varnex Spirit Award East); Murai; Steve Hull, vice president of Westwind Computer Products –(Top HP Revenue and Overall Varnex Award for Top Revenue); Mike Brogan of Erb’s Technology Solutions (Top Lenovo Revenue, President’s Award and Varnex Legacy Award).

'The Voice,' Varnex, Vegas

Javier Colon, winner of NBC's 'The Voice' gives Varnex members an acoustic performance after the Varnex Signature Awards ceremony.