Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12, 2012 – For Rayanne Buchianico, what happens in Vegas won’t be staying in Vegas; it will be coming home to Tampa Bay in the form of an award. While many of Sin City’s visitors sleep off the previous night’s escapades, Rayanne will accept the SBSer of the Year award at SMB Nation’s annual conference.
SMB Nation is a publishing and events company working with small and medium business (SMB) channel partners, resellers, consultant, and VARs, to spread knowledge of SMB technology trends. Through conferences, books, SMB PCmagazine, and seminars the group draws an international audience of over 45,000 as it expands global knowledge of business, technology, and marketing solutions for consultants and resellers.
SBSer of the Year is awarded to two people annually – one man and one woman – who have shown leadership and have given the most to the IT community in the past year. Candidates are nominated and chosen by a committee of executives from SMB Nation and SMB Technology Network (SMBTN). The honor is presented on day one of the annual conference, which this year includes a PC World columnist, a senior contributing author at Information Week, a Microsoft product marketing manager, the chairman of CompTIA, a product ambassador at Lenovo, and marketing leaders from RIM, Intel, and Dell as speakers. The event is a veritable “who’s who” of the SMB IT world – not a bad place to pick up an international recognition.
Harry Brelsford, founder of SMB Nation, is extremely pleased with this year’s female award recipient. “When I think of women in IT, top of mind is Rayanne Buchianico from Tampa,” he says. “This award goes back to the early days of SMB Nation, when we select the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) partner of the year that we called the SBSer of the Year. Rayanne was selected by a small committee of SMB IT pros who pride themselves on a fair and balanced approach. The result is right and proper and it’s Rayanne.”
Naturally, Rayanne is also extremely pleased with this year’s recipient. “I thought of SBSers of years past, and what an honor it is to be chosen for this designation,” she enthused when discussing the award, adding, “Harry and SMBTN discussed the possible candidates, and they felt it was time to recognize two people who work ‘behind the scenes’ in the community. I was one of them. My friend, Bob Nitrio, was the other.”
Rayanne earned this recognition by working behind the scenes to make critical things happen – things that make SMB Nation more valuable to members like…
- Organizing the Birds of a Feather sessions at TechEd North America 2012
- Connecting member Autotask to their accounting systems
- lobbying Microsoft and other vendors for books and swag for user group meetings
- helping members find user groups and organizing her own user group meetings
And, as she puts it, “Connecting people who need help with people who can provide it.”
Rayanne also serves the IT community as treasurer of the Global IT Community Association, and credits the group with “working together as a team to promote IT professional groups throughout the world. We are all passionate about bringing value to our respective groups and the IT Profession as a whole.”
Buchianico will also be awarded a complimentary admission to the coveted Pocket MBA. This twelve-week, multi-disciplinary program offers several business and IT-related concentrations that focus on the real world applications of the subjects they teach. When asked what she is looking forward to in the program, Rayanne says, “It will give me the opportunity to learn from the industry’s most successful business people – to learn the secrets of MSP success, which will help me when working with clients who want to grow their Managed Services business or IT consulting firm.”
After the award ceremony Rayanne will participate in the following days of the conference, which this year is themed “Back to the Future.” Sessions include How to Differentiate Your IT Offerings, The Future of Successful Channel Partnerships, and How to Install a Social Media Policy at Work, as well as a Windows 8 expert panel discussion and an AVG product launch party. For people passionate about SMB technology it just doesn’t get any better than these four days.
And for Rayanne, it’s likely that no future SMB Nation conference will be any better than this one.
About Rayanne Buchianico
Rayanne is the owner of ABC Solutions, an accounting firm providing complete accounting services to small and mid-size IT companies and MSPs throughout the US. In business for over seven years, the firm also consults on accounting systems and integrates PSA software, such as Autotask, to streamline billing and project/job costing and budgeting