CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

Puja Kandel

Principal Owner, CMIT Solutions of West Omaha

Location: Omaha, NE


Number of years in current position: 3

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 15

Twitter Handle: @CMITSolutionsNE

Fun Facts:

Has a female boss
Is fluent in another language
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Loves Spotify
Has a personal mantra
Has completed a marathon
Had a lemonade stand

Biography and Background:
I was born in Nepal and came to USA in 1998 for my higher education. I feel very fortunate to get an opportunity to come here. Growing up in a traditional Hindu middle class family, this opportunity means a lot to me. I have never taken the opportunity for granted. I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Information System and Business Administration from University of Nebraska at Kearney. I met my husband Khem during my undergraduate years here in USA. Ever since I graduated from UNK I have created my own little world here in Omaha, surrounded with good friends and families. I miss my families back home especially during holiday's season. We are blessed with two beautiful daughters - Riya and Myra. As a family, we love to travel and do things together.I cherish the moments spend with them. They are the reason behind my motivation, dedication and hard work. I have an IT background with 10+ years of corporate experience in various capacities and verticals as an Application Developer, Software configurator and Project Coordinator. My core strengths are strategically planning, analysis and has passion to take things to the finish line and provide best services in IT.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
After working in IT for 10+ years, the work hours started to get demanding with 24 hour calls and long hours. I wanted to be able to work with balance since I had young kids to take care as well. I was passionate about launching my own IT business. So I successfully, introduce and launch the first CMIT Solutions in the state of Nebraska back in 2014. In the past CMIT Solutions of West Omaha has grown its list of clients in business in Healthcare, Accounting, Legal, Engineering and Financial Services Industries and is continually adding more industries as we speak. We work closely with the business owners here in the community.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
I want to expand CMIT Solutions into the multiple locations in the state of Nebraska so that our clients can benefit from full manage IT services. I am working diligently to provide best service and fulfill my goals.

What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
1) 2015- Midlands Business Journal 40 under 40 Honoring 40 Greater Omaha, Sarpy County and Council Bluffs entrepreneurs, executives and professional men and women under 40 years of age. 2) 2015 - Sandler Sales Boot Camp Training Program Awarded by Sandler Sales Training 3) 2014 - CMIT Solutions Leadership Franchise Award Awarded a certificate on the successfully completion of two weeks of the franchise leadership program. 4) 2016 - Economically Disadvantage Women-Owned Small Business Program Certification 5) 2016 - Competent Communicator Award 6) 2017 - Most Improved Speaker Award This award is awarded by the peers at West O Toastermaster

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
MAYA ANGELOU Through her literature, public speaking and powerful writing, Maya Angelou inspired women to overcome gender and race discrimination. In 2011, Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her works that spanned over 50 years including 36 books, seven autobiographies and over 50 honorary degrees.

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Don't be afraid to put yourself forward for something or to do something that is a stretch role for you. Whether it's a long or short opportunity, you will leave a good mark and be better when you move on.

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
I would choose to be "Minnie Mouse" cartoon movie character because in many appearances she brings joy in kid's life and I would like to try the outfit and be at the Disney Park entertaining the visitors

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
I would like to travel to Europe to explore fantastic culture, food and historical cities mostly by train. This will be a dream come true. It's on my bucket list.

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