CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

Christy Sacco

Channel Program Manager, Mobility, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America

Location: Tampa, FL


Number of years in current position: 2.5

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 27

Twitter Handle: @ChristySacco

Fun Facts:

Has a female boss
Is fluent in another language
Enjoys public speaking
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Has a personal mantra
Had a lemonade stand

Biography and Background:
Christy Sacco is currently channel program manager at Panasonic System Communications Company of North America for the Mobility group, focused on the Toughbook, Toughpad and Rugged Handheld portfolio of products. Christy has responsibility for channel programs, operations, communications and training around channel programs including marketing development funds (MDF), demo offering, and deal registration. Christy's started her career in IT distribution at Tech Data Corporation holding various sales and marketing roles with increasing responsibility. Upon leaving Tech Data in 2005 Christy moved into the managed services space with leadership roles at ConnectWise and HTG Peer Groups.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
Over the past year, we have reinvested in the channel by launching a new channel program including an MDF offering for our top tier partners. We have also renewed our commitment to the channel by building a new channel support team focused on enabling our resellers and distributors. In addition, we engaged our top tier resellers with the global Panasonic leadership team.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Demonstrate channel commitment to our Mobility resellers and distributors by continuing to engage our resellers, enhance our channel programs, and improve operational efficiencies.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics.

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
People want to help those that they like and trust and that comes from building those long lasting relationships. Use your resources and be wise with your finances. This will allow you, and only you, to be in control of your destiny.

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Liz Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love because she takes control and it's all about reinvention and self-discovery.

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
Budapest, Hungary to learn more about my family history on my maternal great grandparent's side.

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