CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

One of our "Power 30 Solution Providers"

Felise Katz

CEO, PKA Technologies, Inc.

Location: Suffern, NY


Number of years in current position: 13

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 21

Twitter Handle: @felisepka

Fun Facts:

Has a female boss
Is fluent in another language
Has an advanced degree
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Loves Spotify
Has a personal mantra
Had a lemonade stand
Always wanted to be an Olympian

Biography and Background:
Felise was born and raised in New York City and attended Lehman College in the Bronx. She also achieved Post Graduate studies at Babson University and NYU. Felise went on to complete the Federated Executive Training Program and worked in management capacity in both retail and wholesale for many New York based corporations. In 1996 Felise co-founded PKA Technologies, Inc. Felise a former competitive dancer, and avid swimmer, now loves to host and entertain family and friends. Felise lives with her husband and family and in her spare time, she enjoys mentoring and being reversed mentored by many who are interested in careers in IT.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
My role is pretty complex and I have to be available and make decisions on people, process, technology direction and everything in between almost 24x7. Having the focus on the big picture and engaging everyone to keep going in the same strategic direction is a great challenge that I keep on trying to get better at all the time.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Growth, Growth and Profitable Growth. Aside form the fiduciary part of the business - my goal is to maintain and grow the diversity and success of the many PKA employees and stretch their abilities while keeping a great work life balance.

What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
First and foremost is Mother of the Year award from my children. Professionally, having made the CRN Elite lists and being recognized as a Power Woman of the Channel is an incredible honor. Additionally, this year PKA was recognized by HPE and Arrow Electronics as a recipient of Top Sales Growth for Services. PKA is humbled and thrilled to achieve this designation.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Golda Meir - Golda was the Prime Minister of the State of Israel and the first woman to hold that title in emerging country in the Middle East. Her depth, savvy and auditory skills mesmerized all that encountered her and now years later, she is a symbol of what one woman can do do change the face of the earth.

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Have patience and bust the "Boys Club" with finesse! There are so many roles and career opportunities possible . Woman encounter technology throughout the day and have to be prepared to enable themselves to make a difference.

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Erin Brockovich! What an amazing story to promote social justice in areas that need tremendous improvement for all. The role should the inner strength and determination of a single mother who took on a major corporation and won! What a message.

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
Although probably not PC at the moment, St. Petersburg, Russia. The art, culture and moreover history is so intriguing and I know I would be totally immersed for days and weeks. Absorbing the sights at the Hermitage and going to the ballet or just following the sights of this unique city would help to increase my awareness and expand my knowledge of the arts and this beautiful area in the Baltics.

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