CRN 2018 Women of the Channel Details

Puja Kandel

Principal Owner, CMIT Solutions of West Omaha

Location: Omaha, NE


Number of years in current position: 4

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 16

Twitter Handle: @CMITSolutionsNE

Fun Facts:

Has a female boss (or is top executive at company)
Can code
Sits on a company board
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Is an extrovert
Can ride a horse
Likes playing video games
Has written a song

Biography and Background:
I was born in Nepal and came to USA in 1998 for my higher education. I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Information System and Business Administration from University of Nebraska at Kearney. I met my husband during my undergraduate years here in USA and he is from Nepal as well. 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 for my clients

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
After working in IT for 10+ years, 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.

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?
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. 2015 - Sandler Sales Boot Camp Training Program Awarded by Sandler Sales Training 2014 - CMIT Solutions Leadership Franchise Award Awarded a certificate on the successfully completion of two weeks of the franchise leadership program. 2016 - Economically Disadvantage Women-Owned Small Business Program Certification 2016 - Competent Communicator Award 2017 - Most Improved Speaker Award This award is awarded by the peers at West O Toaster master

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 your 16-year-old self?
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. Also Don't be afraid to make mistakes. The only way to learn and grow in life is thru mistakes.

If you could master any new job-related skill, what would it be and why?
I would like to master in communications skills because it plays vital role in both personal and work life balance.

What's the best book you read this past year and why did you like it?
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Dr. Maya Angelou has presented the book in a brutal and beautiful way that weave together words. Every woman should read this book, not because you can relate to the exact details, but you may certainly relate to wanting your voice heard even when other people and difficult circumstances try to silence you.

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