CRN 2018 Women of the Channel Details

Biography and Background:
Felise is currently CEO of PKA Technologies, Inc., a nationally recognized WBE certified reseller of IT Solutions. Felise co-founded PKA Technologies, Inc. in 1996, and today Felise is responsible for the day-to-day operations and is the driving force in developing the strategic direction of the business while adding new business solutions for clients in both the Commercial and Public Sectors. Katz also is a leader in the channel with her participation on a number of OEM and Industry advisory councils. Felise lives in New York with her family.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
This past year many new strategic channel relationships were built expanding the PKA Tech sales portfolio and technical capabilities. Multiple vendor lines have been added to accommodate the needs of PKA Tech's growing customer profile while growing the relationships with multiple distribution partners.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Growth! PKA is looking to expand its business by 20% keeping costs in line and growing both revenue and profit. Our goal is to expand deeper into the territories and industry segments where we continue to assist companies and institution with IT excellence.

What honors, awards, or commendations have you won over the past year?
PKA was awarded the prestigious CRN Triple Crown for the first time in 2017. Additionally, CRN has already recognized PKA with the Tech Elite designation for 2018. Arrow Electronics awarded PKA with HPE Networking Award as Partner of the Year for 2017 and with great pride, PKA accepted HPE East Partner of the Year Award for Higher Education for 2017.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Tammy Duckworth is an incredible inspiration for all women. Recently, during her term as an elected Senator, Tammy Duckworth has the distinction of being the first woman to give birth while in office. It is incredible that she has maintained her commitment as a public servant while achieving great personal satisfaction raising her daughters. Moreover, Duckworth is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who was a helicopter pilot in the Iraq War. After suffering severe wounds when her helicopter was shot down, Duckworth was the first female double amputee. After retiring from the Army, she was elected to Congress in 2013.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Stay true to yourself and learn how manage the small stresses that life constantly throws at us. Being who you are and not being swayed by peer pressure is critical to succeed. Always reach for the highest goals - studying hard and more important always remember that the ladder of success runs two ways - up and down.

If you could master any new job-related skill, what would it be and why?
Better problem solving for complex challenges -having the time to think. A CEO has to wear multiple hats and always be at the top of their game. Having the right team to give independent thought leadership for difficult problems certainly is a start but never enough. Finding the time to think through difficult tasks would be a great skill to master.

What's the best book you read this past year and why did you like it?
Good to Great by Jim Collins. I have always been a strong believer that mediocrity is not acceptable in whatever I attempt. I always was looking for a way to adapt that personal credibility into my career and take PKA to the next level. So often we hear "it is just good enough." Collins does a great job in examining that attitude and help companies transition their culture and thought alignment to drive even greater success.

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