Koutavas Named President of ASCII Group

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Jerry Koutavas is moving up from his role as head of business development to president of the large community of solution and service providers.

The ASCII Group, a collaborative community of solution and service providers, announced this week the promotion of Jerry Koutavas to president.

Koutavas has served as the organization’s vice president of business development for more than a decade and has been a driving force behind ASCII’s annual Success Summits series—local and regional training and networking events for ASCII members and solution providers.

As president, Koutavas will oversee the development of ASCII’s managed services and next-generation VAR communities, developing strategic partnerships and marketing.

"Our members drive who we are and what we do," said Koutavas. "We will continue to stand up for our members and provide them the necessary tools and services to grow."

"Jerry has been, for over 13 years, involved in almost all our important initiatives for our solution provider members and has always put the solution providers' interests first in all strategic decisions," said Alan Weinberger, ASCII’s chairman and CEO.

Most recently, Koutavas has been overseeing the development of a solution provider locator service, IT Locator. Channel Insider and Ziff Davis Enterprise are partners in the service that will connect more than 13 million end users with local and regional solution providers.

"Over the years, Jerry has delivered many times over, strategic programs that have helped me increase revenue and build a better business practice," said, Jay Tipton, owner of Technology Specialists. "He understands the reseller market and clearly the pain points I have in terms of selling and marketing technology to the SMB market."

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.