HTG Peer Groups Blog
The HTG peer group experience is a unique forum for technology industry resellers who are serious about implementing a model for success in their own businesses through sharing and collaboration of best practices.
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Last night I had a great evening having dinner with Erick, Stuart, Matt, Karl, Dave and their wives at King Street BBQ here in DC. Mmmm, mmmm good. That was after a day of sessions at the ICCA conference. Good stuff as each presented on their areas of expertise and gave the attendees some good info. We had a van tour of the national park at night - first time ever for me. All I can say is WOW. We saw all the big monuments which I saw as a teenager and then again a few years ago - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln - but we saw several that I had seen pictures of and never been able to visit in person before.I was most impressed by the FDR monument. What a tribute to a great president. Th... Continue reading
I had the privilege of serving on a panel this afternoon at the ICCA conference in Washington DC with some of the best in our industry. Dave Sobel (HTG5) was our moderator. The panel consisted of Erick Simpson (HTG1), Stuart Crawford (HTG3), Karl Palachuk (HTG13) and Matt Makowicz (gonna get you soon). We were in front of the audience for 2.5 hours and it could have gone longer but we had to shut it down for the welcome reception.The ICCA is the Independent Computer Consultants of America. http://www.icca.org/ This group has been around quite some time - over 30 years and is focused on serving independant consultants in the technology industry. My distinguised counterparts are all presenting... Continue reading
Today we marked a new chapter in HTG, an international peer group. Stuart Crawford is leading 8 companies as founders of the newly formed HTG10 group, formed from all Canadian partners. I had the privilege of joining them for a few hours of their meeting this afternoon and for dinner this evening. We have the other four slots already spoken for from what I understand, so we have already filled our first international group. This allows the group to focus on things unique to doing business in our friendly country north of the border as well as interacting specifically with vendors focused on that market. One thing I have learned is that shipping stuff across the border is not all that ea... Continue reading
We completed our SWOT for IT Matters this week in Calgary. Nancy and I are now taking a few days in the Canadian Rockies here in Banff to relax and enjoy the wonders of this world. We saw the Columbia Ice Fields yesterday and took the drive up toward Jasper which is astounding. What an amazing world we get to live in. Tomorrow HTG10 starts in Calgary and I will be joining the folks there for some of their time in the afternoon. Stuart Crawford is leading the charge on this new group and I am excited to spend some time with them looking at their businesses and into their future.So what did we learn from the SWOT this week. First of all, as is almost always the case, those of us on the team go... Continue reading
I am on the road to Calgary to do a SWOT at IT Matters, a member of our HTG3 peer groups. Brad Schow and Dan Hay will be joining Nancy and me to spend a day and a half of intensive activity diving deep into the business. These events have been transformational for the companies that have experienced them over the last few years.Why does it work to let other business owners come in and turn over the rocks? Because we often don't want to deal with the hard things in our businesses. We have relationships and patterns of communication that make it hard to really deal with the tough issues. We don't want to cause any unhappiness or disrupt friendships. We are afraid to do what we know needs to be... Continue reading
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