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ITEX 2012 Received Resounding Success in Las Vegas

(April 26, 2012)

NEWTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/26/12 -- Thousands of dealers, resellers, MSPs, VARs, distributors, vendors and OEMs gathered last Tuesday, April 17 through Thursday, April 19 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 12th annual ITEX National Expo & Conference. The feedback from attendees and exhibitors were overwhelmingly positive for both the Expo Floor and the Conference program.

"We thank our presenters who delivered a stellar conference program, as well as our sponsors and exhibitors who provide the much needed technologies, services, and solutions to help our attendees do their job more effectively and grow their profitability," said Wendy Loew, ITEX Event Director. "Attendees were enthusiastic about the knowledge and experience they gained in interactive workshops, conference sessions and on the Expo floor. We appreciate the industry's support and taking time away from their dealerships and offices to participate."

The event led off with Pre-Conference Workshops on Tuesday that addressed such issues as "How to Sell & Market Cloud Solutions," "12 Critical Steps to Evolve Your Sales Model to Meet Today's Business Climate," and "New Trends in Technology: Moving Beyond MPS." These workshops were attended by industry professionals and presented by channel experts as well as dealership executives.

ITEX officially opened on Wednesday, April 18 with a standing room only crowd for conference sessions in five tracks: Interactive IT, Sales & Marketing, Service & Supplies, Document Solutions, and Hybrid & Beyond. Special highlights of the conference program included the MPS Strategy Forum, which offered attendees two days of sessions presented by leaders in the industry. Speakers offered insight on actionable formulas and strategies for companies to close print management contracts and to leverage MPS for higher profits. In addition, a new Managed Services Strategy Forum offered insight on the viable opportunities found in this market, presented by leading experts in this important initiative.

"I felt that this event allowed me to better understand MPS and meet influential personnel that can assist me in my own role," said Scott Guckenberger, Metrix LLC.

"West Point Products appreciated the opportunity to provide leading MPS dealer education at ITEX this year. The ITEX show is also an excellent venue to interact with customers and key business partners," stated Ray Loisel, West Point Products.

With its best-in-class exhibits, the Expo drew a huge crowd as attendees eagerly waited for the show to open. Over 130 exhibitors showcased document management, MPS, managed services, office & imaging equipment, innovative software, workflow management tools and much more. Enhancements to the 2012 show floor included the imageSource Live Theater featuring presentations throughout the day as well as the Managed Services Pavilion.

In addition to the opening of the Expo on Wednesday, attendees enjoyed imageSource magazine's Perfect Image Awards presented annually to select dealerships that have provided superior office solutions. This year's Dealer of the Year award went to Marco; others recognized across various categories included Flo-Tech, Thermocopy, Flex-Print, ProSource, Modern Office Methods, Coordinated Business Systems and Impact Networking.

"Presenting our 2012 Perfect Image Awards to these outstanding dealerships is an honor," said Sand Sinclair, ITEX Conference Director and Editor of imageSource magazine, who presented each award from the Live Theater. "I congratulate them all, and thank the members of our Advisory Council who helped research and qualify this year's recipients."

The buzz of the event had attendees alert and ready to network with old business partners and new connections as well. Crowds attended the ITEX Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening and reconvened for a Networking Breakfast on the Expo Hall floor first thing Thursday morning.

Attendees' and exhibitors' expectations were met at ITEX 2012.

According to Brett Smith, Superior Reprographic Services, Inc., "ITEX provides a platform from which to obtain a meaningful understanding of the state of our industry and how to be a player."

"This is my fifth year at ITEX and it has changed the way we do business. The power hours are phenomenal. The expo floor is phenomenal. This is a great experience and I recommend it to all dealers," said Daniel Bombard, Yuma Office Equipment.

Bill Gates, Epson America, Inc. reported, "This is our third consecutive year at ITEX. There is a lot of enthusiasm with resellers visiting our exhibit and wanting to know about the latest technologies to help grow their business. Well organized and attended. We've already signed up for next year."

"Attendance was stupendous. The best ITEX show since the beginning," stated Gene Fontana, Royal Imaging International.

"ITEX was a great opportunity for GreatAmerica to spend time with existing customers and meet new ones. Many of our dealers gained great insights into the latest evolutions in MPS and the exciting new world of Managed Network Services," stated David Pohlman, GreatAmerica Leasing Corp.

"I was very pleased with the new format of the show. The education sessions were well attended and the first day of the show floor was very busy. All in all the show exceeded my expectations," said Matt McLeish, PartsNow! LLC.

Since 2000, ITEX has been the event that unites the industry-delivering solid education through Power Hour sessions, Forums and visionary Keynotes, showcasing products, awarding dealers, partnering with concurrent events, and providing networking opportunities. The tangible tools that ITEX delivers affect businesses today -- along with its future tomorrow. ITEX is co-presented by imageSource, the definitive resource for the office channel. To see a recap of the 2012 event, visit the ITEX 2012 Highlights Reel.

Be sure to mark your calendar for ITEX 2013 National Expo & Conference scheduled for April 17-18 at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. ITEX National Expo & Conference is produced and managed by Questex Media Group LLC, a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA.

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