I hope that those of you who attended The Australian Partner Conference on the Gold Coast earlier this month enjoyed yourselves and derived some good value from the experience as well. We will be coming to you shortly to let you know what you told us about the event and what we’re thinking about for next year.
In the meantime, I wanted to introduce you to the team. We are still evolving and as new team members join I will introduce them as well.
All the best,
Name Arron Child Nickname Azza Job Title Partner Learning and Social Media Marketing ExecutiveObjective To provide Marketing and Communications programs to our valued Learning Partners. I'm also the partner team social media co-coordinator, which is an exciting role to have. It gives me an opportunity to help improve Partners experience on our social media vehicles Hobbies Football (Soccer), Capoiera, and hopefully Scuba Diving now that summer has rolled around once again! Other Interesting Facts Wanting to be the proud owner of a Yamaha Virago Motorbike within 2 months!
Name Mike Heald Nickname Witness Job Title Channel Development Manager - Public Sector Role Objective My main objective is to build the public sector channel by providing a platform and resources to enable partners to succeed in this space.Hobbies Besides family, I enjoy playing baseball and other outdoor activities that Sydney has to offer i.e. beach, learning to surf, biking etc Other Interesting Facts Been living in Australia off and on since 1996 and still don't know my nationality - I guess I'm a world citizen
Name Sarah Theiss Nickname Sah Bear Job Title Channel Audience Manager-ISV Role Objective To build a vibrant and happy community of ISVs and Web Agencies – focused primarily on the less established Partners who don’t have a Partner Account Manager. I will bring resources, training and communications to the audience to add value. Hobbies My non work time is spent with my family - my husband and 11 year old daughter, walking the dog, cooking, reading and hanging out on Sydney's northern beaches where we live. Other Interesting Facts I'm very lucky - if someone is going to win - it will often be me!
Name Wendy Komadina Nickname Wen or Breezy Job Title Partner Marketing Lead Role Objective I’m a recent addition to the Partner Team, having joined in July 09. My focus will be on providing communications and events to enable our Partners to be up-to date with what goes on in the giant world of Microsoft. Always happy to hear suggestions on how we could be doing this better! Hobbies Spending time with my family, dancing, watching movies, and baking! Other Interesting Facts: None
Name Sarah Arnold Nickname Arnie Job Title Partner Programs Manager Role The next 12 months of the role will see me focusing on the evolution of the Microsoft Partner Program to the Microsoft Partner network. It is my job to know everything and anything about the Partner Program/Network. Hobbies Cooking, Bikrim Yoga, Reading a good romance novel, just spending time with my friends and family.
Name Emy Escalona Nickname EmsJob Title Partner Development Manager Role Objective To recruit partners working with competitive vendors Hobbies Eating out, travelling around local towns, interior decorating Other Interesting Facts Attending back to back high school reunions in the next 2 weeks - one in Sydney and one in Chicago!
Name Inese Kingsmill Nickname Indy or The Bodger Job Title Partner Strategy & Programs Director Role Objective To drive partner strategies and programs that enable and engage a vibrant partner community so that we can be mutually successful. I am accountable to ALL partners! Hobbies Running, cycling, cooking with my daughter Ally and spending time at the beach Other Interesting Facts I trekked the Kokoda Trail this year - it was awesome.I can still execute a perfect somersault on the trampoline and Bungeed this week in Singapore with Paul Voges and Samantha Zammit.
Name Brad Clarke Nickname Still Waiting on one, any suggestions?? Job Title Partner Territory ManagerRole Objective My three key focus areas this year will be to (1) Improve the satisfaction of Partners who are managed through our Partner Network (2) Increase the mix of Annuity Licensing Sales & (3) Activate new partners with the required competencies in appropriate geo locations Hobbies I am very passionate about my work, I consider it to be my favourite hobby (I know, I know, it's pretty sad), beyond work I enjoy playing football(Soccer), outdoor exercising, fishing& aviation (if it fly's, I'm interested!) Other Interesting Facts I'm a newlywed, 25th April, I will complete by Private Pilot’s License by Xmas
Name Brian McLaughlin Nickname Maca / Farkeem / Malaka Job Title Partner Development Manager Role Objective To recruit / develop key ISV partners in Public Sector. Hobbies Bike riding Other Interesting Facts Want to retire in a shack by the sea.
Name Sharmilla Gosai Nickname Sharmi Job Title Readiness Development Manager Role Objective Executing a successful Partner Skills Development program (sales, marketing and technical) that ensures the Channel is capable to deliver on Microsoft's new products and evolving technology. Hobbies Reading, cooking Other Interesting Facts
Name Wendy Smith Nickname Wends Job Title Channel Development Manager Role Objective To support Microsoft’s resellers focused on the SMB segment in growing their businesses through the Top VAR initiative, marketing and other tools and resources Hobbies I love cooking and am a mad skier when not pregnant or chasing a little toddler around Other Interesting Facts Have another little bubba on the way...
Name Kim Partridge Nickname Kimmie, Kimbo Job Title Events Marketing Executive Objective Leading all "to" Partner events to build and enable a competitive and vibrant Partner eco-system. Hobbies Running, gym, socialising with friends, reading Other Interesting Facts I am currently in training for a full marathon. First Gold Coast then New York!
Name Tania NetterfieldNickname TnRole Objective Partner account manager for Microsoft Learning Solutions, this includes managing the learning solutions partners, certification, MS press and eLearningHobbies Trekking, Skiing and watching good reality TV – yes I believe there is some!