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Jay McBain is a Chief Analyst at Canalys, leading channels research in North America, as well as being an integral part of the worldwide channels research and advisory team. Jay is one of the most visible and respected thought leaders in the global channel ecosystem. He is often sought out for industry guidance and future trends, helping vendors across the entire technology spectrum develop their partnering and ecosystem strategies. He regularly speaks at vendor channel events about major shifts in the channel ecosystem.
Prior to joining Canalys, Jay was a Principal Analyst at Forrester, covering channels and ecosystems. During his tenure at Forrester, Jay developed his reputation as an industry thought leader and was named 2021 Channel Influencer of the Year by Channel Partners Magazine. Jay has also held various executive channel sales, marketing and strategy roles with IBM, Lenovo and ChannelEyes over a 28-year career.
Nick Verykios has been involved with the IT industry for more than 30 years and has successfully blended entrepreneurial ventures with a career spanning marketing, product development, sales, executive/general management and director's duties. As the multi award winning and Industry Hall of Fame inductee, as the CEO of Distribution Central, he steered growth from a start-up business in 2004 to exceed $700 million in revenue in FY 2019, post-acquisition and integration of Arrow Inc.'s ANZ assets.
This tremendous growth cemented Arrow ECS ANZ as one of the largest and most profitable IT&T distributors in the ANZ & APAC regions. Nick managed the successful sale of Distribution Central to Arrow Electronics, Inc. Prior to this, in 1994 Nick founded the IT distributor, 1World Systems Pty Ltd and later, co-directed LAN Systems Pty Ltd, both highly profitable ventures, sold to international IT companies. Both companies were considered to be at the forefront of IT distribution and service procurement with their unique business models further deployed in international companies spanning more than twenty countries. LAN Systems was transformed from a $4m distributor into a highly profitable $160m services organisation in just over five years.
Scott is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 30 years' experience building IT companies across Asia Pacific. Scott established iasset.com in 2008 as the world's first global channel ecosystem for the entire supply chain. iasset.com has received numerous awards including CRN's Top 50 Emerging Vendors in 2013 and 2014. Scott was also a founder and Executive Chairman of Distribution Central and oversaw its growth from a five-person staff and $1.7 million turnover to more than 160 employees across two countries with revenues exceeding $520 million. The company is a recipient of numerous awards, including BRW Fast 100 awards, 2009 Deloitte Fast 50 Australia and Deloitte Fast 200 APAC. Prior to acquiring Distribution Central, Scott built MarketEntry (Europe), a business consulting company helping small technology companies reach and manage their growth potential which was acquired in 2004. He also founded LAN Systems Pty Ltd (Australia), which rapidly became the largest network distributor in the region and was acquired in 2000. Scott also co-founded Micro Networks Australia Pty Ltd, which was acquired in 1990.