D&H Distributing, a major provider of SMB and consumer technologies to the North American high-tech supply channel, announced today that its Co-President Dan Schwab will conduct the Keynote presentation for the HP Penn GSE Higher Education Bootcamp at the University of Pennsylvania. The bootcamp will be held at the Inn at Penn in Philadelphia on October 10 and 11, 2019. Schwab’s address, “Serving Higher Education, A Channel Perspective,” will take place on October 11 at 9:00 a.m. It will focus on Schwab’s professional journey as a technology industry executive for the last 20-plus years, which includes an early role spearheading D&H Distributing’s successful education division.
Dan Schwab is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and sits on the Wharton Executive Graduate Board. He is honored to be returning along with HP, one of D&H’s major manufacturer partners. The event will be attended by approximately 125 solution provider executives from four countries who sell IT into the higher education market. The event will educate these HP partners on the most pertinent and innovative technologies the industry has to bear, and how they stand to revolutionize classroom learning.
In addition to Schwab’s keynote, the event involves prestigious speakers such as Todd Gustafson, HP’s vice president and general manager, US public sector and president of HP Federal; and Nicolaj Sigglekow, professor of management and co-director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and Professor Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences, and author of the New York Times bestseller “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.”
D&H Distributing maintains an emphasis on the higher education and K-12 verticals, and is the largest distributor of technology to the college bookstore market. The company’s offerings include a K-12 VAR “Advisory Board” to engage feedback from the reseller community; ongoing training sessions and tools to help VARs capture new opportunities; and services such as on-site Wi-Fi surveys, asset tagging, and “White Glove” assistance for education VARs.
D&H has promoted trends such as 3-D printing in the classroom, virtual reality headsets and smart phone-based “Google Expeditions” lessons, interactive technologies such as whiteboards, projectors, and displays, and CAD- and STEM-based initiatives. D&H and HP have also lent their support to emerging technology categories such as collegiate eSports, which is generating interest at a brisk pace at the university level.
“In a rapidly evolving marketplace, D&H Distributing and HP want the classrooms of the future to remain as relevant as possible to help ensure a superbly educated global workforce. Technology can help facilitate that. And as a Wharton graduate, my participation as the keynote speaker for this event has special resonance for me,” said D&H’s Dan Schwab. “Solution providers have the unique role of proliferating this innovative equipment throughout university and college environments. We’ve taken the lead as a distributor in delivering a broad base of solutions and services to our reseller customers, whether that’s through 3-D imaging, tablets, next-generation processing, wireless solutions, or high performance notebooks.”
“D&H has long been a valued partner to HP. As experts in delivering technology solutions that enhance higher education learning and engagement, we are excited for Dan and the D&H team to be part of this incredible event,” said Stephanie Dismore, vice president and general manager, Americas channels, HP Inc. “D&H is a leader in bringing HP’s innovation to life in higher education environments, and Dan’s unique perspective on the impact of technology in education is sure to inspire and influence the way solution providers deliver innovation in education, now and in the future.”
“We’re delighted to collaborate on this HP-Penn GSE Higher Education Bootcamp and welcome back distinguished alumnus Dan Schwab to share his expertise,” said Michael Golden, executive director, Catalyst @ Penn GSE, a center for global education innovation at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. “Dan’s long-term success in the IT industry is representative of our work at Catalyst, where we operate at the nexus of education, business, and technology to advance education in novel and meaningful directions.”
“The applications of technology we now see in educational environments is astonishing,” Schwab added. “As an organization, D&H is thrilled to have been an early supporter of these solutions, helping to speed their adoption. It’s an honor to return to the University of Pennsylvania to discuss my journey, along with D&H’s role as a long-time provider of IT in the classroom, exploring how these innovations will continue to transform higher education.”
About D&H Distributing
D&H Distributing believes the most important element of doing business is developing relationships for mutual success, delivering superior engagement experiences to its community of partners and employee co-owners. The company continues to build upon its 100-year-old culture, providing a wealth of partner enablement resources, multi-market expertise, and consultative services. D&H maintains a focus on independent VAR and MSP partners, expanding their competencies in areas such as cloud services, ProAV, collaboration, UCC, mobility, and server networks across a range of markets. Its value proposition includes highly-lauded training opportunities and partner engagement events, dedicated Solutions Specialists, certifications, professional marketing resources, and an expanding digital Cloud Marketplace.
The distributor is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, in the US; and Brampton, Ontario, in Canada with warehouses in Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Fresno, CA; and Vancouver, BC, Canada. Call D&H at (800) 340-1001, visit www.dandh.com, or follow the distributor’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, https://www.facebook.com/DandHDistributing/ and @dandh.