In what will be viewed by many in the channel as a shock, long time Ingram Micro Canada executive
Mike Gazdic has been given his walking papers by the distributor, according to one outside source with knowledge of the situation.
CDN has been unable to get confirmation of Gazdic’s departure from the distributor. Ingram Micro Canada’s media relations staff told CDN that they can neither confirm nor deny that this move was made by the subsidiary. A press release will be issued tomorrow to address this situation, and CDN has been promised a copy.
A call has been placed to Mark Snider, the GM of Ingram Micro, to get his comments on the matter.
To say that Gazdic was well liked in the industry and channel community is an understatement. I would go as far as to say he was adored. Mike made time for everybody. Every vendor and every solution provider that mattered in the Canadian IT industry knew of Mike and the great work he had done for them.
For him, it was all about building relationships, and through these partnerships he was able to grow Ingram Micro Canada’s business greatly along with vendor business and channel business — the holy trifecta of business success.
Gazdic epitomized hard work, family values and friendships. His approach was based on the team concept he learned from playing hockey. Gazdic, as they say, had a cup of coffee in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, but his real success came in the channel.
His former boss Martin Kalsbeek, when told of the situation, said it was too bad and that Gazdic will clearly land on his feet because of all of the great friendships he has.
I too am very sad to see him leave Ingram Canada, if that is the case. Gazdic always had time for CDN. Whenever I saw Mike he always had a big smile on his face. He always enjoyed talking about his kids and would always ask about mine. He loved talking about hockey, but he also has a passion for this industry.
I know he will land a new job. I have no doubt about that, but I hope it is with a distributor because Gazdic is excellent at conveying vendor messages.
Whatever the news is tomorrow I wish Mike the best of luck.
A lot of quick hits before I go:
Jeannine Edwards is joining ConnectWise as director of business services.
Former Cisco executive Reza Mahdavi will now be the president of Ipanema Technologies.
And Altair Engineering Inc. appointed Jean-Pierre Roux as president of Altair Canada. Roux replaces Robert Little who became the president of SolidThinking Inc.