[Fort Lauderdale, FL] – Paul Dippell, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Service Leadership Inc., recently signed on as a featured speaker at this year’s Imaging and Technology Education Exposition (ITEX) 2017. Dippell, a renowned figure in Information Technology (IT) will be sharing his expertise across two sessions focusing on best practices and adding IT based offerings to a solution provider’s portfolio. Both sessions will include solution providers.

The first ITEX session titled “Growing Your Business Profitably with Managed IT Services – Acquire, Build or Partner” and sponsored by Collabrance, LLC, will center on the necessary steps to transition from a Managed Print Services Provider to a Managed Network Provider. It will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m. The session will answer key questions and provide insight on whether to partner with a third party, acquire a separate company or build an IT service program from within. Panelists will include: Erik Braden, Braden Business Systems, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, Preston Woolfolk, DOCUmation, San Antonio, TX, and Greg VanDeWalker with Collabrance, Cedar Rapids, IA. The session is expected to attract Business Solutions Providers (BSPs) facing a decline in print, who wish to expand their business offerings.

The next ITEX session, “Managed IT Best Practices” is geared towards existing Managed IT firms and will highlight lessons learned and what Best in Class Managed IT looks like for the industry. It will also be held on Wednesday, April 19th, but at 2:30 p.m. and is sponsored by GreatAmerica Financial. The session will include an office technology dealer who is successful in Managed IT, Preston Woolfolk of DOCUmation, San Antonio, TX.

“I am truly excited to have someone like Paul present at our show,” said Marc Spring, founder of the ITEX Tradeshow. He continued, “Sessions like the ones Paul will be leading are exactly what we need in this industry. Print has matured and our resellers need to find new ways to profit in the market and Managed IT a natural extension for their business models”

The ITEX tradeshow, which boasts the convergence of Business Print and Managed IT as its theme welcomes a triumphant return to Las Vegas. It will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from April 18th, 2017 – April 20th, 2017. There will be an expected two thousand attendees and hundreds of exhibitors ranging from Managed IT vendors to Office Equipment Manufacturers. For more information about the show, please visit www.itexshow.com.

About Paul Dippell

Paul Dippell, CEO of Service Leadership, Inc., brings more than twenty-five years of experience building, running, acquiring and integrating IT Solutions companies. Mr. Dippell is often a featured speaker at IT Solutions industry events on the topics of successful channel business model strategy and operations.
Prior to founding Service Leadership in 2001, at USBX Advisory Services, a leading mid-market mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, Mr. Dippell established the IT solutions vertical for this new M&A firm and closed its inaugural transaction.

At All Covered, Inc., the largest provider of IT services to small businesses nationwide and a leading consolidator in the sector, Mr. Dippell was Vice President of Mergers, Acquisitions and Integration.  At Xerox Connect (NYSE: XRX), as Vice-President of Managed Services, Mr. Dippell was responsible for serving Fortune 500 customers worldwide with Managed Services. Before Xerox, Mr. Dippell was at CompuCom (NASDAQ: CMPC) for seven years, becoming Vice President of Service Operations Consulting for this multibillion-dollar IT solutions provider.

About Service Leadership Inc.

Service Leadership, Inc. is a leading Solution Provider consultancy firm, and publisher of the Service Leadership Index® of Solution Provider performance, the industry’s broadest and deepest operational and financial diagnostic service. Additionally, Service leadership advises leading global IT manufacturers on channel management and strategies, and SMB and mid-market customer product and services strategies.

About ITEX

ITEX Imaging & Technology Education Exposition is the largest and most extensive national trade show connecting vendors and resellers in the office technology space. Founded by Marc Spring in 2001, ITEX was developed to provide dealers with access to a vendor-agnostic trade show featuring practical education that addresses modern industry solutions to help grow their businesses. As the show grew over the years, it proved to be a huge success—with revenue growing 780 percent between the show’s inception in 2001 and when Spring sold the show in 2009. Spring reacquired the show in 2016. For detailed information visit www.itexshow.com