Today, November 15, 2011, as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Ingram Micro’s IPO, members of the company’s worldwide executive team commemorated the milestone by ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
Ingram Micro’s executive team has many great memories of our company, so we asked some of them to share their fondest memories of the past 15 years (and longer in some cases).
As always, you’re encouraged to share some of your own comments with us — especially your thoughts, experiences and memories about Ingram Micro and the IT industry over the past 15 years. We’d love to hear from you.
What is your favorite story or fondest memory of your time at Ingram Micro?
“The CIO 100 Innovation Award for the business – Information Systems teams work in developing its first cloud computing platform. It was not the complexity of the build or sophistication of the IT solution but the association of Ingram Micro to innovation in a broad industry context.” – Mario Leone, Chief Information Officer, Ingram Micro Inc.
“At Ingram Micro India, we are accustomed to receiving recognition from our vendor partners for outstanding performance in our region. However, until recently, we had never received an award for the best distribution partner worldwide, for any of our vendors. Imagine our elation when earlier this year, we were informed by Microsoft that we were being awarded the “Authorized Distributor Partner of the Year 2011,” an award that recognizes the distributor who made the most significant contribution to Microsoft business, worldwide!
I cannot describe the pride I felt when I walked onto the stage at the Microsoft WPC event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., to collect this award. I was proud of my team in India that delivered this outstanding performance and I will cherish this memory for a long time to come.” – Krishnan Jaishankar, Managing Director, Ingram Micro India
“My fondest memory is centered on the 10th anniversary of the company’s initial public offering, which occurred five years ago. A group of us had the privilege of ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange. That, alone, was exciting enough — but what made this event particularly special was it with the company’s longest-tenured associate, Donato Garcia, who was the appointed bell-ringer.
Donato had been with the company for more than 25 years, working in our first warehouse before the company was even Ingram Micro. The head of the NYSE gave Donato instructions on how to ring the bell, emphasizing that he must wait for exactly the right second, ending with, “Don’t worry – only a few million people around the world are watching you.” As you can imagine that made Donato extremely nervous, but when the bell rang strong and on time, he was beaming!” – Ria Carlson, Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Management
“I’m very proud of the way our team performed during two major projects we conducted in 2004 and 2005, when we worked together with experts from Ingram Micro worldwide and systematically brought global operational best practices to China. The project has proved a great success not only in terms of process improvement, but also continuous momentum for business growth ever since 2005.” – Frank Zhang, Managing Director, Ingram Micro China Group
“My fondest memory is of the night before we closed the Nimax acquisition in 2004. I was talking with [North America President] Keith Bradley, and we both felt it would be an interesting ride into the AIDC/POS market, given the experience we had leading up to the close. There were some challenges getting things right at the beginning, but it was worth it to start the process of getting to our current position with a global business in this market.” – John Soumbasakis, President, Ingram Micro Latin America
“My fondest memories involve, really, any associate event where we come together to celebrate something. It could be our annual Halloween event or watching the World Cup on the big screen in the cafeteria, etc. When I look back, it’s the people I remember and the stories we make and share together.” – Keith Bradley, President, Ingram Micro North America
“I’ll always remember the day we went public following the many months of hard work and anticipation that all came to fruition. I remember turning on the TV at the opening bell and watching our stock trade for the first time. There was lots of excitement from our customers and vendor partners and most importantly, our Ingram Micro associates. Exciting times!” – Paul Bay, Executive Vice President, Ingram Micro North America