Laurie Benson, CEO of Inacom Information Systems, Named One of the Most Powerful Women in the Technology Channel

Madison, WI, July 30, 2007 – Inacom Information Systems today announced that Laurie Benson, CEO, was named one of the most powerful women in the technology channel by CMP Channel’s VARBusiness Magazine, the leading source of channel intelligence and strategic insight for IT Solution Providers. The “Power 50 Women of the Channel” were chosen by the editors of the magazine based on their achievements as executives and the amount of influence they wield over the technology channel.

The second annual VARBusiness Power 50 Women of the Channel awards honor the female executives making the biggest impact in the IT channel.  The list celebrates outstanding female leaders and role models for other women in the traditionally male-dominated IT industry.

As CEO of Inacom Information Systems, Benson has helped the business grow into a $65 million solution provider. She’s also tapping her experience growing businesses to build out the “Make Mine a Million $ Business Program,” an initiative that provides financing, mentoring, marketing and technologies to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

“Successful channel partner programs are made so through the dedication of the channel executives who oversee them. The CMP Channel is proud to honor those women whose commitment to the channel has improved the profitability of their solution provider partners,” said Robert C. DeMarzo, vice president and editorial director, CMP Channel.


The Power 50 Women of the Channel were chosen by CMP Channel editors who combed through a large number of candidates in order to identify the most outstanding and influential female channel executives.

In response to this distinction, Laurie Benson said, “It is an honor and a privilege to collaborate with many of these technology leaders on national efforts to advance our industry; always with the same goal…how to best serve our clients.”

The Power 50 Women of the Channel is the cornerstone of a new social networking initiative by VARBusiness. The magazine also launched a Web site dedicated solely business and career issues of women working in the IT product and services channel. For more about the Women of the Channel Web site, visit

About Inacom Information Systems
Inacom Information Systems is a Wisconsin based business solutions provider specializing in Technology Consulting, Education, and Procurement. Inacom is headquartered in Madison, with offices in Appleton and Brookfield, WI.

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