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CST-Wallingford Named #118 of 500 of Ingram Micro’s Fastest-Growing SMB Channel Partners in the U.S.

Wallingford, CT – CST-Wallingford was recently informed it was named to the Ingram Micro Top 500 SMB's in the US. The annual list recognizes the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners serving the small and midsize business (SMB) market. Ranked at number 118, CST-Wallingford expanded its business with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world’s largest technology distributor, by more than 62% percent in the past three years.

Channel partners named to this year’s SMB 500 list were identified at Ingram Micro’s inaugural event held in New Orleans. As part of the more than 20,000 U.S. solution providers and MSPs who work with Ingram Micro’s U.S. SMB Business Unit, these top-performing companies achieved a three-year compound growth rate of more than 40%.

Ingram Micro’s annual SMB 500 list is developed in close collaboration with channel research services firm The 2112 Group, Ingram Micro’s Business Intelligence team and U.S. SMB Business Unit. Criteria for selection to the list includes size, overall technology category revenue growth and innovation across SMB engagements.

"Being an SMB integrator and industry partner with Ingram Micro over the last 20 years has truly contributed to our success in Connecticut and throughout New England. Our growth, breadth of products and services and most importantly response to client needs/demand is directly related to having such a close alliance to Ingram", stated Buzz Minickene, Partner of CST-Wallingford.

“The Ingram Micro SMB 500 is representative of solution providers who are focused on business excellence and recognize the value in teaming with Ingram Micro to deliver a superior customer experience and grow their business faster,” says Jamie Ferullo, director of SMB sales, Ingram Micro U.S. “We congratulate this year’s SMB 500 and applaud CST-Wallingford on their continued success”

Performance metrics, trends, best practices and other key findings from the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500 list will be produced by The 2112 Group and noted on the Ingram Micro SMB 500 site: www.im-smb.com/smb500. Additional information and research is available on 2112’s Channelnomics, a news and analysis website dedicated to channel business trends.

“The channel partners who earned a spot on Ingram Micro SMB 500 are growing at rates that are three to four times the channel industry average and well above the channel average for SMB-focused resellers,” says Lawrence M. Walsh, CEO and chief analyst of The 2112 Group. “The SMB 500 shows how consistent execution and collaboration with a technology distributor with broad resources and support mechanisms, such as Ingram Micro, results in accelerated growth performance and business strength.”

A copy of the Ingram Micro SMB 500 list can be found at www.im-smb.com/smb500.

About Ingram Micro Inc.

Ingram Micro is the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving approximately 170 countries on six continents with the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit IngramMicro.com.

About CST-Wallingford, Inc.

CST is an encompassing IT services and solutions integrator that provides small-to-medium sized businesses throughout Connecticut with a complete technology support plan. For over 26 years, CST has grown and evolved to stay at the forefront of the latest technology delivering the best-in-class IT services, help desk, desktop support, security, and network solutions. CST fits within small-medium sized businesses that rely heavily on their day-to-day technology, but don't necessarily want or need a traditional full-time IT staff due to costs associated with recruiting, training, retaining, taxes, turnover and benefits. Visit them at www.cstco.com



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