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Ingram Micro Director of IoT Named One of CRN’s “100 People You Don’t Know But Should”

Eric Hembree Recognized for His Role in Educating and Enabling Channel Partners on the Business Benefits, Service Opportunities and Challenges surrounding IoT Solutions 

Oct. 2, 2019 – BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Ingram Micro Inc. is pleased to announced CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Eric Hembree, Director of IoT for Ingram Micro U.S., one of the IT channel’s “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” for 2019.

In this role, Hembree works across the organization with other division leaders, executive champions, partners and providers to develop, expand and grow Ingram Micro’s U.S. practice and share best practices globally. Among the team’s recent achievements include the successful launch of the Ingram Micro IoT Marketplace and IoT Playbook. Ingram Micro’s IoT team was also chosen as the first to market with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 and remains the only distributor to team with CoreKinect exclusively to offer custom IoT solutions to be built and deployed at scale.

“IoT is a strategic play for Ingram Micro globally, and an area where we are growing fast and seeing an increasing opportunity for our channel partners,” says Kirk Robinson, senior vice president and U.S. Chief Country Executive, Ingram Micro Inc. “Hembree and team have done an incredible job highlighting the business benefits of IoT for our channel partners in the U.S., as well as uncovering the opportunities and addressing the security challenges that accompany smart technology. With a relentless focus on education, enablement and execution, Ingram Micro’s IoT team is doing what we do best—helping our channel partners imagine next, stay ahead of the market and serve as a trusted advisor.”

Over the last year, Ingram Micro’s global IoT business has welcomed more than 30+ different vendor brands to its portfolio of secure by design IoT solutions—helping many to achieve double-digit, year-over-year growth ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent in the first half of 2019. The industry leader has also doubled the size of its global team, and is in the process of hiring more talent worldwide to help channel partners build successful IoT practices and accelerate secure adoption of smart IT solutions and services globally.   

Additionally, last month, Hembree hosted Ingram Micro’s first IoT Summit—marking a significant milestone for the maturation of the IoT industry, and spotlighting Ingram Micro’s growing portfolio of digital transformation services and solutions in the U.S. 

“The 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list spotlights under-the-radar IT executives who provide channel partners with the resources and support they need to succeed,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “We are honored to recognize these individuals in our 100 People You Don't Know But Should list for their exceptional channel contributions.”

The 2019 CRN 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list can be viewed online at Additional coverage will be featured in the October 2019 issue of CRN Magazine.

More about Ingram Micro’s IoT business can be found at Follow Ingram Micro IoT on Twitter at @IMIoT_US and @IngramMicroIOT.

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