Westcon Group Marks 10th Anniversary of its E-Rate Express Program with Training Event Featuring Top Program Administrator

Tarrytown, NY, October 23, 2007 - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced that it will be holding a very special Teletrack event on November 7th to mark the 10th anniversary of the Westcon Group E-Rate Express program. The annual event, which hosted over 400 reseller participants last year, will feature guest speaker Mel Blackwell, vice president, schools and libraries division, Universal Service Administrative Company. Mr. Blackburn is the Federal Government’s top ranking administrator for the E-Rate grant program.

The Teletrack, which is open to all Westcon Group resellers, will provide insight on the Federal Grant program that supplies Internet and telephony equipment to schools and libraries nationwide. Westcon Group is a leading provider of solutions for the education market, having helped resellers sell over $1 billion to schools since the inception of its ‘Smarter Edge’ program 11 years ago.

Ronald Sheps, Westcon’s vertical market solutions manager, commented: “The E-Rate Express Program and Westcon Group’s Smarter Edge program have played a fundamental role in helping solution providers take advantage of opportunities in education over the last decade. This Teletrack will help our resellers understand how to uncover grants and identify leads that will ultimately increase their business.”

Don Reigel, executive director of sales for Xeta Technologies, an Oklahoma-based national reseller, added: “Westcon has been committed to our success in education from the very beginning. The combination of its SmarterEdge program, generous financing terms and solutions programs such as ConvergencePoint has been pivitol in helping us differentiate ourselves in the market while creating new opportunities.”

Chuck Thropp, chief financial officer of Westcon Group North America, Inc. added: “We are pleased with the success our solutions providers have had over the years with the E-Rate Express Program and the Westcon Group’s Smarter Edge program. Our E-Rate financing options have allowed our customers to finance educational market opportunities with minimal impact on their cash flow.”

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, convergence and mobility for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel and Avaya, Inc. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit



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