Challenging the shifting circumstances of a disrupted industry, Azione Unlimited President Richard Glikes recently hosted the group’s first Virtual Vendor Cocktail Party, connecting nearly every all of Azione Unlimited vendors and providing updates to all of the initiatives happening in the organization.
“It was a moment to just stop, take a deep breath, and communicate with all of our vendor members in an open conversation,” said Glikes in a statement. “In times like this, communication is the most critical component to success. I take a lot of pride in creating open dialogue with our vendors and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to capture everyone’s attention in a constructive format and connect with our vendors.”
During the meeting, Glikes showcased all the efforts Azione Unlimited has produced to support both dealer and vendor members over the past three weeks, including 14 webinars, a series of upcoming vendor-led virtual panels, and a dealer-focused marketing campaign.
“Great to see you and the work you’re doing for our dealers,” said Access Networks Sales Manager Michael Williams in an email response to the virtual cocktail party. “I enjoyed the cocktail hour and hearing about everything that’s going on. Times are strange, but things like this help to keep us connected and feel normal during this time of distance.”
In addition to the recent virtual vendor cocktail party, Azione Unlimited has hosted 14 webinars over the past three weeks, bringing in professionals and members to advise on a series of topics, some which included:
- Plan, Don’t Panic: Wellness, Marketing, and Other Ideas to Keep Business Strong with Pure Wellness
- Navigating the $2T Stimulus Plan with Morgan Stanley
- CARES and PPL Advice for Small Businesses with Florida-based law firm Stearns Weaver & Miller
- Buying Nuances & Strategies for Challenging Times with Richard Glikes
- COVID-19 & Economic Downturn: A Business Guide for Integrators with Brad Whitehead of VX Strategies
- Cashflow Forecasting: How to Gain Certainty in Uncertain Times with financial advisors Kristina Drona and James Wells of Estemere
“The impact of the pandemic has been like a car crash – happening suddenly with many caught in the traffic jam,” said Glikes in a statement. “As a service organization, we immediately shifted our efforts into supporting dealers and vendors with business-focused webinars. The result has launched 14 webinars over the past three weeks, with another dozen in the works, covering everything from marketing to navigating loans. We are actively monitoring the needs of our dealers and providing timely resources to ensure every member is supported.”
With attendance at an all-time-high, Azione Unlimited dealers have noted in both slack channels and emails that these webinars have been critical to the success of their business.
“I wanted to thank you and your staff for your level of proactivity during this exceptionally challenging time,” said Andy Willcox of New Box Solutions in California in a statement. “No one has ever experienced anything like this in any of our lifetimes and hopefully will never again. Your series of webinars and presentations are valuable and also help remind us that there is life, albeit a new horizon, to look forward to in the near future. Again….thank you!”
“Thanks so much for hosting these webinars. There’s nothing better than knowledge and strength in numbers when dealing with circumstances, seemingly beyond our control,” added Ralph Scrofani of Intrahome in New Jersey in a statement. “It’s a scary time for all of us, and it’s easy to give in to despair when watching everything you have worked so hard for, be at such risk. The information provided in the webinars you have put together is extremely helpful and quite possibly could mean the difference between surviving and thriving or potential bankruptcy. ”
About Azione Unlimited
Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The organization helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Learn more at AzioneUnlimited.com.