The Cannata Report’s 31st Annual Awards & Charities Dinner to Benefit Hackensack University Medical Center

Hamburg, NJ (October 3, 2016) – The Cannata Report, the leading business technology resource for the office products and workflow solutions independent dealer channel, will host its 31st Awards & Charities Dinner on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey. Proceeds from the Cannata Dinner will benefit the Jackie Ritschel Memorial Endowment for Cancer Research and Treatment at Hackensack University Medical Center. Antonio Pierce, New York Giants Super Bowl XLII champion, will deliver the evening’s keynote presentation. Sponsors of the event include lead sponsor Square 9 Softworks, and Clover Imaging Group and Hytec Dealer Services.

Themed “Brooklyn: a View from the Bridge,” a tribute to The Cannata Report’s founder Frank G. Cannata’s “hometown,” the event kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm followed by a dinner and awards presentation that recognizes industry leaders from the manufacturing, financial, software services and dealer segments of the business technology industry.

“We are pleased to salute our industry each year and are especially gratified that in turn they share our commitment and dedication to the many charitable organizations we have been honored to work with over the years,” said Frank G. Cannata, The Cannata Report‘s founder, CEO and editor-in-chief.

The Jackie Ritschel Memorial Endowment for Cancer Research and Treatment was created to honor Jackie Ritschel who along with her husband Andy owned Electronic Office Systems in Fairfield, New Jersey. To date, the Cannata Dinner has collectively raised $1.7 million for a number of charities nationwide,

“In addition to our own family’s history, we are celebrating Brooklyn this year because it represents a spirit of excellence and innovation, characteristics that drive our brand and that of our industry. The rich diversity of Brooklyn symbolizes transformation and possibility, relevant topics to every single segment of the industry we serve,” said CJ Cannata, EVP and publisher.

Recipients of The Cannata Report’s Awards, known as “the Franks,” are determined by a survey of the independent dealer community. This year’s nominees—announced in advance of the ceremony for the first time in the history of the awards—include:
Best Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Canon); Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta); Ricoh Americas Corporation (Ricoh); Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, Inc. (Sharp).
Best A4 Manufacturer: HP Inc.; KYOCERA America Document Solutions, Inc.; Lexmark International, Inc.; Muratec Americas, Inc. Best-in-Class Manufacturer: Konica Minolta; Muratec; Sharp; Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (Toshiba).
Best-in-Class Manufacturer: Konica Minolta; Muratec; Sharp; Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (Toshiba).
Best Female Executive: Laura Blackmer, Sharp; Kay Du Fernandez, Konica Minolta; Nancy Langdale, Canon; Sue Wilson, Toshiba.
Best Male Executive: Doug Albregts, Sharp; Jim Coriddi, Ricoh; Scott Maccabe, Toshiba; Rick Taylor,
Konica Minolta.
Best Software and Services Provider: ACDI; Square 9 Softworks, Inc.; LMI Solutions, Inc.
Best Leasing Company: De Lage Landon; Everbank; GreatAmerica Financial Services; U.S. Bank.
Best Marketing Strategy: Canon; Konica Minolta; Ricoh; Sharp.
Serving as emcee at the Cannata Dinner is Business Technology Association’s General Counsel Robert Goldberg. Also participating this year are scholars from Seton Hall University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership program who will serve as special hosts.

Furthering the festivities this year, The Cannata Report will host an inaugural Women’s Influencer Brunch on Friday, October 7 at the Westminster Hotel. The brunch, sponsored by Ametek Electronic Systems Protection (ESP), salutes the women showcased in The Cannata Report’s recently published Women’s Influencer issue.

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