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Events

We’d love the opportunity to meet you and learn more about your business. That’s why we host events and attend conferences all around the country. Take a look through our list of upcoming events to find out where you can meet us next. Then join in the fun by signing up for one of our seminars, lunches, or conferences in your area.


Upcoming Events & Registration Details

St. Paul Saints Baseball Game
August 23, 2017 and August 31, 2017
St. Paul, MN
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NCLGISA Fall Symposium
October 25-27, 2017
Asheville, NC
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The Justice League Movie Premiere
November 17, 2017
Omaha, NE
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Media Hype

We work with a lot of brilliant minds. And that creates a lot of media buzz. Take a look at our recent news stories and press releases.


Davenport Group Named to 2017 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

St. Paul, MN - August 8, 2017 

“To be recognized by CRN is truly an honor,” said Sonia St. Charles, CEO, Davenport Group.  “This is a confirmation of the commitment we have made to our customers and how we develop innovative solutions together."

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Davenport Group welcomes Alex Bauer, new Vice President of Engineering and Operations

St. Paul, MN - August 1, 2017 

“We are looking to expand our portfolio of service offerings as we continue to grow the company,” said Sonia St. Charles, Chief Executive Officer of Davenport Group. “Alex’s proven record of driving superior business results and leading transformations make him the absolute right fit for this role. We are more than pleased to welcome him to Davenport Group.”

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Sonia St. Charles on Trusting Your Instincts and the Myth of the Work-Life Balance 

CRN - May 23, 2017 - By Matt Brown

Sonia St. Charles grew up in a central Tennessee town so small that its residents were outnumbered by her first class at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. From there, though, St. Charles held a series of executive positions in human resources at companies like Deluxe Corp. and Paper Direct, and ran her own consulting firm before founding St. Paul, Minn.-based Davenport Group in 2001 with her husband, Paul Clifford.

The decision to form Davenport came from the couple's desire to get away from the constant travel their former jobs required, and St. Charles' desire to take ownership of her career. 'I was very successful in HR, but I got frustrated because I was executing other people's ideas. Davenport has been my petri dish of doing it the way I want to and seeing what the impact is.' "

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Dell North America Sales Chief: 'Winning in Both Consumer and Commercial PCs' is Key' 

CRN - May 10, 2017 - By Matt Brown

" 'We're data center focused, but last year our No. 1 product was client,' St. Charles said. 'We don't lead with client ever, but when a customer says, "Hey, can we buy our laptops from you?" We want them to keep thinking of us for that purchasing cycle. It's good for us, it's good for them, and it's become a significant part of our business.' "

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Partners Marketing Push: Dell EMC Arms Partners with New MDF Resources 

CRN - May 9, 2017 - By Matt Brown

" 'It's huge,' said Sonia St. Charles, CEO of Davenport Group, a national solution provider based in St. Paul, Minn. 'By putting all of this into one place with quite a bit of collateral materials and resources, it makes it much easier for partners to go and find. It's a really smart strategy.' The institute 'allows you to tap into their knowledge and really understand what best practices are,' she said. 'Whether it's me or a millennial, we all come at it very differently. It's good to have a standard approach to how we go about social media and get the benefit of Dell's experience over the years.' "

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Michael Dell to Partners: "Enormous Cross-Selling Opportunities for You"

CRN - May 8, 2017 - By Matt Brown

" 'We're getting a lot of positive traction right now cross-selling, Johnson said.  The opportunity to start introducing products like Isilon, or Unity, that's where we are seeing the largest opportunity. Over the years, we've had the opportunity to bring on a lot of net-new clients. What this acquisition has meant for us is the ability to go back in and have a whole new discussion with them. That for us is a major, major push to stay with those clients and to introduce them to the EMC portfolio. It's about making sure our customers are aware of the breadth of services and products the organization brings together. "

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Partners: Dell EMC Program Is A Channel Game-Changer, Puts Heat on Cisco, HPE

CRN - February 8, 2017 - By Matt Brown

" Sonia St. Charles, CEO of the Davenport Group, a St. Paul, Minn.-based solution provider that sits on the vendor's partner advisory board, said she sees only upside to the new program even for smaller partners like Davenport Group. 'We hadn't anticipated that the rebate program would be nearly this rich, and I hadn't conceived that they'd be able to level the playing field between a company my size and a much larger EMC solution provider.' " 

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Dell EMC Launches Historic New Integrated Partner Program

Dell EMC - February 8, 2017 - Julie Quattro
" 'The Dell EMC partner program is a win-win for partners and allows us to continue to focus on growing our business', said Sonia St. Charles, CEO, Davenport Group. 'The transparency and accessibility to a host of products and services focused all around the data center allows us to address multiple customer challenges and increases our earning potential with multiple paths to achieve tier status.' "

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Dell EMC Channel Unification Effort Gets Under Way

The Channel Insider - February 8, 2017 - By Mike Vizard
"Nevertheless, Dell EMC has included provisions in its program that make it easier for smaller partners to participate at higher levels of the channel program if they sell Dell EMC technologies exclusively.

'We were pleasantly surprised by that, said Sonia St. Charles, CEO of the Davenport Group. We think there is a huge opportunity for Dell EMC in the market.' "

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Simple. Predictable. Profitable. New Dell EMC Partner Program

Dell EMC - February 8, 2017 - By Laura Pevehouse
" 'The great thing is that it will not change our day-to-day operations. We will continue to focus on adding net new customers and helping our existing customers enable their businesses with great technology knowing that Dell EMC has our back,' said Sonia St. Charles, CEO, Davenport Group.  "

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Dell EMC Partner Program Officially Launches with Aggressive Incentives

The Var Guy - February 8, 2017 - By Kris Blackmon
" The new program lives up to its marketing promises of being simple, predictable and profitable. A Dell partner since 2008, St. Charles said that while the previous Dell program was very robust and generously rewarded sales activity focused on their storage, server and network products, its level of complexity was frustrating. 'It was difficult to accurately predict your rebate level, she said. Dell EMC did a great job of listening to their channel partners and designing a program that addressed all of our concerns.' " 

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CRN Exclusive: Dell EMC Commits $150M to Incentives, Stresses New Business, Exclusivity in New Program

CRN - January 24, 2017 - By Matt Brown

" 'What we heard this morning was positive – a positive move toward leveling the playing field. Overall, I'm optimistic," St. Charles said. 'My concern is that this will be good for EMC partners and not have so much impact on the Dell partners. The size of partners that have come over from EMC versus traditional Dell, the math doesn't come out in our favor. It's going to be in the details. ' "

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Honors and Accolades

Our innovative IT solutions and our commitment to our customers have earned us some awards over the years. We’re proud of our achievements, but we’re most proud of what customers just like you are able to accomplish with new technology. Click below to check out some of the honors and accolades we’re received in recent articles written about Davenport Group and our valued customers. 


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Davenport Group Experts

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  • Security
  • End User
  • Cloud
  • Application Management

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