Rounding out our Q&A with the newest members of the MPSA's executive committee is Treasurer Brian Stevenson.
Q: How long have you been involved in the MPSA and in what role/s?
A: Since 2009! It was a privilege to be one of the founding members that helped support the initial structure and launch of the Association. In the early days of the MPSA, Board Members were segmented by their area of knowledge within the MPSA industry. For me, that has always aligned with the interests of the independent reseller.
Q: What experience do you bring to this role?
A: At my age, it’s now a lot of experience! And hopefully some of it will be relevant and of benefit to our members. I’ve had the experience of growing an MPS company (LaserNetworks) into one of the largest MPS providers in North America, eventually selling to Xerox. Since then, I’ve spent much of the past 5 years supporting independent dealers though my work with the TriMega Association. This has included developing key supplier relationships across our industry – from hardware, parts & supplies, software, outsourced programs, and other key areas of MPS. If you have a question around anything MPS, please don’t hesitate to drop me a note & I’d be happy to provide some thoughts on a partner that should be able to support your efforts.
Q: What changes or opportunities are you seeing in MPS that excite you the most?
A: The leading independent dealers have become very successful in delivering that last mile of support — with greater efficiency and awareness on the key drivers of cost and value. This is leading many of the OEM’s to rethink their Direct MPS models and are now shifting those direct MPS contracts back to the independents. I believe there’s more to come as the OEM’s shift their focus back to the channel.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time when you’re not at work?
A: Living in Canada, we try to take advantage of our four distinct seasons: coaching my daughter's baseball team in the spring; putting the boat in the water and spending our weekends at the cottage throughout the summer; completing a triathlon in the fall; and enjoying the benefits of Après Ski in the winter!