Xerocon USA 2013 wrap-up & award winners (+ pics)
After the Xerocon USA 2013 wrap-up, we had 2 more great events with Partners – the Gala Awards Dinner and an exclusive eye-in-the sky viewing of the 1st America’s Cup yacht race.
Gala Awards Dinner
To celebrate the support and achievement of some outstanding Xero Partners during the 18 months we’ve been going in the US, we hosted a gala dinner and presented awards. The evening was held in the very unique and stunning Waka Maori on the Emirates Team New Zealand base.
Xerocon US 2013 Award Winners:
The winners of this years awards have shown leadership in both the accounting industry as well as will cloud technology. We are humbled to be a part of such a forward-looking community of advisors and technology leaders. A big thanks to the Awards Committee who helped us choose the winners: Greg LaFollette, Jason Blumer, Joe Woodard, Jim Bourke, Damien Greathead and Michelle Golden.
Fastest Growing Partner: Harshman Phillips & Company
Awarded to the partner that has grown their practice the fastest over the last year, Harshman Phillips & Company is a Xero Gold Partner based in Atlanta and has recently opened up an office in San Francisco. They continue to add Xero customers at a dizzying pace with no signs of relent.
Marketing Innovation: Advisor
Awarded to the partner that showed leadership and innovation with the marketing their practice. Whether online or offline, this firm has been creative in their efforts to get the word out about Xero and their firm. Advisor stepped into new territory with a first-ever Xero/Advisor ping-pong tournament last month inviting startups across the Bay area.
Emerging Add-on Partner: Stitch Labs
Awarded to the Xero add-on partner that shows most promising growth from an add-on. Stitch Labs is quickly becoming a favorite among Xero customers with its inventory and multi-channel management capabilities. Both Jake Gasaway and Brandon Levey have spent inumerable hours listening to Xero customers and optimizing the integration as well as their service to make inventory and accounting easy.
Bookkeeping Partner of the Year: Lucid Books
Awarded to the bookkeeping partner that shows leadership and growth. Lucid Books was an early evangelist of Xero and is now defining bookkeeping in the world of SaaS. By productizing his offering moving to bundled services, Lucid Books has been able to see some of the best profitability metrics we’ve seen.
Add-on Partner of the Year: Harvest
Awarded to the add-on partner that has demonstrated a high-level of customer satisfaction and commercial success taking into consideration product and service improvements in areas such as customer care, design quality, functionality and technical innovation. Harvest has proven to be a major player with a beautifully designed time-tracking and invoicing leading the charge in the small business SaaS space.
Xero MVP: L.Gary Boomer
Awarded to the individual that has provided support, advice, and general advocacy over the past year. Gary has been instrumental in providing feedback on market approach and product development for over two years now. His knowledge and vision of where the accounting profession is headed is second to none. He’s been a big part of our early journey in the US and was also an instrumental member of the Xero Partner Advisory Council (XPAC).
Accounting Partner of the Year: Chaney & Associates
Last but not least, this award goes to the accounting partner with an outstanding approach to cloud technology and accounting. Steve Chaney has been exemplary in with his firm and is now heavily sought after by firms across the US in how to set up a cloud practice.
Congratulations to all our award winners! Fantastic showing by all.
America’s Cup sky-box
To finish off an awesome week, Xero hosted an event for the very first race of sport’s oldest international competition–the America’s Cup. The event pitted challenger New Zealand (Team Emirates) against USA (Team Oracle). New Zealand came out on top and now leads the races 3-1.
Thanks again to all that attended over the course of the week. We had a fantastic time seeing you all and truly feel like we are at the end of the beginning in the US. We couldn’t have gotten this far without all your incredible enthusiasm for what we are doing.
See you all at Xerocon 2014…it’s going to be HUGE!
More photos on Flickr in the Xerocon San Francisco 2013 album.