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Xerocon USA 2013 wrap-up & award winners (+ pics)

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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 awards dinner

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.

Ian Vacin and Jamie Sutherland present an award

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.

Jamie Sutherland and Ian Vacin present an award

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.

Stitch Labs accepts an award

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.

Lucid Books accepts an award from Xero employees Jamie, Rod and Ian

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.

Jamie Sutherland, Rod Drury and Ian Vacin present Harvest with award

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).

Award accepted on stage by L.Gary Boomer

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.

Xero presents Chaney & Associates with an award

Congratulations to all our award winners! Fantastic showing by all.

America’s Cup sky-box

America's Cup skybox at Xero

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.

America's cup boats in the harbour

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.


September 10, 2013 at 4.09 pm

NZ Taxpayers $37 million funding of the America’s Cup challenge was worth it if just for this. The platform to showcase NZ Technology in the home of Technology and build relationships. The racing is a brilliant format too.
Hopefully the Americans just win the series so Kiwis have another good excuse to travel to San Francisco!

Gayle Buchanan
September 10, 2013 at 7.45 pm

wow – Iain and Jamie, done the kiwis proud – thank you xx

Mike Block CPA
September 13, 2013 at 8.20 am

The Xerocon US 2013 Award Winners show why should now expect a 500%+ annual increase in U.S. Xero users. Having Greg LaFollette and Joe Woodard on the Xero Awards Committee was brilliant. Greg is director of product strategy at CPA2Biz, which means director of product strategy for the entire American Institute of CPAs. Joe has long had a top QuickBooks consulting practice and one of the best shows for teaching QuickBooks to large numbers of QuickBooks users and CPAs.

Giving Gary Boomer the MVP award also was very appropriate. I already blogged about his company consulting for 70% of the top 100 CPA firms and how enthusiastic he was about Xero. I also spoke to Doug Sleeter at Xerocon. Doug has long had the biggest QuickBooks show for teaching QuickBooks CPAs, plus many very important QuickBooks publications. However, he also recently had Greg Lam write a FIFTEEN PART COMPARISON of cloud accounting programs. This clearly showed that Xero was far better than QuickBooks Online, though Greg did not say (as I have long done) that I would rather spend an hour at the dentist than an hour using QuickBooks Online.

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