Focus Computers’ Rod Sinclair could be a millionaire by next month.
He is one of seven New Zealand reseller winners of Lenovo’s Legends competition, chosen to fly to China and participate in a game of chance to decide if there is a million dollar winner.
Sinclair says it was a nervous run to the finish line after Focus Computers hit the leaderboard late last year. “I was hoping we would stay there, it only takes someone to stop you by closing a really big deal.”
He says he is looking forward to visiting China as he hasn’t been before and wants to see Lenovo PCs being manufactured.
Competitors in Lenovo Legends, launched a year ago to grow the vendor’s trans-Tasman reseller base, accumulated points from sales of Lenovo-specified products and by completing knowledge tests and attending vendor events. Bonus boxes – products that qualify a reseller for prizes – and points auctions were also on offer to competitors.
Seven Lenovo partners from New Zealand will travel to Beijing in May including representives from Aiscorp, JDI, IT Wholesale and Ingram Micro. Thirty-six Australian resellers will also make the trip, which involves a visit to Lenovo’s innovation centre.
Overall, 181 staff from 96 New Zealand reseller and distributor organisations took part in the incentive scheme.
David Nicol, director of Lenovo’s SME and consumer business unit for Australia and New Zealand, says the scheme was effective in keeping Lenovo top of mind among resellers and distributors. “It’s the communication associated with the programme. Participants are keen to find out how many points they’ve got, what they can buy and where they are on the leaderboard.”
He says he phoned about half of the 42 winners in Australia in New Zealand to tell them they had won the trip.
A new Legends programme will be launched next month.