IBM Recognizes Top Business Partners For 2000 Financing Sales Performance

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ATLANTA, Georgia - 26 Feb 2001: IBM today announced the recipients of IBM Global Financing's 2000 Leader Recognition awards, presented to those IBM Business Partners worldwide who most effectively used financing to generate stellar business results.

The Financing Leader Recognition Awards were created in 1999 by IBM Global Financing to formally recognize its Business Partners for their significant contributions that year. Key factors in the selection process included: year-over-year financing volume growth, absolute financing volume and increased overall percentage of customer sales financed through IBM Global Financing.

This year, IBM Global Financing is acknowledging 14 Business Partners in the U.S. and Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions with the Financing Leader award for their outstanding business achievements in 2000.

"The performance of these companies is substantial confirmation of how IBM Business Partners can reconstruct their bottom lines by fully utilizing the solid IBM Global Financing business advantage," said Antonio Muttoni, director, marketing and channel, IBM Global Financing. "These Partners set performance records for themselves while providing their customers with accessible, affordable and easy-to-use financing options."

The U.S. Business Partners recognized were Avnet, Inc., i2 Technologies and Sirius Computer Solutions. The Canadian recipients of the Financing Leader award include Glass-House Systems, Inc., J.D. Edwards Canada, Ltd., Microage of Toronto and Mid-Range Computer Group, Inc. Business Partners recognized throughout Europe were AJM (France), Business Computers, Ltd. (UK), Computer Gross Italia (Italy) and PQR Venture (Netherlands). The three IBM Business Partners honored in the Asia-Pacific region include BCAIT (Australia), NIWS Co., Ltd. (Japan) and Volante IT (Australia).

As the largest IT financier in the world, IBM Global Financing offers customers in more than 40 countries leasing and financing solutions for hardware, software and services acquired from IBM and other vendors. With more than $46 billion in annual financing originations in 2000, IBM Global Financing also provides flexible commercial financing for inventory, accounts receivable and acquisitions. In the U.S., IBM Global Financing customers are served by IBM Credit Corporation.

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