Seattle, WA, March 25, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Professional Options President and CEO Dona Keating was recently named to the SMB 150 Channel Influencers List. The annual contest, which is a collaboration between SMB Nation and SMB Technology Network, produces a list of 150 most-influential SMB members.
Keating joins a group of esteemed colleagues who were chosen during a two-phase voting process. In the initial stage, channel community members voted on 450 nominees at SMB150.com. Following the community vote, a panel of industry experts consisting of Harry Brelsford (SMB Nation), Karl Palachuk (Great Little Book Publishing Co., Inc.), Josh Peterson (MSP Score), Dave Seibert (IT Innovators) and Dan Wensley (Level Platforms) evaluated each nominee based on a pre-established rubric. The community vote accounted for 40 percent of each nominee's overall rating, with the expert panel's decision contributing the remaining 60 percent.
"Building Professional Options has been one of the most rewarding challenges of my life," Keating said. "I'm thankful to my colleagues, partners and clients for recognizing its success, along with everyone involved with making the company what it is today."
In addition to leading a successful global consulting practice, Keating was a founding member and president of West Sound Technology Association (WSTA). Under her leadership, the organization experienced significant growth in membership, sponsors, reach and strategic partnerships across the region, state and nation. Keating has tirelessly advocated for technology innovation, economic and workforce development, education and entrepreneurship - and made a tremendous impact in the region and the United States as former chair of the region's High Tech Committee for Kitsap 20/20 Regional Action Plan, chair of the Subcommittee on Private Sector Last Mile Solutions for Kitsap Economic Development Alliance and co-chair of Kitsap Regional Telecommunications Committee (which led to broadband up and down the county).