2022 has brought on a mix of live events, digital events, and hybrid events across the world, as people are anxious to get back together.  With the industry booming, and MSP’s wanting training, education, and networking,  events are the place to be.  Harry Brelsford of SMB Nation sits down with Bob Coppedge of Simplex-IT to discuss events in the  industry.

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Harry Brelsford 

A nation nation. We’re back with Bob, how you doing? Bob?

Bob Coppedge 

None of your business? Oh, I’m fine, fine.

Harry Brelsford 

Hey, if you’re getting out and about, again, a topic we haven’t covered was you went to Denver for PAX8. Tell Tell me about it. I

Bob Coppedge 

haven’t covered that one. Yeah. And actually, I may be betraying Preston confidence is not I think. So, tax aid, which is, you know, they’re a reseller of the services and all that kind of thing. But they’re, they’re very big on the training and very big on the educational services and all that kind of fun stuff, which has always appealed to me. They basically are putting together some events, both in person and virtual, that really talks about taking the product. In this case, it was Microsoft 365, and upping the security standards that we can deliver to our clients. Because at the end of the day, if all we’re doing is just reselling the product, we’re just value added resellers, we’re middlemen. And it was led by Matt Lee. And Matt is beating me head over heels in terms of the beard growing contest. But above the ears, not between the ears, but above the ears, I’m beating the beating amount in the hair growing contest. So he had some other guys lead this, it was really kind of a neat dive into a lot of the Microsoft 365 security capabilities that are there that a lot of us, not me, of course, I know everything. But a lot of managed service providers don’t quite understand exactly what the best practices are. So it was kind of cool to go over that for a day.

Harry Brelsford 

Yeah. Yeah. And did you did you extend your stay in Denver? Did you have a fluffed day or were you just get it out?

Bob Coppedge 

I don’t love days. I really don’t. I got I got hosed by the the airline because I fly cheap. And they actually canceled my my nonstop trip. First thing in the morning. I ended up spending six hours in Raleigh Durham and Raleigh Durham actually the city that area itself was actually really cool. It was a lot of activity going on a lot of growth there. Airport, however, does not have as much to to suggest itself to folks. So don’t use an airport.

Harry Brelsford 

Yeah, yeah. I recently, over the Easter weekend had occasion to go up to Kansas City long story. But that Kansas City Airport is disgusting. They’re they’re building a new concourse, but that that thing was subpar. Let me tell you.

Bob Coppedge 

So yeah, but actually, we’ve been doing a lot more of the we’ve had some local events that we’ve been doing, whether it be sponsoring we’re working with or what are the like, and that’s actually kept my traveling down. Yeah, lately, so.

Harry Brelsford 

All right, my friend. We’ll we’ll catch you next quarter. Thanks for giving us an update.

Bob Coppedge 

Sounds good. Take care. All right.