Yesterday I was invited by my long-time friend and Apple employee Paul “Pash” Pashibin to a meeting of the Apple Consultants Network that was hosted by Apple retail. Pash used to support the national sales channel and now is a business manager for the four Minnesota Apple Stores (Mall of America, Rosedale, Ridgedale and Southdale). Managers from all of the stores were on hand to introduce themselves and hear ten-minute presentations from local ACN members.
I went with the intent of doing a “test-drive” of ACN to see if 7 Minute Miles, LLC should apply for membership. In order to become a member, I need to pass at least one Apple certification test, obtain business insurance and pay the membership fee ($60 application fee and $395 annually).
Apple currently offers three primary levels of OS X certification:
- Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) 10.6
- Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) 10.6
- Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) 10.6
There are all new classes, training materials and exams for Snow Leopard and currently only the first test is available (the others should be available next month). I think I can pass the first two tests without taking any classes, but I do need to study before plunking down $150 per exam.
I met a number of talented consultants at the meeting, but I was especially pleased to finally meet Charles Edge in person. Charles is the Director of Technology for 318, Inc., author of multiple books, prolific technology blogger at krypted.com and a prominent speaker. Charles had asked to be my friend on Facebook a while back, but I was pretty sure I hadn’t met him before (although we share a number of friends). He recently moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota and we had a very nice conversation after the meeting.
Here are some of the other ACN members who attended:
- Rashan Moore of Digital Coordination
- Clinton Little of Clintron X
- Brian Reichow of Escape Systems Corporation
- Bruce Greenberg of Northbrain
- Jason Hawke of Core Computer Consulting
- Kevin Kourajian from TechCheck LLC in Sartell
- Joe Skelley of Joe’s Tech Support
- Patrick Rhone of Machine Methods Consulting
- Chris Raymond of MacWorks
- Steve and Terri Zeh Jacobson of TechSource IT (and RSB)
- Tim Nyberg of The Mac Guys +
- Chuck Hauge of CPH Solutions
I was impressed by the Apple Store staff who spoke, as well as the ACN members. If I apply for the program, the local Apple Stores would stock my business cards and sell sheets, which I think would be very beneficial for future growth. I could also use the stores for client demos and other presentations. All of this means more business for Apple, so it seems like a win-win to me…Originally published by DK on September 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm