The Dell EMC Heroes Program was launched at Dell EMC World 2017. The program is designed to create a technical community between Dell EMC Systems Engineers and our Partners Systems Engineers globally. The Heroes Program is all about you, our partners and connecting you with the latest information on our products, solutions and technologies. Attend Quarterly Heroes Exchange events featuring the latest details on product features, roadmaps, and a solution showcase in your area. Other offerings include a Semi-annual Partner Technology Advisory Board and Annual Partner CTO Summit, the Heroes Program is designed to enable you our partners to fully understand the scope of Dell Technologies and Dell EMC solutions.I sat down with Patti Moy, Director Dell EMC Heroes Program, to get a mid-year update on the program and what to expect leading into Dell Technologies World and the Global Partner Conference. Patti talked about a holistic approach to Data Center Design, not just storage, not just servers but everything in the Data Center.If you’re a Dell EMC Partner, you can learn more about the Heroes Program on the Partner Portal, from your local Partner SE or by dropping a note to [email protected]; there is also a LinkedIn community hereGet Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (Jan. 9) – 141 Speedway promoters Toby Kruse, Dan Ratajczak and Scott Ratajczak are back on the ballot for the Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award given by Racing Promotion Monthly.They were nominated from RPM’s Northern Region for the second consecutive year. A Saturday night venue, 141 sanctions its Modified, Stock Car, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact divisions with IMCA.“It’s almost overwhelming because your peers nominate you for this award. You take a minute to reflect and realize how fortunate you are,” Kruse said. “Being nominated is pretty darn exciting. It makes all the miles and hours worth it.”“We averaged 141 cars a week in 2016. That’s a real testament to our goal of making this track bigger and better every year,” added Kruse, “and we’re not done, that’s for sure.”Dan Ratajczak was a long-time IMCA Modified driver and Scott was his crew chief. This is their second ARPY nomination and the third for Kruse, who also promotes Marshalltown Speedway.The Ratajczaks have promoted 141 with Kruse since 2014. Their major project for the upcoming season is upgraded front stretch lighting.“My brother called me this morning, left a message and told me we’d been nominated (for the ARPY) for the second year in a row. That’s huge,” Dan Ratajczak said. “Scott, Toby and I all want to make this track better and when we can do that, we just get it done.”“The money we’ve made the last couple years we put back into the track,” he continued. “New fencing, a new PA, new clay, new roofs on buildings, new lighting … stuff a lot of people don’t think about but when we make up our mind about it we get it done.”The 41st Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will be announced during RPM’s annual national workshops in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 20. The award is sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway.“Our association with 141 has been extremely good over the years,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “This nomination is fitting and well deserved.”
A nearly $92 billion state budget was finalized Saturday, with Florida House and Senate negotiators reaching Gov. Ron DeSantis’ teacher pay goal.They also added $300 million to reserves in order to deal with the coronavirus.The House and Senate ended work on all other bills last Friday.A key number in the budget is $500 million for raising base teacher salaries to $47,500, which is the level DeSantis has been seeking.In terms of spending on coronavirus, Senate budget chair Rob Bradley says, “When the (governor’s) proposal was made, we did not have the situation we have in our state and in the country and the world. We make decisions based on the realities that are facing us.”Fedrick Ingram, president of the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, opines that the the $47,500 salary level is an “aspirational goal,” based on the funding level.He adds that the increase is an “important down payment in what must be a multi-year investment.”With coronavirus threatening to reduce state tax collections as tourism and overall consumer spending drops, officials reduced spending on other programs to come up with the extra $300 million, bringing the state’s overall reserves to $3.8 billion.The state will also be receiving $27 million in federal aid to combat the virus.Lawmakers hope to publish the budget by Sunday night, starting the constitutionally required 72-hour waiting period before a final vote can be taken.A budget vote to end the 2020 legislative session will likely take place this Thursday.The budget is set to take effect July 1.