Iconic artist Susan Kare and award-winning journalist Robert Faletra honored for contributions to industry



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Two New Members Elected to IT Hall of Fame

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An

iconic artist whose work is instantly recognizable to computer users

everywhere and an award-winning journalist whose unique voice has been

part of the information technology (IT) industry for more than two

decades and are the newest members of the IT Hall of Fame.

Susan Kare, designer of many typefaces, icons and marketing material

for the original Macintosh operating system; and Robert Faletra, chief

executive officer of The Channel Company, are the IT Hall of Fame

inductees for 2014.

The announcement was made today by CompTIA, the non-profit trade

association for the IT industry and administrator of the IT Hall of

Fame. Kare and Faletra will be honored at the CompTIA Annual Member

MeetingApril 1-3 in San Diego.

The IT Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding

contributions or provided outstanding service to the IT channel; and

individuals responsible for outstanding technology innovations.

Kare was elected to the IT Innovator Wing for her work with Apple

Computer; specifically, the breakthrough introduction of the Apple

Macintosh in 1984. The Mac's graphical user interface shielded users

from command line interactions and opened the door to new applications

on the desktop.

"The person responsible for both the computer's icon fonts and for its

visual elements was artist Susan Kare," the IT Hall of Fame selection

committee stated. "The Geneva font; the white screen of the original

Macintosh; the Apple command key icon; and original virtual deck

imagery for Windows Solitaire and many more visual elements created by

Kare live on today."

Faletra was elected to the IT Channel Wing of the Hall of Fame. During

his journalism career he served many editorial roles - reporter,

editor and publisher - at CRN, the largest and most influential

channel media property in North America.

"Bob has been a tireless advocate for the channel," the selection

committee noted. "In addition to having huge pro-channel influence

with the leaders in the vendor community, he consistently has led the

efforts to provide the channel with the knowledge, education and tools

to be successful. Solution providers have been able to utilize the

resources provided by Bob and his team to help effectively manage and

grow their business."

The 2014 IT Hall of Fame Selection Committee judges were Jane Cage,

chief operating officer, Heartland Technology Solutions; Robert

O'Malley, president and chief executive officer, SED International;

Joe Panettieri, executive vice president, Nine Lives Media, Inc.; Todd

Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA; Frank

Vitagliano, vice president, NA channel sales, Dell; and George

Koroneos, editor-in-chief, VSR Magazine.

The complete roster of IT Hall of Fame inductees is available here.

CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT)

industry. Visit http://www.comptia.org/home.aspx or follow CompTIA at

http://www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.

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