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ECi Connect Conference 2015 Moves to Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida

ECi Will Host Next Year’s Event at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Building on Success of Connect 2014

Fort Worth, TX—21 November 2014  ECi Software Solutions (, a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, today announced that its Connect Conference 2015 will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Central Florida from November 9–11, 2015.   Following an extremely successful Connect Conference 2014 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, ECi is looking forward to presenting another exciting event at another spectacular venue. This year’s event took place from November 10–12, where participants from nine countries representing all of the industries served by the ECi family of companies came together under the theme of “educate, collaborate and inspire.”

“One of the best things about this conference was meeting some of the many people who I’ve only emailed or spoken to over the phone,” said Adriane McKenney of Kyle Office Solutions in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a DDMS software user. “I am awed by the multiple hats that employees of small and medium sized businesses wear!  I am definitely inspired to take back all the knowledge that I’ve received to share with my coworkers and have some exciting new ideas for Kyle Office Solutions.”

The conference had many highlights including a memorable keynote performance during the Opening Session by The Passing Zone, a very talented juggling duo who kept the crowd laughing and amazed while delivering an inspirational message on the value of teamwork. ECi President and CEO Ron Books and COO Trevor Gruenewald kicked off the Session with this video on the importance of SMBs to the economy. As well, they communicated the growing importance of millennials in the marketplace, emphasizing how this generation is creating a significant change in the way consumers interact with businesses. The pair urged attendees to get in touch with their inner millennials, to learn and understand the new commerce technologies, and begin to capture this market. During Tuesday’s breakfast, attendees were serenaded by Shane Elvis, an Elvis impersonator, who also honored all military in observance of Veterans Day with a rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

“Connect is a unique event exclusive to our customers,” said Traci Johnson, SVP of Global Corporate Marketing. “Our customers represent small and medium size businesses who share common challenges in today’s changing markets. Not only do they get to network with others in their industry, but they also get to meet folks from other industries, providing a unique chance to learn from many sources and gain new prospects and ultimately new customers. As Adriane said, it’s the connections made that are so important. Connect 2015 will provide our customers with another opportunity to make valuable connections and learn about new technology specific to their businesses. Moving to a Disney Resort will only serve to enhance the experience.”

“Everyone enjoys this event—our customers, vendors and employees,” added Books. “It’s exciting to see small and medium size businesses that are growing and making an investment in learning new things. Connect reminds us here at ECi that our goal is more than providing software and technology but rather to support the entrepreneurial spirit and profitable growth of independent businesses.  It’s wonderful to see our mission in action at an event like Connect. Connect 2015 will just be an extension of that goal!”

About ECI

ECI Software Solutions provides industry-specific business software solutions and services, focusing on cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECI has served small to medium-sized manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, building and construction, and field service organizations. Privately held, ECI is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, the Netherlands, and Australia. For information, email, visit or call (800) 959-3367. 

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