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D&H Distributing held its Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show on Thursday.
D&H Distributing held its Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show on Thursday. - (Photo / )

Representatives from some of the biggest brands in tech mingled with the people responsible for getting that tech into consumers' homes this week during D&H Distributing's Mid-Atlantic Summer Technology Show.

About 90 vendors, including Cisco, Lenovo, HP, Microsoft and Intel had booths at Thursday’s event in the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. There, they showed off everything from robotic vacuums and electric bikes to virtual-reality gaming sets to potential retailers.

The show drew roughly 900 attendees, according to D&H.

These types of events are one of the ways that D&H Distributing ensures its sales team develops and maintains face-to-face relationships with customers, said Dan Schwab, who serves as D&H’s co-president along with his brother, Michael Schwab.

“It’s the relationship part of it,” Dan Schwab said. “We’re so old-fashioned. (The trade shows) allow our inside salespeople to touch the customer directly.”

The Harrisburg-based company acts as a connector between technology manufacturers and retailers, including the likes of Best Buy and Amazon. It has consistently ranked among the highest-revenue companies in the midstate.

D&H holds several trade shows across the country throughout the year and plans to unveil one at a new location - Chicago - in August.

D&H Distributing Co. Inc. held its annual summer Mid-Atlantic Technology Trade Show Thursday, June 29 at the Hershey Lodge. In 2016, the Harrisburg-based company ranked 118th on Forbes' list of America's largest private companies, moving up from No. 128 in 2015. The company has risen in the ranks every year since 2009, when it debuted on the list at No. 242.
D&H Distributing Co. Inc. held its annual summer Mid-Atlantic Technology Trade Show Thursday, June 29 at the Hershey Lodge. In 2016, the Harrisburg-based company ranked 118th on Forbes' list of America's largest private companies, moving up from No. 128 in 2015. The company has risen in the ranks every year since 2009, when it debuted on the list at No. 242.
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D&H Distributing Co. Inc. held its annual summer Mid-Atlantic Technology Trade Show Thursday, June 29 at the Hershey Lodge. In 2016, the Harrisburg-based company ranked 118th on Forbes' list of America's largest private companies, moving up from No. 128 in 2015. The company has risen in the ranks every year since 2009, when it debuted on the list at No. 242. The leading North American computer products and consumer electronics distributor started out as a tire retreading business in Williamsport. The Harrisburg-based company celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018. In 1929, the company changed its name to D&H Distributing. The first brand carried by the company was Philco radios and in 1938 it became an official RCA distributor. In 1979, D&H entered the video game market as an Atari distributor. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Brothers and D&H co-presidents Michael, left, and Dan Schwab represent the third generation of the Schwab family in the business. In 1998, D&H Distributing Co. Inc. became an employee stock ownership (ESOP) company. Under an ESOP program, employees become shareholders in a company. The company kept its 401(k) program. The ESOP, which replaced a profit-sharing plan, was seen as way to retain employees. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) D&H Distributing Co. Inc. employees are called ”co-owners." From left, are Keri Heater, Chuck Bissell, Kyle Trovinger, Damon Kegerise, Shannon Sholtis and Danielle Passaro. This group has a combined tenure of 75 years. The company, which has 1,200 employees, has 800 locally. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) D&H holds an annual summer and fall technology trade show in the midstate and an annual West Coast show in the City of Industry in California in March. In August, D&H will launch its first Midwest show in Chicago. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) D&H senior business manager Donny Lu, left, discusses the Hewlett Packard Enterprise virtual rack digital display with Roland Fiedler, owner of New Jersey-based Cutting Edge Technology LLC, a computer repair, training and consulting firm. The virtual rack allows customers to visualize where products will be laid out in a rack-mounted server. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Donny Lu, left, a 21-year IT industry veteran, is in his first year at D&H. His focus is growing the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Aruba network products and solutions. Business owner Roland Fiedler, who has attended this tech show for ten years, comes to learn about new products and ways to save money for his clients. HPE's responsive customer service has won his loyalty, says Fiedler. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) From left, are Whitney Sorensen and Megan Zeigler, of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with D&H's Donny Lu and Stephen Furcron. Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is the executive sponsor of a small and midsize businesses program, exclusive to D &H, which provides the Harrisburg-based company with marketing, personnel, and educational resources. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The show with nearly 900 attendees, featured 90 vendors and offered six seminars presented by Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, HP, Brother and CompTIA. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Eye-catching liquid motion floor tiles, which line the perimeter of D & H's Gaming Experience pavilion, provide visual fun. The colorful, pressure-sensitive tiles change color and form when walked upon. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) PC gamers are such enthusiasts, they go to great length and expense to custom-build “muscle machines”, which combine power and aesthetics, says Chad Bowser, D & H's video game sales manager. D&H offers the components for extreme customization. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Brian Lock, with a curved OLEDD television, which measure 85 inches diagonally, is in East Coast sales for consumer electronics. Lock has been with D & H for 21 years. When he arrived in 1997 massive CRT televisions were trending. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) A youngster, attending the tech show with her family, tries out a virtual reality demo at D&H’s Gaming Experience pavilion. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) D&H sales manager Jason Montgomery displays a Neato Robotic vacuum. Advancing behind the No. 1 Roomba vacuum, No. 2 Neato offers laser-guidance and mapping technology for accurate room coverage and connectivity with Apple Home, Amazon Alexa and Google. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

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