SOURCE: BlueStar


October 06, 2015 07:43 ET

Canadian Man Alters His Life Forever in Front of Over 1,400 Conference Attendees While at Sea

Canadian Businessman Sneaks on Stage, Hijacks Microphone, and Proposes to Girlfriend Sitting in Audience During the Opening Ceremonies of an International Technology Show

HEBRON, KY--(Marketwired - October 06, 2015) - Make no mistake, when BlueStar hosts its annual VARTECH tradeshow, it creates waves in the international technology channel (quite literally); and this year proved no exception. For the 2015 VARTECH, BlueStar took to the seas aboard the Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas with over 1400 of the Channel's best hardware, software, and service Vendors, as well as Value-Added Resellers (VARs). During the opening ceremonies, Canadian businessman Jared Gallay secretively got onstage, took the microphone and proposed marriage to his longtime girlfriend, Leah Lloyd, who was sitting in the audience. She said "yes" and after Mr. Gallay slipped the ring on Ms. Lloyd's finger with an embrace and kiss, BlueStar's VARTECH tradeshow was officially kicked off by Mark Fraker, Vice President of Marketing.

But this type of festivity has become commonplace to BlueStar's annual tradeshow. VARTECH is an event known for the Channel's best collaboration and networking, complete with "once-in-a-lifetime" experiences. In year's past, BlueStar has shut down major city streets while hosting a parade complete with elephants, clowns, and marching bands; sponsored private sanctioned rodeos; or even chartered entire cruise ships.

"We've come to expect this type of thing at VARTECH," said Mark Fraker, Vice President of Marketing. "We pride ourselves on our ability to provide the channel's best platform for networking, education and technology with our partners in the Americas and Europe. Jarrod just leveraged a great opportunity to network with Leah and we wish them the best of luck as they begin their life together."

"We didn't think we could get any bigger than Bo and Betty," said Dean Reverman, Global Marketing Manager, of the elephants BlueStar utilized during a parade held at 2014 VARTECH in New Orleans, "but this proposal might have topped it."

When asked about future VARTECHs, Fraker commented, "This was our 29th VARTECH in a series of global events we have conducted over the past 16 years, and I must say this year's VARTECH exceeded even our expectations on number of attendees and sponsors. VARTECH is a great venue for industry leaders to come together, learn, connect and get equipped to drive new business. Just wait to see what we're cooking up for our 30th VARTECH in 2016. It will be spectacular!"

VARTECH is an annual BlueStar tradeshow that provides education, technology, and networking for partners in the United States, Canada and Latin America. The four-day event was held September 12-15 aboard the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas as well as on the private island of CocoCay in the Bahamas.

BlueStar created VARTECH as a world-class venue to foster collaboration among members of the technology solutions industry and promote interaction among channel partners. BlueStar has produced the VARTECH series for more than a decade, and it has quickly grown to be one of the most highly anticipated and widely attended events in the technology solutions channel.

VARTECH has also expanded to include multiple global events in the VARTECH Educational Series, including Pan-European and Latin America Technology Summits, as well as regional road show events across North America. BlueStar has hosted dozens of events worldwide in the VARTECH Educational Series, with thousands of attendees from across the globe.


BlueStar is the leading global distributor of solutions-based ADC, Mobility, Point-of-Sale, RFID, Digital Signage, and Security technology. BlueStar works exclusively with value-added resellers to provide complete solutions, business development and marketing support. The company brings unequaled expertise to the market, offers award-winning technical support and is an authorized service center for a growing number of manufacturers. BlueStar is the exclusive distributor for the In-a-Box Solutions Series , delivering hardware, software and critical accessories in one bundle with technology solutions across all verticals. For more information, please contact BlueStar at 1-800-354-9776 or visit

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