Canadian channel mourns the passing of a great leader

Dan Sottile was a shining example of the Canadian channel community is all about. While he was a fierce competitor in the marketplace as a senior executive at Calgary-based CDN Top 100 Solution Provider Long View, Sottile was unmatched at forging and blossoming business relationships.

The term peer-to-peer communications would identify one of his many strong character traits.

It is with deep sadness that CDN reports his passing, while on a business trip in Houston.

Long View founder and chairman Don Bialik called Sottile a passionate and visionary leader, a mentor to many, and a friend to all, Dan will be missed immensely by the entire Long View family, as well as our many trusted business partners. Dan inspired us as only a true leader can; without him, Long View simply wouldn’t be the company it is today.

Company CEO Gord Mawhinney tweeted out that Sottile led with passion and integrity. “What an amazing legacy you leave as a leader and friend to so many,” he said.

That wasn’t the only Twitter message about Sottile. There was an outpouring of tweets for Sottile. Here are just a few:

Tasha Westerman, the chair of the Calgary Rethink Breast Cancer tweeted “@Long View suffered a big loss. One lesson we’ve learned is how tragedy brings people together.”

LongView executive Alistair Woolcock tweeted “A time of sadness with the passing of Dan Sottile @Long View a great leader, a great friend. Your vision will live on in our people.”

Oscar Perez, also from Long View, tweeted “The suddenness of a passing. Leaves us celebrating a life of a man that inspired so many. May you rest peacefully Dan.”

Travis Rutschka’s first tweet ever was for Sottile. “Very sad to hear the news of Dan Sottile’s passing, he was a friend and mentor and I wouldn’t be where I am without him.”

The client services manager at Long View Lisa Marielle Eyamie tweeted “Rest in peace Dan. You will be missed by so many and had such a great impact on so many lives. A sad day indeed. Prayers with Sottile family.”

Sottile joined Long View in 2000, when the company was less than 10 employees. Over the past 13 years, Sottile was a pillar of Long View’s dream — passionately leading its success and rapid growth, and playing a central role in Long View’s rise to prominence within the North American IT industry.

“Dan’s reach extended far beyond the walls of Long View; he was a hugely energetic and charismatic force, and he made a tremendous impact on the lives of countless people within the IT community. We have all lost a very special friend and tremendously influential work colleague, and we will miss his presence and his heart greatly.  We will continue to build on his legacy,” Bialik said.

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Paolo Del Nibletto
Former editor of Computer Dealer News, covering Canada's IT channel community.

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