PC Connection

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Industry National Technology Solutions Provider
Founded 1982
Headquarters Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA
Key people
Patricia Gallup (Co-founder, Chairman)
Timothy McGrath (President and CEO)
Stephen P. Sarno (Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer)
Products Notebooks/Mobility, Software, Servers/Storage, Net/Com Product, Other Hardware/Services
Revenue Increase$2.9 billion USD (2017)
Number of employees
Website www.connection.com

Connection is a Fortune 1000,[1] National Technology Solutions Provider, headquartered in Merrimack, New Hampshire. It has more than 2,500 employees[2] and sells more than 300,000 products.[3]

The Connection brand includes Connection Business Solutions, Connection MoreDirect Enterprise Solutions, and Connection GovConnection Public Sector Solutions, which provide IT solutions and services for small- to medium-sized businesses, enterprises, and public sector markets, respectively.[4]


PC Connection, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Patricia Gallup and David Hall. The co-founders met while serving as a support crew to hikers on the Appalachian Trail.[5]

The company’s first headquarters occupied a former woodworking mill in Marlow, NH.[5] To launch their business, Gallup and Hall used Gallup’s savings of $8,000 to purchase inventory and take out a 1/9th-page ad in Byte magazine.[6]

In 1987, PC Connection was named to the Inc. 500 as the second fastest growing company in the United States.[7]

In March 1998, the company completed its Initial Public Offering on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol PCCC.[8]

In September 2016, the company announced a corporate rebranding. The "Connection" brand unites all subsidiaries (PC Connection, GovConnection, MoreDirect, and Softmart) under one brand name. NASDAQ stock ticker changes from PCCC to CNXN.[9]


In addition to its corporate headquarters in Merrimack, PC Connection, Inc. has sales and support offices in Keene and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Marlborough, Massachusetts; Rockville, Maryland; Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; Boca Raton, Florida; Shelton, Connecticut; Exton, Pennsylvania, and Schaumburg, Illinois.[10] The company operates a 268,000-square-foot distribution and fulfillment complex, equipped with an ISO 9001 certified technical configuration lab, in Wilmington, Ohio.[11]


In 1999, Connection purchased ComTeq Federal, a Maryland-based company serving the computing needs of federal government agencies, including the Navy, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, the National Security Agency, and Internal Revenue Service.[12] Renamed GovConnection, Inc., the subsidiary serves all government and education customers.

In January 2000, Connection announced the agreement to acquire Merisel Inc. in alliance with its initiative to add infrastructure.[13]

In 2002, Connection acquired MoreDirect, a Florida-based IT solutions provider specializing in Web-based eProcurement.[14]

In 2005, Connection purchased the business and selected assets of Amherst Technologies, Inc., a New Hampshire-based IT provider.[15]

In 2011, Connection acquired ValCom Technologies, a technology services company in the Chicago metropolitan area.[16]

In 2016, Connection acquired Softmart, a Microsoft Licensing Solution Provider (LSP) and global supplier of technology, tools, and service solutions.[17]

In 2016, Connection acquired GlobalServe.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • CHIME Foundation Partner Award, 2017[18]
  • Lenovo Platinum Data Center Partner, 2017[19]
  • Red Hat Rising Star Partner of the Year, 2016[20]
  • Continuum of Care Award, Premier Inc., 2016[21]
  • Kaspersky Lab Large Account Reseller (LAR) of the Year Award, 2016[21]
  • Americas VMware Partner Innovation Award in the Renewals category, 2016[21]
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Federal Enterprise Group Partner of the Year, 2015[21]
  • Symantec Growth Partner of the Year Award, 2015[22]
  • Microsoft Operational Excellence Award, 2015[23]
  • Dell Partner of the Year, 2015[24]
  • PC Connection Inc., Places 20th on CRN’s Solution Provider 500- 2015[25]
  • Adobe's Global Partner of the Year - 2014[26]
  • PC Connection named National Solutions Provider Partner of The Year at Dell for FY15(2014-2015) [27]
  • PC Connection named to Inc. 500 (1987)[28]
  • Listed as one of 100 Most Influential Companies in the Computer Industry by PC Magazine (1997)[8]
  • Ranked #7 on Businessweek’s World’s Top 100 Technology Companies (2000)[29]
  • Debut on Fortune 1000 (2001)[30]
  • Better Business Bureau of New Hampshire Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics (2001)[6]
  • Forbes’ America’s Most Trustworthy Companies, Highest Ranking (2008)[31]
  • Top Supply Chain Innovation and Retail Industry Awards; #8 on InformationWeek 500 (2008)[7]
  • Winner of Operational Excellence Award at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (2010)[7]


  1. ^ "Fortune 500 2015: 825. Connection". Forbes. 
  2. ^ "PC Connection: New "Connection" Brand Advances 35-Year History of Innovation)". 4-traders. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Profile: PC Connection Inc". Reuters. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "PC Connection: New "Connection" Brand Advances 35-Year History of Innovation)". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b You, Me, and All Those Others Just Like Us, Starting a Business Article | Inc.com
  6. ^ a b [New Hampshire: First In the Nation] - Powered by PageTurnPro.com
  7. ^ a b c [New Hampshire: First In the Nation] - Powered by PageTurnPro.com
  8. ^ a b Pc Connection Inc (Pccc) Ipo - Nasdaq.Com
  9. ^ https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/09/08/connection-merges-govconnection-pc-connection-moredirect-softmart-into-single-brand.aspx Connection Merges GovConnection, PC Connection, MoreDirect, Softmart into Single Brand
  10. ^ "Locations - Connection". Pcconnection.com. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  11. ^ "Distribution and Configuration Center - Connection". Pcconnection.com. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  12. ^ Johnston, Margret (1999-07-11). "PC Connection buys ComTeq Fed". FCW. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  13. ^ "PC Connection Acquires Merisel's Call Center". January 4, 2000. Retrieved Nov 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ PC Connection, PC Mall Make Acquisitions.(PC Connection Inc. acquires MoreDirect)(PC Mall Inc. acquires Pacific Business Data Systems Inc.)(Brief Article) | HighBeam Business:...
  15. ^ PC Connection Wins Bidding War For Amherst Technologies
  16. ^ PC Connection buys ValCom Technology for $11.6M - BusinessWeek
  17. ^ PC Connection Acquires Softmart - MarketWatch
  18. ^ "CHIME Foundation Names Connection 2017 Partner Award Winner - Healthcare IT - CHIME". Healthcare IT - CHIME. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2018-03-20. 
  19. ^ "Connection® Named Lenovo Platinum Data Center Partner | PC Connection, Inc". PC Connection, Inc. Retrieved 2018-03-20. 
  20. ^ "Connection® Wins Red Hat Rising Star Partner of the Year Award | PC Connection, Inc". PC Connection, Inc. Retrieved 2018-03-20. 
  21. ^ a b c d "PC Connection, Inc. - PC Connection Receives Industry Accolades in First Half of 2016". Ir.pcconnection.com. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  22. ^ "PC Connection, Inc. - PC Connection Wins Symantec Growth Partner of the Year Award". Ir.pcconnection.com. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  23. ^ "PC Connection, Inc. - PC Connection Wins Microsoft Operational Excellence Award". Ir.pcconnection.com. 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  24. ^ "PC Connection, Inc. - PC Connection Named Dell Partner of the Year". Ir.pcconnection.com. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  25. ^ http://www.crn.com/sp-500/2015/index.htm
  26. ^ "PC Connection, Inc. - PC Connection Named Adobe Reseller Partner of the Year". Ir.pcconnection.com. 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  27. ^ "Dell PartnerDirect Awards & Recognition". Partnerdirect.dell.com. 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  28. ^ PC Connection, Inc. - Marlow, NH
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  31. ^ Ray, John J. "America's Most Trustworthy Companies - Forbes". Forbes. 

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