TxMQ’s Chuck Fried and Craig Drabik Named 2020 IBM Champions

More than 40 years ago, TxMQ was founded by veterans of IBM who believed in supporting mainframe customers through new solutions built for IBM products. We’ve come a long way since 1979: we’ve moved our headquarters from Toronto to the U.S., our leadership team has grown, and we continue to enhance our roster of services. And though our capabilities and products have advanced, we’ve still managed to maintain a close connection to our roots at IBM. Our mission has also remained the same: to empower companies to become more dynamic, secure and nimble through technology solutions.

This mission has helped us assemble a team of innovators who constantly strive to help our clients meet their business goals through technological advancements.

Chuck Fried and Craig Drabik are great examples of TxMQ’s consistent excellence in bringing the best solutions to our enterprise clients. They were recently named to IBM’s 2020 Class of Champions for demonstrating extraordinary expertise, support and advocacy for IBM technologies, communities and solutions. Champions are thought leaders in the technical community who continuously strive to innovate and support new and legacy IBM products. As IBM states, “champions are enthusiasts and advocates… who support and mentor others to help them get the most out of IBM software, solutions, and services.” Here, Chuck and Craig share what IBM and being named IBM Champions means to them:

IBM Champion of Cloud, Cloud Integration, and Blockchain

Chuck Fried
President, TxMQ

“I’ve been building technological solutions for over 30 years, and have worked with many large software and technology companies. As we help our clients evolve, I am constantly drawn back to IBM. They are thought leaders in the technology industry, bringing the best new software and services to the market. Working with them, we know that our clients are getting the best possible solution. I’m proud to continue advocating for their brand.”

IBM Champion of Blockchain

Craig DrabikCraig Drabik
Technical Lead, Disruptive Technologies Group

“Although IBM is often associated with mainframe and legacy technologies, they offer so much more to the technology industry. Being named a Champion, when involved in disruptive technologies, proves this.  IBM is progressive and innovative, and strives to develop solutions for a range of products and industries. Working with IBM, we have access to world-renowned solutions that are trustworthy.”

As TxMQ builds new tools to support and grow the IBM ecosystem, having two Champions is a great achievement for our company. With this recognition, we can continue fostering our relationship with IBM and building life-changing technology for our customers.