A Brief History of CDW
CDW runs first national advertisement in PC World magazine
CDW publishes first catalog
CDW offers first services, helping customers set up their computers
CDW begins hiring coworkers with technical expertise
CDW completes first IPO; lists on NASDAQ
CDW embraces online sales by introducing CDW.com
CDW establishes headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL; exceeds $1B sales mark
CDW•G founded to further support government and education customers
John Edwardson becomes CEO and chairman
CDW debuts on the Fortune 500 at No. 435 and on the NASDAQ 100
CDW purchases Micro Warehouse assets
Micro Warehouse Canada becomes CDW Canada
CDW launches dedicated Small Business team
CDW opens the Western Distribution Center in Las Vegas
Total distribution center space exceeds 950,000 sq. ft.
CDW launches CDW Healthcare
CDW acquires Berbee Information Networks, adding two new data centers and 11 new offices in six states
CDW employs more than 760 advanced technology specialists and engineers
CDW goes private, purchased by Madison Dearborn Partners and Providence Equity Partners
CDW becomes the official technology partner for the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour
Tom Richards joins CDW as president and COO
Tom Richards becomes CEO
CDW launches People Who Get IT campaign, focusing on how technology solves everyday business problems
CDW revenue exceeds $10B
CDW employs nearly 1,400 technology specialists and engineers
CEO Tom Richards also becomes chairman of the board
CDW launches the Technoliner, the ultimate technology vehicle
CDW ranks No. 267 on the Fortune 500
CDW lists on NASDAQ
CDW completes a 35% investment in Kelway, a leading U.K. technology services and solutions company
CDW ranks No. 265 on the Fortune 500
CDW hits cloud stride with more than 40 leading industry partners
CDW ranks No. 253 on the Fortune 500
CDW opens new Enterprise Command Center in Vernon Hills, IL, expanding managed services and cloud capabilities
Forbes names CDW to its inaugural America’s Best Employers list
CDW and Dell grow their partnership
CDW acquires U.K.-based solutions provider Kelway
CDW opens new Lincolnshire office
Kelway becomes CDW
CDW ranks No. 220 on the Fortune 500
Security solution sales exceed $1B
CDW launches standalone Small Business unit
CDW ranks No. 199 on the Fortune 500
CDW opens new office in Nashville, TN
CDW ranks #189 on the Fortune 500
Sales of workloads delivered via cloud reach $3B
Christine Leahy becomes CEO
CDW acquires Canadian solutions provider Scalar Decisions
CDW ranks #191 on the Fortune 500
CDW acquires Aptris
What We Value
At CDW, everything we do revolves around meeting the needs of our customers. Here's how we continue to be a great company for our coworkers and our customers.
CDW's purpose is to help our customers achieve their goals by providing them with the technology advice and products they need, when they need them.
CDW's commitment to diversity includes our coworkers, customers and communities, as well as our supplier partnerships.
The CDW Way
• We run our business with passion and integrity.
• We empower others to do their jobs.
• We keep our commitments.
• We treat others with respect.
• We resolve conflict directly.
• We listen.
• We include stakeholders in the decision process.
• We live our “philosophies of success” every day.
• We make things happen.
Philosophies of Success
• It’s only good if it’s win/win.
• Good luck many times comes disguised as hard work.
• People do business with people they like.
• Perfection is unattainable. If you strive for perfection, you’ll achieve excellence.
• Pay attention to your weaknesses. If you dwell on your successes, you will suffocate on your weaknesses.
• Success means never being satisfied.