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OUR STORY

A Brief History of CDW

1984

CDW founded


1985

CDW runs first national advertisement in PC World magazine


1987

CDW publishes first catalog
CDW offers first services, helping customers set up their computers
CDW begins hiring coworkers with technical expertise


1993

CDW completes first IPO; lists on NASDAQ
Sales: $270M
Coworkers: 247


1995

CDW embraces online sales by introducing CDW.com
Sales: $628M
Coworkers: 539


1997

CDW establishes headquarters in Vernon Hills, Ill; exceeds $1B sales mark
Sales: $1.27B
Coworkers: 986


1998

CDW•G founded to further support government and education customers
Sales: $1.73B
Coworkers: 1,504


2001

John Edwardson becomes CEO and chairman
CDW debuts on the Fortune 500 at No. 435 and on the NASDAQ 100
Sales: $3.96B
Coworkers: 2,783


2003

CDW purchases Micro Warehouse assets
Micro Warehouse Canada becomes CDW Canada
CDW launches dedicated Small Business team
Sales: $4.66B
Coworkers: 3,600


2005

CDW opens the Western Distribution Center in Las Vegas
Total distribution center space exceeds 950,000 sq. ft.
CDW launches CDW Healthcare
Sales: $6.3B
Coworkers: 4,300


2006

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
Sales: $6.8B
Coworkers: 5,480


2007

CDW goes private, purchased by Madison Dearborn Partners and Providence Equity Partners
Sales: $8.1B
Coworkers: 6,300


2008

CDW becomes the official technology partner for the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour
Sales: $8.1B
Coworkers: 6,250


2009

Tom Richards joins CDW as president and COO
Sales: $7.2B
Coworkers: 6,250


2011

Tom Richards becomes CEO
CDW launches People Who Get IT campaign, focusing on how technology solves everyday business problems
Sales: $9.6B
Coworkers: 6,700


2012

CDW revenue exceeds $10B
CDW employs nearly 1,400 technology specialists and engineers
Sales: $10.1B
Coworkers: 6,800


2013

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

Sales: $10.8B
Coworkers: 7,000


2014

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
Sales: $12.1B
Coworkers: 7,200


2015

CDW ranks No. 253 on the Fortune 500
CDW opens new Enterprise Command Center in Vernon Hills, Ill., 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
Sales: $12.9B
Coworkers: 8,400


2016

CDW opens new Lincolnshire office
Kelway becomes CDW
CDW ranks No. 220 on the Fortune 500
CDW surpasses $1.5B in sales of workloads delivered via cloud and $1B in security solution sales
Sales: $13.9B
Coworkers: 8,500


2017

CDW launches standalone Small Business unit
CDW ranks No. 199 on the Fortune 500

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 Circle of Service


 

Our Purpose

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.
 

Our Commitment

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.


 

Our Code

At CDW, we have a code of business conduct and ethics. The CDW Way Code sets forth the standards of behavior necessary to ensure we live up to our values.


 

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