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ePlus and Tech Qualled Announce Partnership to Hire Military Veterans

HERNDON, VA – January 10, 2017 – ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUSnews) today announced a long-term partnership with veteran training organization, Tech Qualled, to help U.S. military veterans secure jobs in the IT industry.

“ePlus is excited to be a part of the Tech Qualled Program, offering our military veterans an opportunity to further their careers within the technology sector,” said Susan Lawlor, ePlus’ vice president.  “Partnering with Tech Qualled is a mutually beneficial venture.  We look forward to welcoming veterans to our very capable team—and giving them the opportunity to be part of robust IT initiatives that make technology mean more and make a powerful difference in our customers’ business.”

Co-Founder and CEO of Tech Qualled, Jim Sherriff, started the company in 2015 as a way to give veterans the skills they needed to assimilate back into the workforce in an industry that many didn't have access to due to lack of experience or training. Mr. Sherriff spent more than 30 years in executive leadership roles at both HP and Cisco.

Tech Qualled is a free, nine-week training program for transitioning military veterans interested in working in outside technology sales. The curriculum is specifically focused on teaching veterans concepts such as data center solutions, basic networking, and cloud computing as well as hands-on sales training. The Launchpad Academy is capped off by a 10-day sales “boot camp” held in Fort Worth, TX.

Tech Qualled, through its Launchpad Academy, also helps candidates secure job offers upon graduating from the program at top IT companies like ePlus. Tech Qualled focuses on partnering with technology companies that have an interest in a blended talent pool comprised of early-in-career candidates who also carry exceptional leadership experience.

“ePlus is the gold standard of technology integrators, so to have them as partners since the beginning has been tremendous for our candidates, our training, and our growth,” said Nick Breedlove, co-founder of Tech Qualled. According to Breedlove, ePlus is one of Tech Qualled’s most committed and enthusiastic partners—seeing the intrinsic value that veterans bring to any sales organization. “ePlus’ willingness to provide expertise and resources throughout our Launchpad Academy, not to mention hire multiple graduates of our program, is a testament to their faith in our innovative approach.”

About Tech Qualled

Tech Qualled is committed to enhancing the lives of military veterans by training and placing them into rewarding careers in high technology. For more information on Tech Qualled, visit www.qualled.com.  Follow Tech Qualled on Twitter @TQualled.

About ePlus inc.

ePlus is an engineering-centric technology solutions provider that helps organizations imagine, implement, and achieve more from their technology.  With the highest certifications from top technology partners and expertise in key technologies from data center to security, cloud, and collaboration, ePlus transforms IT from a cost center to a business enabler.  Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 1,000 associates serving a diverse set of customers nationally, and in Europe.  The Company is headquartered at 13595 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA, 20171.  For more information, visit www.eplus.com, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com.  Connect with ePlus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ePlusinc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ePlus.   ePlus. Where Technology Means More®.

ePlus®, Where Technology Means More®, and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries.  The names of other companies, products, and services mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Kley Parkhurst, SVP
ePlus inc.

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