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Patricia Gallup

Chairman, CAO, and Co-founder of PC Connection Inc.

Gallup, an anthropologist, met David Hall while hiking on the Appalachian Trail and she later went to work for his family’s audio business in rural New Hampshire.

Their business, PC Connection, a leading direct marketer of computers, software and peripherals was born from their frustrating first experience with buying a computer. In 1982 they founded their direct sales company with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. Gallup has since guided the company to national prominence and has built a company respected for its treatment of its employees and the environment. 

Gallup appeared on Fortune’s list of top young entrepreneurs, and for the last six years has been named as one of the top 50 women business owners in the United States by Working Woman magazine. In 1997, she was honored as one of the top women entrepreneurs in the world, and in 1998 received the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Principle-Centered Leadership. Her company is repeatedly recognized as one of the top 50 companies doing business on the Internet and was the only computer reseller on the 1999 list of the “Top 100 Technology Companies that are Changing the World” which appeared in PC Magazine. 

In addition, PC Connection has won PC World magazine's prestigious “World Class Award” eight times over the past ten years, including 1999. For more information on PC Connection, please visit