PlanetOne is the IT channel and telecom industry’s preferred business partner for identifying and delivering cloud-based and connectivity solutions to small, midsize businesses and enterprises.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., (Est. 1992) the industry pioneer is celebrated by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies since 2011 and regarded as a top-performing partner for hundreds of telecom agents and channel partners nationwide with clients ranging from the SMB’s to Fortune 50. The award-winning PlanetOne Partner Program has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Channel Programs in the industry for the past six consecutive years by Channel Partners and recently named to CRN’s 2016 Connectivity Partner Guide.

PlanetOne Communications is committed to providing our sales partners with a broad portfolio of telecom solutions backed by the strongest agreements and top tier commission structure. PlanetOne has built its reputation on providing best-in-class support for our partners to compliment a full range of voice, data, cloud and hosted solutions, conferencing and wireless. Our seasoned team of telecom professionals are available to assist in every facet of your business from pre-sales strategic planning, quoting, paperwork submission, project management and post-install support. Additionally, the executive leadership team sits on the advisory board for several of top carriers in the industry.

PlanetOne offers our partners a tremendous incentive program in 2016 which includes three incredible events: Richard Petty Driving Experience, Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and for our highest producing partners, Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.

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Executive Leadership:

Ted Schuman, Founder/CEO

Ted Schuman founded PlanetOne in 1992 located in Scottsdale, AZ. Under his leadership and direction the company has become one of the largest and most respected Master Agencies in the telecom and IT industry. PlanetOne has been recognized for its exceptional growth as one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc magazine since 2011. Additionally, PlanetOne has won numerous awards from the industry’s highly regarded companies such as Level(3), CenturyLink, XO, ACC, Masergy, Windstream, MegaPath, Telesphere and InContact.

Ted Schuman is a Founding Member of The Alliance, a consortium of the industry’s top distribution partners, and also sits on several advisory boards for many of the top carriers globally.

Mr. Schuman served honorably in the US Navy from 1982-1986.

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Lauren Shapiro, President

crn-power100Lauren Shapiro is responsible for overseeing PlanetOne’s business goals, sales, operations and vendor relationships. A respected and award-winning industry influencer with more than two decades of experience in telecommunications, Ms. Shapiro joined PlanetOne as Vice President of Operations in 2010. In collaboration with Founder and CEO Ted Schuman, they led the organization’s growth into one of the top nationally recognized Master Agencies and have been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies for six consecutive years from 2011 through 2016. Today, PlanetOne Communications is the IT channel and telecom industry’s preferred business partner for identifying and delivering connectivity solutions to small and midsize businesses and enterprises. In 2015, Ms. Shapiro made her debut on CRN’s Women of the Channel list as one of the Power 100, an exclusive list honoring outstanding female executives across vendor channel organizations prominently involved in the IT channel ecosystem for their achievements and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry going forward.

Prior to joining PlanetOne, Lauren has held several sales leadership positions in the indirect and wholesale channels.  Ms. Shapiro is a graduate of The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Jonathan Hartman, Vice President Sales

CRN-CC-2016Jonathan Hartman is responsible for driving sales initiatives and revenue across the PlanetOne partner base. With nearly 20 years of telecommunications experience, Mr. Hartman joined PlanetOne as Director of Channel Sales for the West in 2011. Since joining PlanetOne, he has placed an emphasis on moving channel partners from selling traditional telecom services into more complex and complete connectivity, cloud and IT solutions, which has contributed to the company’s growth into one of the top nationally recognized Master Agencies, recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies for six consecutive years from 2011 through 2016. Today, PlanetOne Communications is the IT channel and telecom industry’s preferred business partner for identifying and delivering connectivity solutions to small and midsize businesses and enterprises. In 2015 and 2016, Mr. Hartman was named a Channel Chief by CRN for his exemplary sales leadership and channel advocacy.

Prior to joining PlanetOne, Jonathan green fielded a channel program as a co-owner of a startup high-speed fixed wireless Internet service provider, which was successfully sold in 2006 and then moved back into the corporate world, supporting partners and Master Agencies as a Channel Manager for a large national carrier, XO Communications. Mr. Hartman has a background in Marketing with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.

Bernadette Richardson, VP Marketing

With more than 25 years of experience in business management excellence, including 11 years within the telecommunications industry as an entrepreneur as President of TMC Communications and Director for Marketing for HCC, Bernadette is a successful strategist with a defined expertise in business development for multi-million dollar market leaders including Coca-Cola, as well as management services, operational efficiency, sales and technology solutions. She spent the six years prior to joining PlanetOne working for Public Safety Network deploying significant wireless infrastructure public safety initiatives for the State of California’s 9-1-1 Office of Emergency Services. Bernadette graduated with honors from Pepperdine University, earning a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration. She also received a bachelor degree in pre-law from the University of California Santa Barbara and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

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Julie A. Smith, CPA, Controller

Julie Smith is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day accounting and financial operations for PlanetOne. She joined the team in June 2016, bringing with her more than twenty years of accounting experience across a broad range of industries. Prior to PlanetOne, Ms. Smith founded and ran a successful CPA firm in Minneapolis, her hometown, for fifteen years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Ms. Smith has since traded in the snow for the sun and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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