In 1991, our Founder and CEO, Ted Schuman was working for a long-distance telecommunications carrier, Allnet Communications, when he discovered the agent model. A year later, he established PlanetOne as a business entity and today we are celebrating 30 years of growth, success and business excellence.
In recalling those early days, Ted says, “The day I started PlanetOne was the day I tore off the rear-view mirror. I had everything to gain and nothing to lose. Jocelyn and I were renting our home, I was driving an old Buick with no air conditioning – which was absolutely no fun during those hot Arizona summers – from my perspective, there was nowhere to go but up.”
So, what is the secret to our continued growth and success?
At the foundation, it is honesty and loyalty to partners and agents. Next, it’s perseverance and a willingness to take on risk, even in the face of uncertainty. Ted started PlanetOne with a $50K credit line at 12% interest from his parents, which later turned into $300K as the company grew. He was able to pay back his parents in full within a few years. Last, but not least, it’s the family culture that thrives here at PlanetOne through the team building activities, group lunches and “From the Heart” community service projects that engage our team members in supporting local non-profit organizations like Arizona Helping Hands, Arizona Humane Society and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, to name a few.
Today, through our growing cloud services portfolio, which is now comprised of more than 300 providers, as well as ongoing enhancements to the white-glove pre- and post-sales and support services, PlanetOne is committed to growing our cloud practice and empowering MSPs and VARs across the United States to successfully market, sell and support cloud-first solutions and services. Within a highly-competitive cloud marketplace, we have established ourselves with best-of-the-best cloud providers, uncovered unique solutions, created new sales opportunities, and maximized margin potential through new revenue streams for our partners.
Over the years, we have also received countless awards recognizing the company for growth and business excellence. These include six consecutive years as a recipient of the prestigious Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Award, presented by the Phoenix Business Journal. Additionally, we have been celebrated by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies; named one of the Best Places to Work by The Business Intelligence Group in 2018; ranked No. 1 in the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey in 2015 and 2017, and featured annually in CRN’s Partner Program Guide.
Throughout 2022, we will be celebrating 30 years in business through events and other activities.