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

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the industry pioneer is celebrated by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies and regarded as a top-performing partner for hundreds of telecom agents and channel partners nationwide. In 2018, PlanetOne was named one of the Best Places to Work by The Business Intelligence Group. In 2017, the company was honored as one of the “Nation’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” by the National Association for Business Resources. In 2015 and 2017, PlanetOne ranked No. 1 in the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, and in 2016 and 2017 was recognized as one of Arizona’s largest privately-held companies as part of the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards program. The award-winning PlanetOne Partner Program has also been included in CRN’s Connectivity Solutions Partner Program Guide since 2014, and was featured in the 2018 edition of the CRN Cloud Partner Program Guide.

PlanetOne 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 has also been featured on the hit online show Self-Made on Amazon Prime.

Executive Leadership:

Ted Schuman

Ted Schuman, Founder/CEO

Ted Schuman founded PlanetOne in Scottsdale, AZ in 1992. Under his leadership, PlanetOne has grown into one of the most influential and respected go-to-market business partners in the telecom and IT industries.

Ted’s “work hard, play hard” philosophy combined with his team’s relentless focus on success and partner satisfaction has led PlanetOne to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc. magazine from 2011 to 2018. For his advocacy and actions, Ted was named one of the industry’s Top 25 Disrupters and Top 100 Executives by CRN in 2017. In 2015 and 2017, PlanetOne ranked No. 1 in the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018, was recognized as one of Arizona’s largest privately-held companies as part of the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards program. In 2017 and 2018, PlanetOne was also named one of the “Nation’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” by the National Association for Business Resources. PlanetOne’s success is exemplified by the exponential growth of its partners’ recurring revenues and the ongoing series of high-profile accolades and achievement awards received from the industry’s top providers including ACC Business/AT&T, CenturyLink, Masergy and Rackspace.

Ted 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 global carriers. In 2018, he was appointed to the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Attorney’s Business Advisory Council by Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery. In 2019, he joined the Phoenix Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in Greater Phoenix.

Ted served honorably in the US Navy from 1982-1986.

Jonathan Hartman, Senior Vice President of Sales

As Senior Vice President of Sales for PlanetOne Communications, Jonathan Hartman is responsible for driving sales initiatives, increasing revenue and closing record deals across the PlanetOne’s growing nationwide partner base.

With more than 20 years of telecommunications experience, Mr. Hartman joined PlanetOne as Director of Channel Sales for the West in 2011. Since joining the company, he has placed an emphasis on transitioning partners from selling traditional telecom services into more complex and complete connectivity, cloud and IT solutions, and presents regularly at PlanetOne’s nationwide Tech Tour events and at various vendor forums. Over the years, Jonathan’s many contributions have helped PlanetOne grow into one of the top nationally recognized master agencies, honored by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies for seven consecutive years from 2011 through 2017. In 2019, Mr. Hartman was recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a CRN Channel Chief, for his exemplary sales leadership and channel advocacy.

Prior to joining PlanetOne, Jonathan launched a channel program as a co-owner of a startup high-speed fixed wireless Internet service provider, which was successfully sold in 2006. He then moved back into the corporate world, supporting partners and master agencies for XO Communications. Mr. Hartman has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.

Bernadette Richardson, Senior Vice President of Marketing

Bernadette (Bern) Richardson 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. In 2019 she was recognized by CRN for the third year in a row as one of the IT channel’s leading female executives as part of the CRN Women of the Channel Awards.

As Senior Vice President of Marketing for PlanetOne Communications, Bern brings more than 25 years of experience in business management excellence, including 11 years within the telecommunications industry as an entrepreneur, having served as President of TMC Communications and Director of Marketing for HCC. Prior to joining PlanetOne in 2016, she spent six years 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.

Bern 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 a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

Christi Clark, Vice President of Operations

As Vice President of Operations for PlanetOne, Christi is responsible for overall success of all back-office support services, from the initial pricing/contracting to implementation advocacy and lifecycle support along with back office internal operations. Christi’s team empowers our partner community with an unprecedented back office team that provides the PlanetOne “boutique” experience our partners have come to expect.

Christi began her career in the industry 20 years ago, initially working in the telecommunications hardware industry designing, implementing, programming and overseeing PBX implementations for a PBX Vendor. Christi’s hardware knowledge, years of project management experience, excellent customer satisfaction and attention to detail has been invaluable to the PlanetOne team since 2008.

Jennifer Veres, Director of Finance

Jennifer Veres joined PlanetOne as Controller in June 2017. Jennifer comes to PlanetOne with over 15 years of audit, tax and accounting experience working for companies such as Ernst & Young LLP, The Dial Corporation and Hypercom Corp.

Jennifer holds a CPA and is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, earning a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marketing, from Syracuse University.

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