Annual list highlights the IT channel’s best and brightest rising stars
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., September 28, 2020 –
PlanetOne, the IT channel and telecom industry’s preferred business partner, is pleased to announce that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized Brendan Strain, Director of UCaaS & CCaaS Solutions at PlanetOne as one of the IT channel’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should for 2020. This annual list pays tribute to the best and brightest rising stars who power the channel every day.
Based on feedback from leading solution providers and industry executives, the CRN editorial team uses the 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list to draw attention to those outstanding channel players who may not be household names, but still work tirelessly to keep their partners thriving and the IT channel growing.
Brendan Strain joined PlanetOne in June 2020, as a highly experienced sales engineer with a demonstrated and successful 15+ year track-record in the telecommunications, IT and service provider space. He is a certified SME in Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), UCaaS, WLAN, Contact Center/CCaaS, Metro Ethernet, Transport and Data Center network design. Brendan is also one of the IT channel’s top UCaaS and CCaaS design experts. Prior to joining PlanetOne, Brendan served as Masergy’s Cloud Communications Manager for the West Region, and has held sales and systems engineering positions with Avaya and XO Communications.
“UCaaS, CCaaS and Contact Center solutions represent a significant growth opportunity for PlanetOne and our channel partners,” said Ted Schuman, Founder and CEO, PlanetOne. “Since joining PlanetOne earlier this year, Brendan has become an invaluable member of our team, leveraging the wealth of knowledge and experience he has in this area to guide our partners in expanding their services offerings and accelerating growth. Congratulations to Brendan on this well-deserved recognition, and thank you to CRN for featuring him as one of the IT channel’s rising stars, and someone whom our partners should get to know.”
“Managing a successful channel partner program today calls for a small army of people, but only a few Channel Chiefs tend to enjoy widespread recognition,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “With the 100 People You Don’t Know But Should, we are delighted to shine a spotlight on an exceptional group of unsung team members, giving them some of the acclaim they deserve for their indispensable contributions to channel success.”
The 100 People You Don’t Know But Should will be featured in the October issue of CRN Magazine and can be found online at www.crn.com/100people.
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. Since 2017, the company has been 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 has been recognized as one of Arizona’s largest privately-held companies as part of the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards program, since 2016. The award-winning PlanetOne Partner Program has also been included in CRN’s Connectivity Solutions Partner Program Guide and Cloud Partner Program Guides. To reach PlanetOne call (877) 487.8353 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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