National channel manager honored for helping PlanetOne agents and MSPs successfully transform, advance and grow their businesses
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., – October 9, 2017 – PlanetOne Communications, the IT and telecom industry’s preferred connectivity partner, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized Ross Thompson, National Channel Manager, as one of the IT channel’s “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” for 2017.
The CRN editorial team, assessing feedback from solution providers and other industry executives, compiles this annual list to celebrate under-the-radar channel management team members from the industry’s top vendors and distributors. Those selected have worked tirelessly to create, promote and manage programs and policies that support and advance the IT channel.
Since joining PlanetOne in 2011, Thompson has helped hundreds of agents and MSPs successfully transform, advance and grow their businesses well beyond expectations. Over the years, his ingenuity and all-in service approach to success has enabled PlanetOne’s channel partners to close record service contracts and increase the overall business value they bring to the deal.
“Ross’ energy, sales expertise and genuine enthusiasm for partner success are easy to spot, making him an exceptional national channel manager,” said Lauren Shapiro, President, PlanetOne Communications. “With his ‘never give up’ attitude, Ross settles for nothing short of success. He leverages his experience in sales and expertise around next-generation technologies such as cloud and SD-WAN to serve as an incredibly valuable advisor whom our channel partners and providers have come to rely on. This is a well-deserved honor for Ross and a great list to watch each and every year.”
“A number of unsung channel heroes work hard every day to drive innovation, profits and successful partnerships, holding the IT ecosystem’s equilibrium steady and keeping it on a path to growth,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “They may not often share the spotlight with more high-profile channel figures, but the difference they make is irrefutable. We are pleased to shine a light on these individuals with CRN’s 2017 list of 100 People You Don’t Know But Should and to honor their essential contributions to the channel.”
The 2017 list of 100 People You Don’t Know But Should will be featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com/100people.
About PlanetOne Communications
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 2015, 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 2017 edition of the CRN Cloud Partner Program Guide. To reach PlanetOne call (877) 487.8353 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com
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