Intelisys Weekly Roundup 8/28/14

Intelisys Weekly Roundup 8/28/14

What a huge couple of weeks! This Intelisys Weekly Roundup covers two weeks of comings and goings. Read on to find out what’s been keeping Intelisys busy …

Hale Comes to HQ

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Sales Partner Christopher Hall, president and founder of Hale Communications, traveled from St. Loius, MO, to Intelisys headquarters in Petaluma, CA, for a week of strategizing and socializing. He was joined by our South Central Region Senior Manager, Strategic Partner Development, Eddie Acosta. Great to see them both!

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

We’ve created a brand new, strategic role: VP, Supplier Sales. And Intelisys’ own Mike McKenney has been hand picked to take on the new role and the exciting challenge of creating and driving new revenue programs for our Supplier Partners.

Watch Mike McKenney talk about his new role and its expected impact on the Intelisys Partner community HERE.

Read what Evolve IP’s CTO Scott Kinka had to say to CRN about Mike’s new role HERE.

See coverage of Mike’s new role as VP, Supplier Sales, on Channel Partners Online HERE.

Here Comes Platinum


August 24th was a BIG day for us at Intelisys. Why? Because it marked the first annual RDS Solutions Day! That’s right, RDS Solutions, a 10-year Sales Partner out of Clinton, N.J., has reached the incredible milestone of $1M in monthly recurring revenue to become our eighth Platinum Partner. Intelisys company President Jay Bradley joined Rick Ribas, VP, Partner Sales & Business Development, and Justin Marano, Director, Parter Sales – Northeast Region, to award RDS Solutions co-founders J.R. Vernick and Darren Jones with their Platinum trophy and a Trip for Two to Anywhere in the World. Darren and J.R. dedicated their award to their incredible team. Congratulations, RDS, from all of us at Intelisys!!

An article about RDS Solutions Day on states, “Since its inception, RDS Solutions has been an Intelisys partner. Through this partnership, the company works with all the major telecommunications carriers that Intelisys has a relationship with, including AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink. RDS also has direct ties with the carriers they do the most business with, but prefers to work through Intelisys to avoid quotas that carriers often impose on partners, Vernick said.”

J.R. is further quoted as saying, “We don’t want to have to meet a number with a carrier because that changes your position of being unbiased and agnostic.”

Read the full article on CRN about how J.R. Vernick and Darren Jones achieved such a phenomenal feat, and what they have planned going forward, HERE.

Read more about the story from Channel Partners Online HERE.

View the official press release HERE.

Bend It Like Intelisys


Intelisys hosted a Sales Partner event in beautiful Bend, OR, this week. We join Chad Arnold, Director, Partner Sales – Northwest/Mountain Region in saying thanks to the generous sponsorship of Time Warner Cable Business Class and Navisite for making the event possible.

Partners & Ponies Returns to Saratoga

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One of our hit annual events is Partners & Ponies out at the Saratoga Race Course in New York. This year’s event started with golf, carried over to a full round of education and training from key Supplier Sponsors BCN Telecom, Broadview Networks, CoreSite, Masergy, Matrix, NetWolves, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Navisite, and Windstream, and culminated at the horse races. Donna Cravotta, founder and CEO of Social Sage PR, presented the keynote on social media strategy for business.

Check out the full album of Partners & Ponies 2015 photos HERE.

Cloud Partners is Coming to Boston Soon!


We’ll be in Boston September 16-18th for Cloud Partners, and we can’t wait! Once again, Intelisys will be hosting Cloud Summit Training – the industry’s most highly attended live cloud training. Last year’s session was standing room only! The 2015 Cloud Summit Training is filling fast. Be sure to register ahead of time to secure your spot. Training this year includes entirely new content, and we’ll be giving away $1000 cash!

Register for Intelisys Cloud Summit Training at Cloud Partners HERE.

Register for Cloud Partners Conference & Expo HERE. Use the code CLD15 to get a free expo hall pass or $50 off a full conference pass.

P.P.S. Be sure to keep up with us on TwitterFacebookYouTube & LinkedIn!

Stand Out from the Sea of Sameness

Did you know that 76% of Intelisys’ cloud wins over the last two years have come from Cloud Services University (CSU) attendees?  They’ve learned how to stand out from the sea of sameness.  If you want to rise above the masses like they did, CLOUD LIVE! is for you. 

Join us on November 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST, to find out how you can get into the recurring revenue game and become a top performer.  Sign up and secure your spot here.



Panel 1 – The Cloud Thinktank

Join the conversation with four of the Smartest Guys in the Cloud as they discuss game-changing insights that will help you win more deals.  In a rapidly evolving landscape, what are the latest developments and trends that your customers are keyed in on?  What is moving Cloud off the back-burner and onto the list of strategic urgencies?  Be prepared to walk away with a few pearls that will take your customer conversations to a whole new level, from polite niceties to impactful, revenue-generating engagements.

Panel 2 –  Winning by Solving Problems

Sales Partners who are consistently winning in the cloud are realizing their strength is in solving problems.  Being able to unearth the problem and then effectively quantifying the impact on the business if the problem is solved is key.  In this panel we will be presenting several real-life business problems to our expert panelists who will then speak to solutions on the fly that can helps us solve these problems and win deals. (note to suppliers:  final problems will be tailored to the strengths of the panelists.  Feedback welcome.)

Panel 3 – Cloud, Shock & Awe

The book “The Challenger Sale” suggests giving customers what they ask for is a mistake.  Simply providing services they feel they need is short-sighted and doesn’t separate sales people from the masses.  The theory is that top performers actually challenge the thinking of customers.  They bring compelling thinking and innovation that forces decision makers to look at problems and opportunities differently.  In disrupting their thinking, top performers become the go-to experts and separate themselves from the sea of sameness.  Hear how you can leverage Cloud to disrupt current thinking and challenge your decision makers to move in new directions.  Find out how to present new perspectives that can shock & awe customers into action.

Panel 4 – Real Cloud Wins

Moving beyond theory and into practice, we will be hearing detailed case studies of real cloud wins.  Each win will feature the supplier as well as the participating sales partner telling the real life story.  The case study will be pre-recorded and produced at the Intelisys studio in Petaluma and will require participants to travel to Petaluma for studio work.  The final case study will be aired live during CLOUD LIVE! and will be followed up by several minutes of live recap by Andrew Pryfogle.  Suppliers & sales partners participating in this segment will not be required to be in Petaluma on 11/20.

Get Complimentary Access to Cloud Partners Here

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It’s been a pretty busy summer for us, so we’re looking forward to escaping to New Orleans September 8 – 10 for this fall’s Cloud Partners Conference.  We’ve got plenty of activities planned for the trip, from supplier meetings to Cloud Services University training to a LanYap party.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of our partners in New Orleans!  If you haven’t signed up for the event yet, you can follow the link here to get your complimentary passes to Cloud Partners.

Vegas in T-minus…

The 2014 Channel Partners Conference & Expo at The Venetian & Sands is finally here!  We’re headed out to Vegas now in order to get everything set up at booth #4016.  The agenda is set, so come track us down! Wednesday, February 26

  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am: MPLS Alternatives – Challenging the Leading Cloud Networking Technology
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Supplier Fair
  • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Intelisys Exhibit Booth #4016

Thursday, February 27

  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm: Intelisys Cloud Services University Training
  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Intelisys Exhibit Booth # 4016
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Intelisys Cloud Services Cocktail Party
  • 10:00 pm – 1:00 am: Intelisys Late Night Party at The Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip

February, February 28

  • 10:00 am – Noon: Intelisys Exhibit Booth #4016

  For more details on the agenda, go here.  Looking forward to seeing you all in Vegas!

Come See Us at Booth #4016

In just a couple of weeks, we’re headed down to Las Vegas for this year’s Channel Partners Conference & Expo.  This year’s three-day event is hosted by The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino and it’s shaping up to be quite an event! The schedule isn’t fully finalized yet, but we can tell you we’re setting up shop at booth #4016 — don’t forget to come by and say hi!  For those of you interested in tracking our whereabouts and seeing what we’re contributing at this year’s event, you can check out our agenda here or read more about it below:   February 26, 2014

     9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Supplier Meetings

     1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Supplier Fair Casanova 506, 507,606, 607

     4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Exhibit Booth # 4016

February 27, 2014

     8:00 am – 3:00 pm: Cloud Training Casanova 506

     9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Supplier Meetings

     2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Exhibit Booth # 4016

     4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Supplier Meetings Casanova 506

     5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Cloud Cocktail Party

     10:00 pm – 1:00 am: Late Night Party at The Hard Rock Cafe on the strip

February 28, 2014

     10:00 am – Noon: Exhibit Booth # 4016

  We hope to see you all there!

Intelisys Announces Cloud Services University to Ensure Success of Telecom Agents and IT VARs in Selling Cloud Solutions

Intelisys Launches Free Training Courses at Polycom Learning Centers Across the Country, Covering Topics Like Cloud Sales, Hosted VoIP and More

Petaluma, CA (August 6, 2012) – Intelisys, the leading Master Agency of business communications services including voice, data and Internet access, today announced the formation of Cloud Services University, a series of free workshops on a wide variety of Cloud-related topics. The courses are held concurrently at Polycom Learning Centers throughout the United States on a bi-monthly basis.

 “Cloud services represent an enormous opportunity for the channel, but there remains a lot of confusion and chaos,” said Andrew Pryfogle, Senior VP & General Manager of Cloud Services & Complex Bids. “We’re committed to clearing up that confusion and helping the channel take full advantage of the Cloud explosion.”

“There is a big need for practical training on how to successfully identify, design and sell Cloud solutions.  Our approach integrates practical Cloud sales training seamlessly with both telco and cable services, and thanks to the University, anyone not currently selling Cloud services could attend a course today and begin selling tomorrow,” continued Pryfogle. 

Intelisys plans to expand the University beyond the classroom experience to include live webinars, online access to previously held seminars, and various levels of certification.

“This is the future of the telecom agent, solution provider and IT agent who intends to still be in business in five years,” said Jay Bradley, President of Intelisys. “Our entire business strategy encompasses Cloud and the solution it provides for the end user customer.”

The launch of Intelisys’ Cloud Services University is extremely timely given the massive growth projections of Cloud-related services to businesses of all sizes. According to technology research firm Gartner, spending on enterprise public Cloud services is expected to hit $109 billion in 2012, up from $91 billion in 2011. In 2016, Cloud services spending will reach $207 billion.

 “The Intelisys Cloud offering is unique because we recognized the need to go beyond providing just one Cloud solution to our agent community and their customers,” said Dana Topping, Co-Owner of Intelisys. “Instead, we created an aggregation of more than 16 industry-leading Cloud services providers, so our agents have the distinct ability to determine which solution is the best fit for each customer. The training and education behind the University will go a long way to equip our agents for long-term success in selling Cloud services.”

Classes have already begun, filling Polycom Learning Centers to capacity. After attending a recent New York City course, Intelisys Agent Partner Rich Piquett commented, "The Cloud Sales Workshop was a very effective event.  The format was energetic and collaborative, and the content critical to building a foundation for future workshops.  Well worth my time!"

Currently scheduled workshops include:

Classes are offered at Polycom Learning Centers in the following cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston/Andover, MA
  • Chicago/Rosemont, IL
  • Dallas/Irving, TX
  • Denver/Westminster, CO
  • New York City, NY
  • Orange County/Irvine, CA
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Seattle/Bellevue, WA
  • Washington DC/Herndon, VA

Connect with Intelisys online:

About Intelisys

Intelisys is the nation’s leading Master Agent and the only telecom master agency focused exclusively on supporting the Channel’s top-producing sales agents. The company specializes in providing a broad suite of telecom value-based solutions to ensure the top-producing agent’s success. Intelisys services include a complete selection of carrier voice and data, cloud, cable, collaboration services, wireless and wired access, auxiliary services such as voice and web conferencing, and Intelisys’ proprietary telecom asset management tool, Audex. Since its inception in 1994, Intelisys’ growth is a result of the unique formula of recruiting top-producing agents, capitalizing on industry trends, and most importantly, providing exceptional operational and back-office support. This formula has positioned Intelisys as the recognized thought leader in the telecommunications independent sales channel.


Intelisys Cloud Services University Coming Soon to a City Near You!


Close More Deals with Our Free Educational Seminars
Did you know Intelisys has launched Cloud Services University? We’ve designed each seminar to bring you the exact information you need to be as successful as possible at selling Cloud services. Classes are held at Polycom Learning Centers throughout the country. Below is some detailed information on our next event, as well the schedule for the next couple of months. Stay tuned as we add workshops near you!

Join us for our next workshop!
Tuesday June 26, 2012 – Cloud Sales Workshop – Hosted VoIP 101
  • Hosted vs. Premised – learn the differences and key advantages of hosted VoIP versus premised-based alternatives
  • VoIP done right – not all VoIP is equal, recognize the pitfalls to VoIP, and where it blows up
  • LAN considerations – ensuring that the customers LAN is VoIP ready
  • Portfolio overview – identify who fits where – no one VoIP provider is the perfect fit for every customer, where each supplier fits best
  • Identifying and qualifying those customers who are an ideal fit for a hosted solution – where we are winning
Upcoming workshops. Click on the links for more detailed info:




Here’s what one attendee had to say: “The Cloud Sales Workshop was a very effective event.  The format was energetic and collaborative, and the content critical to building a foundation for future workshops.  Well worth my time!” - Rich Piquett